August 27, 2012
Multiple New Smartphones, Tablets Expected To Be Announced Within The Next Month
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
The end of August and the beginning of September look to be a busy time in the smartphone and tablet computer industries, as several industry leaders are confirmed or expected to make announcements regarding their next generation of products.
According to Shane Richmond, head technology editor with The Telegraph, Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, and Amazon are among those who have scheduled press conferences between August 29 and September 6.
First up is Samsung, who -- fresh off losing a costly legal battle against rival Apple -- is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 2 at their Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, according to Richmond. Furthermore, he believes that the company will update the Galaxy S3 smartphone so that it can run the latest version of the Android operating system, Jelly Bean.
"The first Windows 8 smartphone is expected to be unveiled in early September by Nokia and Microsoft. The pressure is on to make up ground in the mobile phone market and the two firms will be hoping that they will do that by getting in ahead of Apple," Richmond said, adding that analysts are watching to see whether or not the product will dip below the $200 price range and whether or not it will be accompanied by a Windows 8 tablet.
The Nokia/Microsoft event is scheduled for September 5 in New York.
"On the same day as Nokia's press conference, in the same city, Google-owned Motorola Mobility will hold an event with mobile network Verizon," he added. "The name 'On Display' has led to speculation that this will be the launch of the Droid Razr HD, which is said to have a 720p HD screen. However, rumors also suggest that the Razr HD will not launch with Jelly Bean but instead will run the previous version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, which might leave it at a disadvantage against other new handsets."
Amazon is expected to follow that up with a new version of the Kindle Fire, and perhaps an Amazon-branded mobile phone, when they hold their event in Santa Monica, California on September 6, Richmond said.
As reported last week by redOrbit.com's own John Neumann, Apple is also expected to make some kind of announcement on September 12. A major update to the Cupertino, California-based tech giant's mobile operating system, iOS 6, is coming, and experts have predicted that a new iPhone -- unofficially being called iPhone 5 -- is also on the way. As for the much-discussed smaller version of the iPad? That's anyone's guess.
On Thursday, Roger Cheng of CNET noted that LG is teasing a new "flagship" smartphone in a new video. Little is known about the new device except that it will likely be called the Optimus and run on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Cheng said. It is also rumored to have a top of the line camera and will likely run on a 4G LTE network.