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This Week's Chitter Chatter - the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumours and Nokia's Solar-Powered Phone
The rumours are coming in thick and fast concerning Apple's expected new handset, the iPhone 6. The smart money's on a 4.8-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900. It's thought the new handset will support much faster wifi connections and that Apple are working on their latest operating system iOS8 which could see some significant changes compared to iOS7. However there has also been speculation that Apple could in fact launch 2 versions of the iPhone 6 with the 4.8-inch version complemented by another version measuring at least 5-inches. It's claimed that both handsets would both come with metal designs and could be launched sometime this summer.
Also at Apple, a spokesperson has confirmed that a fix will soon be available to stop the random iOS7 reboots happening. Since iOS7's launch, iPhones, iPods and iPads have been experiencing these soft resets which seem to happen without any warning and so far have not been resolved with any recent software updates. The latest version of iOS7, iOS7.1 should be available soon but it's not known if the fix will be included or if it will have its own update.
Speculation continues to build on what we might expect from the new Samsung Galaxy S5. The latest rumours surround scanning technology and if we might see an iris scanner or a fingerprint scanner on the S5 handset. At the moment, it appears that a fingerprint scanner would be more likely with reports claiming that it could be incorporated into the screen of the S5. There's also been a lot of debate about the size of the camera, the most recent information points to a 20-megapixel rear camera similar to the one Sony have used on their Xperia Z1 smartphone. The Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled in March so lots of time for more rumours to surface before the big event.
Nokia are apparently all set to unveil several new smartphones at the end of February at Mobile World Congress. It's rumoured that Nokia will launch their new Lumia 1820 handset and a Lumia 1525 Phablet amongst others. It's thought that the high-spec Lumia 1820 will come with a 5.2-inch screen, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM and a very respectable 32GB of onboard expandable storage. Reports point to a very powerful 3,400mAh battery and a Lytro-style of camera which will allow images to be retouched by the 1820 smartphone. The Lumia 1525 is expected to feature similar hardware to the 1820 and will boast a 6-inch screen complete with solar panels to help charge its 3,400mAh battery. The 1525 could also include a rear camera of up to 30-megapixels in size. According to a 'leak', Nokia are also working on a smartwatch with a touchscreen which will be Bluetooth and NFC compatible and will feature Wi-Fi and wireless charging. We'll keep you up to date with news on the new Nokia smartphones and smartwatch as soon as we get it.