With the iPhone 5 not even reaching customers' hands yet, the latest rumor floating about that the South Korean company is set to unveil the Galaxy S4 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013.
Korea Times is reporting that Samsung are preparing for an announcement of the S4 at MWC 2013, before reaching retail in March. An unnamed Samsung official has said that it will come with a similar design to the immensely popular S3, keeping its "rounded rectangular shape with rounded corners", but would look to increase its screen size to 5 inches.
It would still be powered by the quad-core Exynos chip, Android (most likely Jelly Bean), and it would support 4G LTE networks across the world. Other reports are suggesting that Samsung could use their flexible screen technology for the S4, but no final decisions have been made yet.
The iPhone 5 is nearly here, with an official release of September 21. We're already seeing people line up for the iPhone 5, eight days out from release and there are reports that people are receiving notice that their package has arrived in the US.
One shipment has updated that it had arrived in the US, and that it was scheduled to be delivered on Monday - but Apple most likely won't let this happen, obviously.
Apple's iPhone 5 hit pre-order on September 14, and has "blown away" the Cupertino-based company's expectations of demand. The new iPhone 5 should be quite the hit when people get their hands on it, and it looks like a few lucky people could get their iPhone 5 slipped into their hands early.
More Nexus-branded smartphones are meant to be hitting this year, but we have only seen the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet for now. But, Samsung, Sony and LG are all reportedly working on Nexus-branded smartphones, and now we have a rumor regarding the Galaxy Nexus II.
Pocket Now is reporting that the User Agent Profile of the GT-i9260, which has been mentioned previously with Galaxy Nexus II rumors. If the rumors are correct, it would sport a 1280x720 display and an 'ARM11' CPU. One of the weirder things with this rumor is that the ARM11 processor is old, and is something that was found in one of the earliest Android-based devices released, HTC's Dream.
The Nexus II should arrive with, at a minimum, a fast dual-core, or quad-core processor. Previous Nexus II rumors have pegged the device to include a 1.5GHz dual-core A9 CPU. Of course, it's just a rumor for now, but we should hear more information on it after the iPhone 5 launch has died down slightly.
If I were in New York City right now, I'd be lining up for the new iPhone 5 - not just because it will be a great phone, but the lining up is an event, within the event. iNCEPTION?!
Now we have people not only lining up for the sixth-generation iPhone 5 eight days early, but they're using it to their advantage. The first two in line are Hazem Sayed, and his marketing manager Sage, promoting a social media startup called Vibe. Sayed says Vibe is a tool "to create ad hoc communities of people who happen to be in the same place" -- like an iPhone line.
Number three and four in line are Jessica Mellow, and Keenen Thompson, who have been here, done that. They lined up in October for the iPhone 4S launch, and were in number one and two positions, this year they were a little late to the punch.
Pricing on the upcoming Surface tablets from Microsoft has eluded many, until now. Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, talked with The Seattle Times regarding the Surface, saying that the starting price will "probably $300 to about $700 or $800." adding, "that's the sweet spot."
In the $300 (or so) range, we're probably going to see the Surface RT, which is the consumer-based version running Windows RT. The upper-end of the pricing structure will probably mold around the Surface Pro, which runs the full-blown Windows 8 OS.
Microsoft have already said Windows 8-based tablets will be aimed at replacing cheaper notebooks, but the entire line should compete with the likes of Apple's iPad, and most Android-based tablets.
We know that Apple's new iPhone 5 sports an "A6" processor, that was custom-designed by the company itself, but clock speeds and core count were left out and pushed into the dreams of tech junkies and customers across the world - all we could do was guess.
Now there are some Geekbench scores to ponder over, where we can see some benchmarks of the new A6-powered iPhone 5. The results show that the iPhone 5 is an 'iPhone 5,2' device, which runs iOS 6 and is powered by a dual-core 1.02GHz ARMv7 processor, with 1GB of RAM.
The Geekbench 2 score from this is 1601. Considering the average score of the iPhone 4S is just 629, the iPhone 5 really is twice as fast as its predecessor. The A6 processor is also clocking in higher than its A5 counterpart found in the iPhone 4S, which runs at 800Mhz. So there we have it, the iPhone 5 sports a very, very impressive dual-core processor.
These tests should be 100% confirmed upon release, as there is a slight chance that these pre-release results could be faked, but most seem to believe that the results are indeed true.
Samsung are looking to release a LTE-powered Galaxy S III in Singapore, but that isn't even the best bit, it looks like the Singapore version of the S III will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Samsung is looking to release the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy S III by the end of the month, which is not too far away at all. Singapore's version of the S III will feature the quad-core Exynos processor, as well as 2GB of RAM.
Comparing this to the US version which sports the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, this is a great upgrade on an already impressive smartphone. Samsung have also announced the Jelly Bean update for the non-LTE version of the Galaxy S III for next month.
Oppo Mobile's CEO, Chen Mingyong, has teased that the company's upcoming flagship phone, Find 5, will sport a 1920x1080p display, with 441 pixels per inch (ppi). It'll also feature a non-removable, but "certainly big enough" battery.
Considering the new iPhone 5 only has a 1136x640 display that has 331ppi - on its 4-inch screen, this is quite the achievement for Oppo's new Find 5 smartphone.
It'll be interesting to see what comes of this new smartphone, and just how good its 441ppi display will look like in the eyes of buyers. There's plenty of competition for high-res, high-ppi displays now, with the iPhone 5, as well as Sony's Xperia acro S which sports 342ppi, as well as Nokia's Lumia 920 which features a 4.5-inch, 1280x768 display with 331ppi.
Apple's A6 processor baked into the iPhone 5 is a custom design by Apple, prioritizes performance and power efficiency
When the iPhone 5 was announced, all we knew of its processor was that it was the "Apple A6", but we had no idea what was inside this magical new chip. Apple said it featured "2x faster CPU" and "2x faster graphics", but why and how?
Anandtech is reporting that the A6 is a custom Apple design, saying:
The A6 is the first Apple SoC to use its own ARMv7 based processor design. The CPU core(s) aren't based on a vanilla A9 or A15 design from ARM IP, but instead are something of Apple's own creation.
The benefits of a custom-designed chip from Apple, is that they can tune their processor toward specific goals. These goals could be performance at a certain time while using the phone, or when not in use, some crazy power efficiency. At least we now know that Apple didn't just throw in a Cortex-A15 or A9 chip, but they decided on their own, custom Apple core. It's actually something I hoped was baked into the phone on an article we published yesterday.
TechInsights, an analyst firm, have pushed out an estimate on the material costs of Apple's recently-announced iPhone 5. The 16GB model has a total estimated cost price of just $167.50 - just $35 more than the iPhone 4S' cost price.
The most expensive part of the iPhone 5 is the A6 processor, coming in at $28, compared to the cost of the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S. It's also worth noting that the iPhone 5 sports a 1400 mAh battery compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, which features a 1420 mAh battery. This will mean that the A6 processor, and/or its iOS 6 is going to need to be very efficient to give the iPhone 5 more battery life than its predecessor.
Remember, as always, these costs are just pure hardware costs. It doesn't include research and development, various investments in hardware and software, assembly, packaging, shipping, or any other related costs.
Samsung have come out swinging with a new advertisement which has its soon-to-be biggest competitor in its crosshairs: the iPhone 5. The new ad has quite the smart arse slogan of "it doesn't take a genius".
This would be a nice prod at Apple's Genius store employees, and that choosing the South Korean company's phone over the iPhone 5 is the best decision you can make.
They even tease at the bottom that "The Next Big Thing" is already here, and right under that "Galaxy S III". On the ad itself, Samsung point out the differences between the iPhone 5 and their Galaxy S III, where the iPhone 5 beats it in weight, and that's about it. All of the Galaxy S III specs pretty much slam it up against a wall and mug it in broad daylight.
What do you think of Samsung's latest ad?
I'm a huge technology fan, and I really love my smart devices. Personally, I was disappointed with the iPhone 5 release. I expected something so much greater than what we got, which at the end of the day is just a thinner, lighter, slightly better iPhone 4S.
The new iPhone 5 is nearly upon us, and while it has impressed most people, it could've still been better. The original iPhone debuted in 2007 to much acclaim, virtually blowing away every single phone on the market, bar none. Sure, there were things it couldn't do, but Apple slowly added these features to the phone and turned it into the powerhouse it is today.
The new iPhone 5 is the first iPhone since the original launched five years that was built from the ground up. After the iPhone came out we saw some thick and fast competition swirl up, and now we have Samsung coming from virtually nowhere, a land of mediocrity, to the strongest competition the once unbeatable iPhone now has.
In the latest Android-based devices, we're seeing very quick changes, with things like quad-core processors, NFC technology, 4G LTE connectivity, and much more. Apple are now the ones lagging behind, and the iPhone 5 isn't the technological leap that people expected. It seems like a slow evolution instead of the complete revolution Apple needed to give us.
What could it have done better? What could Apple have baked into the sixth-generation iPhone to make it stand out from the rest? Read on to see what we think about it.
Apple's iPhone 5 announcement and launch has caused quite the stir, especially with their new, and very annoying Lighting dock connector. People have voiced concerns over the backwards compatibility of the new Lightning to 30-pin adapter, that it wouldn't pass any video, and might not work at all with audio docks.
But, The Verge has reported that Apple is making a Lightning to HDMI, as well as a Lightning to VGA adapter. The Verge quoted an Apple spokesperson, who said they "will be available in the coming months".
The problem here is that without these adapters, iPhone 5 owners' only chance of outputting video from the iPhone 5 would be to use AirPlay. The problem that I have is, Apple knew they were working on the new iPhone 5 probably 1-2 years ago, and they would've solidified these plans for the Lightning connector quite a few months ago, if not more, and we're not seeing adapters for a few months on the biggest smartphone launch, ever?
LG's L-series is shaping up nicely, with their latest Optimus L9 hitting the FCC. LG's Optimus L9 is part of the company's "L-Style design philosophy", which is destined for budget over pure brute performance.
Even still, the L9 sports a 4.7-inch IPS screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, qtranslator language app, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 2,150mAh battery and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
LG's latest Optimus L9 should materialize soon enough, now that it is strutting its stuff at the FCC. More news on it as it comes.
Let's set the record straight as there are many sites reporting that the new iPhone 5 comes with an adapter so that legacy accessories can be used. This rumor has been spurred on by Apple inadvertently saying their would be during the checkout process on their site. You can see the error in the picture below.
Apple has updated their site to correct the mistake, though we want to make sure our readers who purchased the iPhone 5 before the change realize that they, in fact, will not be receiving an adapter. The adapter will set customers back $29, or $39 if they want it with a cable. The adapter is due out in October.
Apple has released a statement to this effect:
The Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not come in the box with iPhone 5. It is sold separately. However, the Lightning to USB cable does come with iPhone 5 for connection to AC chargers and other devices... The Lightning to 30 Pin adapter supports analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Lightning to VGA and Lightning to HDMI cables will be available in the coming months.
It's not clear if Apple will give out free Lightning adapters to those who purchased their iPhone before the site was changed. I'm leaning towards no, but I have been surprised by Apple before.
If you're looking at picking up the new iPhone 5 like some of the TweakTown staff, you may have to wait a bit longer than you were hoping to get it in your hands. Pre-orders officially started at 12am PT today. Those pre-orders were offering a ship date of September 21, but with all of the demand, they've been pushed back varying amounts.
Pre-ordering your device through Apple will result in a two week delay before it is ready to ship, according to their website. Carriers, who had been quoting September 21 have now had to push back their estimated ship date as well. Verizon was first to push it back and started quoting September 26 as the ship date.
AT&T has now followed suit and pushed back the ship date quote to "14-21 business days." Fortunately, Sprint, my carrier, is still holding to September 21. This should roughly equate to demand for the iPhone on the various carriers. It would appear that Verizon had the most demand, at least in the beginning. That, or they may have ordered less stock than the others.
Acer were set to unveil their CloudMobile A800 smartphone yesterday, but cancelled it at the very last minute, just hours before the unveiling of the new phone. Acer's new smartphone was destined to run Aliyun 2.0, an operating system created by e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group.
Acer planned to hold a press conference in Shanghai to unveil the new phone, which was going to reach the Chinese market rocking the Aliyun 2.0 OS. But, the company cancelled the event hours beforehand, with an Acer exec declining to explain why the plans were changed, saying only that the unveiling was cancelled for a "special reason".
Microsoft gives their 90,000 or so employees free Surface tablets, Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8-based PCs
It looks like Microsoft are ramping up for a mammoth Windows 8 launch, where they've announced at the company's annual event that every single Microsoft employee will not only get a new Surface tablet, but a Windows Phone 8 smartphone, as well as a Windows 8 touchscreen-based PC.
Forbes has said that the PC part of things isn't just limited to a desktop, it could be a desktop, laptop, Ultrabook or tablet. Considering there are some pretty awesome looking Windows 8-based Ultrabooks coming out, this is great news for MS employees.
Employee morale should go up considerably, and it also makes them look great to the public. 90,000 employees would surely cost Microsoft into the hundreds of millions, if not more, but hey - Windows 8 is their biggest step yet, and pushing their own gear to their employees for free is a very good start.
It looks like the new iPhone 5 will have a serious roadblock when it comes to LTE, as it won't be able to place a call and handle data activity over the cellular network at the same time. This is an issue that plagued the non-LTE iPhone's, and is now plaguing the LTE-capable iPhone 5.
It is actually a design Apple have made in their design of the iPhone 5, so that customers could only do voice and data if the voice was going through the cellular network, and the data was being done over Wi-Fi.
Apple's iPhone 5, like many other smartphones, sport two antennas. The iPhone 5's antennas work together to improve the overall reception of a voice call in a single connection, where phones like Samsung's Galaxy S III throw the voice call on one antenna, and keep the data transferring through the other antenna.
This will only affect the CDMA-based carriers, but it is definitely something to think about if you're going to jump on Verizon, Sprint or any other CDMA carrier.
If you're looking to scoop up Apple's new iPhone 5, pre-orders are available, if you can access their website that is. Of course there is some serious load happening, but some people are successfully placing pre-orders across the world.
Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have opened up for pre-orders, too, with pricing on the iPhone 5 varying depending on your upgrade eligibility. Deliver for pre-orders currently stands at September 21.
I've noticed some people on my Facebook list have gotten in and pre-ordered, and I bet excitement is at an all-time high right now.
Microsoft have used street art to advertise their upcoming iPad competitor, Surface. Surface tablets should arrive with the company's upcoming Windows 8 OS.
Microsoft have said that they want to sell a few million of the Surface tablets within the first year of its debut, which would require some very nice marketing, well, street art will do that for you.
The company have a fair few of the Surface street arts on display, check out the source link for all of the pictures.