The world of smartphone and tablet rumours is a funny old place. We speculate about devices so much, and so thoroughly, that it’s almost as if they become a reality despite lack of any official or solid evidence. A bit like god.
It’s probably fair to say that most rumoured smartphones and tablets do materialise in some capacity, but there are a few recent chappies that – for whatever reason – have yet to show face, despite receiving a heavy dose of rumour treatment.
In no particular order (actually, let’s go for alphabetical by manufacturer), here are five devices that we fully expected to have met before now.
Ah, the Amazon smartphone. We’ve been writing about this particular chap for almost two years. Two freakin’ years.
Before Amazon Kindle Fire became a household name, the colossal retailer was tipped to be prepping three devices, specifically a pair of tablets alongside an Amazon smartphone.
It’s been pretty quiet on the Amazon smartphone front this year, but the most recent rumours suggested a Q2/Q3 2013 launch, so we mightn’t have long to wait.
If/when the Amazon smartphone arrives, it’ll inevitably follow in the Kindle Fire’s footsteps, with a heavily customised version of Android and a firm focus on Amazon content. Whether or not there’s a market for such a device remains unclear.
Apple iPod touch (128GB)
We’ve long desired a 128GB iPod touch, and we got our hopes up – once again – in January, when rumours started swirling of a 128GB 'Ultimate' iPad and 128GB iPod touch. Alas, only the former came to fruition. Bah.
A 128GB iPod touch would inevitably cost a fortune, but it’s come up a few times in Mobot discussions. Heck, put me down for one.
HTC’s record in the tablet industry is pretty dismal, to put it bluntly. In the UK, we had the overpriced, Gingerbread-rockin’, 7in HTC Flyer, while the States also saw the HTC Jetstream (nee Puccini).
Those guys didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Indeed, when HTC approached Microsoft to become one of the first Windows RT tablet manufacturers, M$ shot them down in flames. Oh dear.
The Android-fuelled HTC tablet was originally tipped to pop up at the HTC One launch, then again at Mobile World Congress, but he remains elusive.
Microsoft Surface smartphone
Microsoft ruffled more than a few feathers when it announced the Surface tablet, effectively assigning itself flagship status among Windows 8 RT manufacturers, and leaving the rest in a cloud of Ballmer-scented smoke.
And while Microsoft Surface tablet sales are more so sitting on the carpet than through the roof, that hasn’t slowed the Microsoft Surface smartphone rumours any.
Indeed, big baldy Ballmer himself has confirmed that there’s more Microsoft hardware to come.
Like the Amazon smartphone, it’s been fairly quiet on the Microsoft Surface smartphone front of late. One of the most recent whispers suggested mid-2013 for both.
Samsung Galaxy Q
Samsung has been talking up its bendy/flexible/folding screen technology for a while, but it’s yet to walk the walk.
While we’re not too fussed about balls-out bendy/flexible phones, we quite fancy the sound of the so-called Samsung Galaxy Q.
Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Q specs include a pair of 5.3in 1080p displays that fold into one large display, with no bezel or nothin’ down the middle. Sexy.
We’d hoped to see the Samsung Galaxy Q pop up in Barcelona, but it was yet another disappointment in a relatively uneventful show.