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Expansys has classic Google Play edition devices on the cheap

While Google may have discontinued some of the original Google Play edition devices, that doesn't mean they just vanished, or went in a hole along with some Atari cartridges. Case in point — Expansys seems to have acquired enough of them to offer this great little sale to the public.

Listed as "in-stock" are some long lost GPe devices, and great prices. $224 gets you an LG G Pad 8.3, $349 will get you a Sony Z Ultra, and $399 will score you a Galaxy S4 or HTC One M7 — all in Google Play edition flavors.

These may not be the latest and greatest flagships out there, but they are plenty capable and the prices are right. Have a click on the source link for ordering information.

Source: Expansys{.nofollow} Thanks, Michael!

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Awesome! Those prices are what Google should have dropped them to when the next generation of these devices were released as GPe. I don't need one, but I know there are people out there who will greatly appreciate this! OK, Google Now. Post comment to Android Central.
  • Had I not just bought a nexus 5, I would definitely get one.
  • Why? A nexus 5 even at full retail is a substantially better value than any of these devices. The LG G Pad is by far the best value item here, but the phones even at these reduced prices don't come close to touching the value of the n5.
  • I would take the s4 GPE over the n5. The camera blows on the nexus.
  • My htc one m8 camera is great! Even though it is 4mp. Like it much better than my s4 which was always overheating. Posted via Android Central App
  • the octa core version, but not the snapdragon 600 version. ever used the nexus 4? that thing was my first taste of overheating. Posted via Android Central App
  • My Nexus 4 never overheated Posted via Android Central App
  • My N4 never overheated. I had some overheating problems with my N5 while charging on Qi for a while, though.
  • No, the camera does not blow on the Nexus 5. At first it did, but it had a substantial update and between OIS and the HDR+ mode, it shoots good pictures. Not great ones- like the S5, L3, or the Sony Z series, but still good.
  • Yeah, If the object is a still image in daylight. I cannot tell you how awful my firework video looks compared to the one my GF took on the 5C
  • No way. The Nexus 5 processes the pictures much better than the S4. Hell, even my Galaxy S2 took better pictures than the S4.
  • You know how I know your talking from behind?
  • And they ship internationally! I'll pick up the LG G Pad.
  • That's a good price for the Z Ultra.
  • Z ultra has no flash Posted via Android Central App
  • cant imagine why you'd want to but out of curiosity could you flash the stock non-gpe veriosn of these phones?
  • Well I flashed a GPE rom on my att htc one m8, so I am sure you can do the opposite. Posted via Android Central App
  • You can since they are the exact same phone as AT&T variant Posted via Android Central App
  • You can't for the z ultra gpe. The partitions are different. Pretty sure the others are okay though. Posted via Android Central App
  • thank you, got the g tablet I was looking for a deal on a tablet for a gift.
  • I got the Z Ultra...for some reason. Really, I don't even know why.
  • It's that phone that you love and hate all at the same time. I'm keeping mine around for the days I love it lol.
  • I'm strangely looking forward to it...will be delivered tomorrow. Is it possible to put the official Sony ROM on it? If not, any idea if GPE OTAs will continue? It went up on the Play store not too long ago, so I'd hope they support it for at least 1.5 more years or so (i.e. "L"). I just don't know if Sony/Google will care enough to continue working together to support it (hence my first question).
  • You weren't bothered by lack of rear flash? Posted via Android Central App
  • Not at all. The camera is pretty bad anyhow. Posted via Android Central App
  • "The camera is pretty bad anyhow." Haha
  • You can't load a stock based ROM onto it. Gpe has different nand partitions :/. I had a normal z ultra for a while and I think a few users bricked their gpe devices going to a xperia ROM. Posted via Android Central App
  • I feel the same way about mine and it is the regular Sony model. I love it more than hate it, but I wished it had a flash. Posted via Android Central App
  • I could never understand why Sony never added a flash to the Z Ultra's camera. Even the Ultra's size didn't bother me as much as much as that omission.
  • Lg g pad looks good price, I got my htc one m8 for $400 on ebay used, idk why you would pay the same for s4 or m7. That is a good price for lg….. Have 3 tablets already… Ipad 2 is horribly slow and unuseable, probably need to restore it. My nook hd+ is also slow and laggy…. Could trade nook hd+ and get one of these. I still think nook is perfect screen size and ratio. Posted via Android Central App
  • Good deal, I posted the Expansys-usa z ultra gpe deal 4 days ago, some discussion here too:
  • Looking for a backup phone for several days. Just bought a M7. Should be perfect in that role.
  • I'm really tempted by the Sony. I wonder if a T-Mobile SIM I have that I use on a tablet would work on it? Posted via Android Central App
  • Hmmm that GPad....