Let’s start with something interesting for Apple fans – it would appear diagrams of the upcoming iPhone 5S and budget iPhone (or ‘iPhone Light’ as it’s referred to in the diagrams) have leaked online.
So what do they tell us? Well it looks like the iPhone Light will be roughly the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 and 5S – it will have the same 4-inch display – although it will be slightly wider and thicker. The iPhone Light will also have curved back edges similar to the iPod Classic.
The diagrams also show that the iPhone 5S and iPhone Light will retain the original home button and front-facing FaceTime camera at the top and bottom of the display.It also looks like both will have Lightning connectors, volume controls, headphone jacks and speakers in the same locations as the iPhone 5.
Regarding the rear-facing camera, the iPhone light looks like it has the same single LED flash camera as the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5S has an elongated flash design on the diagrams which means a double LED flash – and therefore better pictures in low light conditions – may be on the cards.
Of course all of that may be complete rubbish if the diagrams don’t turn out to be genuine but they seem plausible given the rumours we’ve heard about both phones over the past few months. We won’t really know until September, when the iPhone 5S (running iOS 7) is expected to be released.
Another phone manufacturer making the headlines is Huawai, who have just released the details of their flagship phone, the Ascend P6. The first thing that grabs the attention is that it’s the thinnest smartphone on the market at just 6.18mm thick. Another eye-catching features is that it’s the only smartphone we’ve come across that has a pink version. If you’ve been holding out for a skinny pink phone to come onto the market, your moment has arrived!
Other than being thin and pink (we should mention that there are black and white versions as well) the Ascend P6 handset has a metal body, 4.7-inch HD touchscreen, 8 megapixel rear camera with HD video recording and playback, and a 5 megapixel front camera (with facial-enhancing capabilities). All in all, a pretty smart smartphone which we’re expecting to be available in the UK sometime next month.
From thin phones to mini ones. Samsung are the manufacturer who are renowned for their ‘Mini’ version of their flagship phones. So the Galaxy S3 handset had a mini version and the S4 has just had a mini version released too. Rumour has it that HTC are taking a leaf out of Samsung’s book and launching a mini version of their rather fine HTC One. The HTC One Mini looks like it’s going to have a 4.3 inch screen and pack slightly less processing power than its bigger sibling. August is the month we’re expecting it to make an appearance.
And finally, a new, and extremely cheap way to waterproof your phone may soon be available. A group of entrepreneurs in the US have invented a superhydrophobic coating that can repel water.
When water hits Rust-Oleum NeverWet’s coating it forms a nearly circular bead that either causes the liquid to shoot off the surface or never cling there in the first place, meaning the coated item can never be damaged by almost any liquid. Better still, you can spray your smartphone or tablet with it. The only problem is, it’s only available in the US. Still, if you or a friend are planning a trip over there and want to pick up a can, it’s available in Home Depot stores.