As part of their Black Friday sale, Samsung has dropped $150 off the unlocked variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus through their Amazon Storefront. These are the unlocked variants of the phones and they have 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded.
These are by far the lowest prices on the Samsung flagship phones since their introduction earlier this year.
The 5.8″ Galaxy S8 is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor running four cores at 2.3GHz and the other four running at 1.9GHz. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable up to an additional 256GB thanks to the MicroSD card. The display renders at 2960 x 1440 QuadHD with an impressive 571 PPI. Powering all of it is a 3000mAh battery which is charged with inductive charging.
The question for most is which one do you need? If you have a home or apartment that is 1500 square feet or less, the single should do the job for you. No need to overbuy but if you have a multi-story home or an older home, it may not give you the coverage you need. That is my case in my mid-70’s home. Over that and up to 4500 square feet, the 3-Pack is what you need for your home. That is also on sale at $269. The nice thing is, if you get a single and add more later, it is easy to add the new ones to the network via the Google WiFi app on your Android phone or iPhone.
As part of Black Friday sales, Amazon has discounted both the Samsung Chromebook Pro and the Chromebook Plus by $100 today. These are new-for-2017 models that really set the tone for Chromebooks this year.
The Chromebook Plus has a 12.3″ display rendering at 2400 x 1600. It is also a touchscreen which makes using the included stylus or your finger for apps easier. It has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage and you can expand that storage thanks to the MicroSD slot. It has dual-microphones, a 720p Webcam and, of course, Wi-Fi. It only ways 2.4 lbs so it is designed for portability and with it being able to be be used as a laptop or a slate, you have a lot of flexibility in where and how you use this Chromebook.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM processor which is both battery efficient and powerful enough to get your daily work done. The 39Wh battery is rated to give users up to 8 hours of life per charge and charging is done via a USB-C connector. As you would expect, Android app support is also there for the Chromebook Plus.
Amazon you can pick up a great deal on the 5″ mid-market Sony Xperia XA as part of Black Friday. At $199, the Xperia XA has a Mediatek MT6755 octa-core processor running at 2GHz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. That onboard storage can be expanded up to an additional 200GB thanks the the MicroSD slot available. The phone is sold unlocked and works with GSM carriers here in the United States like AT&T, T-Mobile and StraightTalk. Sorry Sprint & Verizon customers, this phone won’t work on those networks.
Camera wise, you have a 13MP rear shooter with OIS with a front facing 8MP shooter.
Another great Black Friday deal is available on Amazon today. The Huawei Honor 8 is available for $140 off thanks to the sale and an instant discount when you put the phone in your cart. First, the details. The Honor 8 is being sold unlocked so it will work with any GSM carrier here in the US like AT&T and T-Mobile. It has a 2.3GHz octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB
of storage (expandable up to 256GB with the MicroSD slot). The Honor 8 has a 5.2″ display, fingerprint scanner and a 12MP dual-camera rear shooter.
Normally the Honor 8 is $399.99 but today it is down to $289.99 for the 32GB model while the 64GB model is normally $449.99 and it is down to $339.99. In both cases, when you drop the phone into your cart, you receive an additional $30 discount which drops the phones to $259 and $309 respectively. Remember that this is the flagship device for Huawei when it launched in July and the company has committed to having an Android Nougat update out for the phone. That is likely to come at the end of this year or early next.
Like other Black Friday deals, this one is for today only. The Honor 8 is available in Black, White and Blue and all colors are eligible for the sale price.
For Black Friday, Amazon has rolled out special pricing on the Moto G lineup on the site. Today you can get a great deal on the Moto G4, the Moto G4 Play and the Moto G4 Plus on the site with discounts ranging from $20 to $70 off. These are great phones that, although they come with lock screen adverts from Amazon, are tough to be beat for the price.
The Moto G4 comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of Storage, a 5.5″ display and a 13MP rear camera.
Finally there is the Moto G Plus. This is a 5.5″ display phone with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 16MP main camera. This is by far the most powerful of the lineup with an octa-core processor and the additional RAM and at $229, a heck of a deal.
If you have been craving a OnePlus 2 but haven’t got your hands on an invite, this week could be your week. The Chinese manufacture has taken to Twitter to let everyone know that starting November 27th through the 30th you can order a OnePlus 2 without having an invitation. They are terming it as “Unlimited” and fundamentally, it speaks volumes to the challenge that OnePlus has created for itself with their invitation system.
Like the OnePlus One, the company rolled out an invitation purchasing system for the OnePlus 2 announced this summer. When I wrote a post outlining what the company needed to do to make this new flagship successful, I pointed out that a key to the success would be a smarter and far smoother roll out of this invitation system for this new device. It has been anything but smooth and frankly, given the lack of some key features of the OnePlus 2, sales have not been exactly stellar. So to make up for it in a way, they are suspending the invite system for Black Friday so you can get your hands on one of these devices without having to wait for an invite.
No indication on how long you will have to wait for the device however.
Let’s get those Black Friday deals going a bit early. If you want to get your hands on a great little Windows Phone, go straight over to Amazon and pick yourself up a Lumia 635. Right now it is only $49.99, $50 off the regular price. That’s without any contract requirements.