The long summer days might have calmed you down and with no huge announcements in the past couple of months, you might be getting bored of lawsuits and legal scuffle - where’s all that exciting tech we’re waiting for? Don’t worry, before August is over, new technology will start pouring down on you in amounts you’d find hard to digest.
The silence will end abruptly with a brand new phablet - the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II on Wednesday, and the thunderstorm of new announcements will rage in as the IFA show kicks off on Friday. After that, Nokia and Motorola will fight for the limelight in early September, just before Apple captures the eyes of the world a week later.
Notably missing are LG and HTC, but while both haven't yet announced anything, they will be at the IFA Berlin show and might quietly bring new devices then. We've heard it on the tech grapevine that LG is working on a monster quad-core Snapdragon S4 phone and HTC preparing a bumped up One X, all devices we're eagerly looking forward to.
Check how the big tech companies will fight for your attention in the coming weeks and months, and don’t forget to let us know - who you think will win?
Upcoming events: your guide for fall 2012
Upcoming events: your guide for fall 2012
1. August 29th - Sony press conference
In purely chronological order, Sony will be the first to try and grab your attention with two new phones - the expected Xperia T, formerly knowns as the “Mint,” and the Xperia J. A possible tablet announcement would only sweeten the start.
2. August 29th - Samsung Galaxy Note II unveiling
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will try and build on the success of the original phablet, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. With upgraded internals, a slightly larger screen and a twist of Samsung magic, it aims to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets.
3. September 5th - Nokia Microsoft joint event
Finally, after a year and a half of transitioning to Windows Phone, it’s make or break for the Nokia Lumia smartphones. The first Windows Phone 8-based devices with contemporary dual-core processors and larger screens will be desparate to get the traction Windows Phone devices lack so far.
4. September 5th - Motorola announcement event
If you ask Motorola, though, Nokia’s event will fade into insignificance compared to their mysterious announcement event scheduled for the same date. Will we see a new Motorola Droid RAZR with HD screen? And what will Motorola bring out of its pocket now when Google is in charge? Time will tell.
5. September 6th - Amazon Kindle event
The new gadgets craziness will continue the next day when Amazon is expected to bring a brand new 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet. The $199 gadget basically created the affordable 7-inch niche that is now hugely growing, but this year Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will face actual competition from devices like the Google Nexus 7. Rumors about a 10-inch Fire have also by now vanished, and we’re only expecting one 7 incher and probably new ereaders.
6. September 12th - Apple new iPhone unveiling
The new iPhone unveiling is without a doubt the most anticipated event for the whole year. So far we’ve seen all sorts of components and mockups surface, and everything points to an LTE-enabled sixth-generation iPhone with a slightly larger 4-inch display. As it’s always with Apple, though, nothing is certain until the very hour of the announcement.
7. October - Apple iPad mini event
A month after the iPhone unveiling and days before the first Windows 8 tablets arrive, Apple is expected to announce a 7.85-inch iPad mini. It’s all a rumor, but one we tend to believe with all sorts of well positioned sources reiterating it. The new iPad mini is said to be more affordable, and lastly, the ex Apple chief executive Steve Jobs seems to have finally warmed up to the idea of a small tablet before his passing.
8. October 26th - Microsoft Surface launch
The launch of Microsoft Surface is not really a dedicated event, but a date we wanted to put along with all other fall events for its significance. October 26th is when Microsoft plans to ship its first Surface tablets, designed and made by Microsoft. A few tablet makers will join in with their own Windows 8 devices on that day or soon after, to finally bring some true competition to the tablet space.