Preview of the week

Preview of the weekWhat the hell’s this? Some sort of preview of the week? You’re damn right. It’s a bit like the traditional Review of the week, ‘cept it comes before the action in question. Obviously.

I wouldn’t normally entertain the notion of such a feature, but, as I was saying on Saturday, there’s a fair bit happening this week.

As if IFA 2012 wasn’t enough (with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 et al), there are no less than three events scheduled for this week – all from fairly big players.

How will we do this? Chronological order? Let’s dance.

Nokia World – September 5-6, Helsinki

I won’t write too much about Nokia World, as Jimmy Martinez has something in the proverbial pipeline.

I will, however, say this: Nokia World was originally announced for September 25-26, but “the date has now been advanced by a couple of weeks” (to quote my lovely friend Heidi). Hmm, it’s almost as if there’s something major scheduled in that interim period. Ahem.

Nokia is expected to announce two Windows Phone 8 handsets, possibly some sort of Lumia 820 and 920. Or not. Martin will go into a bit more detail about them. Probably.

Motorola – September 5, New York

US manufacturer Motorola recently fired out invites for what it describes as “the day’s main event” on September 5, clearly referencing the fact that it coincides with Nokia World.

No one’s quite sure what Motorola has in store, but we’ve been hearing plenty about the Motorola Razr HD and Motorola Razr Maxx HD of late. Are they finally ready to take a bow? Indeed, we’re not entirely convinced that the latter even exists.

There’s also the Motorola Razr M 4G LTE, leaked last week. It’s expected to show up in New York too.

While we're talking Motorola, the Yanks sent us an invite for a September 18 event last week, with the words: “Let us take you to the Edge”. It’s possibly for an edge-to-edge smartphone (or maybe just something called the Motorola Edge), and appears to be powered by Intel.

Amazon – September 6, Los Angeles

Online retailer Amazon is staying pretty quiet about its plans for Thursday. The invite reads only: “Please join us for an Amazon Press Conference.”

Candidates for an unveiling include a refreshed 7in Amazon Kindle Fire (potentially something more in line with the Asus Nexus 7, king of the budget tablets), and/or a 10in Amazon Kindle Fire, and/or an Amazon smartphone. Phew.

Who knows? Well, Amazon, obviously. And you will too, come Thursday.

And finally…

The real main event this month (it’s no coincidence that there’s so much going down in early September) is of course the iPhone 5 launch. And no, that’s not just my opinion; that’s a fact, man. No other event will be as widely reported. So there.

It’s widely accepted that Apple will launch the iPhone 5 on September 12, but the thing we’re all forgetting is that the Californians have yet to send out invites. We expect to see them later this week. Having said that, it’d be pretty funny if September 12 turned out to be nonsense.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 13:06

I doubt there's going to be a 10in Fire. There are few 7in + eReaders with eInk displays as it is. Somehow making the Fire bigger would merely emphasise that it's neither a good eReader (glare/backlight) nor a 'great' Android tablet (what with the restrictions imposed by Amazon).

As to Nokia World: If they release an Apollo device with an SD-card slot, a good camera and a day's worth of battery life, I will have to take Thursday off to write that speech where I explain how I never really hated Microsoft. Dang...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 13:15

As to Nokia World: If they release an Apollo device with an SD-card slot, a good camera and a day's worth of battery life, I will have to take Thursday off to write that speech where I explain how I never really hated Microsoft. Dang...
I don't think that's necessary, M$ are still a sh*tty company. Am I right in saying that you never said you didn't like WP7, you just didn't like the silly restrictions which M$ had put in place on it (and the God-awful UI...though that's spread to desktop W8 now, too...yay)?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 13:16

It's not often you can preview a week in the unpredictable, leaky world of mobile technology :p.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 13:19

True... politics aside, I see some merits in WP, and its limitations are of course a matter of debate. A LOT of people would call the N9 and Pre3 I so like b*ggered by limitations - lack of apps etc etc... So, yes.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 13:20

Soon we'll get daily previews and reviews, and reviews of the previews... Excellent. :p

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 14:05

True... politics aside, I see some merits in WP, and its limitations are of course a matter of debate. A LOT of people would call the N9 and Pre3 I so like b*ggered by limitations - lack of apps etc etc... So, yes.
Hopefully WP8 will integrate with W8 slightly better than WP7 integrated with W7 (aka, it won't need Zune).

Pondlife  Sep. 3, 2012 at 14:17

I doubt there's going to be a 10in Fire. There are few 7in + eReaders with eInk displays as it is. Somehow making the Fire bigger would merely emphasise that it's neither a good eReader (glare/backlight) nor a 'great' Android tablet (what with the restrictions imposed by Amazon).

As to Nokia World: If they release an Apollo device with an SD-card slot, a good camera and a day's worth of battery life, I will have to take Thursday off to write that speech where I explain how I never really hated Microsoft. Dang...


Is a suggestion of dual eink and lcd screens. Seems problematic. Similarly not convinced of 10" model, link with Nokia for maps was interesting but far from compelling.

How about if media still has to be loaded with Zune software, wonder how many of the 101 reasons will remain in wp8 ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 14:20

I doubt there's going to be a 10in Fire. There are few 7in + eReaders with eInk displays as it is. Somehow making the Fire bigger would merely emphasise that it's neither a good eReader (glare/backlight) nor a 'great' Android tablet (what with the restrictions imposed by Amazon).

As to Nokia World: If they release an Apollo device with an SD-card slot, a good camera and a day's worth of battery life, I will have to take Thursday off to write that speech where I explain how I never really hated Microsoft. Dang...


Is a suggestion of dual eink and lcd screens. Seems problematic. Similarly not convinced of 10" model, link with Nokia for maps was interesting but far from compelling.

How about if media still has to be loaded with Zune software, wonder how many of the 101 reasons will remain in wp8 ;)

Well since about 50 weren't (or only 50 were, depending on how you look at it) issues in WP7, I guess a fair few more may disappear. Also, M$ are killing Zune, so it won't be needed.

Pondlife  Sep. 3, 2012 at 14:46

Thought that many of those were only sorted on certain phones rather than buy ms though.

Treab  Sep. 3, 2012 at 18:26

It's not often you can preview a week in the unpredictable, leaky world of mobile technology :p.

tbf this is lewis and hes usually wrong after the fact so previewing a week just means all the dates above will be cancelled... its the law of lewis ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2012 at 19:01

Is that what "lol" stands for? Law of Lewis?

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