If you are a smart technology enthusiast, there’s probably no greater pleasure than unboxing a new smartphone, especially if it’s the device of your dreams. Wait! Actually, there is. It’s when together with the handset you get some cool freebies. Last month at MWC a bunch of awesome smartphones were announced and a number of them are offered with a little surprise. Here are the best deals on phones that come bundled with free accessories.
Sometimes smartphone makers can be pretty generous. Check out what you can get for free if you buy the Alcatel Idol 4S, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
Alcatel Idol 4S
Let’s start with the most affordable device – the Alcatel Idol 4S. The phone, which is expected to go on sale in the next few months, will be shipped in a box that doubles as virtual reality headset. The accessory works in exactly the same manner as Samsung’s Gear VR or Google’s Cardboard, that is it displays the content from your smartphone in a way that makes you feel as if you were immersed in what are watching. You will be able to download the content via Alcatel’s own Onetouch VR Store.
The Idol 4S is somewhat below the most premium smartphones that were announced recently due to a rather modest processor – Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 652. However, the phone does pack a few impressive features which make it worth your attention. For starters, it sports a 5.5-inch QHD display and comes with 16-megapixel main and 8-megapixel front cameras. Moreover, it has a large 3,000 mAh battery’s and offers attractive metal and glass design.
The Alcatel Idol 4S is expected to arrive to the market in the coming months and will costs between $400 and $500.
LG is being more practical and will bundle the G5 with an extra battery and a charging cradle. Since smartphones are notorious for being power hungry, it seems like a pretty good choice of free accessories. Keep in mind, though, that the LG G5 with freebies will be offered only for a limited time. The phone will go on sale in the US in the first days of April and will be carried by all US major networks, that is Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. You also will be able to buy the handset from the largest retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, B&H, etc.
The LG G5 was undoubtedly one of the heroes of MWC 2016. The phone sports a metallic modular design which allows you to remove the bottom part and replace it with a different module, for example an extra battery or a camera grip. Similar to other high-end smartphones, G5’s 5.3-inch screen offers QHD resolution and it also has an Always On mode. Other key features include a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, as well as a 16-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The LG G5 is scheduled to arrive to US market in April and cost about $600.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
The newest members of the Galaxy S family are available with a free Gear VR headset as well as six games. If purchased separately, the VR headset together with the games would cost you $149.99, so it’s a pretty valuable bonus. If you want to take advantage of this deal, though, you may want to act fast, since it expires this Friday, March 18. What’s interesting, if you grab either the Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge from Verizon, you can opt for a free Gear S2 smartwatch instead of a Gear VR.
Both, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are on par with other 2016 flagships as far as specs are concerned. Both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s newest chip, the Snapdragon 820, and are IP68 certified which means they are dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. They also boast 12-megapixel main and 5-megapixel front cameras as well as QHD Super AMOLED screens (5.1-inch on the S7 and 5.5-inch dual-curve on the S7 Edge). The new
Galaxies are already available from all US major carriers and start as $649 and $749 for the S7 and S7 Edge, respectively.
Truth be told, none of the above mentioned accessories is an absolute must-have for a smartphone user, but indeed they can act as a quite strong incentive. Since the most premium smartphones released these days are very comparable in terms of hardware and software and are sold at similar prices, manufacturers have to throw in something extra to convince customers to choose their model over competitors’. That’s exactly what Alcatel, LG and Samsung are doing. Will they succeed? Time will tell.