September mobile madness: full preview

September mobile madness: full previewEarlier this week I answered September Madness: What are YOU looking forward to? with September Madness: What I’M looking forward to. Makes sense, right?

However, I touched on a mere four things, when there’s nothing short of a bona fide onslaught of new technology on the horizon. “Scribble it all down!” you say? Check it out below, Jeeves.

I guess it makes sense to go for alphabetical order by manufacturer. Oh, and our colleagues at sister site Wareable will be eating copious amounts of currywurst and furiously typing about all the new IFA wearable stuff, live from Berlin.

September mobile madness: full previewApple

The Californians are remaining typically quiet about the unveiling of their next flagship smartphone, but September 9 remains the unofficial front-runner for iPhone 6 launch date. As we’ve reported literally (not quite literally) millions of times now, we’ll supposedly meet 4.7in and 5.5in models. Sapphire crystal displays? The jury's still out there.

The arrival of the iPhone 6 of course means the arrival of iOS 8, too. It’ll likely drop a couple of days before the iPhone 6 release date.

The much-discussed Apple iWatch is vaguely expected to land in September or October, with Nike reportedly working closely alongside Team Cook, while it’ll probably be the latter - October - for the new iPads (iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3).

Archos (IFA 2014)

French manufacturer Archos has fired out a pre-IFA press release, detailing the Archos 50b Platinum and 45c Platinum (a pair of yeah, whatever Android phones), the Archos 40 Cesium (an entry-level Windows Phone effort), the Archos 80 Cesium (a Windows 8.1 tablet), and the Archos 101 Oxygen (an Android tablet with surprisingly decent specs).

September mobile madness: full previewAsus (IFA 2014)

Berlin will play host to Asus’ first Android Wear smartwatch, and CEO Jerry Shen has hinted that Google is rather impressed with the Taiwanese manufacturer’s ability to juggle quality with affordability. Asus of course churned out the Google Nexus 7 2012 and 2013. Just saying.

Asus being one of the most prolific manufacturers on the planet, it’s not too crazy to imagine we’ll be introduced to more hybrid devices along the lines of the FonePad/PadFone. And remember the three-in-one Asus Transformer Book V from June? Me neither.


With the BlackBerry Passport recently unofficially tipped for release in October, there's every chance the Canadians will jump on the crazy train in September, telling us everything we need to know about the unorthodox 1:1 beast.

HTC (IFA 2014)

Sweet Moses, I completely forgot about HTC before hitting the big red Publish button. Sorry, guys!

We're hoping to learn more about a global release (i.e. UK release) for the HTC One (M8) for Windows, while Berlin might well play host to the first-ever 64-bit Android phone, namely the HTC Desire 820.

September mobile madness: full previewHuawei (IFA 2014)

Evidence suggests the world’s number-three smartphone manufacturer is poised to merge its Huawei Ascend Mate (phablet) and Ascend D (flagship) ranges. The result? The Huawei Ascend Mate 7, the most recent Ascend D being the Ascend D6. Or something.

In typical Chinese fashion, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is expected to appear in two flavours, one with a QHD display, one 1080p, while a fingerprint scanner looks likely, too.

And how about the Huawei Ascend P7 with sapphire crystal display? It looks likely to beat Apple to the sapphire punch.

We should not, however, expect new Windows Phone goodies from Huawei. Chairman Richard Yu tells The Wall Street Journal it has been "difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone". Ouch.

September mobile madness: full previewLG (IFA 2014)

With the high end well and truly taken care of by the LG G3, everyone’s second-favourite South Korean manufacturer has turned its attention to the low end of the smartphone spectrum.

At IFA 2014, we’ll get a closer look at the LG L Bello and L Fino (they’re aimed at “growing 3G markets”), and the LG G3 Stylus, essentially a watered-down G3 with a, uhm, stylus.

And while the first iteration of the G Watch is still relatively fresh from the oven, Berlin will officially play host to the G Watch R, a spanking new Android Wear wearable with a more traditional round face. Heck, it seemed to do the trick with the Moto 360, easily the most popular Android Wear device to date.


On September 2, just before the IFA 2014 madness gets underway, Chinese manufacturer Meizu will unveil the MX4, with specs including a 5.4-5.5in QHD display, 20.7MP rear camera (yep, that’ll be Sony), and 3GB of RAM. Oh, and don’t forget the obligatory 1080p model.

September mobile madness: full previewMotorola

Curiously, Motorola doesn’t care to make its way to IFA 2014, instead opting to hold its September 4 launch event in – no, not China (hello, Lenovo), but – the good old US of A.

Geography aside, we’re all set to meet the Motorola Moto X+1 (a new flagship with suitably high-end specs), Moto G2 (a proper successor to everyone’s favourite wallet-friendly phone), and the Moto 360 smartwatch (again).

There's also some sort of ear-based thingy, probably of the Bluetooth variety.

September mobile madness: full previewNokia (IFA 2014)

Time was, a man could rattle off the entire Nokia Lumia Windows Phone range in just a few seconds, but I’ve well and truly lost the plot now.

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but Nokia is tipped to debut the Lumia 730 Superman “Selfie” phone at IFA 2014 (it has a 5MP front camera, a new record for Windows Phone), while the Lumia 830 – slightly higher up the spec ladder – is a possibility, too.

The rumour mill has also been chewing on a Nokia Lumia 1030 and Lumia 1525, but they seem less likely.

September mobile madness: full previewSamsung (IFA 2014)

No offence to, well, every other device at IFA 2014, but the thing we all want to know more about is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. There are rumours of flexibility, three-sided displays, premium versions in metal bodies… but it’s all very much up in the air. Clearly.

The Samsung Gear VR headset is tipped to make an appearance, too, though it might be a little too early to lift the lid on the Galaxy A range.

In wearables, Samsung is said to be brewing a standalone Tizen-fuelled device, with a SIM slot negating the need for a smartphone or tablet partner. Google will be ecstatic. EDIT: see the Samsung Gear S.

September mobile madness: full previewSony (IFA 2014)

Last but not least, Japanese manufacturer Sony is seemingly prepped to launch a veritable barrage of new goodies at IFA 2014.

Foremost is the Sony Xperia Z3, though it sounds much the same as the Xperia Z2, which is at least good news for owners of the latter.

Sticking with the “Z3” brand, Sony might leapfrog the Xperia Z2 Compact and go straight for the Z3 Compact, essentially a flagship phone in a pocket-friendly body. It’ll go nicely with your Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with its 8in (or so) display.

And not forgetting the SmartWatch 3, which was “accidentally” leaked in picture format earlier this week.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 28, 2014 at 13:49

I hope BB don't f*ck up... That Passport is looking very tempting. That and a sub-5in iPhone.
But somehow I got over the iThingy. Realising that it's more convenient to sync a WP8.1 device with a Mac than it is to maintain an iPhone in its own environment was a bit of any i-opener omg-pun... New iPhone would have to have something truly special to lure me back to Apple.


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