Black Friday is right around the corner, some great deals have already started to roll out and all we have to do is to prepare our shopping lists and find the best deals there are. Be sure to check out the best deals on drones here, but as we know, there is a big focus on smartphones each Black Friday, but it is hard to search for a great deal when you don’t know what you are looking for. So here are the Top best smartphones of 2015 for you to buy with the Black Friday discounts. The list was compiled based on the best performance specifications but also to contain mid-range smartphones and high range ones. There are no important deals at the moment, if you are looking to buy a phone without contract, but expect their prices to drop significantly on the actual Black Friday. You won’t want to miss any deal on any of these smartphones.
10. OnePlus X
OnePlus X is one of the smartphones that offer high-end specifications for an affordable price. With probably one of the most beautiful designs that OnePlus has ever created, the Dual Nano-SIM smartphone has a 5.0” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. OnePlus X is powered by 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor combined with the Adreno 330 graphics processor and has a 16GB internal storage with 3GB RAM. Storage can go up to 128GB with an external microSD card. Take high quality images with the 13MP rear camera and the 8MP front one and don’t worry much about battery life with the non-removable 2525 mAh Li-Po Battery. Unfortunately, it only runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS and it is not announced for the Marshmallow upgrade.
OnePlus X combines great specifications with the amazing price of $249 if you have an invite unfortunately. The deal is amazing, but they want to make the phone free to buy from December but we can only hope for a Black Friday sale. As for other deals the phone can actually be purchased for now, without any contract for $344
9. Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML is a mid-ranger phone you won’t want to miss, even if it only runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. The 5.5” IPS capacitive touchscreen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and its display has 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. You’ll probably want to go for the 4GB RAM model as it can go up to 64GB internal storage and has an upgraded Intel Atom Z3580 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor combined with PowerVR G6430 GPU, while the 2GB RAM model has a much lower price but with some downgraded processor specifications. The camera is not that impressive, with 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, but it does have an improved 3000 mAh non-removable battery wich will make your Zenfone last longer.
It’s price range is around $200 even lower for the 2GB Ram model, but for better performance you’d better go for the 4GB model which can be bought now at $298 and might have even better deal by Black Friday.
8. LG G4
This year’s LG G series come with significant improvements of design, screen and camera in comparison with its predecessors. LG G4 has a 5.5” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and is only powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. Combining the Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 1.44 GHZ quad-core A53-Cortex and 1.82 GHz dual-core A57-Cortex with the Adreno 418 graphics processor, LG G4 offers great performance on 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage that can be supplemented by the an 128GB microSD card. As mentioned earlier, improvements were brought to image quality, LG G4 having a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 8MP front one great for video calls as it records 1080p at 30 frames per second. Powered by a 3000 mAh removable Li-Po battery it can go up to more than a day.
LG G4 is somewhat pricier than the previous smartphones, but offers better specifications and you can get it on sale at $403 without contract.
7. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony has made up for it Z3+ fail, with the release of the Sony Xperia Z5 models in October. There are no big differences between the three models Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium, but their price is correlated with their performance. Nonetheless, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the least pricey of the series and most definitely has to be taken into consideration by this year’s Black Friday sales. With a somewhat more rectangular design and the mirror-like effect of the frosted matte glass used to cover the Xperia Z5 Compact, it comes with a 4.6” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has the multi-touch feature installed. The 720 x 1280 pixels display is also scratch resistant and has oleophobic coating, that make the display more durable. Powered by the octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 1.5 GHZ and 2 GHz depending on the cortex, with Adreno 430 graphics processor, Xperia Z5 Compact is a highly performant smartphone. The downfall is the 2GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, but it originally runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the planned upgrade to 6.0 Marshmallow.
The 23MP rear camera sure does make it attractive for those passionate with photography, but it is in fact a high-end smartphone with a hi-end price. With today’s deal you can buy it for $539, but who knows what Black Friday has in store for this particular smartphone.
6. Huawei Nexus 6P
Huawei Nexus 6P or more commonly known the Google Nexus 6P is the brands’ very best when considering the right pricing for the actual specifications. As its purpose is to promote the latest Android OS version, Nexus 6P is one of the two smartphones that were released with 6.0 Marshmallow OS. A little bit bigger than most smartphones models with a 5.7” AMOLED screen protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with an added oleo-phobic coating, it has a 1440 x 2560 pixels display. With the commonly used for high-end smartphones octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 clocked at 1.55 GHz and 2.0 GHz combined with Adreno 430 GPU Nexus 6P work on 3GB RAM with up to 128GB internal storage, but without external memory capacity. Nexus 6P has a non-impressive rear camera of 12MP combined with a 8MP front one, but does offer great battery life with the Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery.
The best deal of today are at $629.95 but do look for it on Black Friday as prices might drop significantly.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Expectations are always high when it comes to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, even more for its phablet Note versions. Although Galaxy Note 5 kept the stylish design and great hardware, it just doesn’t seem to be such an amazing upgrade from the previous version, although the price was raised. But, it did come with an impressive new feature the ability to write by hand with its upgraded Stylus model. The 5.7” Super AMOLED screen covered by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 4 offers a 1440 x2560 pixels display, similar to Nexus 6P, but lacking in the Android version as it runs on 5.1.1 Lollipop Android OS. With an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor in pair with the Mali-T760MP8 graphics processor, Galaxy Note 5 runs on 4GB RAM with up to 64GB internal storage. Although on 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera pictures are pretty decent, but there is still place for improvement. The same goes for battery as it is only powered by Li-Po 3000 mAh non-removable battery.
As it has a high-end price of $629 on the 32GB version, we do hope Black Friday sales will make it more affordable as it is a unique phone.
4. HTC One M9
Although released in March, its stunning design, strong speakers and the 5.0” Super LCD3 screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 keeps it on the lead. No different than its competitors it runs on an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 with the Adreno 430 GPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. HTC One M9 gets more credit for adding the possibility of increased storage, up to 200GB with a microSD card. Another fact that can’t be ignored is its 20MP rear camera that offers high quality pictures and 2160p at 30 fps video recording. Although it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor which is lately a most wanted feature and it is still powered by a 2840 mAh non-removable battery, HTC One M9 is still a high-end smartphone at a most deserved price.
With the upcoming Black Friday its price has already been dropped to $464.99 but who knows what the following weeks bring in term of deals.
3. Motorola Droid Turbo 2
As Motorola has a partnership with US provider Verizon the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is actually the worldwide released Motorola Moto X Force, but as it has just been released, its price is still high and the actual smartphone is sold only by some retailers, so it is hard to find. Alongside high specifications Droid Turbo 2 comes with an exclusive feature a shatterproof protection. With a 5.4” AMOLED screen offering 1440 x 2560 pixels display, it almost feels like all of its competitor’s smartphone. Powered by the typical octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 clocked at 1.5 GHz and 2 GHz and combined with the Adreno 430 GPU. Although a high end camera was expected, Droid Turbo 2 has a 21MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, but it did not let its users down when it came to battery life. Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is powered by a Non-removable Li-Ion 3760 mAh battery lasting more than 2 days with medium use. With 3GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage, with the additional microSD 200GB external storage and also by being powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which will be upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow, Motorola keeps its lead in the high-end smartphone battle.
As its specifications require Motorola Droid Turbo 2 64GB has a price tag of $749 price without any contract, but does offer great deals with Verizon contracts. As for the Motorola Moto X Force the price range is similar worldwide.
2. Apple iPhone 6S
The most awaited Apple iPhone 6S took a huge lead on the smartphone market impressively not because of its newly improved processor, faster wireless or its updated Touch ID sensor, but because of the Rose-Gold Model. Soon after its release the new design took the eyes of everyone and became fairly popular. With the release of the 9.1 iOS which can the upgraded on the iPhone 6S and its new improvements Apple keeps its high standard place in the smartphone market. The iPhone 6S has a 4.7” LED-backlit IPS LCD screen protected by Ion- strengthened glass and oleo-phobic coating, but it did not improve in image quality. iPhone 6S still has a 16MP primary camera and a 5MP front one, which take decent pictures and offer some good quality video. Running on a dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister processor combined with PowerVR GT7600 graphics processor, Apple makes its lower specification work at high performance. Although the 1715 mAh battery could use some upgrading the 3D Touch feature was a high improvement.
Although rumor has it that there will be impressive price drops for the iPhone 6S models on Black Friday, by today you can find some $694.89 deal for the 16GB model.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge
It is pretty hard to imagine any other smartphone than Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on the lead as it is the most balanced specification/price device there is. Samsung Galaxy is known for its top-notch smartphones and it is hard to differentiate the two models as they have mostly the same specifications but different designs. Samsung Galaxy Edge has that curved edge screen which surely looks attractive, but some find it unpractical and also, developers powered it with a little bit better battery, though the difference can be mostly ignored. Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 5.1” Super AMOLED screen protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with back panel. The device is powered by the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor and Mali- T760MP8 graphics processor and works with 3GB RAM on up to 128GB internal storage. As a lot of high end smartphones it lacks the external memory capacity and the camera is still a 16MP primary and 5MP second camera, although they have added features that help create beautiful pictures. Battery wise Galaxy S6 is pretty decent being powered by a 2550 mAh non-removable battery that can last up to two days with medium use.
Unfortunately, its Android OS is only upgradable to 5.1.1 Lollipop, but it is still a smartphone anyone can wish to have and Black Friday sales usually drops the most important prices. There are already some sales available for the 32GB model buyable at $504 and the 128GB model that can be purchased at $582 without any contract.
Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models
Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.
At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.
Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”
Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.
Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.
On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.
Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.
Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.
Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US
Telegram, with 800 million monthly users, is launching a self-custodial crypto wallet. The move will solidify its presence in the vibrant crypto community that has grown from its chat platform and may attract more people to crypto.
Telegram and TON Foundation announced TON Space, a self-custodial wallet, on Wednesday at Singapore’s Token2049 crypto conference, which draws over 10,000 attendees.
Telegram has a complicated blockchain relationship. After the SEC sued Telegram over a massive initial coin offering, the chat app abandoned its Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project in 2020. The Open Network Foundation (TON Foundation), founded by open-source developers and blockchain enthusiasts, supports the development of The Open Network (TON), the blockchain powering a growing number of Telegram applications, including the wallet.
The Open Platform (TOP) and TOP Labs, a venture-building division, created the TON-based wallet.
TON Space will be available to Telegram users worldwide without wallet registration in November. The U.S., which has cracked down on the crypto industry and promoted many crypto apps to geofence users, is currently excluded from the feature.
Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications
The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google began in court today, setting off a months-long trial that could upend the tech world.
At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department claims that Google has violated antitrust laws to maintain its search title, but the company claims that it does so by providing a superior product.
The Justice Department sued Google for civil antitrust in late 2020 after a year-long investigation.
“If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we will lose the next wave of innovation,” said then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “If that happens, Americans may never see the ‘next Google.’”
A large coalition of state attorneys general filed their own parallel suit against Google, but Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the states did not meet the bar to go to trial with their search ranking complaints.
The search business case against Google is separate from a federal antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Justice Department claims Google used “anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means” to neutralize threats to its digital advertising empire in that lawsuit.
Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dintzer set the stakes for the first major tech antitrust trial since Microsoft’s late 1990s reckoning on Tuesday. “This case is about the future of the internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever face meaningful competition,” Dintzer said.
Beginning the trial, the government focused on Google’s deals with phone makers, most notably Apple, that give its search product top billing on new devices. Dintzer claimed that Google maintains and grows its search engine dominance by paying $10 billion annually for those arrangements.
“This feedback loop, this wheel, has been turning for more than 12 years,” he said. “And it always benefits Google.”
Google lawyer John Schmidtlein refuted that claim, hinting at the company’s legal defense in the coming weeks.
“Users today have more search options and more ways to access information online than ever before,” Schmidtlein said. Google will argue that it competes with Amazon, Expedia, and DoorDash, as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
Google planted the seeds for this defense. According to internal research, Google Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said last year that more young people are using TikTok to search for information than Google Search.
In our studies, almost 40% of young people don’t use Google Maps or Search to find lunch, Raghavan said. “They use TikTok or Instagram.”
Google will be decided by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the coming months. We’re far from that decision, but the company could be fined heavily or ordered to sell parts of its business.
The trial could change Google’s digital empire if the Justice Department wins. Other tech companies that dominated online markets in the last decade are also watching. If the government fails to hold an iconic Silicon Valley giant accountable, big tech will likely continue its aggressive growth trajectory.
If the Justice Department succeeds, the next decade could be different. The industry-wide reckoning could cripple incumbents and allow upstarts to define the next era of the internet, wresting the future from tech titans.
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