Friday’s are usually laid back but the mobile sector got a lot of buzz today. From a rumored Nokia tablet to the next iPhone’s possible price, and a smartwatch launching next month, there’s lots to get excited about this weekend.
Nokia tablet and Amber update
According to sources, Nokia is readying for a special event in New York on September 26, 2013, where the Finnish company is said to be unveiling its first ever Windows RT tablet. Sources claimed that it will feature a 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 10.1” display 5-point touchscreen with 1080p resolution and wide viewing angle, 32GB storage,a detachable keyboard akin to the Surface tablet’s Touch/Type Cover, 3.0 USB port, micro HDMI port, and will be available in bright colors.
In other Nokia news, the Amber update for its Lumia line has began rolling out. The update will bring to Lumia phones Nokia’s Smart Camera app that lets user choose the best photo from a series of 10, as well as Nokia Video Trimmer and Nokia Video Upload for YouTube to Lumia 920, 820, 720, 620, 520, 928, 822, 521 and 810; Nokia’s Pro Camera for video will land on Lumias 920, 925 and 928; while the the glance screen feature will be available for all phones except for the Lumia 625 and 520 models. There’s also a way for users to mute their phone that comes with the Amber update.
iPhone 5S and 5C price
We’re halfway through August which means we’re closer to the big day when Apple will finally reveal its new iPhone – or iPhones, if we’re to believe rumors that the Cupertino giant will be unveiling a low-cost iPhone alongside its flagship smartphone. The question now is, how much will the two devices cost when they come out?
Asymco, a company that focuses on Apple’s business strategies and offers its predictions for the mobile industry, has released some data regarding the possible price range of the iPhone 5S and 5C – the apparent name for the low-cost iPhone.
Based on previous iPhone prices, Asymco predicts that the 5S will be priced somewhere between $650 to $700, while the 5C will cost between $450 – $500. If true, the 5S better be packing some enormous guns as that price range seems too steep. And if the 5C is priced somewhere between $450-$500, then it’s not really an affordable smartphone. But these are just predictions, it’s not written in stone so there’s hope that Apple will price its phones less.
In other Apple news, Jimmy Lin, a former Chinese teen idol posted photos of an alleged iPhone 5C.
“So it is the so-called iPhone 5C?” Lin posted two photos on his Sina Weibo account.
The device sports a plastic casing and looks just a little smaller than the iPhone 5. But are these photos proof that Apple will really be launching a low-cost iPhone? We’ll soon find out.
The Galaxy Gear
According to reports, Samsung will finally be unveiling its wearable smartphone next month. Called the Galaxy Gear, the device is expected to be launched on September 4, two days before IFA and six days before Apple’s event. No news yet as to what the Galaxy Gear’s features are but sources claimed that it will be able to perform smartphone tasks such as make phone calls, surf the web, send and receive emails among others.
“It will carve a niche for sure as this is an initial product in the market,” said Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Seoul. “Wearable devices could be one of the trends in the smartphone market, but I’m not sure yet whether watches or glasses will set the trend.”
The device is expected to go on sale in time for the holiday season this year.