This week saw a bevy of new Android smartphones go up for sale. The HTC U 11 Life is now available to purchase unlocked and on T-Mobile, both the Galaxy S8 Active and LG V30 Plus are making way to T-Mobile and Sprint, and the Razer Phone just went official. There’s still one more launch to come later in November, but all options thus far appear to be nice choices for their respective target markets. With that being said, are you considering a new phone at this time?
HTC introduced a pair of new smartphones recently, one being HTC U 11+, a revamped HTC U 11 flagship. It’s not yet available to order, nor will it ever be in the United States. However, HTC did announce a new phone in the HTC U 11 Life of which can be had in the United States, today. It’s a mid-range offering that comes with a stock Android experience, modest specifications, but all of HTC’s newest features including Amazon Alexa support and Edge Sense. There’s also an Android One version of the phone to be sold in other markets. In the US, T-Mobile is the exclusive carrier, but the phone can also be had unlocked from HTC directly for $349 to work on any GSM network.
In other news, two flagships that were released earlier in the year, Galaxy S8 from Samsung and LG V30 from LG, have respective variants that will head to both T-Mobile and Sprint on the same day next week. Starting November 17, Galaxy S8 Active and LG V30 Plus will be available to purchase in the above mentioned carrier stores, as well as online. Some were lucky enough to get their phone earlier, but new consumers will soon have a chance to upgrade. Galaxy S8 Active is part of a lineup that was exclusive to AT&T before this year, designed to provide some extra layers of protection from environmental elements. When it hits the pair of carriers next week, it’ll cost $820. As for LG V30 Plus, which is essentially an LG V30 with different color options and 128GB as opposed to 64GB of storage, its price tag has been set at $849.
Last, but certainly not least, there is Razer, who unveiled Razer Phone as the company’s very first. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with flagship quality specifications and features. Nova Launcher is the default launcher, and features like dual front-facing stereo speakers entailing a 24-bit DAC and Dolby Atmos, as well as 8GB of RAM, make this a media powerhouse designed for “hardcore gamers.” There’s a capacious 4,000mAh battery, a premium design quite reminiscent of the Nextbit Robin, an ultra-fast 120Hz refresh rate, and 64GB of internal storage with microSD card support. The Razer Phone will also, be released in the US on November 17, but for $699. You’ll be able to get it online or exclusively at Microsoft stores.
All these Android smartphones will be on the market (high-end or mid-range) in time for the holiday season. There’s an option for everyone. This brings us to our poll of the week. Are you considering any of the above mentioned smartphones? Do you plan to buy one for a loved one this holiday season? Or, is there another Android-powered option you have in mind? Drop a comment letting us know and be sure to vote in our weekly poll down below. The poll will remain open all week and we look forward to hearing your response.
Below are the major stories from this week.