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This Week's Chitter Chatter - iPhone 5S, HTC One Mini and a Camerephone from Sony
All you Apple fans out there will be excited to learn that the brand new Apple iPhone 5S handsets are (probably) rolling off the production lines as you read this - hence the internet is awash with rumours and leaks. So what features will the 5S offer? If the speculation is correct, we expect the iPhone 5S to have a 4-inch display, a faster processor, an impressive 12-megapixel, rear-mounted dual LED flash camera, NFC (although that's been rumoured before) and even a fingerprint scanner. Don't worry - we're sure you won't have to wait much longer to have confirmed exactly what the 5S is going to offer.
Talking of new phones, last week we reviewed the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has been dubbed a ‘cameraphone’ thanks to its hugely powerful 41-megapixel camera. However, it may not be the only cameraphone on the block for long as rumours are circulating that Sony have designed a follow up to their Xperia Z smartphone. Called the Sony Xperia Honami , it's rumoured to feature a pretty substantial 20.7-megapixel rear camera as well as a 5-inch HD display, a Snapdragon 2.2GHz processor and a 3000mAh battery. We will of course share more information as soon as we have it.
One new phone that is imminent is the HTC One Mini, which is going to be available in August. As the name suggests, the Mini is a scaled down version of the popular HTC One with a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD screen (compared to 4.7-inches for the HTC One). It also packs a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Other features of the HTC One Mini are a 4-ultrapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front facing camera and the acclaimed BoomSound stereo speakers.
Lots of rumours and speculation flying around this week concerning BlackBerry. It's all been fueled by a leaked memo which indicates that a new mobile phone, the BlackBerry A10, is well under way in terms of development and manufacture and may be available this Autumn. There are some quite detailed specifications being bandied about according to industry sources and we expect the A10 to feature a bigger 5-inch touchscreen, pack in a fast 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor and boast a super powerful battery. Have a look at our BlackBerry A10 blog for more details.
And with apologies to anyone who may be eating, engineers in Bristol have created a type of battery which can break down urine to generate electricity. They've used it to charge up a mobile phone which opens up the prospect of urine-powered smartphones. At the moment, it requires a pretty large car-sized battery but it’s hoped in time that smaller and more portable batteries can be developed. Not only extremely environmentally friendly but when you accidentally drop your phone down the loo, you could be doing it a favour!