Today’s Deal – Sony Xperia XZs Down to $499

Sony Xperia XZs

Today’s Deal is on the powerful, 5.2″ Sony Xperia XZs.  The XZs is a revamped version of last year’s XZ and has, as you would expect from Sony, some pretty impressive specs.  Today, the XZs has dropped in price down to $499 on Amazon.

The Xperia XZs is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.  That storage can be expanded and additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.  The XZs is IP68 rated against water and dust intrusion and, a not-so-common thing here in the US, it is a dual-SIM phone.  The display is a 5.2″ FHD and all of this is powered by a 2900mAh battery that is charged via a USB-C port and it supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

What really makes the XZs however are the cameras.

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Today’s Deal Part Two – Amazon Echo Dot is $39 Today Only

Amazon Echo Dot

Here is another great Today’s Deal for everyone, especially those who use Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo devices already.  Today only you can pick up an Amazon Echo Dot for $39.  That is a savings of $10 and the pricing is good on either the black or white models to match your decor.

The promotion on the Amazon Echo Dot is on the 2nd generation of the smaller Echo device and these are new units.  They are not refurbished.  The Echo Dot gives you hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, the company’s Artificial Intelligence powered personal assistant, and allows you to access thousands of skills to control your smart home devices or other services.  The Echo Dot has 7 far-field microphones built in so it can easily handle being the primary device in a room.

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Amazon Adds Four LG Phones to Their Prime Phones Lineup

LG G6

Amazon today has added four new LG phones to their popular Amazon Prime phone lineup.  The four phones join the nine other phones already in the lineup but are the first from LG to be added.

Like the other phones in the program, they will have adverts on the lock screen for the discounted price but, if you want, you can opt to pay a bit more and not have the ads.  They are also unlocked and will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon depending on the model.

The four phones added are the LG X Charge, LG Q6, LG G6 and the LG G6+.

The entry level X Charge is a 5.5″ 720p display phone powered by the MediaTek MT6750 SoC.  It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a MicroSD slot for memory expansion.  It has a 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera.  The X Charge will work with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and runs Android Nougat 7.1.

The phone is $199 without the ads and $149 with the ads.

Next is the LG Q6.  It is more-or-less a “lite” version of the G6.  It has a 5.5″ 18:9 FHD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 SoC.  It has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and can expand thanks to the MicroSD slot.  Like the X Charge, it also has a 13MP main camera and 5MP selfie camera.  The phone will work on AT&T and T-Mobile and it is running Nougat 7.1.

The Q6 is $299 without adverts while the subsidized version is $229.  Note that the LG Q6 will be available to ship starting November 9th.

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Google Pixelbook Already Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

Google Pixelbook

For you Amazon shoppers who are looking to get your hands on the new Google Pixelbook, you can now pre-order it on the site.  During the presentation on the new Chromebook, Google mentioned that it would be available at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy so it isn’t surprising.  In fact, the listing for the Pixelbook clearly states it is being sold by Google through their Amazon storefront.

Don’t look for any special pricing either.  The i5 equipped Google Pixelbook with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is $999, the same price as it is directly from Google.  And while pre-orders are now available, shipping won’t happen until October 31st, just like the Google Store.

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Today’s Deal – Choetech Nylon Braided USB-C Cable 3-Pack for $13

Choetech USB-C Cables

Today’s Deal comes from Choetech on their durable USB-C cables.  Right now you can pick up a 3-pack of the nylon braided cables for $12.99 on Amazon.  That’s a $7 savings off the regular price.

The 3-pack of cables includes two 1m (3.3′) cables and one 2m (6.6′) cable, all of which support up to 5Gbps transfer speeds and USB 3.0.  All of the cables are USB-A to USB-C and are, of course, backwards compatible to older USB 2.0 and 1.1 connectors (but you lose the transfer speeds).

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Amazon Echo Show Owner? No YouTube for You!

Amazon Echo Show

Ah, the love between Amazon and Google shows itself once more…. NOT!  It appears that the latest spat between the two giants is over YouTube and the newish Amazon Echo Show.

Users of the new Alexa-powered smart device were cut off from YouTube yesterday with a warning that the smart speaker was unable to play content from the world’s largest video site.  Amazon states that they are disappointed, laying the blame at the feet of Google.  Google, in return, indicates that the reason for the shutdown is due to a violation of the terms of service and that they made Amazon aware that Tuesday was the drop date.

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Today’s Deal – Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for $149

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon has done well with their lineup of Android-based tablets and their latest update to their 10″ model is quite impressive.  The new Fire HD 10 is available for pre-order from the retailer and this update is really impressive for its $149 price point.

The new Fire HD 10 has a 10.1″ display that renders 1920 x 1200 resolution making it a full HD display.  It is powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor that runs at 1.8GHz and is coupled with 2GB of RAM.  That RAM count is double of the first Fire HD 10 and should significantly improve performance, especially with multiple apps running.  Storage comes in at either 32GB or 64GB depending on the model but there is a MicroSD expansion slot.  That will add up to an additional 256GB of storage to the tablet.

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