The next big things

The next big thingsMobile World Congress was almost six months ago (cripes), and CES was even further back than that. It seems like only yesterday that we were looking forward to the first wave of dual-core goodness; the Motorola Atrix, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the LG Optimus 2X...

Now they’re all here, so we’re looking to the future once again and wondering what the next big thing might be. For the purposes of this feature, we’ll stick with semi-official/rumoured devices, rather than inventing a quad-core, 4.7in, 3D HTC Megaton. That sounds pretty good, actually. Terrible battery life though.

The next big thingsSamsung

There are rumours that the South Korean manufacturer might release a new flagship phone every six months to compete with the iPhone. But how the hell does Samsung follow up the Galaxy S II? It’s right at the top of the spec tree with a 4.3in display, 8MP camera, 1080p video recording and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. What more could you want? (Er, other than NFC).

Well, according to whispers on the cybernet, Sammie is eyeing up 3D possibilities, with a Samsung Galaxy 3D. Autostereoscopic technology is very much nascent in the mobile world, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung joined HTC and LG at the 3D party.

The next big thingsSony Ericsson

Remember people were all excited about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play? “LOL”, as the kids say. It was a bit like turning up at a firework display and expecting the best thing ever, but all that happened was one of those little fireworks that doesn’t actually explode screamed up into the night sky and disappeared. “Was that it?”

Anyway, it’s odd that despite announcing 6,473 Android phones this year – Xperia Play, Pro, Arc, Neo, Active, Ray, mini, mini pro, W8 Walkman phone – Sony Ericsson has yet to officially reveal any dual-core wares.

But, thanks to a series of cheeky leaks, we know that Sony Ericsson is indeed working on a dual-core smartphone to rival the HTC Sensation et al, namely the Xperia Duo. Some shots suggest an almost edge-to-edge display, probably in the 4.3in arena, and inevitably it’ll be high on the megapixelage.

The next big thingsMotorola

I mentioned Motorola’s new goodies in Hurry up, Motorola, so I won’t dwell on the US manufacturer for too long. Essentially there’s a Droid Bionic, which has been officially revealed but massively delayed. It’ll stretch the Atrix’s display from 4in to 4.3in, and the camera from 5MP to 8MP.

There’s also the entirely unofficial Motorola Targa, with a rumoured quad-core processor and 13MP camera.


The next big thingsHTC

Martin described HTC’s Eternity as a “bruiser” following some major leakage at the end of June. Indeed, looking at the proposed spec sheet, that’s probably the best way to describe it.

The HTC Eternity will run Windows Phone Mango, and supposedly boasts a whopping 4.7in display, single-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP camera, 720p video recording and 16GB of on board storage. HTC hopes to allay concerns about battery life with a 1650mAh battery.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait an Etern… Sorry.

Sticking with HTC and Windows Phone 7, the Taiwanese manufacturer is also thought to be beavering away on a smartphone with a 16MP camera. Corpus Christi. It’s codenamed the HTC Bresson, after renowned French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Of course, a customary nod should go to the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 or whatever it’ll be called. It’s already whipping up a storm despite the lack of any details whatsoever. And we’ve already written a silly amount about it, so I reckon now’s a good time to say goodbye.


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