Whenever newer phones hit the market, previous versions start enjoying massive discounts on various carriers and retailers.
There have been crazy deals for a number of phones already, including the newest LG G6 and , however, the latest deals are about the 2016 flagships – the HTC 10 and LG V20. These two phones are among the best to be released in 2016 and there’s no doubt about this. You will come across the best hardware specs, top-notch designs and highly ranked cameras, however, their prices were not a welcome for all enthusiasts.
At launch, the HTC 10 had a price of $700. This was way below the asking price of the LG V10, which was about $800 and even more on some retailers. Now that the HTC U11 has already been unveiled, the phone is no longer the company’s top-tier offering in the smartphone market. This has already resulted in a number of discounted deals, but none of these deals can beat what Sprint is offering right now.
The American carrier has slammed a permanent discount on the HTC 10. In short, from now henceforth, you will be able to grab the HTC 10 on the carrier for a small amount of just $240. This is insane for a phone that has still a lot to offer having been around for just one year. It gets even more interesting where Sprint will let you pay for the phone outright or opt for a 24-month contract of $10 per month. Furthermore, the phone can be bought by anyone, including non-Sprint customers and since it has an unlockable bootloader, you can end up using it on any other carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile.
Just to give you some highlights, the HTC 10 ships with a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 screen with a QHD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Under the hood, the 10 has a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC that is clocked at a speed of 2.15GHz. This has been paired with a RAM of 4GB and even though there are two storage options of 32GB and 64GB, the deal on Sprint only takes into account the former. In fact, this is the only model that is sold on the carrier.
HTC 10 received one of the best ratings in terms of camera performance. The back camera has a 12MP UltraPixel shooter that boasts a large f/1.8 aperture alongside flagship features such as OIS, laser AF, dual-tone LED flash, HDR, panorama and 4K video recording. The front shooter has a decent 5MP lens that keeps the same aperture and adds the likes of AF, HDR, 1080p video recording and OIS, the first of its kind.
Similar to many 2017 handsets, the HTC 10 has a USB-C port for connectivity alongside a 3.5mm audio jack, something its successor lacks. The fingerprint scanner is front-mounted, there’s Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE connectivity, a 3000mAh non-removable battery with support for fast charging technology and Android Marshmallow out of the box with a ready update to Android Nougat.
When it comes to the LG V20, the same carrier – Sprint – is giving you a discount of $240. Usually, the phone is priced at $792, but if you opt for a 24-month contract, the carrier will charge you $552 or rather $23 per month. Although not as great as the HTC 10, those who fancy the dual-screen LG V20 will love this deal.
Being a 2016 flagship, the LG V20 doesn’t disappoint on the specs side of things. The phone ships with a 5.7-inch QHD display screen with Gorilla Glass 4 on top. There’s a smaller secondary display on top of the main screen that houses system notifications, alerts, time and date. Under the hood, the same Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM are used alongside 64GB of expandable storage.
The software out of the box is Android Nougat, which means you only have to wait for Android O. In terms of cameras, the LG V20 has a dual 16MP+8MP shooter on the back and a 5MP lens for selfies and keeping it alive is a 3200mAh removable battery, which also supports fast charging technology.