Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show face

Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show faceThe 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.

Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show faceAmazon smartphone

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.

Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show faceHTC tablet

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.

Fast-forwarding a bit, we’re told to expect two HTC Windows 8 RT tablets, but it was the Android-based tablet – the one that looks like an iMac – that we expected to meet last month.

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.

Whatever happened to…? Five devices that have yet to show faceSamsung 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.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:09

None of those are necessary... Hope that answers your question. :p

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:16

Well there's plenty on the market that isn't necessary, seldom seems to be a factor in something not appearing. At least it stopped the nexus q though.

So most of the above we weren't expecting to see yet and erm haven't, good stuff.

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:21

I'd forgotten the 128gb ipad was launched..

Stelph  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:22

None of those are necessary... Hope that answers your question. :p

Speak for yourself, a folding phone with a screen that folds out to make one large screen would be an insta-buy for me, tho its a shame if they're aiming at the Phablet 5" dual screen size. Make it two 4" screens please so its properly portable please

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:28

Stelph, buy the Sony P and pretend it's a phone :p

I want the Yota! Only thing that'd pull me back to the dark side

Pondlife  Mar. 6, 2013 at 13:30

Not with those bezels...

Ah please russian vapourware won't be the thing that drags you in

moopoo  Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:30

This is the greatest as yet unreleased gadget: https://www.leapmotion.com/

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:35

Not with those bezels...

Ah please russian vapourware won't be the thing that drags you in
you betcha :p

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2013 at 14:36

This is the greatest as yet unreleased gadget: https://www.leapmotion.com/
Not exactly mobile tech, Mr Self-Promoter ;)

Stelph  Mar. 6, 2013 at 15:56

Stelph, buy the Sony P and pretend it's a phone :p


Its tooooooooooo biiiiiiiiiiiig :)

If theyd brought out a sony P mini then maybe

SpeedyG  Mar. 6, 2013 at 19:31

They're about as necessary and useful as chocolate teapots, but enough people will buy them anyway, esp. that foldable Samsung tablet

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