Android fans, this week Xiaomi launched a metal-made smartphone for just $140; Huawei introduced its newest phablet flagship, the Mate8; we saw some great Black Friday deals; LG launched a new mid-ranger and revealed some of its plans for the future; the Fossil Q Android Wear smartwatch arrived to the market; and HTC launched its consumer preview program.
Inside AA HQ
Except for the Black Friday craziness, this week has been pretty quiet around AA HQ (and the entire tech scene), with our US team getting some well-deserved time off for Thanksgiving.
According to statistics, most people actually spend the most money on Cyber Monday (i.e. tomorrow). You can bet we’ll have roundups of all the best tech deals, so if you missed Black Friday, keep it tuned tomorrow for a shot at some great deals. Looking for gift ideas? Our Best Gifts under $100 guide has gone live this week.
This week we’re putting up for grabs three Blu Life One X smartphones in our international giveaway! Head over here for your shot at the prize.
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
- For developers: Do you want to make some money off your app developing skills? Here are some pitfalls to avoid
- Gift guide: Holidays are coming! Here are the best tech gifts under $100
- Review: The most stylish Pebble watch yet – Josh reviews the Pebble Time Round
- Comparison: Note 5 or iPhone 6S Plus? Big phone showdown!
- Review: The Priv is definitely unique, but just how good is it?
- Comparison: Battle of the Minis: Gary compares the OnePlus X, Xperia Z5 Compact and Moto G
- Review: A full-blown computer the size of a highlighter? Edgar looks at the Asus Chromebit
Top news of the week
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and new Mi Pad
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 announced – here are the details
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 launched: full metal body, fingerprint sensor, starting from $140
- Analyst expects Xiaomi Mi 5 in January, Lei Jun already using the phone
Huawei Mate 8 launched
Black Friday and Cyber Monday
- Amazon announces its Cyber Monday promo: 8 more days of deals
- Black Friday 2015 – best deals
- (Updated: Moto G 2014 for $99) Amazon deals: Nexus 6 for just $200, Nexus 5X $80 off, and more!
- Google Store deals: Nexus 9 $200 off, 2 Chromecasts for $50, Huawei Watch $80 off and more
HTC Consumer Preview
- LG restructures to focus on key business areas and growth
- Report: LG Electronics working on its second mobile processor
- LG announces substantial investment in next gen OLED production
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