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And if all goes according to plans, the company will also launch processors with added cores. The first one is codenamed Wayne, which promises to finish a task up to 10 times faster than Tegra 2. Logan that will come after Wayne will clock speeds 50 times faster than any dual core phones.
Now, in your quad core smartphone each core works less harder to accomplish a task, and therefore requires less battery power.
Additionally, a quad-core processor is expected to support sharp screen resolutions, load apps, photos and Web pages faster and process HD video much quicker.
The Latest Top Quad Core Smartphones
As we mentioned earlier, this will be the year of quad-core processors.
The MWC event was also dominated by the release of all devices powered by quad core processors.
While the debate on the functional improvement of quad core processor is gaining traction of late, we shall wait a little longer to review the upcoming quad-core smartphones. Meanwhile, check out the phones that we think will rule this year’s quad core market.
Note, the list is randomly done and not on the basis of best functionality and features and the phones run from real to rumored ones.
HTC One X - The Taiwan-based company has launched its premium HTC One series at this year’s MWC. The best in this line, HTC One X, has unanimously been selected as the number one smartphone. The phone will feature a polycarbonate unibody shell with a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 720p screen, UI HTC SENSE 4.0, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and a 12-core NVIDIA graphics processor (the ATT’s LTE version will come with a Qualcomm S4 processor). This monster will run the latest Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). The HTC phone will also be available in a 4G LTE model.
HTC claims to have packed in top-notch specs and a fabulous new User Interface to give a lot of punch, and we can’t help but accept it. The phone is expected to hit shelves very soon.
Huawei Ascend D Quad - Huawei has also unveiled a quad core phone line at this year’s MWC. The line comprises three great phones such as Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 and Ascend D Quad. We have picked our favorite, the new Ascend D Quad that comes with a big 4.5-inch 720p HD display and Huawei’s own K3V2 quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.5GHz. According to the company, this phone is the world’s fastest smartphone.
This Android 4.0 beast features an 8-megapixel rear camera, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, supports LTE and an 1,800mAh battery that claims to be backed by a proprietary energy management software that will last for up to two days.
LG Optimus 4X HD - LG, the producer of quality ware, has never quite made an impression in the smartphone market. But this time it’s back with élan. At the MWC, the Korean electronics company has unveiled LG 4X HD, its first quad-core phone.
The latest LG phone comes with a 1280X720 HD resolution IPS display, a very capable battery of 2150 mAh capacity to support the monster quad core processor and HD display.
The phone is slated for release in June.
Samsung Galaxy S3 - If rumors are to be believed, this Samsung flagship phone will be the next big thing in this year’s smartphone arena. The phone will continue the legacy of Galaxy S2 and will surpass it with the 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus full HD screen with 1,280×720-pixel resolution. It might also come with a bigger screen than the Galaxy Nexus along with edge-to-edge display and a much larger chassis. According to a BGR report, Samsung might launch S3 as its first phone with a 3D screen and the phone will sport a peculiar S-shaped bend in the 4.6-inch screen.
The phone is expected to feature Samsung’s quad-core ARM A9-based Exynos 4212 chipset, clocked at a powerful 1.8GHz with 2GB RAM. In another claim made by BGR, a more modest 1.5GHz quad-core has been indicated in the S3.
Meanwhile, Samsung is also rumored to give hefty speed boosts on graphics and pack in some battery-friendly power-saving features with its latest device. There isn’t much room for anticipation as Samsung will certainly pack Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS with its device. And the S3 is also expected to receive the latest TouchWiz UI version 5.0.
But as we always say, read all these features with a pinch of salt!
iPhone 5 - There’s a strong assumption that the next Apple iPhone will also boast a strong quad core processor.
The other features of this much-awaited iPhone include a Retina display that comes in a screen size of anything between 3.5-inch to 4.6-inch. This time the phone can be 4G LTE enabled and can introduce path-breaking features like killer 3D imaging camera, universal remote control and iWallet along with features like Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Waterproof Nanotech Coating, Quad-Core Processor, Updated iOS with Siri 2 and Wireless Charging.
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1. iPhone 5 Form Factor Could Be Bigger Than iPhone 4S?
Unlike iPhone 4, we’ve not had any testing prototype leaked out accidentally. This means all we have is speculation built upon speculation. Still, there are certain clues – like the 4-inch iPhone 5 screen – which could give a bit of a hint as to the form factor. We’re expecting a normal, iPhone 4S kind of a form-factor. All those rumors about a curved-glass display are out the window. In a lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, Apple suggested Samsung to go for curved-glass form-factors – which kind of proves that Apple isn’t taking that up for its iPhone 5.
Of course, we could expect the iPhone 5 to grow a bit bigger than the palm-friendly iPhone 4S or iPhone 4. There has been a constant need raised by iPhone users as to the screen size – and this 4-inch thing could probably be the answer to the need. But then, as we had posted earlies, the iPhone 5 could only have the display screen larger – not the whole body. That would make UI bigger, but the palm-friendliness remain unaltered.
2. iPhone 5 Could Come With a Greater Resolution
Another rumor that’s been doing the rounds recently is the resolution on the iPhone 5. Of all the iPhone 5 specs we heard, this was very impressive enough because so far, we thought the Retina Display was the state-of-the-art resolution one could ask for! Perhaps, with an increase in the UI size, the resolution could get stronger and users could expect a more brilliant video-watching experience. For the moment though, there’s not much cooking on this issue.
3. iPhone 5 Could Have A Quad-Core Processor
This would mark the beginning of a new CPU-arms race in the market. A dual-core processor for a smartphone has become a common thing these days. One of the chief competitions between Samsung smartphones running Android and Apple smartphones running iOS is the processor each boasts of. The A5 has outdone most Android-supporting processors that other companies have come up with, but according to certain rumors, Apple could be one-upping the race with an all-new, better-than-A6, quad-core processor!
Users have often complained that iPhone 4S is sometimes lagging in speed, and as a fix to this issue, Apple could be trying for the quad-core processor on its next-gen iPhone.
4. iPhone 5 Could Have 4G / LTE Capability?
We wrote on this sometime back. Will the iPhone 5 have 4G capability? Most likely, because Samsung got its Infuse 4G launched already!
In the network race, it would only be logical if Apple got an iPhone 5 specs sheet that had 4G support. As to LTE, that’s doubtful. But bringing out an LTE iPhone 5 would be a great boon for buyers.
Update (23-March-2012): Latest report from Apple Insider report cites research note obtained from Barclays, it is said that Apple is looking at a Qualcomm MDM9615 chip for the LTE support in the smartphone. Read more.
5. More Gesture-based – No Home Button
Oops! No home button? Well, yeah, quite possibily. Apple has moved to improved gesture based controls through its iOS 5. So it is quite possible that the home screen might be dropped for enhanced gesture-controls – one large interface change in iPhone 5 specifications.
6. iPhone 5 Features – Storage Capacity, Battery Problems and OS
This one is an actual bummer. With iPhone 4S, we heard the 64GB getting the face-lift. It was being marketed well on par with the 32GB and 16GB. So having an iPhone also means having a smartphone with huge memory capacity. The iPhone 5 specifications might very well include 64GB versions too – considering the sales reports of the iPhone 4S 64GB version – but going beyond that would probably not be a reality for now.
The iPhone 4S still has battery issues and even with the updates on the iOS, there’s no reprieve out of that. It would be natural for the engineers to work on the battery issue fix – and it would only be logical for them to get an iPhone 5 which is not ridden with battery issues.
7. Fire-proof iPhone
Stunned with this iPhone 5 feature?? Well, why not to be… New iPhone 5 is likely to be the fire-proof and the company has organized a patent app for highly developed material which is halogen-free flame retardant. It could be incorporated in the iPhone 5 specifications to build this new iPhone 5 and other Apple products.
8. Wireless Charging
Well… this iPhone 5 specification would give you another break! But you never know the wireless charging is really creating a mass appeal. It could be possible with the inductive wireless charging technology. If you could juice up the battery of iPhone 5 then this will be a big hit. So until iPhone 5 release date comes and the Apple release new smart phone with super cool iPhone 5 features, imagine charging this smartphone without cable.
9. More Speed
4G technology, the latest standard in network technology will help to build up the network fourth generation that will give you more speed…more fun on the fly with outstanding iPhone 5 specs!
10. NFC Payment
According to the reports, this NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is under testing and if it comes, then user will be able to make countless payment through scanner. However, according to the ibtimes, the analysts at Jefferies are expecting that this NFC technology will be revealed in the iPhone 5S (probably next version of iPhone 5). Such iPhone 5 features will definitely create waves in the market.
11. iPhone 5 and Nano-SIM?
Way back, sometime before the rumors began spreading like wildfire, there was this strange but thoughtful remark about iPhone 5 supporting Nano-SIMs to make the design compact – or keep it unaltered (from iPhone 4S) despite a size-increase in the display.
A Nano-SIM would actually be a thing of the past even in 2012, considering the developments and supporting devices that we’ve got so far. Still, there’s no saying what Apple is up to!
The iPhone 5 Release Date Speculations
iPhone 5 is in development, quite obviously, considering the references in iOS 5.1 Beta code. There are no leaks or confirmed sources from manufacturers as yet – which could help us fix a possible date of release. But, we can make a safe guess with a late-2012 release (much like iPhone 4S which got a late 2011 release). Of course, this would depend on Apple’s iPad 3 plans too. Is Apple eying for a simultaneous release of iPad 3 and iPhone 5?
As regards the iPhone 5 price, it wouldn’t be surprising if the cost was considerably larger than that of iPhone 4S. Considering the economics of smartphones, the trend is upward as of now!
As the U.S. awaits word on whether neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will face charges in the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, 20th Century Fox is scrambling to figure out how to distance a new comedy called Neighborhood Watch from the Florida tragedy. The film, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayaode, is slated for a July release, and features the four men as part of a neighborhood watch team in an American suburb. While Neighborhood Watch is actually about the four of them battling an alien invasion, a teaser trailer for the film showed them cruising around town in a van listening to Dr. Dre and making mock gun signs with their fingers. Fox has since clarified scenes from the trailer, saying that that don’t appear in the movie and that the film bears not relation to the “tragic events in Florida.” Likewise, early promotional material for the film featured a bullet-ridden neighborhood watch sign has also been largely pulled while Fox has now focussed its marketing efforts on the film’s alien plot. It’ll be worth noting whether Fox changes the name of the film to something a little less evocative of Martin’s death, although with $50 million already poured into the production, and millions more to be spent on publicity, it might already be too late. But with a screenplay from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Lonely Island member (and SNL staff writer) Akiva Schaffer directing, it’d be a shame to see Fox attempt to bury what could very well be one of the better comedies of the summer season.
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Upon Apple’s (AAPL) unveiling of the third-generation iPad, analysts and bloggers were surprised to find… a total lack of surprise. Nearly every feature — from the Retina Display to the 4G networking support from ATT (T) and Verizon (VZ) — had been detailed and expected days, even months, ahead of the launch. Not since an Apple staffer drunkenly left behind an iPhone 4 in a German beer garden two months prior to its unveiling had so much wind been taken out of Apple’s usually secretive sails.
At that point, we had to wonder: Have we seen the end to Steve Jobs’ notoriously clandestine Apple? What’s happened to the company if it can’t maintain a shroud of secrecy as well as Android (GOOG), BlackBerry (RIMM), or Windows Phone (MSFT)?
But with a new report from 9to5Mac, it would appear that cloak-and-dagger operations at Cupertino are continuing unabated.
According to 9to5Mac’s Marc Gurman, prototypes of the iPhone 5 — or “New iPhone,” following the naming pattern introduced by the “New iPad” — are now being field-tested amongst the staffers. And as with previous models, the units are housed in cases that make it appear like an iPhone 4 or 4S.
Good to hear that Tim Cook still has a bit of Steve Jobs in him.
Gurman also notes that the prototypes do not contain an A6 processor but rather a variation of the A5X chip found in the latest iPad. The slightly different architecture will reportedly still pack 1GB of RAM. As of now, the pre-release model is carrying an “N96″ codename, but it’s not yet known if this label will apply to the final release.
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Apple is reportedly testing a variant of the new iPad‘s A5X chipset designed for the next-gen iPhone 5, insiders suggest, along with a new iPod touch tipped to see major hardware changes. The revised smartphone processor, so 9 to 5 Mac‘s sources claim, is being internally trialled at Apple using existing iPhone 4S chassis, though the iPhone 5 itself is expected to mark a departure from the current design. It’s paired with 1GB of RAM, just as with the third-gen iPad. The chip itself is a different variant from that in the new iPad, using altered architecture more suited to a phone than a tablet. Exact technical details are unknown at this stage, though Apple is apparently taking no chances with potential leaks: the use of the existing iPhone 4S casings to mask the new chipset is said to be specifically to avoid prototypes being spotted. When the iPhone 5 – or whatever it may be called – launches, it will supposedly look outwardly different. As for the new iPod touch, hardware specifics are in even shorter supply. The most telling tidbit is the change of the internal model number, shifting from the current PMP’s iPod 4,1 to iPod 5,1 and suggesting a significant reworking in internal hardware. Apple left the iPod touch unchanged in 2011, beyond introducing a white variant, and there are suggestions that the CPU and/or GPU could be upgraded so as to keep the media player more competitive as a mobile gaming device. One possibility is the last-gen A5 chipset as in the current iPhone 4S, though Apple might also opt for the A5X being tested for the new iPhone too.
Apple is reportedly testing a variant of the new iPad‘s A5X chipset designed for the next-gen iPhone 5, insiders suggest, along with a new iPod touch tipped to see major hardware changes. The revised smartphone processor, so 9 to 5 Mac‘s sources claim, is being internally trialled at Apple using existing iPhone 4S chassis, though the iPhone 5 itself is expected to mark a departure from the current design. It’s paired with 1GB of RAM, just as with the third-gen iPad.
The chip itself is a different variant from that in the new iPad, using altered architecture more suited to a phone than a tablet. Exact technical details are unknown at this stage, though Apple is apparently taking no chances with potential leaks: the use of the existing iPhone 4S casings to mask the new chipset is said to be specifically to avoid prototypes being spotted. When the iPhone 5 – or whatever it may be called – launches, it will supposedly look outwardly different.
As for the new iPod touch, hardware specifics are in even shorter supply. The most telling tidbit is the change of the internal model number, shifting from the current PMP’s iPod 4,1 to iPod 5,1 and suggesting a significant reworking in internal hardware.
Apple left the iPod touch unchanged in 2011, beyond introducing a white variant, and there are suggestions that the CPU and/or GPU could be upgraded so as to keep the media player more competitive as a mobile gaming device. One possibility is the last-gen A5 chipset as in the current iPhone 4S, though Apple might also opt for the A5X being tested for the new iPhone too.
People are buying larger screen size phones at remarkable rates, sales of the Galaxy Note (the largest screen size) are brisk. Most people I show my SII Skyrocket to comment on how much better they like the screen size than their 3.5 inch iPhone.
That iPhones are also selling like hotcakes is a testament to:
-The marketing prowess of APPL and the power of the iPhone brand they have built.
-The fact that the smart phone market is not currently saturated, there are still plenty of new customers for everyone.
-The notion that there are many reasons to prefer one phone over another, screen size being only one.
I would not personally own a 3.5 inch phone again after using a 4.5 inch phone. Eventually, when the market is saturated and there are plenty of offerings at 4.5 inches or better with pixel densities over 300, like the HTC One X, APPL will need to respond with a larger screen size. Either that or introduce something completely different and compelling, which they often do.
With the official announcement of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G LTE, Sprint has a new powerhouse in its lineup. However if rumors serve true, we could see a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 announced later this month and launch as early as April-end to early-May. If the HTC EVO 4G LTE has any phone to worry about other than an iPhone 5, it would be this one.
Sprint confirms unlimited LTE data, gives Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 ‘all-you-can eat buffet’
While the New iPad 3 was heralded for its upgrades, it did come at a higher cost than many users expected. Users complained that due to the blazing 4G LTE speeds, they would eat up their LTE data plan within days. Given that a recent survey suggested that Android users consumer more mobile data versus iPhone users (rely more on WiFi), we can imagine the problems Samsung Galaxy S3 users will run into with data caps.
As blazingly fast as the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be, users will need to ‘hold back’ when it comes to data surfing so as to not hit their data caps too soon and cost them a bomb every month in overages. This would be a problem for the first and second largest carriers in the US only (Verizon and AT respectively) as Sprint has confirmed its LTE data plans will be unlimited.
The only catch here is that Sprint’s LTE network is in its infancy so it may be some time before they reach similar coverage as Verizon, the leading LTE mobile provider at this time.
If you are planning on getting a Samsung Galaxy S3, would you jump to Sprint just for unlimited LTE?
iPhone 5 release date is nearer than many of us initially thought. Reports coming out of the secretive Cupertino based tech giant suggest that the earlier perceived October launch will not be a reality. Instead, Apple is launching its highest selling product much earlier in June this year.
By the way, before Apple introduced its iPhone 4S in October, it used to launch the iPhone versions in June itself. From reports coming out right now, Apple is going back to its usual launch schedule.
Apple’s iPhone is the hottest selling smart phone in the world and sold close to 65 million units worldwide last year. No smartphone comes even close to it when it comes to popularity and people’s confidence.
Meanwhile reports coming out of iPhone manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn, suggest that Apple has employed close to twenty thousand people to work on the forthcoming smart phone. Other reports coming out of Foxconn factories in China suggest that the new smartphone would come with features including a 4-plus-inch display and a casing that no longer follows the design aesthetics of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
Millions of people across the world felt let down when Apple introduced iPhone 4S with the same old design of iPhone 4 in the market. Now they want a better design for iPhone 5. The last version of iPhone didn’t actually incorporate any design change or improvement. It was very disheartening to see a monotonous design for the world’s top smartphone. Android smartphones come with a variety of screen sizes. We have too many 4-inch plus smartphones under the Android belt. As per latest reports from Cupertino, the forthcoming iPhone 5 will come with a 4-inch or bigger edge-to-edge screen. A large display will further help iPhone deepen its roots into the smartphone market, which is already dominated by iPhone. Moreover, iPhone could ward off the stiff challenge from the Android side. A 4.6 inch display will help Apple neutralize the explosive growth of Korean tech giant Samsung’s Galaxy S version of smartphones too. Galaxy S2 is the second highest selling Android smartphone and its forthcoming version S3 is further going to strengthen its grip on the market.
The New iPad 3 comes with improved technology of 4G LTE. Many people wonder if the new iPhone will also be a 4G LTE device. Apple iPhone performs pretty well on 3G network. Some iPhone users may claim that an iPhone with 3G performs almost like an Android phone with the much-touted 4G. However, Apple should bring out its next iPhone 5 with 4G connectivity. All the top selling Android smartphones come with 4G. If Apple doesn’t make its next generation phone 4G, it will not enjoy the superiority it enjoys in the market till now.
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When Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4S last October, the voice recognition system was touted for its understanding of connotation ad meaning, making it a far more intelligent entity than simple voice recognition. The feature is expected to be developed further in the coming year in an aim to rival conventional search engines like Google, with an intelligent voice assistant alternative.
Apple’s iOS 6 software is expected at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where the iOS 5 software was revealed last year.
Other rumors surrounding the new iPhone
Release Date:The two most popular release date rumors for the iPhone 5 are June and October.
Display: The latest iPhone 5 rumors point to a 1280 x70 resolution with a Quantum Dot LED curved glass edge-to-edge display. Since the launch of the new iPad, Apple enthusiasts are convinced the phone will come with a retina display. A bigger 4-inch or 4.6-inch screen is also expected after many iPhone customers have criticized the iPhone screen for being too small.
Processor: The iPhone 5 will probably come with an A6 Chip, after the iPad was released with the A5X quad-core processor touted as twice as fast and four times better performing than the Tegra 3 chip. An A6 chip would double the power of the A5 chip that is currently used in the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2. An unnamed source, who claims to have an iPad 3 prototype, sent Boy Genius Report pictures of a diagnostic tool called iBoot, which states a chip model number that appears to be that of the A6 chip.
iOS 6 Software:Ars Technica has published some analysis that suggests some Apple products are already running on iOS 6 software. The analysis would suggest that Apple is either doing a test run on some of its new products. We might expect the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where the iOS 5 software was revealed last year.
The iPhone 4s’s battery life is one of its most criticized features. Apple tried to fix the bug with an iOS 5.0.1 update, and while some users said it had improved their battery life, other complained that the performance wasn’t good enough. It is therefore likely that Apple are focusing on overall higher battery life and performance, which is paramount if it keeps introducing battery draining features like Siri.