During October we’re expecting a few new and interesting mobiles to come out on the market. Here’s a roundup of what we’re expecting…..
HTC One Max
Of particular interest to yours truly, this is HTC’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. HTC’s first foray into the phablet market, leaked photos show it to follow the design trend set by the HTC One and HTC One mini. Rumoured specs include a 5.9 inch 1080p screen, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM and a 3300mAh battery. The chipset is a bit of a variable at the moment. Till recently it was rumoured the HTC One Max would be sporting a Snapdragon 800 as with the HTC One, but a recent leak contradicts that saying the processor will actually be the older Snapdragon 600. If that were to be the case it would be extremely disappointing but as with all rumours don’t read too much into yet. Also, while it would be nice to see Android 4.4 KitKat on the HTC One Max, it is pretty certain this wont be the case and it’s highly likely we’ll see Android 4.3 on this device. Last but not least is the rumoured finger print reader. Photos have shown this placed on the rear near the camera. I’m not convinced on the whole finger print reader band wagon Apple set off, time will tell if this will be a real security feature or nothing more than a gimmick.
The HTC One Max is slated be announced on the 15th or 16th October.
Google Nexus 5
The Google Nexus 4 was an excellent mobile and its successor, the Nexus 5, is eagerly anticipated. Based on LG’s G2 the Nexus 5 is more fact than rumour with all the leaks we’ve seen. Being that it’s a Nexus it’s pretty certain that we’ll see the next iteration of Android, 4.4 KitKat, on this device. Specifications look very good too with a rumoured Snapdragron 800 chipset, 16GB of storage and 2 or 3GB of RAM. The screen is set to be a 1080p 5 inch affair with a 2300mAh battery. As with all Nexus devices it will be a sealed unit – the battery wont be removable nor will it have an SD Card reader. It appears the controversial glass backing wont make a return with the Nexus 5. While a nice feature it was too easily cracked or broken. It does mean that the Nexus 5 wont look as snazzy but personally I think it’s a good move by Google. What is very disappointing is the camera – we’re hearing that’ll be an 8 mega pixel affair. Not very impressive when you see what’s on offer from the competition.
The Nexus 5 is also slated for an October 15th announcement, hopefully we wont see the shortage issues which plagued the Nexus 4 when it first came out.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Last but not least is Nokia’s rumoured entry into the phablet market. The leaked images show a very attractive device which sticks to the same style Nokia has used with its other Lumia devices. The spec sheet is quite impressive and once again we’re looking at a device with a Snapdragon 800 chipset. The device is also rumoured to sport 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 6 inch 1080p display and a 20 mega pixel camera. Apart from the impressive specs, the 1520’s wow-factor is boosted by the rumoured 4000mAh battery – that’ll give plenty of juice to get through the day and then some! Being it’s a Nokia it goes without saying that the 1520 will come with Windows Phone, probably 8.1.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 could very well be the last phone to bear the Nokia brand and we expect an official announcement on the 22nd October.
Plenty to look forward to folks! But remember, these are all rumours at this point and anything and everything could change!
- Nokia Lumia 1520 leaks again, this time in red (trustedreviews.com)
- Android 4.4 & Nexus 5 announcement rumoured for October 15 (androidos.in)
- HTC One Max rumour roundup (recombu.com)
- HTC One Max Preview (stuff.tv)
- Nokia Lumia 1520 launching on October 22? (themobileindian.com)