Apple iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini get price cuts

Apple made the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 official today at a special event. This, however, doesn’t mean that their respective predecessors will not be sold anymore.

In fact, the original iPad Air from last year and the iPad mini with Retina Display (also known as the iPad mini 2) will stick around and serve as cheaper alternatives to Apple’s new slates. Surprisingly though, even the original iPad mini from 2012 will still be available.

gsmarena 001 Apple iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini get price cuts

This will be the most affordable of the bunch, going for $ 249. The iPad mini 2 will set you back $ 299, so it’s going to be $ 100 less than the new mini 3. Over on the Air front, to get an original iPad Air you’ll only need to shell out $ 399, and again that’s $ 100 less than the new model.

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Sony will update entire Xperia Z line to Android 5.0 Lollipop

Following in the footsteps of Motorola and HTC, both of which made their plans public already, Sony has today let us know which of its devices are due to get upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The L release of Google’s mobile operating system finally got named yesterday. And now we have some good news for owners of Sony Xperia devices – specifically, those in the Z series.

gsmarena 001 Sony will update entire Xperia Z line to Android 5.0 Lollipop

The following products are going to get the Lollipop update: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

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Live photo of Oppo N3 reveals a fingerprint reader on the back

big Live photo of Oppo N3 reveals a fingerprint reader on the back

We’ve seen numerous leaks about the Oppo N3, all of which focus on its camera – the rotating 16MP shooter is indeed the defining feature of the upcoming Oppo camera phone but the closely cropped teasers were concealing the fingerprint reader on the back.

A live photo of the device shows the back in its entirety and reveals the alleged fingerprint reader. The back has gotten some press previously, advertising its space-grade metal construction of aluminum-lithium alloy.

However the teaser for that was positioned specifically to avoid the showing the back – we guess Oppo was saving that for another big revealing teaser.

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Nexus 6 will be sold by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

Motorola and Google made the Nexus 6 official earlier today, and we already know it’s going to cost $ 649 if you choose to purchase the 32GB base model from the Play Store in unlocked form.

Though if you were wondering about carrier support, this is for you. And it’s very good news. It turns out that the Nexus 6 will get the widest US release of any Nexus device ever.

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It will be available at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. What’s more, T-Mobile was even so kind as to already announce its release details.

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Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 manual shows high-end specs

Rare as they might be, flip Androids do exist, the Galaxy Golden is even getting a successor as per a recent leak. The Samsung Galaxy Golden 2 is actually a pretty high-end device though it’s headed to China Telecom so you may never see one in person.

The new device upgrades the screens, which were the most disappointing part of the original Golden. Now two identical screens are used both inside and outside – 4.6″ Super AMOLEDs with WXGA resolution (1,280 x 768 pixels), a sizable increase from 3.7″/3.5″ WVGA screens.

The processing power has been increased significantly as well with a Snapdragon 801 chipset – quad-core Krait 400 at 2.5GHz, 2GB RAM and Adreno 330. The phone runs a current Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

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HTC Desire Eye appears in an AT&T promo video

The freshly announced HTC Desire Eye made an appearance in an AT&T promo video. The selfie-centric smartphone will hit the carrier’s shelves in time for the holiday shopping season. AT&T will offer it exclusively in the United States.

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As expected the AT&T’s promo video focuses on the key features of the HTC Desire Eye. Highlights include a duo of 13MP cameras, HTC BoomSound, and the device’s water resistance among others. See the video below.

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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 Compact can be ordered in the US

If you’re in the US and want to grab a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, then this is for you. And that’s especially true if you like to purchase your smartphones unlocked and without being tied to long-term contracts with carriers.

gsmarena 001 Unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 Compact can be ordered in the US

Sony has now put the Z3 Compact up for order on its official online store for the US. The device is priced at $ 529.99, and in terms of colors you can choose between white, black, orange, or green.

There’s just one caveat right now, however. The phone is currently backordered, and there’s no indication as to when exactly it will be in stock. So here’s hoping that Sony is doing its best to have the Z3 Compact available for eager Americans as soon as possible.

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