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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Phone phrenzy: iPhone 5, Windows 8 and more

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, I suggest you wait a few weeks.

All sorts of new phones are surfacing this month, for those who want the latest model. Others may find deals as phone companies mark down 2011 and early 2012 models.

Every major phone manufacturer is releasing new models shortly. Some have teased the releases early and others have been pre-empted with leaked images.

Here’s a summary of what’s coming up:

Sept. 5 – Microsoft and Nokia are announcing new Lumia models — the 820 and 920 — built on Windows Phone 8 software. New features include wireless charging — using magnetic induction — and cases in gray, yellow and red, according to The Verge, which reports that the 920 will have 32 gigabytes of memory and a 4.5-inch display.

The same day, Google’s Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless are having an event where they are expected to launch the Razr M Android phone with a 4.3-inch display and dual-core processor.

Sept. 6 – Amazon.com is holding an event in Santa Monica that’s expected to feature the next Kindle Fire devices. There have been rumors of an Amazon phone surfacing as well, but that’s a longshot.

Sept. 12 – Apple’s expected to release the iPhone 5 at an event in San Francisco. Invitations to the event don’t say anything about the phone but show the number 5 in a patent-pending shadow effect. Early glimpses suggest the phone will have a larger screen but similar design to the current iPhone. The iPhone is likely to finally be available with 4G LTE wireless capability.

Sept. 19 – HTC is holding an event in New York, presumably to announce three new Windows 8 phones, which surfaced last month. The “leaked” images suggest that at least one of the models will have a Lumia-like color case, 8 megapixel camera and 4.3-inch display.

Early 2013: If you can wait until next year, a completely new BlackBerry dubbed “London” is expected. Images are surfacing this week, perhaps so Research In Motion won’t be left out of the current buzz around new smartphones.

Also coming out soon is a Samsung Windows 8 phone called the Ativ S. It was revealed by the company in August, but a release date wasn’t specified. Here’s an image shared by Microsoft:

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Comments | Topics: 4G, Android, Apple

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