This Week’s Chitter Chatter – iPhone 5S (and 5C) Launch and the Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone-5C-blueEarlier this week Apple sent out their invitations for a press conference they’ll be holding in San Francisco on the 10th September. After months of rumours, this confirms speculation that they are planning on making several big announcements which are expected to include the launch of the long-awaited iPhone 5S and 5C (the budget iPhone). It’s also anticipated that Apple will confirm the launch date of the new iOS7 and perhaps they will throw in a few surprise announcements too. We’ll bring you all this in depth next week.

Images and videos of the leaked iPhone 5C continue to pop up online. The latest video shows a bright blue iPhone 5C in action browsing the internet with features and download times similar to the iPhone 5. It’s expected that the iPhone 5C will have the same internal components as the iPhone 5 but its casing will be made from cheaper materials.

The big business story in the mobile phone industry this week was the news that Microsoft has bought Nokia’s mobile phone division for almost $5.5 billion. Nokia have struggled in recent years to compete with Apple and Samsung which has resulted in their Lumia range of Windows 8 phones not being promoted as well as they could have been . Up until 2007, Nokia was the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones with almost half of the mobile phone market; their market share has dramatically dropped in recent years – hence the sale. Fear not if you own a Nokia – the windows phone platform is going no-where and it continues to grow in popularity. However, the Nokia name – so synonymous with mobile phones for so may years – will eventually disappear as Microsoft will manufacturer phones under their own brand name.

There’s been quite a lot of speculation this week concerning Samsung’s Galaxy S5 which is likely to be unveiled in the first half of 2014. The latest we have is that Samsung is looking to replace the plastic design with a metal version; it could boast a 16-megapixel rear camera and will feature a new 3GB RAM chip which will improve processing speeds and increase its battery life. With previous Galaxy handsets being launched in the Spring, we could be looking at an April/May launch date.

HTC have announced a couple of new mid-range handsets; the HTC Desire 300 and the HTC Desire 601. The Desire 300 will feature a 4.3-inch screen, HTC BinkFeed and will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. Available from October this year, the HTC Desire 300 will not be compatible with 4G. The HTC Desire 601 will be hitting stores later this month and will come with a 4.5-inch touchscreen, a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. The 601 will have 4G capability, a rear 5-megapixel camera, HTC’s popular Boomsound speakers, HTC BinkFeed and will feature a polycarbonate design.