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Apple Rumored to Launch Ultra-Affordable $259 iPad in 2018

Apple is planning to release an even cheaper 9.7-inch iPad model, which according to a DigiTimes report published Friday could retail for as low as $ 259 when it’s released sometime “in the second quarter of 2018.”

Citing “sources from related upstream suppliers,” the report says Apple is looking to position its new tablet as a more cost-conscious offering, which may appeal to those in up-and-coming markets like India, for example, as well as price-oriented consumers and enterprise customers looking to employ many iPads on the cheap.

The device will be manufactured by Apple’s Mac assembly partner, Compal Electronics, DigiTimes noted.

“With the new device, the sources expect the tablet market to witness a new wave of price competition among first-tier players including Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo.”

Earlier this year, Apple released its $ 329 iPad, which represents the company’s first ‘budget-friendly’ tablet built on the venerable 9.7-inch form-factor. It’s not clear from today’s report if the the newer, cheaper iPad will be sold in addition to the inherent model, or whether it would effectively replace the current model as Apple’s newer, lower-cost tablet offering.

Also unclear is what the new tablet could feature, component wise, in light of its lower price-point. Apple could go all bare-bones and employ generations-old chips and circuitry to help keep costs down, or, it could delight us by delivering a substantial upgrade over the current iPad at an even lower price.

Apple’s iPad business has struggled in recent years, and the company has reported multiple quarters of declining sales between 2014 and present. Its all-time high of 26.4 million units was achieved back in Q1 2014, but sales have declined intermittently prior to jumping earlier this year. The rebound can be attributed, in part, to the success of Apple’s $ 329 entry-level iPad, as well as its powerful 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro refreshes.

If true, the report could signify Apple’s desire to undercut the tablet competition and put iPads in the hands of more consumers. Keep in mind that until further notice the contents of this report should be taken with a grain of salt — especially since DigiTimes, historically speaking, is not the most reliable source in the Far East.

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New $259 9.7-inch iPad coming in 2018, rumor says

A new rumor purportedly originating at “sources from related upstream suppliers” claims Apple is preparing the cheapest ever 9.7-inch iPad for next year. As you may know, the company released the iPad 9.7 (2017) back in March, and that model is priced from $ 329. At launch, it was the cheapest iPad of its size yet. But in 2018 its successor is allegedly going to start at just $ 259. If that pans out, the rumored device will undoubtedly start a resurgence of the tablet sector in the mobile world, which hasn’t been doing all that well in the past few years. The slate is said to launch in the…

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Grab Huawei Honor 8 for as low as $259 ($140 off)

If you are a Huawei fan in the US, and are in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to checkout the deal Amazon is offering on the Honor 8 smartphone. The carrier is selling the device for as low as $ 259. Specifically, white and blue color models that have 32GB storage are being offered for $ 259, which – if you compare – translates into a discount of $ 140 given the fact that the Chinese company is officially selling these variants for $ 399.99. Aside from this, the gold model with 64GB storage, which usually goes for $ 449.99, is currently listed on Amazon for $ 349.82. So…

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[Deal Alert] Get an unlocked LG G5 for $259 from Newegg

The LG G5 was by no means a perfect phone. It was pretty expensive when it launched, and the modular add-ons never really caught on. Still, it received positive feedback for its wide-angle camera and removable battery (among other things). Now you can get an unlocked G5 for $ 259.99 on Newegg, at least $ 50 less than what any other US retailer is currently charging.

If you need a refresher, the LG G5 has a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and dual rear cameras (one of which is a wide-angle lens).

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