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This Week's Chitter Chatter - iPhone 6, New Phones from Blackberry & Virtual Reality from Google
We're only a couple of months away from the expected launch of Apple's next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 6, and there's been a couple of interesting leaks which have emerged recently. One of the most significant rumours concerns the design and look of the iPhone 6 with mock-ups of models of two iPhone 6 handsets, one if which is anticipated to be the 4.7-inch version and the other a 5.5-inch pallet. It's thought that the design of the two iPhone 6 smartphones will be similar with an aluminium and glass case, a curved display and Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It's likely that both of the new iPhones will be unveiled in a dedicated event in September. Not long to wait!
Talking of new handsets,BlackBerry are e to launch two new smartphones later this year, the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. Speculation on the features of the BlackBerry Passport have been circulating recently and it's likely that it will come with a 4.5-inch LCD screen, a 1440 x 1440 resolution display and a traditional QWERTY keyboard. It's thought that the BlackBerry Passport will be powered by a Snapdragon 8 processor and could boast 3GB of RAM, a large 3450mAh battery and expandable 32GB built-in memory - all very impressive, and useful for the business user which is Blackberry's core marketing. More on the BlackBerry Passport as we have it.
Samsung are all set to release a raft of new smartphones which includes 4 budget mobile phones and the Galaxy Mega 2. The budget handsets, which would make a great buy for a teenager or someone who doesn't require an all singing and dancing smartphone, include the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Young 2 and Galaxy Star 2. The Galaxy Core II, which is rumoured to feature a 4.5-inch display and a quad-core processor, is expected to be launched in the UK whereas the other three handsets are likely to be heading to India and China. The fifth new Smartphone will be the Samsung Galaxy Mega which is likely to offer an 5.9-inch display, a 64-bit Snapdragon processor as well as an impressive 12-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-mega camera fixed to the front.
And finally, have you ever fancied your own virtual reality headset? Then read on as Google have done a bit of a Blue Peter job and cleverly come up with their very own VR headware using an Android smartphone, some cardboard, clear lenses, velcro and a rubber band. The aim of the project is to get developers working on new VR software and to offer a cheap virtual reality product which can be simply and easily built yourself. How the headset works is by projecting a subtly different 3D image images into each eye which then work alongside the smartphone's motion sensors and gyroscopes. The combination of these and the cardboard gives the user their own 3D virtual world which they can explore by tilting their head. Check out the video below to see Google Cardboard in action.