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This Week's Chitter Chatter - New HTC One, LG G4 and the Suitcase That Charges Your Phone
Let's start with news of the all new HTC One (the last one was dubbed the M8, so this one will probably be the M9). It's expected that the new premium HTC smartphone will be packed with exciting features which are thought to include a 5.5-inch QHD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. In terms of cameras, we could see a 20.7-megapixel optical image stabilising camera on the rear and possibly a seriously impressive 13-megapixel camera on the front (even the new 'selfie' handsets usually only have a 5-megapixel front facing camera). We'll bring you more on the new HTC smartphone as we have it.
The new HTC One will probably be unveiled just before Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March and we're really looking forward to that event as it's expected that many new smartphones will be launched. For example, we could see LG's new premium smartphone the G4 - there's certainly been a lot of speculation concerning the specs and features the LG G4 will sport. The latest we have is that the G4 will come with a 5.5-inch QHD display which will possibly feature a flexible screen and a metallic design. It's also likely to be powered by the latest quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. On the rear, we could see a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera is highly likely. There are also rumours that the G4 will boast a 'G Pen' which could be a type of stylus similar to the S Pen featured with the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones.
MWC is held in Barcelona, and if any of the English-speaking delegates need help being understood, they should look no further than Google Translate. At the moment using Google Translate to convert spoken dialogue is rather stilted but that's apparently set to change with a new and much improved version of the translation mobile app. It's thought that you'll be able to just get your new Google Translate app running, hold your phone up and it will translate whatever speech you need to decipher for you.
Talking of foreign travel, if you travel a lot and want to keep close tabs on your luggage then a great new innovative suitcase unveiled at CES made its debut this month. The suitcase called 'Pluggage' from well-known luggage manufacturers Delsey is still in its prototype stage as Delsey ask for feedback from potential users to decide what will be included in the finalised product. The intelligent Pluggage suitcase could pack in (get it?) some really useful features such as a fingerprint ID lock, auto weight where it will link to an app on your smartphone and let you know what your luggage weighs, onboard detection so you know your suitcase has definitely made the flight and you could also use it to charge up your smartphone. We'll look forward to seeing the finished Pluggage in shops in the near future.