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This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the ‘budget’ iPhone, new handsets from Huawei, Blackberry 10 devices and Amazon’s AutoRip Service
Rumour has it that the new, cheaper and so called ‘budget’ iPhone, which is apparently under development ,would cost well under £100. Sources claim that this particular project has been in the pipeline for almost 2 years now as Apple seek to increase sales in countries with emerging smartphone markets such as China. It would also enable Apple to compete on price with the generally cheaper Google Android phones. Specific details have yet to be confirmed but some in the industry expect it to be based on the iPhone 5 but manufactured with cheaper materials and older Apple components.
Good value phones are all the rage at the moment. Huawei have just launched 3 impressive new handsets including their budget Windows Phone 8 offering, the Ascend W1, which comes with a 4-inch screen, 1.2 dual-core Snapdragon processor and a decently powerful battery. They have also released the Ascend D2 which is a compact and pretty powerful phone with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, gorilla glass and a strong shell which will withstand dust and water splashes. If you can’t make your mind up as to whether you need a new phone or a tablet, take a look at the Ascend Mate which sort of combines both and features a 6.1-inch screen, fast WiFi, a good spec camera and superb battery life.
With just a few weeks until the official release date of the Blackberry 10s, information and images continue to be leaked and are widely available online. The Blackberry X10 is expected to be part of RIM’s N-series and will feature a traditional Blackberry full QWERTY keyboard whereas the Blackberry Z10 will slot into the L-series and will be touchscreen operated. It has also been reported that over 15,000 Blackberry 10 apps were submitted to RIM after developers were invited to send them in so they can be considered for the new Blackberry platform.
Amazon’s new AutoRip Service has been attracting a lot of attention over the last week. Basically any CDs you’ve purchased from the popular online retailer since 1998 will be automatically available to you free of charge as an MP3 version. Over 50,000 albums will be available and tracks will be available in Amazon users ‘Amazon Cloud Player’. Deals have been made by Amazon with major record labels, independent record companies and music publishers in order to offer this rather amazing bonus to their customers. If you’ve ever purchased a CD from Amazon, expect to receive an email in the near future from them to advise that your digital tracks are ready and waiting for you.