Amazon Prime Wardrobe in Testing, a ‘Try Before You Buy’ Fashion Service

Amazon.com wants to turn your living room into a fitting room.

The e-commerce giant, already one of the biggest apparel sellers in the United States, on Tuesday unveiled a test programme called Prime Wardrobe. Part of the Amazon Prime shopping club, the new feature will allow members to order three or more items without paying for them up front.

Customers will have a week after receiving their shipment to decide which items they want to buy and which they want to return before being charged.

It is the latest foray by Amazon into apparel and groceries, categories that have been slower to shift online. Last week Amazon said it would buy grocer Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, an aggressive step into the brick-and-mortar retail world and potentially a strategy for getting products to urban customers’ doorsteps faster.

Prime Wardrobe represents another way Amazon is encouraging people to sign up for Prime, its $99-per-year programme that includes two-day shipping and streaming video. The company has found that assuming these extra costs is worth it because Prime members buy more goods, more often on Amazon.

Surging apparel sales are already helping Amazon challenge Macy’s as the dominant retailer in the category. Prime Wardrobe may add further pressure.

“If I were Macy’s, I’d be scared by this,” said Morningstar analyst Bridget Weishaar. “Amazon is offering a very convenient way to avoid going to stores,” adding that experience-driven millennials are happy to skip the trip.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe in Testing, a 'Try Before You Buy' Fashion ServiceThe Prime Wardrobe programme includes more than a million items from shoes to accessories and clothing. Shoppers receive a 20 percent discount when they keep five or more items. Items are shipped in a resealable box with a prepaid label for returns.

Brands include Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Adidas, Levi’s, and possibly Amazon’s private-label clothing – and the Prime Wardrobe programme may be key for growing shoppers’ awareness of this, Weishaar said.

The programme is perhaps a play by Amazon for data, too. Like Amazon’s voice-controlled camera, the Echo Look, and an accompanying app that recommends which of two outfits is best, Prime Wardrobe has the potential to offer the retailer insights on which fits and styles shoppers prefer.

The service is similar to a number of “try-before-you-buy” services including Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, which is part of Nordstrom.

eBay to Match Amazon and Other Rivals’ Prices in Bid to Attract Shoppers

eBay on Wednesday said it would match top competitors’ prices for a number of popular products in an effort to lure customers.

The news follows a string of initiatives by the seller marketplace to catch up to e-commerce rivals, and ultimately set itself apart as a haven for finding treasures online rather than commodity products.

In the fall, eBay will guarantee three-day delivery for tens of millions of items for the first time – a logistical feat that Amazon.com has already mastered. eBay has also shifted away from its former core – online auctions – toward fixed-price sales in line with big retailers.

eBay to Match Amazon and Other Rivals' Prices in Bid to Attract ShoppersNow, eBay will guarantee that the roughly 50,000 new products on its Deals site will be at least as cheap as identical items sold by Amazon, Wal-Mart Stores, Target and other major retailers on the web. Shoppers must contact eBay’s customer service team about relevant price disparities to receive a coupon they can apply at checkout.

The move may be a jab at Amazon, which cut back on price-matching last year.

“Consumers are still very price conscious,” said Hal Lawton, senior vice president of North America at eBay, in an interview. “Post 2009 and 2010, value just became an even stronger consideration for where they shop and what they buy. That really hasn’t waned even though the economy has strengthened.”

eBay Deals accounts for more than $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,450 crores) of the company’s annual gross merchandise volume – the total value of all goods sold on its websites. Gross merchandise volume for its marketplace was $79.4 billion (roughly Rs. 5,12,156 crores) in 2016.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Confirmed; Release Date Leaked by Amazon

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus appears to be the official name of Wolfenstein: New Colossus which was hinted at by publisher Bethesda at E3 2016.

In the run up to Bethesda’s E3 2017 event, Amazon Germany had put up a listing for the game which has now been removed. Spotted by members of popular gaming forum NeoGAF, it suggests that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has a release date of October 27 this year.

Cleverly disguised at Bethesda’s E3 2016 conference, Wolfenstein: New Colossus may take place in Nazi-occupied America. Developed by Machine Games – the studio behind the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, it could be confirmed at E3 2017.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Confirmed; Release Date Leaked by AmazonBrian Bloom, the voice actor of series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz, also suggested that we’d see more Wolfenstein in the future, making this seem likely. Or it could just be an elaborate ruse to keep our minds off how iffy Quake Champions is.

Regardless, Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference should put all speculation to rest.

And where does this leave us with Bethesda? If true it probably means that we may see Starfield – the heavily rumoured open-world title set in space as well as The Evil Within 2 from Vanquish and Resident Evil 4 mastermind, Shinji Mikami.

OnePlus 5 StyleSwap Covers Leaked in Four Variants Ahead of Launch

Though the launch event is just hours away, the OnePlus 5 leaks just refuse to stop. The latest image leak indicates that the OnePlus 5 will be launched alongside a bunch of StyleSwap covers, and four of them can be seen in a leaked image.

Twitter user Harsh Pitroda has gotten hold of this image, and it shows four StyleSwap covers for the OnePlus 5. The leaked image suggests that the covers will be available in the popular wooden and sandstone finishes. Some of these covers were seen on the OnePlus 3 as well, and they look like they are about to make a comeback on the OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 5 launch event will begin at 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday. You can watch the live stream on the company’s US website. In India, the smartphone will launch at an event in Mumbai on June 22, and the smartphone looks set to be made available on the same day exclusively on Amazon India.

OnePlus 5 StyleSwap Covers Leaked in Four Variants Ahead of LaunchAs for leaked specifications, the OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

The OnePlus 5 sports two rear sensors at the back – one main 16-megapixel Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture and another 20-megapixel Sony telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the OnePlus 5. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and More

The sale season continues with the new Amazon sale that started Monday and continues till tomorrow. The three-day Amazon Smartphone Sale offers deals and discounts on OnePlus 3T, Moto G5 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, and many others. The new Amazon sale will end tomorrow, so if you are in the market for a new smartphone, then you should probably check out the deals here. But it’s not just smartphones that are on discount, as the new Amazon sale provides deals on laptops, televisions, earphones, power banks, microSD cards, as well as consumer durables. Separately, OnePlus 5 – the successor of OnePlus 3T will launch tonight, and Amazon India is running an app-only contest through which fans can get a unit of the next OnePlus flagship for free.

Amazon sale deals on mobiles

For starters, the Amazon sale is offering OnePlus 3T 64GB at Rs. 29,999 with an exchange offer and a No Cost EMI option. The exchange offer is up to Rs. 13,060 and there’s also an offer from Vodafone that gets you 45GB of free data for five months. Furthermore, as part of the Amazon sale, there is up to 70 percent off on OnePlus 3T cases and covers as well. Amazon is also offering those buying the OnePlus 3T as part of the Amazon sale, Amazon Pay balance of Rs. 250 if you stream video content via the Prime Video app once you purchase the smartphone. Lastly, there’s also a Bajaj Finserv No Cost EMI option applicable on the OnePlus 3T 64GB starting at Rs. 2,499 for 12 months.

As part of the Amazon India sale, the iPhone 7 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB are up for grabs at discounted rates of Rs. 42,999, Rs. 54,490, and Rs. 65,900 respectively. There’s a further discount of up to Rs. 13,060 also offered on exchange of an old smartphone, reducing the purchase value even further. This exchange offer is also listed on the iPhone 6 32GB which is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 24,999 as part of the Amazon sale offers.

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and MoreThe Moto Z is also available at a discounted rate of R. 29,999, with additional exchange offers of up to Rs. 13,060 also applicable on the purchase of this smartphone. There are several Moto Mod discounts also listed alongside the smartphone during the Amazon India sale. A similar exchange offer is also listed on the Moto G5 Plus as well as the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime smartphones.

Coming to budgeted smartphones, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a Rs. 2,000 discount offer during the Amazon sale and is available at Rs. 6,999.The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro smartphone is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 8,690 with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,712 also applicable. The Samsung On5 Pro is up for grabs for Rs. 7,190 and the maximum exchange offer is up to Rs. 5,662.

All smartphone offers during the Amazon India sale can be viewed on the Amazon website.

Amazon sale offers on laptops, mobile accessories, and other products

Mobile accessories like memory cards and headphones have also been listed with lucrative offers. Laptops from Apple, HP, Lenovo, Dell, and other brands are also being sold at a discounted rate, and some of them also list an exchange offer of up to Rs. 10,000. Check out all the laptop deals here. Lastly, Amazon is also offering discounts on TVs and large appliances as part of its three-day sale.

Amazon Sale Offers: iPhone 7 Rs. 17,001 Cheaper, Over Rs. 11,000 Discount on All Phones

The three-day Amazon sale on mobile phones will end tonight, leaving only a few hours before some of the best prices on popular smartphones dry up. The e-commerce giant is offering discounts and deals on handsets iPhones, as well as popular smartphones by the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, Moto, Coolpad, etc. If you are looking to buy a smartphone this season, scroll down to see some of the best ongoing Amazon sale offers you can get your hands on today. Of course, the offers include more than just flat discounts, as you get exchange discounts, cashbacks, no-cost EMIs, and even free mobile data with select operators in these Amazon sale offers.

iPhone 7
The Amazon sale offer on iPhone 7 brings down the prices of all variants of the Apple flagship. The 32GB iPhone 7 can be purchased for Rs. 42,999, while the 128GB and 256GB models now have best price of Rs. 52,987 and Rs. 64,800, respectively. On top of these discounted prices, you also get exchange discount of up to Rs. 11,082 on three iPhone 7 variants in the ongoing sale.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s
If the latest iPhone model is too expensive for you, then there’s the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s discounts you can check out. The 32GB iPhone 6 usually costs Rs. 26,999, but can now be purchased for Rs. 25,499 in the Amazon sale – a discount of Rs. 1,500. Similar to this is the iPhone 6s 32GB discount, which brings down the price from the standard Rs. 36,999 to Rs. 34,999, a difference of Rs. 2,000. Of course, the Rs. 11,082 exchange discount applies here as well.

Moto X Force
Moto X Force, the smartphone with a ShatterShield display, has received the biggest discount in the Amazon sale. The Moto X Force 64GB variant is available for Rs. 15,999, a solid Rs. 22,000 shaved off its standard price. In addition to the steep price cut, there’s the Rs. 11,082 exchange discount to make the deal even sweeter. Launched in India in February 2016, the smartphone has a display that the company claims will not crack even if dropped on a slab of concrete; the display panel comes with a 4-year warranty for accidental damage.

Amazon Sale Offers: iPhone 7 Rs. 17,001 Cheaper, Over Rs. 11,000 Discount on All PhonesLG G6
LG G6, which competes with the likes of iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, can be purchased for Rs. 39,999. This represents a Rs. 12,000 discount over its launch price of Rs. 51,990, which makes it a rather lucrative deal considering the phone was launched just two months ago. And on top of that you get exchange discount of up to Rs. 11,802, Bajaj FinServ no-cost EMI option, and 100GB of free Reliance Jio data. If you are purchasing the handset on credit card EMI, you can get the interest back in the form of Amazon Pay cashback on buying it from Cloudtail India.

OnePlus 3T
The current OnePlus flagship, the OnePlus 3T, does not have any price cuts, but comes with exchange discount of Rs. 11,082. This can bring down the price of the popular handset down to Rs. 18,917, from the standard Rs. 29,999. As the 128GB model is now out of stock in India, a discount on the 64GB variant’s price is the only deal available now. But to make it worth the money, the Amazon sale is giving Rs. 500 in promotional ebook credits for the Kindle users, Rs. 250 cashback as Amazon Pay on logging into your Prime Video account, up to 70 percent discount on OnePlus 3T cases and covers, Bajaj FinServ no-cost EMI option, and 45GB data free for 5 months on Vodafone.

As a side note, the smartphone’s successor, the OnePlus 5, launched last night, and will go on sale at 4:30pm IST on Thursday in India on Amazon.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A to Go on Sale in the Country Today via Amazon India

Xiaomi Redmi 4A (Review), the popular budget smartphone from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, will go on sale via Amazon India at 12pm IST on Thursday. It will be available in Dark Grey and Gold colours. Launched in India in March, the Redmi 4A is available in only variant: 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, priced at Rs. 5,999. The smartphone was launched alongside the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime in China in November 2016.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A specifications

Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A to Go on Sale in the Country Today via Amazon IndiaIt sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

Amazon Sale Offers Deals on iPhone 7, OnePlus 3T, iPhone 6, and More

Amazon India is now hosting a smartphone sale on its website with offers on brands like Motorola, OnePlus, Apple, Samsung, and others. The three-day Amazon sale will go on till June 21, and apart from smartphones, you can get offers and discounts on accessories, laptops, and even headphones. Popular smartphones like iPhone 7, OnePlus 3T (whose successor is set to be revealed this week), Moto G5 Plus, iPhone SE, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, among others, are up for grabs at discounted prices as part of the sale.

Amazon sale offers on mobiles

For starters, Amazon exclusive OnePlus 3T 64GB is up for grabs at Rs. 29,999 with an exchange offer and a No Cost EMI option. The exchange offer is up to Rs. 13,060 and there’s also an offer from Vodafone that gets you 45GB of free data for five months. Furthermore, as part of the Amazon sale, there is up to 70 percent off on OnePlus 3T cases and covers as well. Amazon is also offering those buying the OnePlus 3T as part of the Amazon sale, Amazon Pay balance of Rs. 250 if you stream video content via the Prime Video app once you purchase the smartphone. Lastly, there’s also a Bajaj Finserv No Cost EMI option applicable on the OnePlus 3T 64GB starting at Rs. 2,499 for 12 months.

As part of the Amazon India sale, the iPhone 7 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB are up for grabs at discounted rates of Rs. 42,999, Rs. 54,490, and Rs. 65,900 respectively. There’s a further discount of up to Rs. 13,060 also offered on exchange of an old smartphone, reducing the purchase value even further. This exchange offer is also listed on the iPhone 6 32GB which is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 24,999 as part of the Amazon sale offers.

Amazon Sale Offers Deals on iPhone 7, OnePlus 3T, iPhone 6, and MoreThe Moto Z is also available at a discounted rate of R. 29,999, with additional exchange offers of up to Rs. 13,060 also applicable on the purchase of this smartphone. There are several Moto Mod discounts also listed alongside the smartphone during the Amazon India sale. A similar exchange offer is also listed on the Moto G5 Plus as well as the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime smartphones.

Coming to budgeted smartphones, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a Rs. 2,000 discount offer during the Amazon sale and is available at Rs. 6,999.The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro smartphone is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 8,690 with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,712 also applicable. The Samsung On5 Pro is up for grabs for Rs. 7,190 and the maximum exchange offer is up to Rs. 5,662.

All smartphone offers during the Amazon India sale can be viewed on the Amazon website.

Amazon sale offers on laptops, mobile accessories, and other products

Mobile accessories like memory cards and headphones have also been listed with lucrative offers.

Laptops from Apple, HP, Lenovo, Dell, and other brands are also being sold at a discounted rate, and some of them also list an exchange offer of up to Rs. 10,000. Check out all the laptop deals here.

OnePlus 5 Spotted in Benchmarks With 8GB RAM and 6GB RAM Variants

OnePlus is still a few days away from unveiling its new flagship, the OnePlus 5, though leaks around the handset are refusing to die. The latest hints that the smartphone will be available in both 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM options.

The OnePlus 5 has been spotted in GeekBench benchmark listing indicating presence of 8GB of RAM. A recent leak seemingly confirmed that the smartphone will come with 8GB of RAM as prolific tipster Evan Blass spotted a mention of the specification in the source code of the teaser landing page on Amazon India. The source code included the text, “OnePlus 5 powered by 2.35GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM will release on 22 June 2017 as an exclusive at Amazon.in.” The GeekBench shows the handset listed as OnePlus A5000. Android Pure spotted the Geekbench listing first.

Additionally, a Chinese report cites an AnTuTu benchmark listing to claims there might be a 6GB RAM model of the OnePlus 5 as well. According to the leaked AnTuTu benchmark listing, the OnePlus 5 with model number OnePlus A5000 will come with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage option.

OnePlus 5 Spotted in Benchmarks With 8GB RAM and 6GB RAM VariantsBased on preliminary leaks, the OnePlus 5 is said to be powered by a 2.35GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC and run on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The smartphone is rumoured to sport a 23-megapixel rear sensor and a 16-megapixel camera at front for selfies. Recent leaks have teased dual-rear cameras on the OnePlus 5 though it’s unclear how the implementation works.

The Chinese company has already confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will be launching globally on June 20 while the India launch will happen on June 22.

For pricing, it is being said that the OnePlus 5 will be the most expensive by the company yet. The 6GB/ 64GB is said to be priced in India at Rs. 32,999, while the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant is said to be priced at Rs. 37,999.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 to be Available via Amazon India and Mi.com Today

Xiaomi Redmi 4 smartphone will go on sale via Mi.com and Amazon India at 12pm today, giving you another chance to try your luck in getting your hands on the elusive budget smartphone. Amazon India offers for prospective buyers of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 include free Hungama Music subscription for 12 months and Hungama Play for 3 months; 45GB free data from Vodafone; and Rs. 200 promotion credit for Kindle books if you download and sign in to the Kindle app on your Redmi 4.

Xiaomi’s mi.com online store will also have the Redmi 4 on offer, with buyers getting 10 percent ‘SuperCash’ on all purchases made on the store, including the Xiaomi Redmi 4. You can also get up to Rs. 500 cash back if you make your purchase via EMI on a SBI Credit Card. You can head over to mi.com or Amazon India at 12 noon to buy your Xiaomi Redmi 4.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price in India on Amazon India and mi.com

Xiaomi Redmi 4 is available in three variants: one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage at Rs. 6,999; a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at Rs. 8,999; and the top-end variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a price in India of Rs. 10,999. As has been the case until now, the latter will not be available via Amazon India or mi.com as part of Tuesday’s Xiaomi Redmi 4 sale.

Image result for Xiaomi Redmi 4 to be Available via Amazon India and Mi.com TodayXiaomi Redmi 4 specifications

The Redmi 4 launched in India is powered by the Snapdragon 435 SoC, making it closer to the Redmi 4X that was launched in Xiaomi’s home market. The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The smartphone bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it packs a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. Xiaomi Redmi 4’s inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by a 4100mAh battery.