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Teclast X98 Air 3G Tablet: Android and Windows in One for only $201.29


Ladies and gentlemen, your dream has come true. For just $201.29, you get everything you want from a tablet.

I know my readers and this is one of the most requested items that people ask me about, a tablet that dual boots Android and Windows.

The dimensions are the same as an iPad. It’s 9.7″ with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 2048 x 1536 resolution. That is a Retina display. Personally, 4:3 is my favorite tablet aspect ratio. It’s the same as a piece of paper, so it’s very comfortable for reading in portrait mode.

It’s powered by an Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage. The Intel Atom is 2.16 GHz quad core, so you really have some power under the hood. It’s 22 nm, so it’s Intel’s Haswell.

I wrote that last paragraph to show that the specs are good, but that’s not the selling point of this thing. The selling point is that it dual boots Android and Windows.

Windows isn’t a great tablet OS. There isn’t really any good reading apps. In fact, most of the best apps on Android aren’t available on Windows.

You’re getting the best of both worlds. You get all of those fantastic tablet apps from Android and then you’re able to get real work done on Windows. There is an additional snap-on keyboard available, which is similar to a Surface cover.

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Basically, the Teclast X98 Air is like a combination of an iPad Air 2 that runs Android and a Surface 3, if that makes any sense. It’s really everything that you want in a tablet.

Then there’s the price. I called it a combination of an iPad Air 2 running Android and a Surface 3, both of which would cost $499. You could easily pay $700 for something like this, but it’s only $201.29. It’s absolutely incredible.

But wait, there’s more. This is a cellular tablet, something that’s typically worth an additional $100 in a tablet, but not here. Now, when you’re on the go, you can get your work done or type up that blog post when the idea strikes you, or you can buy a book and read it on Google Play Books.

With the Teclast X98 Air, you can do anything.

You can grab the Teclast X98 Air from Gearbest here.

Get a Xiaomi Redmi2 Pro from Gearbest for Just $142.79


It’s certainly amazing, the quality of the phones coming from China these days, given the price of the unlocked devices. Here in the United States, a decent phone costs a minimum of $300. A flagship costs at least $600.

Today, Gearbest is selling the Xiaomi Redmi2 Pro for only $142.79.

The Xiaomi Redmi2 Pro uses the 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor. The device is currently running Android 4.4 KitKat, so when it gets updated to Lollipop, it will make full use of the 64 bit processor, meaning that a fast phone will become even faster.

The display is a 4.7″ HD IPS LCD. That display is powered by an Adreno 306 GPU. It’s important to note that many phones that are released with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4xx processors ship with an Adreno 305, so this is going to have more power to push those pixels.

The pixel density of the display is 312 ppi. This is the same pixel density as many flagships that come in at around $500, such as the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. In fact, it’s just a few small pixels shy of Apple’s definition of Retina.

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Then there’s the camera. The rear camera is 8 MP with an f/2.2 aperture. Personally, I find 8 MP to be the perfect camera size. Anything more than about 6 MP has to be scaled down to fit a 4K display, so you know you can’t tell the difference between that and anything more. Also, the resolution is low enough to provide larger pixels, allowing for better low light performance. Combine that with an f/2.2 aperture and you have a great camera.

That’s not all. The Xiaomi Redmi2 Pro comes with 16 GB of onboard storage and 2 GB of RAM. Of course, there is also microSD support. I often tell people that 2 GB of RAM is plenty. There are new flagships coming out with 3 or even 4 GB of RAM for a $700 phone, but it’s unnecessary.

Mobile operating systems are designed to only use memory for the app that’s in focus. It frees up memory when you have apps in the background. This is why 2 GB of RAM is plenty. There are still PCs sold with 2 GB RAM. For $142.79, this is an amazing phone.

Here in the United States, there are plenty of phones that you can get for this price, but nothing this well specced.

Grab the Xiaomi Redmi2 Pro from Gearbest for $142.79 here!

Grab a TSL 3S M3G for Just $139!


Here comes another deal from Gearbest. This one is the TSL 3S M3G and it’s only $139. This phone is a beast. I really have to say, when you look at these deals from Gearbest and compare them to the prices of phones in the United States, it’s incredible the amount of value that they deliver.

The TSL 3S M3G uses a 1.5 GHz octa core 64 bit Snapdragon 615 processor combined with an Adreno 405 GPU. That’s a newer GPU than the Adreno 330 that ships with the Snapdragon 801 chipset. This is a powerful phone.

The Adreno 405 GPU powers a 5″ 1080p display, delivering a 443 ppi pixel density. Keep in mind that the iPhone 6 is 326 ppi, so this is well beyond Apple’s definition of Retina.

Then there’s the camera. The TSL 3S M3G uses a 13 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera, both with an f/2.2 aperture. There’s also an 88º wide angle front camera, allowing for great, high resolution group selfies.

You can grab the TCL 3S M3G from Gearbest right now for $139.99. Again, just look at what else you can get for that price in the United States. This is cheaper than a Moto E. Also, it’s unlocked so you can use it on the carrier of your choice!

Get the TCL 3S M3G from Gearbest by clicking here!

Deal: Flash Sale on Mlais MX Base and Mlais M7


Gearbest is having a flash sale for both the Mlais MX Base and the Mlais M7. You can grab the MX Base for just $99.99 and the M7 for just $159.99.

Mlais MX Base Mlais M7
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6735 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6752
GPU 600 MHz Dual Core Mali-T720 MP2 700 MHz Dual Core Mali-T760 MP2
Display 5″, 720p, 294 ppi, IPS LCD 5.5″, 720p, 267 ppi, IPS LCD
Body 71.5×145.8×9.9 mm, 188 g 76.8×149.5×8.6 mm, 160 g
Camera 8 MP, 3264×2448, 5 MP Front 13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP
Video 1080p - 30 fps, Front 720p - 30 fps 1080p - 30 fps, Front 1080p - 30 fps
Aperture f/2.2, Front f/2.2 f/2
Sensor Size 0.18″ 0.23″
Storage 16 GB, MicroSD 16 GB, MicroSD
Battery 4300 mAh 2600 mAh
Price $99.99 $159.99

I will start this off with the obvious thing I usually do. Compare this to ANY phone in the United States for these prices. Sure, you could get a great for for $100 with a two year contract, but then you’re getting charged an extra $25 a month JUST for being under contract. We’re talking about unlocked phones here. This pricing is unheard of here in the United States.

There’s also not a single phone sold in the United States that uses a 4300 mAh battery. That will get you a solid two days of battery life. You don’t even have to make sure you charge it at night!

But that’s the Mlais MX Base. If battery life is your thing, that’s all you. For me, the Mlais M7 is what’s catching my eye because I’m all about the camera.

The Mlais M7 uses a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor, which is the same sensor found in the rear camera of the Nexus 6 and the OnePlus One, except it’s a quarter of the price of the Nexus 6 and half the price of the OnePlus One.

Then there’s the RAM. 2 GB is plenty, which is what the Mlais MX Base uses, but the 3 GB in the Mlais M7 is sheer power. Combine that with a 1.7 GHz octa core processor and this phone is a beast!

Consider this: You can grab a Mlais M7 for the price of a Moto E. Sure, the Moto E is OK for a budget phone, but the Mlais M7 is good as an overall phone. You could easily pay $500 for this thing.

Then you have the Mlais MX Base, which you can grab for the price of a cheap prepaid phone that I can’t even think of a brand name for.

This is an awesome deal. The phones are unlocked, so you know that they’ll work on AT&T or T-Mobile or whoever your carrier is. Just pop the SIM in there.

Check out the flash sale here.

Grab a Meizu M2 Note for $169


Another deal from Gearbest has crossed my desk and this one is a whopper. This time, it’s the Meizu M2 Note.

There’s really nothing not to like about the Meizu M2 Note. There’s a lot to talk about here, so we may as well start off with what you’ll be looking at, the display. The display is a 5.5″ 1080p IGZO display, which works out to 401 ppi. Even Apple defines Retina as 326 ppi and this is well in excess of that.

At just 8.7 mm thin and 149 g, the Meizu M2 Note is sure to be comfortable to carry. Despite being thin and light, the Meizu M2 Note still packs a 3100 mAh battery, which is sure to provide all day battery life.

That battery powers a 1.3 GHz octa core MediaTek MT6753 processor and the display is powered by a triple core GPU. The device uses 2 GB of RAM, which is unheard of at this price, and comes with 16 GB of on board storage with microSD expansion.

Then, there’s the camera. The rear camera is 13 MP with an f/2.2 aperture and a dual LED flash. It features a five element lens, blue filter glass, a 300º panoramic lens, and it’s all protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 lens cover. But that’s just the rear camera.

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The front camera is 5 MP with an f/2 aperture, which is sure to provide awesome low light selfies. The front camera sensor is Omnivision OV5670 Purecel. It is a four element 69º wide angle lens.

Really, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the Meizu M2 Note is a sure winner, especially coming in at $169. Surely, you could expect to pay twice as much for a device with a rear camera this good, a front camera this good, a display so good, so thin, so light, a battery so powerful, and an octa core processor.

You can grab the Meizu M2 Note right now from Gearbest by clicking here.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code M2NOTE

Get a Doogee Y100 Pro for Only $119.99


Introducing the latest deal from Gearbest, the Doogee Valencia Y100 Pro for just $119.99.

The big feature in the Doogee Y100 Pro is the camera. The rear camera is 13 MP, providing plenty of room to crop and zoom in on images. It has a large aperture, coming in at f/2 and it uses a Sony Exmor RS sensor, so you can expect great low light performance and great quality.

The front camera is 8 MP, allowing you to take high resolution selfies with plenty of room to crop. This has to be the most budget friendly device with such a high resolution front camera.

You can view those photos on a 5″ HD IPS LCD that’s powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6735 and a Mali-T720 MP4 quad core GPU.

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The Doogee Valencia Y100 Pro comes with 16 GB of onboard storage and allows for microSD expansion. It also has 2 GB of RAM and runs the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop.

I should also mention that the phone is beautiful. It comes in a beautiful aluminum unibody.

All of this is for $119.99. Look across the board. There is no other phone with an 8 MP front camera, a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2 aperture and a Sony sensor, and 2 GB of RAM for this low price.

You can grab the Doogee Valencia Y100 Pro for $119 from Gearbest by clicking here.


Grab a Huawei P8 Lite for Only $206.99


Today’s deal is the Huawei P8 Lite. The Huawei P8 Lite uses Huawei’s own processor, a 1.2 GHz octa core Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 620. Keep in mind that that’s 1.2 GHz PER CORE, putting it on par with many of the $600 phones on the market.

The Huawei P8 Lite features a 5″ HD IPS LCD, which is powered by a Mali-450 MP4 quad core GPU, so you can expect solid graphics performance.

The camera might be the most impressive feature of the Huawei P8 Lite. It features a 13 MP sensor, which will leave plenty of room for cropping; however, it also uses an f/2 aperture, which should provide fantastic low light performance. It also uses a dual LED flash, which is really impressive for a device at this price.

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You also have a 5 MP front facing camera. This will provide lots of high resolution selfies. Keep in mind that all you need for a great photo is about 5 MP, since all you need to fill a 4K display is about 5 MP. Everything else gets scaled down.

The Huawei P8 Lite also comes with 16 GB of onboard storage. Of course, that is expandable with a microSD card. It also features 2 GB of RAM, which is plenty for smooth performance.

You can grab the Huawei P8 Lite for only $206.99 from Gearbest here.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code P8LITE

Get a Siswoo A5 Chocolate for Just $99.99


The Siswoo A5 Chocolate. Just the name itself is enough. It goes alongside other names of Siswoo products such as Longbow, Darkmoon, Cooper, Monster, and not to mention the A4 Chocolate. But Chocolate just sounds delicious, and this deal is delicious.

The Siswoo A5 Chocolate uses a 1.5 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6735 processor. The 5″ qHD display is powered by a quad core GPU for strong graphics performance.

The rear camera is 5 MP bringing you roughly 4K pictures, with features such as digital image stabilization and digital zoom. The front camera is 2 MP, giving you 1080p (full HD) selfies.

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The Siswoo A5 features 8 GB of onboard storage; however, there is a microSD expansion slot for adding additional storage. The key here is that the Siswoo A5 Chocolate features 1 GB of RAM. A full gigabyte of RAM is important in a budget phone, as many phones at this price point only have 512 MB of RAM, keeping the user from having access to apps that require additional memory.

All of that is powered by a 2200 mAh battery. With a qHD display and a 1.5 GHz quad core processor, the Siswoo A5 Chocolate is sure to provide all day battery life to the user.

The Siswoo A5 Chocolate runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and can be yours for the low, low price of just $99.99. You really can’t ask for more for under $100.

You can order the Siswoo A5 Chocolate from Gearbest here.

Get a Oukitel U8 Universe Tap for Just $130.49


I have to say, this is a really cool phone. It’s the first phone I’ve ever seen that has no bezel. The display actually goes from edge to edge. It’s beautiful.

The display is the key feature of the Oukitel U8 Universe Tap, with a 5.5″ HD IPS LCD with a 2.5D curved glass screen. It actually goes from edge to edge. It’s awesome.

That display is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6735 processor, which is backed up by 2 GB of RAM. Actually, I should say that the display is backed up by a quad core Mali-T720 GPU. Either way, it has some power to back it up.

The Oukitel U8 Universe Tap also has a powerful set of cameras. The rear camera is 13 MP with an f/2.2 aperture, making it excellent for low light. It also uses a dual tone LED flash. Many phones that come in at this price only have a single LED flash, which is next to useless. Not this one. This is a great deal.

The front camera is 5 MP, which is plenty for a front camera. In fact, it’s all you need. If you look at your photos on a 4K display, 5 MP fills the screen, assuming that the photo is taken with a 4:3 aspect ratio. We can assume that selfies don’t need to be cropped as much.

Another cool feature of the Ouikitel U8 Universe Tap is the fingerprint reader. Just press the fingerprint reader to unlock the phone.

The Ouikitel U8 Universe Tap uses the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop. Also, a 2800 mAh battery, so it should be good for all day battery life.

The real selling point of this guy is the display. This is something you can show off to your friends. Coolest thing ever. Buy it now for $130.49.

You can order the Ouikitel U8 Universe Tap here.

Coupon code: OUKITELU8

Get a Mlais M7 for Only $171.89! Great Deal!


I’m doling out the deals today! I just showed off some great deals for the Elephone S2 and the Elephone S2 Plus, which you can grab right now for $129.99 and $146.89, respectively.

Those are some fantastic deals; however, what if you want to spend a few more dollars and get something a little more high end? That’s where the Mlais M7 comes in.

Starting from the top, the Mlais M7 uses a 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6752 processor. At 1.7 GHz per core, it adds up to 13.6 GHz. At the same time, Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 810 does four 1.5 GHz cores and four 2 GHz cores for a total of 14 GHz, and the Snapdragon 810 overheats. The Snapdragon 808 is the next best, but it only does dual core 2 GHz and a quad core 1.5 GHz.

If you don’t follow the techno-babble, just keep in mind that a 1.7 GHz octa core MediaTek MT6752 processor is pretty darn powerful.

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Backing up that power is 3 GB of RAM, which is right on par with any Android phone on the market. Heck, it’s right on par with any phone at all.

With a powerful processor and lots of memory, it’s shown off on a 5.5″ HD display, allowing you plenty of screen real estate to get everything you need done.

Right behind the powerful processor, flagship amount of memory, and high resolution display, we also have high resolution cameras. The Mlais M7 uses a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera, which will give you plenty of room to crop and zoom in on your photos.

It’s really not about the resolution though. A high MP count on a camera gives you plenty of room to crop your photos without losing quality; however, we have to make sure that the photos are quality in the first place, right?

Well, you can rest easy knowing that the Mlais M7 uses a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor in the rear camera, so you know that you have some real quality hardware back there.

The battery is 2600 mAh, which is plenty for a day of battery life; however, the Mlais M7 also supports fast charging technology, so in that rare event that you might run out of power, you can charge it up real quick. I can tell you, that fast charging technology can be a game changer.

With a powerful 1.7 GHz octa core processor, 3 GB of RAM to back it up, a 13 MP rear camera with a Sony IMX135 Exmor RS sensor, a 5 MP front camera, a huge HD display, and a 2600 mAh battery with fast charging technology built into it, what more can you ask for?

Well, how about a great price? We can still ask for that, right? You can snag the Mlais M7 right now for just $171.89 unlocked.

You can order the Mlais M7 here.

Coupon code: M7GB