The rumors that were circulating this weekend are brought here under one roof, it's the roundup of the day: the Nexus 5 should be arriving in October, finally, and we have already seen enough leaks of the design and tech specs to start active conversations about it. A new photo hit the net of the HTC One Max, while Sony and even LG are working on some new phablets and Oppo can't seem to stop trying to promote the N1 with videos showing off the new flagship.
Nexus 5 and Kit Kat
The end of last weekend had us seeing more pictures of the new Google smartphone, followed by a surfaced fan Nexus 5 rendering and now the Reddit community has come up with something new: the user Annihilia created a 3D model based on info accumulated so far. It can be spun around and looked at from every angle.
Will the Nexus 5 truly become a real, tangible smartphone so soon? The Australians at Ausdroid believe that the 14th of October will mark the unveiling of the Nexus 5 and it seems that this would in fact follow the pattern experienced up until now: the Nexus 4 and 10 were presented in October of 2012, while the Galaxy Nexus made its debut in 2011 in the same month. From what we know about the hardware, it will follow the LG G2 (hands-on test) mold and encompass the same 13 MP camera model and an optical photo stabilizer. The Nexus 5 should come with Android 4.4 KitKat.
Our forecast: it seems quite possible that Google will stay true to its pattern and we should hopefully see the Nexus 5 mid-October packing Android 4.4. if all goes well. With so many secured details and pictures, we are moving from the realm of speculations to that of solid evidence and the question remains: how will the Nexus 5 differ from the LG G2?
HTC One Max
Here's another device of which we already saw glimpses even before the weekend. Apparently it should come with a 5.9-inch display and a fingerprint sensor. Will HTC really take after Apple? What’s more, it should come with a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm and 2 GB RAM. The HTC One Max is said to run on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with the trademark Sense 5.5.
Our forecast: a picture is worth a thousand words, how else could the HTC One Max possibly look? The tech details have hardly changed since the start of the rumors (thought it might come with a Snapdragon processor) but what we really want to know is whether it will come with a fingerprint sensor or not. The square found under the camera lens could also be a touchpad like the Oppo would like to build in the N1. If you ask me though, I vote for fingerprint sensor.
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony is apparently working on the follow-up for the Xperia Z1 (hands-on test of Xperia Z1) which was just released by the company. The rumored new device should have a 5.2-inch display in tow with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600) and be phablet sized. A Snapdragon 800 and a 3,500 mAh batter should also be on board for sufficient power, as well as a 20.7 MP camera to please those shutter-bugs. The Xperia Z2 won't be appearing for quite some time, not until the CES in February of 2014.
Our forecast: the Xperia Z2 is definitely on its way here, but we still need to wait and see which tech specs will be included. The fact that the Xperia Z1's camera is not the worst was shown in our camera comparison, but whether it will remain at this level faced with its future rivals is questionable.
LG with a new Phablet
It also seems that LG is currently working on a new phablet which should dispose of a 6.4-inch screen comparable to that of the Xperia Z Ultra, but with a high resolution of 418 ppi. 3 GB RAM and a Snapdragon 800 are presumed to run the smartphone-tablet hybrid, and an 8 MP camera will be featured on the back-facing side. This device, whose name is still unknown, will pack Android 4.4.
Our forecast: this is a device which will either remain a secret and highly under-wraps or which isn’t far away from being fully ''leaked''. When considering past LG phablets, it's definitely not too early to start making speculations.
Here we go with Oppo who has just published a new teaser video on their website under the number ''four''. We will probably see ''five'' soon, since the manufacturer is set to unveil the Oppo N1 next week. The phablet will stock a 5.9-inch, huge display and should apparently come with high-end specifications and a good camera.
Our forecast: Oppo has been regularly posting teaser vids of the N1 and it seems like video 5 will come next week to fill all remaining gaps in terms of our knowledge regarding the device.
What do you think about our forecasts? Are they realistic or are they too ridiculous to even consider? What do you make of these speculations? These leaks are pretty good compared to some that we have seen, like when we were wondering why leakers can't take quality pics!