If you’re a smartphone enthusiast, a tech junky, or just enjoy keeping up to speed with the latest and best smartphone technology available on the market, then 2013 is still set to deliver a few more noteworthy devices before the end of the year. While many OEMs have already launched their yearly flagship smartphones, which include Apple, Samsung and Sony, the remaining devices may not bare the ‘flagship’ status, but may actually entice prospective buyers more than those previously released this year.
LG Nexus 5:
Undoubtedly still on every tech journalist’s mind is Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone. Not only will the announcement usher in the latest Android developer device, but also the latest vanilla version of Google’s Android OS, officially codenamed Kit-Kat. The device has been on the radar of late, with almost every facet of its specification, build and design already leaked online, which leaves little room for the imagination when the official announcement comes around. The Nexus 5 will sport a 4.95″ 1080p IPS, Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core 2.3GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 1.3MP front and 8MP OIS (with a LED flash) rear camera, and a 2300mAh battery beneath the non-removable back cover. The leaks have become so extreme that the full 231-page manual has been made available online, which provides more than just the information listed above.
We can expect the Nexus 5 to be available from 30th October 2013, which points to an announcement within the next 2 weeks, which may also include the likes of the next Nexus 10.
Samsung Flexible Smartphone:
Samsung has already announced and released all its major devices across its crazy range of smartphones; from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy Note 3 and a few tablets thrown in for good measure. Much to the surprise of many, a rumour came about last month that Samsung would be announcing its first ‘flexible’ smartphone in the month of October (with further reports that LG, too, will be announcing their own flexible variant). Over the past few years we’ve seen an increasing amount of flexible technology being tested by the likes of Samsung and LG, mostly around bending of the display. In the more recent years, news on flexible memory and other parts has also become a reality, making it possible to manufacture, what we assume to be, a fully flexible smartphone; although we can’t exactly be sure how flexible it will be, or even whether it flexes on demand at all. Based on new evidence, Samsung’s flexible smartphone will include a 4.7”, 720x1280px display, Quad-Core CPU, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash, with Android 4.3. Unfortunately, there’s very little known about the battery capacity and its flexibility, but we can only hope that Samsung manages to blow us away with this new, first-of-its-kind tech.
Nokia Lumia 1520:
In one of the more surprising moves, Nokia seems to be prepping to launch its own phablet. The rumoured Lumia 1520 will incorporate a 6” screen to match the likes of other phablets from OEMs Samsung, Sony and LG. A few leaked snaps have been making the rounds for the unofficial device, which is expected to be announced at Nokia’s 22nd October event. The device, codenamed Bandit, will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, which may bring at least one Lumia smartphone on par with the leading manufacturers (here’s hoping). The phablet will also include Nokia’s PureView camera with a nifty 20MP camera. The event is also rumoured to showcase an additional 5 devices alongside the 1520.
HTC One Max:
As with Nokia’s 1520, HTC will also soon be offering a phablet variant of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One. The HTC One Max was leaked in China, which shows the device sports a 5.7” display, which was previously rumoured to be 5.9”. Other specifications include removable back cover (unlike the HTC One), microSD slot underneath, 16GB internal storage, Snapdragon 800 CPU, fingerprint scanner, and 4MP rear camera. The interesting news that has recently come forth is that Beats Electronics has confirmed that the HTC One Max will include their Beats Audio tech, despite Beats having bought themselves out of their deal with HTC. There’s no news on whether Beats will continue with other HTC devices beyond the HTC One Max.
In short, the above-mentioned devices are leading contenders for smartphone of the year, despite the previously released flagship devices for the respective OEMs. This is good news for both techies and consumers alike, with more options soon to be available before the Christmas rush. If, however, you eyeing out the Gold iPhone 5s for your stocking this year, you’ll have to set aside a cool R15,999 of your hard earnings, which may be better spent buying 50”+ smart TV (if you’re in the market for one).
Note: Some images are not official.