The current smartphone sector is extremely competitive and it’s a huge challenge to produce something which has widespread mass market appeal. At the higher end, Samsung and Apple remain the dominant force but there is competition from other leading manufacturers. The LG G4 and its predecessor received superb user reviews but didn’t really translate into the sales numbers the company hoped for. On another note, the advent of cheap Chinese handsets offer superb value for users on a budget. Furthermore, many consumers are content with their existing model and see no reason to upgrade.
Despite Blackberry’s strong history in the mobile market, they’ve struggled to adapt and remain relevant due to the rise of other manufacturers. Part of this is down to their own custom operating system which failed to attract app developers and resulted in a low adoption rate. As a result, many developers believe it’s not a worthwhile financial investment to create apps with such a low return. This also applies to Windows phone models. Eventually, Blackberry realized the dominance of Android and iOS and decided to launch a brand new phone without the Blackberry operating system.
The ‘Priv’ is Blackberry’s first high-end Android device with a concealed keyboard. This is quite a novel idea given the popularity of touch screen handsets. Of course, the Priv offers great flexibility to use the touch screen and a membrane keyboard. This makes it easier to compile e-mails or write large documents. Blackberry’s long-term success in the smartphone market heavily relied on the Priv’s performance and initial sales had been “quite positive”. However, figures released by the company last week showed further decline in their hardware division. This prompted the company’s CEO to suggest Blackberry might pull out of the smartphone sector altogether if they fail to make a profit by September.
To react to this worrying situation, Blackberry have instigated a permanent price cut on the Priv across various regions. For example, in the US, it’s been reduced from $699.99 to $649.99. UK buyers will experience a price cut from £559 to £529 which Europeans can now acquire the handset for €729. In Canada, for some bizarre reason, the price remains unchanged.
If you were looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you might consider waiting until next month. Samsung may be dropping their prices for the latest flashgrips soon, so hang in there for a month and get it at a discount.
All facts point to the company trying to get out of their Q2 sticky situation. Their profits fell four percent this year compared to the same time last year and as Apple is getting ready to reveal their latest iPhones, things are not looking so good. The predictions don’t look so good either, falling 3 million smartphone sales prediction short by the end of the year. Oh year, they have teased an event planned for mid August where they plan on announcing a bigger and better S6 Edge, but will they be able to make up for the demands this time?
The whole things started after they announced the S6 and S6 Edge, who had a bigger than anticipated success. This led to a short supply and high demand, thus the company missing their targets right now. However, with this kind of pressure on them, the only practical solution is to make ‘adjustments’ to their latest handsets on the market. This means that the S6 and S6 Edge will see a price drop in the near future, something that Samsung thinks will get them back in the high-end smartphone game by the end of this year.
In the end, people could get to buy their long-awaited S6 or S6 Edge at a lower price and Samsung could see more numbers of smartphone sales added by the end of the year. However, let’s just see how much Samsung is willing to slash off the latter handsets’ price tags. Excited? I know I am!
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Want to upgrade your smartphone and missed the recent price cuts? Well, it may be for the best. Motorola did slash its prices a while ago, making its Moto X up for grabs at £229 for the 16GB version and £269 for the 32GB version. Nexus 6 also saw a slight £80 cut, bringing it down to £399 for the 32GB version and £469 for the 64GB version. But I know it was still too steep, so I don’t think it drew a lot of attention.
The recent price cuts comes from the Google Store, where the Nexus 6 has now hit an all-time low price. You can grab it for £304 for the 32GB model and £379 for the 64 GB model. Now that’s a huge price drop from the previous £479 and £549 price tags it previously had.
The only problem here is that we don’t know if the price cut is temporary or permanent. The safe bet is that if you have the money now, it’s time to clear out your account and buy it before it jumps back to its original price. In my opinion, the flashgrip is really worth it for what it has to offer and with a price tag such as the one above, you will definitely be making a smart investment.
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AMD have always strived to offer great value for money and their price vs performance ratios have always proven to be a thorn in the side of Nvidia. While Nvidia may be plowing through the industry with a few higher performance cards, AMD are dropping their prices on higher performance products to better compete with Nvidia in their respective price ranges.
While some may say this is AMD trying to keep up, I say “who cares!”, fact is that as a consumer, we’re the ones who win in this graphics card battle and with AMD now dropping the prices of their R9 290 and R9 280 series graphics cards even further, despite the fact they lowered them just last month! It’s never been a better time to buy an AMD card.
The Radeon R9 290X is down from $449 to $399, a far cry from the $549 starting price when the card was launched. The standard Radeon R9 290 is down from its $399 launch price to a very reasonable $299; that’s right, a 290 is now less than $300!
The R9 280X is down to just $270, only $30 short of the 290, but the cards are quite close in terms of performance. One of the best discounts is that the recently launched R9 285 “Tonga” is now down to just $229, putting it within $10 of the GTX 760 price.
There are now a wide range of very high performance cards available for around $300 and with the GeForce GTX 970 available for $329, high-end PC gaming has never been so affordable.
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In the highly unlikely event that you should have missed it up until now, Nvidia just launched their brand new GeForce GTX 980 and 970 graphics cards during their GAME24 event. These new cards are so powerful that they’ll render the old cards completely obsolete. This is further aided by the fact that the new cards are a lot cheaper to manufacture.
The GeForce GTX 980 is launched at just $549 in the U.S. and £439.99 in the U.K. The new cards are cheaper to make than the previous models as they have 2 billion transistors and four memory chips less. They also have a lighter VRM now, due to the decreased power consumption. This cannibalizes the GTX 780 Ti and GTX 780. The GeForce GTX 970 targets the sub-$350 products and is launched at a price of £259,99 here in the UK, simply blasting the GTX 770 out of the way.
Nvidia has also tweaked the price on their GeForce GTX 760 down to just $219, in order to keep the price versus performance ratio. This is only a temporary meassure until the replacement will be launched sometime in October, the GeForce GTX 960.
AMD have dug out the slashing-knife for another round of price cuts, as apparently AMD are working with their add-in board manufacturers and retailers to bring down the price on their current flagship graphics card; the AMD Radeon R9 290X. The prices are expected to settle between $450 and $500 and follows nicely with AMD’s recent move to cut a third of the price on their dual-GPU graphics card.
Nvidia are about to launch their new GeForce GTX 970 and 980 cards, so it could be seen as a preventive attempt from AMD to give more bang for the buck. Many users however see it as long overdue considering its age.
The cheapest version of the current single-GPU flagship can be had at newegg for just $449,99 as a reference model and another $40 for the cheapest after-market version. In the UK they’re even cheaper, with Scan listing the cheapest reference card for just £269.99 inc VAT. Adding an after-market cooling solution however increases the price to £336.35. Overclockers UK are offering the reference design at the same price of £269.99, while the cheapest after market solution can be had for £329.99 inc VAT.
Reports are coming in from users in many different areas around the world, that the cards have dropped there as well. So if you’re in the market for a new graphics solution, keep your eyes out for great Radeon R9 290X deals.
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In the western market the “Back-To-School” shopping season is nearly upon us. It is that time of year where parents and students alike dump copious amounts of money into buying new desktop and laptop computers so what better time for AMD to drop some of their APU prices than now. According to X-Bit Labs AMD is preparing a variety of price cuts for its desktop APUs to help boost sales. From September 1st a select variety of APUs will get price cuts of 7-8%. The bulk of these price cuts are for Richland based parts but there’s a Kaveri price cut too.
For enthusiasts the notable reduction in price is with the A10-7700K which has $10 shaved off its price. Richland gets a lot cheaper too as the A10-6800K, A10-6700, A8-6600K, A8-6500 and A8-6500T all get price cuts. Full details of the price cuts can be seen in the table below. The source also notes AMD will be releasing a new A4-7300 APU, almost certainly based on Kaveri architecture given the 7XXX naming strategy. It features two cores at up to 4GHz with 1MB of L2 cache, Radeon HD 8470D graphics and 192 stream processors. The TDP is 65W and it uses the FM2(+) socket.
Expect AMD’s price cuts to filter through to the pre-built PC channel fairly quickly. DIY consumers should also be able to pick up AMD’s APUs at their new lower prices at some point in September depending on how quickly retailers adjust to the new pricing.
Good news everybody (bonus points for reading it in Professor Farnsworths voice), the Xbox One is about to get a price cut in the UK to help it compete with the PlayStation 4 and there are plans in place to bundle upcoming online shooter Titanfall with new consoles, awesome!
While the rest of the world will have to wait for a price cut, the UK will be getting £30 slashed from the price of a new Xbox One, while not the biggest price cut ever, it’s pretty great for a console that is only a few months old. The PlayStation 4 is still £50 cheaper even after the discount, but it certainly makes it a little more competitive vs it’s rival.
On top of that, the new game Titanfall will be bundled, offering a further saving of £40-50 for those who have yet to pick up the console. So overall that’s a saving of up to £80 for those who were going to buy an Xbox One for Titanfall, of course this will offer no joy to early adopters who recently paid full price for the console and will have to do the same for Titanfall.
The limited edition Titanfall bundle will be priced at £399.99 here in the UK, but the bundle will be available globally. The price cut will take effect this Friday (February 28th).
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HP’s latest Chromebook, the Chromebook 11, has had its price cut from £230 to £200 on Amazon. It is interesting indeed, especially for Chromebook fans out there who are looking to acquire such a device.
Whoever missed the announcement and does not know what’s it about, the Chromebook is a netbook for those who just want to browse and send email. It runs Google’s Chrome operating system, a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work primarily with web applications. The user interface takes a minimalist approach and consists almost entirely of just the Google Chrome web browser since the operating system is aimed at users who spend most of their computer time on the Web, the only “native” applications on Chrome OS are a browser, media player and file manager.
HP’s version has a better screen than the likes of Samsung’s effort in the market. It is only 1366 x 768 pixels with a 11.6-inch display, but has brighter and clearer IPS tech. In terms of specs, it runs on a 1.7GHz mobile processor, 2GB of RAM and just 16GB of storage. But the big idea is that you are supposed to feed all that data on Google’s NSA friendly cloud anyway. The Chromebook is more for interacting with the net.
For those interested in buying such a netbook in the future can go on Amazon’s website for more details on the device and price/availability.
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