Tech Rumours 29/08/15

There has been plenty of rumours and leaks kicking about on the old interweb this week and I decided to give you a quick round up on what you can expect in terms of announcements in the few coming weeks in the world of tech.

I shall begin with the rumoured release date for the long awaited follow up to the Nexus 5. 2014 seen the release of the Nexus 6 which was a step up in class and price from the 2013 Nexus and thus the tech world is hotly anticipating a true heir to the hugely successful 5. My personal interest in this device is huge due to what the Nexus 5 was about, and what it bring it to the market. However, most of all, because there is a big chance that I shall end up being an owner of one by late January. Key specs that you should be aware of include a Snapdragon 808, a QuadHD display, 13mpx camera, Android Marshmallow and USB-C. Chances are that the follow up to the Nexus 5 won’t be the only device unveiled as we may also be given a second Nexus device – this time made by Huawei – that shall be an upmarket follow on from the Motorola Nexus 6. The day in question I hear you ask? Rumours that I have seen on a few separate websites point to Tuesday, the 29th of September, just over a month away from today.

Continuing with the Android theme, there have been a few pictures of the Sony Xperia Z5 kicking about. With Sony being expected to announce the device fully to the world sometime next week – most sources suggesting September the Second as the date in question – during the IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin. The alleged images show the device surrounded by water leading us to believe that Sony has rightly decided to stick with waterproofing their devices. Further inspection of the shots reveals the 23mpx camera with a six lens arrangement. Personally, I can wait for the full announcement as the Xperia line has always been a refreshing take on the Android flagship from a big company. They have provided the people with an alternative through their Compact devices which allow you to have the top specs without the need to strain your hand every time you hold your phone.

Speaking of IFA, Huawei may have shot themselves in the foot by accidentally announcing their wearable curtesy of an early posting on Amazon. The device shall be fully unveiled in Berlin on the 2nd of September and if reports are to be believed the top spec edition could put you near-as-makes-no-difference $800 out of pocket for the Gold Plated stainless steel version, with the bottom end version with the leather strap comes in at $350. The alluring fact about this Smartwatch is the fact that it will support iOS devices, a feature we have never seen before on an Android Wear device. While this is likely to be a fake, if true, it could be a game changer for the likes of the Moto 360 as a more affordable option to the Apple Watch. September the Second shall not be a boring day, I can assure you of that.

Now, where would a good leak roundup be without a rumour or two surrounding an Apple device? Well, I have two. Firstly, rather anticlimactically I will speak about the possible 4 inch iPhone 6c that definitely won’t be happening.  Rumours from 9to5Mac suggest that the device is not ready to ship, and that the 5s will take over as the cheap iPhone in the family as the 5c gets the boot as it shall be discontinued.  Apple were also in to minds to resurrect my favourite iPhone size – the 3.5 inch – however reports say that this idea is dead in the water and highly unlikely to come to fruition. Apple recently sent out invitations to their September the Ninth event in San Francisco where we are expecting to see a few new devices being announced including the Apple TV refresh and the big release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. A fresh slew of leaks point towards the new iPhone getting a new image processor alongside a new 12mpx sensor as Apple push the image quality and the overall camera experience to keep its crown for the best camera phone with strong bids coming in this year from Samsung who have stepped their game up dramatically. On a side note, the 6s line is also likely to feature front facing slow-mo as well as a front facing flash for well lit selfies.

 

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