There have been a lot of juicy tidbits of news on the next pieces of technology coming out this summer, and so we thought we’d share some of the latest updates.
Perhaps the biggest news of the week, PhoneArena.com is reporting on a trio of new HTC phones & tablets. The first one appears to be a souped-up version of the HTC One X or perhaps a successor, codenamed PM63100 and destined for AT&T in the U.S. It will feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7 Ghz. Perhaps even more interesting is a rumoured 1080p MONSTER phone/phablet/tablet, HTC6435, with an as yet unknown quad-core 1.5Ghz processor which beat the aforementioned PM63100 in GLBenchmark by a score of 13685 to 8214, and roughly doubling the performance put out by the HTC One X. Yet another HTC device, a new tablet dubbed the “Vertex”, will supposedly feature a 1,280 x 752 screen and a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 processor.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE is also keeping busy, teasing the release of a new gaming-centric smartphone, with full details coming in another 6 days.
While we are still waiting for official press shots, the latest Xperia phone from Sony, the LT30 Mint, showed off its camera capabilities with a couple of test shots. The Mint will supposedly feature a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.6” HD screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, and an expandable microSD card slot to go with its 13MP camera.
Rumours of a sequel to last year’s smash hit, the Samsung Galaxy Note, are continuing to grow, as Korean website MK News reported that Samsung is planning on announcing an Android 4.1, 5.5” Galaxy Note successor late August at IFA 2012. Previous rumors have indicated an October shipping date.
Also in the news is Amazon and their plans to launch a Kindle Fire successor as well as enter the smartphone arena with a direct competitor to Google & Apple’s smartphone market dominance. The new Kindle Fire is reported to feature a 1280x800 display, and could launch as early as July/August. Specs on the Kindle Smartphone remain elusive, although it will supposedly be manufactured by Foxconn. Meanwhile, the next generation Kindle e-readers may face delays due to a manufacturing issue.
Meanwhile, no rumour mill would be complete without the latest iPhone 5 & iPad Mini rumours. A consensus seems to be forming among the tech community that the new iPhone & iPad Mini will feature a new docking connector, which will be smaller than the 30 pin connector used in the vast majority of Apple devices. Also, the longer 4-inch form factor gained more credence, as a new spy shot surfaced showcasing the front casing of the new iPhone.