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