Those of you anxiously awaiting the next generation iPhone to hit stores may not have to wait much longer. According to reports by Macotakara, Apple‘s manufacturing partners have begun assembling the iPhone 5 for what appears to be a mid-October launch date. Foxconn has 85% of the production under its belt while Pegatron is taking care of the remaining 15%. The announcement of the iPhone 5 is expected very soon, as early as next week according to rumors and it follows claims that pre-sales are now available from German Apple partner Deutsche Telekom. Read more
The future of Nokia is still uncertain, but at least their latest unveiling is a step in the right direction. Nokia has just announced the E6, X7, and their new Symbian OS version called “Anna.” Business users can look towards the E6 with its full QWERTY keyboard, 2.46-inch 640 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera, and 1500 mAh battery. The sleeker X7 features a 4-inch 640 x 360 resolution AMOLED screen, 8GB of internal memory, 8-megapixel camera, and is made of stainless steel and glass.
Both of these phones will also run the new version of Symbian which seems to be a solid improvement over the older ones. Nokia says, “This update offers a host of usability enhancements, including fresh, new icons, improved text input, a faster internet browsing experience and a refreshed Ovi Maps application with improved search and new public transport routes.” These phones are scheduled to launch at the second quarter of this year, but have no pricing as of yet. Check out the full press release below. Read more
Samsung is really stepping up their game with their recent tablet announcements, and now with the Galaxy S II smartphone. Features of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 include a 4.27-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8 megapixel primary camera with 1080p video capture accompanied by a 2 megapixel cam up front, Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 (customizable), integrated NFC support (on some versions), and a shell measuring just 8.49mm thick making it thinner than the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The Galaxy S II looks pretty amazing with its sleek design and has plenty of specs behind its sharp touchscreen. Check the video to see it for yourself.
Having a Galaxy Tab in more than one flavor may actually turn out to be a good idea. Samsung recently announced the 10.1 version of the Galaxy Tab at the MWC, but now Fommy gets to try out the device up close and personal at CTIA 2011. The feature-rich tablet has a 10.1" (WXGA TFT LCD) display with crystal clear 1280 x 800 resolution.
It also includes dual surround-sound speakers to immerse you in media content straight from your device. Another addition is the 8 megapixel (Most powerful at the moment) and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. It looks like a higher resolution screen and camera from the Galaxy Tab series may give Apple some serious competition.
Apart from the fact that the iPad 2 is coming out much sooner than expected, there are plenty of questions on whether the features are going to be worth the wait to purchase, or even upgrade. Taking a look back at the Xoom, iPad, and the Samsung Galaxy, my intial reaction is that I’m not completely sold on whether or not the iPad 2 is as ground-breaking as previously expected. Read more