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Amazon’s sale on Echo smart speakers has deals starting as low as $17

Amazon’s Echo devices really are some of the best smart speakers around, and thanks to a limited time sale, they’re even more affordable this weekend. Right now, the entire lineup of Echo smart speakers is on sale with prices discounted by as much as 47%. Whether you’re looking for the popular, inexpensive Echo Dot or hoping to rock out with an enhanced model like the Echo Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to save and pick one up for less.

Amazon usually offers discounts on these devices in the middle of July via its exclusive Prime Day sale for Amazon Prime members, though considering this year’s event has been pushed back to October, this could be the lowest price we see on these devices for months. Anyone who was hoping to save during Prime Day might want to buy now instead.

While the Echo Dot is $10 off and down to $39.99 currently, you’ll find bigger discounts on other models like the full-sized Echo, now discounted by $30 and on sale for $69.99. The largest discount can be found on the Echo Plus which is now on sale for $79.99, saving you $70 off its full price.

The most affordable Echo smart speaker on sale today is the Echo Flex. This tiny smart speaker plugs into your AC outlet so you can talk to Alexa in any room of the house. It’s even capable of letting you stream music from services like Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music, though the sound quality does pale in comparison to the larger models. Today it’s on sale for $17.49, a 30% discount.

Other Echo devices on sale this week include the Echo Auto for $34.99, the Echo Dot Kids Edition for $49.99, and the Echo Studio for $199.99 (which even includes a free smart bulb with the purchase).

Amazon offers free shipping on orders totaling $25 or more, though you could receive your order even faster with an Amazon Prime membership. Start a free 30-day trial today to score free two-day shipping with no order minimum, along with access to all of Prime’s perks like the Prime Video streaming service, exclusive members-only discounts, and more.

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Google Pixel 4a pre-orders go live with August 20 availability

Google’s newest phone, the Pixel 4a, is finally available for pre-order. Having blown by its expected May launch, the handset arrives with a wallet-friendly $350 price tag.When much of the fanfare and advertising for phones tends to center around flagships and devices approaching $1,000, Google’s latest is a fraction of the price. Nevertheless, it still has more than enough hardware and modern software to satisfy the needs of the masses.At just $350, the Pixel 4a runs Android 10 and largely features the same camera experience that’s found in the Pixel 4. Moreover, it also has a headphone jack and a bigger battery than the standard model.Android 105.81-inch FHD+ displayQualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor6GB RAM128GB storage12.2-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera8-megapixel wide-angle camera3140mAh battery3.5mm audio jackAs to why the Pixel 4a is less than half the price of the Pixel 4, there are plenty of reasons. It’s just up to the buyer to determine whether it’s worth spending the extra money.With that said, the Pixel 4a does not have wireless charging, nor does it have the soft-touch glass back and water resistant protection. Instead it has a polycarbonate body to keep price down.AvailabilityThe Pixel 4a is available for pre-order in the US at Google Store and on Google Fi where it can be purchased unlocked at just $350. It will be more widely available to customers on August 20 through the Google Store, Best Buy, Amazon, and more. Additionally, US carriers will offer the phone, including Google Fi, US Cellular, and Verizon.Customers who purchase the Pixel 4a receive three month free trials of YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass and Google One.Interestingly enough, the Google Pixel 4a appears to be offered in black only through Google’s online store. Other colors expected in the lead-up to announcement included white and blue. Perhaps various carriers and retailers will have different options.

Google begins dropping details on Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5

Today might be the official arrival of the Google Pixel 4a, but that doesn’t mean Google isn’t already looking to the horizon. Indeed, Google is ready to share details about the next few models in the pipeline.According to Google, the Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5 will arrive “this fall” and both will feature 5G connectivity. Moreover, Google is already sharing its expected price for the former, putting it at just $499.Whether the true difference between the standard 4a and the 5G-ready version is 5G support remains unclear.Google often debuts its flagship Pixel phones in October, and that would definitely fit in thethis fall” timeline. However, with the ongoing pandemic, and the fact that the Pixel 4a arrived nearly three months later than expected, it’s hard to say for sure.As Google tells us both the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.If you’re interested in learning more about either of these phones, you can sign up to receive updates.

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