When and where the iPhone 5 release date finally comes about, it is likely that one of the longest standing, if rarely discussed traditions regarding consumer cell phone practices, will well and truly come to an end. Contrary to popular belief, it is incredibly rare for consumers to take on a new device with a new carrier before their existing contract has come to an end, with the vast majority sticking it out and waiting for their allocated upgrade period to take on a new device, ‘domestically’ speaking.
Of course, some may be offered early upgrades but this leaves them unable to alter their current contract terms and remain somewhat stuck with their call and data plans, regardless of how unsuitable for the new device they may be, but switching carriers altogether is seldom seen to say the least.
The iPhone 5 however, is likely to change all of that…
Whichever carrier manages to get their hands on the iPhone 5 first next year is likely to receive a massive influx the likes of which has never been seen before, as customers across the board make an unseen exodus toward whoever offers what they want first. Of course, in previous years many would wait for their own carriers to catch up, but given the number of curveballs thrown by Apple throughout 2011, it seems unlikely any will be taking their chances.
Needless to say therefore, the iPhone release honor has become an arms race the likes of which has never been seen before, where the spoils will indeed be awarded to the victor in spectacular style.
I spotted something really bizarre last night. ATT apparently dramatically dropped the price of its new 4G LTE phones one day after offering them for sale. The HTC Vivid fell from $199.99 to a cool hundred bucks on the company website. The Galaxy S II Skyrocket listed for $149.99, not the original $249.99. What? Did ATT’s LTE phone launch not go as planned? Did the company respond to Verizon’s upped LTE data plan caps? Or was it a terrible glitch ATT might regret?
The pricing, captured in the two screenshots here, simply stunned me. Suddenly I was ready to trade in my standard Galaxy S II for Skyrocket, after all. Why not save 50 bucks (since S2 still listed for $199.99) and get faster data (whenever LTE comes to my area)? I also wanted to score information to offer readers who bought S2 Skyrocket on Sunday and might want partial refunds.
I called my local ATT store to check on the lower pricing. The rep was surprised and put me on hold, coming back to say in-store pricing hadn’t changed. The price I saw is a “web promotion”. Oh yeah? There’s nothing indicating web-only sales, something ATT usually does. So I called another store, back in my old haunt in suburban Washington, DC. Another rep expressed surprise at the lower pricing and told me to order quick while I can online. Price in-store hadn’t changed for either phone.
So I clicked through to order and, frak, the price on the product page wasn’t the same lower one as the main selection of smartphones.
The stores hadn’t heard about the price reduction, because it was a glitch. If you read any blog or forum posts about ATT dropping prices on its new LTE phones, sadly they’re false. ATT has since fixed pricing on its main smartphone page. The listed lower pricing is gone. For me.
But I’m curious. Did any of you see this price and demand ATT honor it as advertised. I might have gotten different reaction being in a store with the lower price from the website and demanding ATT honor what it advertised. Please tell your story in comments or email joe at betanews dot com, if you scored lower pricing. Based on early responses, the deal may have been good after all, but in select markets. I guess San Diego isn’t select enough — good enough to show the price for awhile but not to get it. However, I couldn’t find the lower pricing, as some readers report, for Los Angeles or New York.
After reading several of your comments about Skyrocket performance compared to standard S2, I decided to keep what I’ve got. I’ve never been as satisfied with a smartphone as Galaxy S II, even more than iPhone 4. For anyone considering Vivid or Skyrocket, some BetaNews readers share their experiences — jondrew55:
I bought the skyrocket last Sunday, and I love the phone. Granted, its my first Android and I’m moving from an iPhone 3GS. We don’t have LTE in Orlando yet and who knows when it will show up? But the HPSA+ is giving me 3 to 5Mbps download speeds over “4G”, which is a distinct improvement over my iPhone. The display is fantastic, and probably as nice as I’ve seen despite the 800 x 480 resolution.
Battery life may be an issue. I’m playing a lot with the phone, downloading apps, tethering etc. might need a second battery, but I have the luxury of being able to plug the phone in whenever I need to. There’s still a chance I’ll return this phone and go with a 4s iPhone. Its a lot easier to keep up with iOS than the absolute chaos of Android phones and OS flavors. But I can see liking this phone for a while. And if a 4.2″ AMOLED LTE mega battery iPhone 5 (with Flash?) pops out next summer, well then my kid may end up with a skyrocket.
BetaNews reader Scott praises Skyrocket LTE: “I tested the speed of the device on the bus going to work. It was blazing fast even on a moving target! (20.24Mbps download, 7.30Mbps upload, 56ms ping). I used the SpeedTest.Net app. I tested again at work and the results were: 22.94Mbps down, 8.89Mbps up, 40ms ping!!! This is fast, and I am glad I exchanged the S2 for the Skyrocket!”
Bruce Burns “bought the ATT Galaxy S II Skyrocket (two of them) Sunday. The store received 15 in Friday and I bought the first two”. He also lives in a LTE area.
“I just found the Touchwiz UI to lag a little on the Skyrocket”, Patrick O`Hare writes compared to the standard S 2. “The scrolling seemed to be a little less smooth and would hang on certain pages. I also found that the S2 could load web pages a tiny bit faster that the Skyrocket on the same WiFi connection…It wasn’t a huge difference, but it was enough to slightly bother me”.
If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner running iOS 5, you may have encountered the same problem that my wife and I have: you’re walking, running, or generally enjoying life while listening to your favorite song in your 3GS’s playlist when, at the completion of a song, there’s silence. It’s as if you inadvertently hit “Pause.”
Naturally, you do what we do, and double-click your home button to bring the music controls to the locked iPhone screen and tap the “Play/Pause.” Nothing. Okay, you think, let’s “Forward” to the next song, and you tap the right-facing double arrows. Still nothing. “Rewind”?? Zilch. So then you wonder what they heck is going on!
After surveying the iSource team, scouring the web, and even posting a request for help at Apple’s Discussion Board, I think I have a pretty good idea how to work around this lockout that crashes the new iOS 5 Music app.
You may be thinking, Jeez, if he says force quit and start it up again, I’ve already tried that! you’d be right to be irritated because we did the same thing. Unfortunately, that’s not a sure fix – sometimes a force quit (tap and hold an app icon until it wiggles, and then tapping the icon’s red “x” to force it to stop functioning) will intermittently solve the problem. But in both mine and my wife’s experience, the more frequently we used a force-quit, the less likely relaunching the Music app would work!
Instead, the issue seems to be in how iOS 5 handles the cover album images (as in Cover Flow view – turning the iPhone landscape to see the pictures of albums). My poking around the web revealed that the absence of an image for a song’s album scrambles the way the Music app plays the song. This results in the wrong album cover image displayed on a song that’s playing, or the Music app seizing and crashing.
Until Apple releases a fix in a future iOS 5 update, the tip is a workaround: create a playlist of only songs that have album cover art. This should at least prevent the iPhone from freezing while playing your songs. It has worked in our household and my wife can now resume her exercise routine while listening to some of her music. Is this perfect? No. But neither is running a 5K without music.
What about you? Let us know what methods have worked for you!
Among the many new Apple retail locations scheduled to open during the holiday season, one of the most anticipated is the flagship store in New York’s Grand Central Station.
The Grand Central Station Apple Store is expected to open by the end of November. Technology website 9to5Mac suggested the store may open during Black Friday weekend, but noted it will not open until it is “absolutely perfect.”
According to 9to5Mac, the store’s future employees have completed their “Core” training at a hotel in Times Square, which will conclude on Nov. 11.
There are already Apple Stores in many iconic neighborhoods in New York, including the SoHo store that is currently undergoing renovation and the Fifth Ave. store that was recently unveiled with a new “seamless” glass cube entryway.
The technology website suggested Grand Central Station is still a prime location for another Apple store as the traffic from New York locals as well as tourists should make the store highly successful, especially during the upcoming holiday season.
Apple’s new “commuter-friendly” Apple Store application is expected to make shopping easier for the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through Grand Central Station daily.
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Once the Grand Central location opens, there will be five Apples Stores in New York City. Industry insiders expect that the Grand Central Station Apple Store will be the largest of the 300 locations worldwide.
Currently, the largest location is the Covent Garden Apple Store in London.
It was rumored back in June that Apple would pack a panoramic camera option inside iOS 5, but the feature didn’t make the latest version of the operating system. However, using a clever hack, you can add panoramic mode to your iPhone’s camera, 9to5Mac reports.
All you need is a jailbroken iPhone loaded with iOS 5 and the “Firebreak” software from Cydia installed, the blog said. Once it’s downloaded, open the camera app, tap the screen, and more settings will pop up. From here, the panorama button should appear. Simply click it, and you can take panoramic photos.
If don’t wish to jailbreak your iPhone, there is an array of panorama mode apps available in the App Store.
Apple’s iOS 5 added a few features to the iPhone camera such as a simple built-in editor, a camera button from the home screen, and the ability to snap a photo using a volume button on the side of the phone. The camera on the iPhone 4S got a big upgrade, too. Apple’s latest iPhone includes an 8-megapixel camera and 1080p HD video recording.
The upgraded OS hasn’t launched without a slight controversy, however. Apple last week confirmed that there is a bug in iOS 5 that drains the battery on some iPhones.
“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement. “We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”
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Now you see them, now you don’t. InfoWorld’s guide tells you which iOS 5 features work where
A friend told me about the iOS 5 Reminders app’s ability to set alerts based on your location, such as reminding you to pick up the kid when you leave the office, and I was puzzled. I hadn’t seen that on my iPad, but sure enough it’s mentioned on Apple’s website. Not so clearly mentioned is that this feature runs only on the iPhone, even though both the iPhone and 3G-enabled iPad have location detection. This is not the only example of iOS capabilities that you get on some devices, but not all. A few make sense, but most of these limited-availability functions don’t need to be so restricted.
If you use multiple iOS devices, here are the capabilities that work differently across your devices. Don’t worry — it’s not your mind playing tricks when that feature you thought you saw doesn’t appear on the device you currently have in hand.
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Location-based alerts in Reminders. This feature works on the iPhone but not the iPod Touch or iPad. That’s annoying on two fronts. The iPad supports location detection, especially the 3G model. So why can’t its task alerts be location-savvy as well? Then there’s the issue of syncing: One of the advantages of iOS is that settings, apps, and more sync across all the ones you own via iCloud.
It makes perfect sense to want to set a location-aware reminder on an iPad or iPod Touch, as you know it’ll get to your iPhone in due course and function there. But Apple lets you set location alerts only from the iPhone. Plus, you can’t view or modify a location alert set on your iPhone on your iPad or iPod Touch — the synced copy doesn’t contain that information.
Image editing in Photos. This feature works only on the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2. With it, you can crop, straighten, remove red eye, and apply image enhancement to photos and images stored in the Photos app. It doesn’t work on the original iPad or iPod Touch, presumably because these devices don’t have cameras. But with the ease of syncing via iTunes or iCloud, these devices could easily have photos on them that you’d want to retouch. The original iPad and 2010- and 2011-era iPod Touches have as much processing ability as the iPhone 4, so they could in fact apply these effects.
Multitasking gestures. iOS 5 introduced four-finger app-switching gestures to make it easier to navigate what’s running on your device, a feature also available in Mac OS X Lion via a recent MacBook’s touchpad or through the wireless Magic Trackpad for pretty much any Mac. But you can’t get these gestures on an original iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. I can see the argument that the small screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch would be a poor fit for four-finger gestures. But why not on the original iPad? In fact, the beta version of iOS 5 provided this capability to that device.
Custom vibrations. The custom vibrations capability, available for iPhones only in the Accessibility settings of the Settings app’s General pane, is a nifty innovation that lets you create your own vibration patterns — you tap them out on the screen, then save them — that you can then associate to specific people in the Contacts app. Based on the vibration in your pocket, you’ll know who’s calling, but you can’t create, edit, or assign these custom vibrations on other iOS devices.
I get why you can’t use them — they don’t vibrate — but because these settings are attached to your contacts, which are synced across your devices, you’d think that the ability to set and assign custom vibrations would also be universal, akin to assigning text tones. I also wish I could assign ringtones to my synced contacts on the iPod Touch for the same reason, but iOS doesn’t let me because the iPod Touch isn’t a technically phone. Never mind it can run Skype and other such apps.
Downloading podcasts from the Music app. This difference among devices makes no sense. On the iPhone and iPod Touch, you can tap the Get More Episodes action when viewing your podcast library to download additional episodes — very handy when you haven’t synced to iTunes for a while and want to get the latest episodes. But you can’t do this on the iPad. Instead, in its spare new Music app, you can only listen to the podcasts you already have. You have to go to the iTunes Store and search for the podcasts you want, then download them — a multistep process that shouldn’t be needed.
Steve Jobs, we now know, wanted to go “thermonuclear” on Google for perceived design thefts. Google, in the post-Jobs era, is doing nothing to cool the heated rivalry between the two firms. By drawing together a few recent insights about Google’s moves and Apple’s innovations, one might wonder if Google is afraid of falling behind its rival–for good.
Let us count the ways this could happen:
The Google-Apple rivalry was highlighted when Google’s Eric Schmidt testified to the Senate antitrust committee on Friday. Attempting to allay suspicions that Google’s control over the search market is monopolistic, monolithic, and quashing competition, Schmidt’s written statement said “Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S.”
That’s something we’ve noticed before: Siri is powerful for Apple in the search market in three ways–it acts as a first-sift on top of search activity that its iOS users are up to, meaning Apple gets access to a rich database (and it has a huge data center to process it) on what people are searching for. It also acts as a gateway between search terms and alternative sources of information, which is notably Wolfram Alpha in the first implementation of Siri…meaning a tranche of search traffic is diverted away from Google.
Eric Schmidt was smart to bring up Apple in this context, and it’s quite definitely a political move: Google really is dominant over the search market, and though the playing field is dynamic and Google’s competitors make ground and then lose it, Google’s lead seems all but unassailable–and bringing up the name of one of the biggest companies in the world, a competitor that’s a media and society darling, is clever.
But there could be a grain of truth in this. Apple sells tens of millions of iPhones per quarter, meaning that by mid 2012 a hundred million people could be using Siri–assuming Apple only implements Siri on the iPhone 4S. There’s already some evidence Apple may be porting it back onto the iPhone 4 (with countless millions of that handset already in use, and many more to come because it’s still on sale). There’s also no reason Apple couldn’t put it on the iPad 2, and the Mac, and we’re definitely expecting it on the iPad 3. Soon enough, if you play the numbers, this means half a billion people could be acclimatized to a whole new way of doing Net searches…one that Google has no immediate control over.
And there’s the esthetic angle too–Google has voice control in Android, and a pretty sophisticated implementation of Voice Search, but the technology doesn’t come close to the wow factor of Siri.
2. Maps and Navigation
Google is already the supplier of Apple’s built-in mapping solution, and its innovations in online and on-phone mapping have been partly responsible for huge bites being taken out of the standalone GPS market–where names like TomTom and Garmin used to dominate navigation. But Apple detractors love to point out that there are no native turn-by-turn navigation options for iOS devices, whereas Android has a solution like this built in (the argument misses out on the idea that paid apps like Navigon’s may actually be more sophisticated for navigation than Google’s own effort, but it’s still a valid comparison).
We know Apple’s aggressively patented smartphone navigation technology, some of which has a social element like Find My Friends, but much of which has yet to surface. We also think Apple’s bought an innovative 3-D ground imaging company that could recreate accurate representations of streets and terrain that makes Google’s Earth, Streetview, and Maps look old-fashioned.
Now it’s emerged that C3, the rumored Apple purchase, was also involved in applying its high-resolution mapping tech at street level, and also could deploy special units to recreate the inside of buildings. That’s potentially very important. For example, we’ve heard, only very recently, that Google has been looking to expand its Street View images inside buildings…and from first impressions, it looks like both the resolution and the image quality is already better with C3′s tech than Google’s.
Apple is sitting on over $80 billion in cash, and from recent revelations (which have confirmed earlier hunches) we know it’s clever in aggressively spending this money to secure long-term leads in its product lineups. With that much capital, it’s plausible that Apple could very quickly deploy imaging systems to scan the world at a level of detail that surpasses Google’s. With public goodwill seemingly much better toward Apple than Google, it’s even possible Apple’s system could be invited into more locations than its rival. And then that would give Apple a very powerful mapping and imaging system all of its own–ready to be tied into its mobile devices, its location-based services, and advertising offerings.
This is a hypothetical point, but we suspect that Apple’s planning something like this because it accidentally alluded to collecting real-time car traffic data when defending the “locationgate” affair, and it’s serious because it means less money would siphon Google’s way.
Google’s making news at the moment with its Google TV devices, upgrading the operating system and implying that it’ll be throwing more effort behind the scheme to rival traditional cable. It’s controversial, because some thinkers suggest Google TV is already dead in the water.
But Apple’s been making a bigger splash in the news with strong rumors about a full-functioning Apple television set, powered with a unique interface that Steve Jobs (master of the “it just works” interfaces on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad) himself was personally proud of.
The TV market is a minefield, particularly in the U.S., of competing interests and middlemen–which is a web of politics that Google’s failed to break through, and which is exactly the kind of tangled market Apple likes to challenge head-on with a paradigm-shattering model.
Google’s Wallet is one of the first very large-scale efforts at bringing NFC “wave and pay” systems to the general population. It’s a bold move, right at the cutting edge of innovating how the world thinks about paying for goods–and because Google’s effort is built right into Android, unlike some competing systems it can offer the more sophisticated benefits of NFC (like loyalty rewards integration, smart on-the-spot advertising, and so on).
But Apple’s just begun a new experiment in payments in its own stores that already, in some ways, makes Wallet look like old technology: Via its special Store app, you can order and pay for goods in an Apple store–including walking out of the store with your new purchases without having to do anything other than tap at your iPhone screen. In some ways, this could be Apple testing a broader implementation of a future “iPay” scheme which could be licensed to other retailers. And while Google is just beginning to collate millions of users’ credit card details, Apple’s iTunes system (married to its earlier MobileMe and now iCloud) means it has one of the largest existing databases of user credit cards in the world…primed for exploitation in a new shopping technology.
5. Research, Spending, and Nervousness
Consider other bits of Google news here: It recently slashed many of its experimental Google Labs products, dramatically changing its shotgun-style research and development habits to create a more refined, targeted solution. The move means the character of Google has changed a little, perhaps because it had to because Labs products weren’t doing the core business any financial favors. And it’s made Google a tad more Apple-esque.
The purchase of Motorola Mobility is also a stand-out event, because it will allow Google to integrate hardware and software in some future Android phones (and tablets) more closely than has been possible. It’s a double-edged sword, because it exposes Google to more allegations of platform fragmentation as well as potentially ostracizing big-name Android partners, but it will allow Google to make more polished smartphones. In a way that is, unmistakably, Apple-inspired.
All of which leaves us with a strange tingling on the backs of our necks: Google probably doesn’t see a big “threat” to its core business from Apple on any one of these individual fronts…it dominates search, its Android handset is riding high as sales leader in the new smartphone world, and its ancillary products like Voice and Apps are gaining much support in the consumer and enterprise markets. But if you add all the little niggles into one idea, then Google may actually be sensing a clear and present danger from Apple. Those angry barks from Jobs about the “theft” of ideas in Android may, in fact, also come with a bite.
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November 8, 2011 by Bill Palmer
by Bill Palmer
The iPhone 5 won’t see release date until 2012 because allowing the next iPhone to surface this year with embedded 4G LTE networking would have been a mistake. It’s the same mistake which some competing smartphones have made in 2011, and their users have paid the price accordingly. Current generation 4G LTE antennas are physically large and use a severe amount of power, meaning that the phone’s battery gets eaten alive and there’s no internal room for a battery large enough to compensate. As such, LTE phones on the market now are oversized, short on battery life, and short on whichever other hardware features had to be sacrificed in order to make room for the networking. And all of that sacrifice would be made for a network technology which has only been built out to the point that less than half of Verizon customers can get a 4G LTE signal, less than ten percent of ATT customers can do the same, and no one on Sprint or T-Mobile can, as they’re both still flirting with a slower competing 4G (although Sprint says it’s moving to LTE next year). If none of this sounds like fun, then it explains why the iPhone 4S with the same-old 3G networking surfaced this year and the iPhone 5 with 4G LTE was put on ice until sometime next year. But when the iPhone 5 does see release date, it’ll be a part of a networking sea change…
Smaller, lower-power next generation 4G LTE chips will allow the iPhone 5 and other smartphones to offer LTE networking speeds while still remaining svelte and offering legitimate battery life. Which vendor gets those chips first is another matter. Apple has a history of locking up long term supplies of products like solid state storage which can at times be difficult for vendors to get their hands on in quantity. Apple also has a more recent penchant for designing and building its own chips (witness the A5 in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, for instance) and could be on its way to crafting its own next-gen 4G LTE components. This could allow Apple to launch the LTE iPhone 5 somewhere near the middle of 2012 whether its competitors have their hands on externally available next-gen LTE antennas or not. That means the iPhone 5 will lead the charge, either alongside competing smartphones or by itself, when it comes to delivering the first legitimate LTE-enabled smartphones to market…
It won’t hurt that the iPhone 5 will be seeing its release date around the time the carriers will have made a real dent in building out LTE networks. By the middle of 2012, Verizon’s LTE should be mostly nationwide. ATT… well, the carrier has made a point of confirming to Beatweek that it’s fully committed to LTE despite having only built LTE towers in five cities thus far. Sprint didn’t hesitate to build its existing quasi-4G network nationwide, so it’s expectable that they’ll do the same once they get going with LTE. That means that by the time the iPhone 5 lands with 4G LTE built into a manageable and practical hardware package, it should be able to get a 4G LTE signal in most of the places you want to use it. As much as those looking forward to the iPhone 5 aren’t thrilled about having to wait another half-year-plus for its release date, at least they’re being made to wait for good reason. Here’s more on the iPhone 5.
Apple is working to fix the battery problems faced by users of devices carrying its i0S 5 mobile operating system, solve a security issue with the magnetic SmartCover for the iPad 2, and add a new multitouch feature to its original tablet.
The battery issue prompted loud complaints from some users.
Just two days after Apple released to developers the first beta software fix for bugs that affect battery life of iOS 5 devices, the company has put out a second update to address the issue.
Apple said this week the fix for the battery-zapping bugs will be out “in a few weeks,” yet the two betas — just two days apart — means we’ll be seeing the update much sooner than that.
It’s still unclear what’s actually causing the battery problems for iOS 5 users. Some iPhone 4S owners reported their battery would last just hours, with only minimal use, and Apple didn’t say either what’s causing it besides “a few bugs.” This led to a sprawl of homegrown solutions to “fix” your battery life problems, which my colleague Ian Paul rather funnily dubbed “sensible battery life management practices” (that seem to be commonplace on Android too).
The incremental update to iOS 5.0.1 tackles a few other problems.
One of them is a security patch to an issue with the magnetic SmartCover for the iPad 2. The glitch allows anyone to bypass a passcode on the iPad 2 with a SmartCover, by simply holding down the power button until asked to power off. Then, all you have to do is to put the SmartCover on, and then take it off, cancel the power down — and you’re in.
Users of the original iPad have something to look forward to in iOS 5.0.1 as well.
The update promises to bring four- or five-finger multitouch gestures, just like on the iPad 2 (although the feature appeared on the iOS 4.3 beta testing, but it didn’t make the cut in the public release). The gestures allow you to swipe up for the multitasking bar, swipe left or right between apps (similar cards) or to pinch to the home screen.
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Earlier today we told you that HTC had announced its first batch of handsets that were getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich. We then wondered if the company was only going to release the update for dual-core handsets. Now we have news of the HTC Edge, as the quad-core iPhone 5 beater makes an appearance.
The team over at Pocket Now is reporting the Edge could not only be HTCs first quad-core powered phone, but also the worlds. They are citing a reliable source who claims the handset will be a premium device with all the latest mobile technologies.
The handset will be just over 10mm thick with a 4.7-inch display, and looks like to be the successor to the just unveiled Rezound. It could have the same 720p resolution and 1GB of RAM with a backlit 8-megapixel camera. The biggest improvement though will be the alleged AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from Nvidia, which has four 1.5GHz cores compared to the Rezound’s two.
Internal storage is claimed to be bumped up to 32GB with the Bluetooth radio should be version 4.0, and will come with the Beats Audio improvements as part of the package. The smartphone may also see the new improved HTC content services such as the HTC Listen music store, HTC Play gaming center, HTC Watch movie service, and the HTC Read bookstore.
It could also be one of the first HTC handsets to carry the Sense 4.0 UI, but it is not known if the Edge will have LTE capability. It is thought to come bundled with Ice Cream Sandwich, and if not to soon get updated with it. The HTC Edge is expected by the start of Q2 2012, and hopefully HTC will provide a decent enough battery to power that quad-core processor.
What do you make of the HTC Edge?