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This Week's Chitter Chatter - Galaxy Note 4, HTC One 2 Max and Sony Xperia Z3 (and Z3 Compact)
Let's start with the new phablet in Samsung's Note series - the Note 4 - which is expected to launch on the 3rd September. There have been several recent online leaks as to what we can expect to see. For example, it seems like it's likely to feature a 5.7-inch QHD display with an impressive screen resolution of 2560 x 1440. It's thought that like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 4 will also come with a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor along with a 16-megapixel rear camera. Design-wise we could see the Note 4 boasting a polycarbonate and metal frame with a mock-leather cover on the back (see pic). And, of course, a large handset requires a powerful processor so it's likely that the Note 4 will include the very latest Snapdragon 805 together with 3GB of RAM.
While we're on the subject of new phones, f you thought that HTC already had a few mobile phone with confusing names then there could be an even trickier HTC smartphone to pronounce in the next few months. HTC are said to be working on a supersized handset which could be tagged the HTC One 2 Max or maybe just simply the new HTC One Max. HTC's most recent flagship phone, the HTC One M8, has proved so popular with customers that HTC have apparently decided to launch a new Max phablet-sized smartphone but this time with top of the range specs. The HTC One 2 Max is rumoured to boast a whopping screen possibly as large as 6-inches and will come with many of the premium features of the One M8. It's also likely to sport the new Snapdragon 805 processor alongside 3GB of RAM.
More on new phones - Sony this time - as this year's IFA show in Berlin is likely to see the anticipated unveiling of Sony's newest flagship smartphone the Xperia Z3. As well as the full-sized premium mobile phone, Sony could also launch a smaller version of the Z3 which will be known as the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The Z3 Compact is likely to feature many premium features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM and a 1080p resolution Full HD screen. It's been rumoured that the Z3 Compact will come with the same camera as the Sony Xperia Z2 - an impressive 20.7-megapixel snapper. Sony are also expected to debut their new smartphones on September 3rd so look out for our reviews in a few weeks time.
And finally, if you're on the road a bit and like to keep in touch with your kids, it's not always easy to keep their attention long enough to speak to them on the phone properly. Coming soon to the UK is a great new concept by a former Kickstarter project called Toymail who have created several cute animal type toys called 'Mailmen' which pass on your phone messages for you. They also transmit any messages your kids have back to you thanks to an accompanying app which is available on iOS and Android. You can either use your own voice for the messages or select one for extra entertainment. The Mailmen toys are battery powered and work via your home WiFi and will cost just under £50. They are available to pre-order now.