Rumor Roundup 2: Latest on the major upcoming smartphones


The anticipation for the upcoming phones keep rising everyday as every phone manufacturer plans to release their flagship devices this fall. We are approaching IFA 2014, and the closer we get, the more details leak out. We have the latest on all the devices that are expected to be released in the last third or so of this year. We’ve been probing the internet and this is what has surfaced so far.

Apple (iPhone 6): Leaks of the upcoming Apple flagship, the iPhone 6 have been running rampant as of late. We saw the rear casing of the device in the last post, and today there are images of the front display panel. What makes this so promising, is that they are completely fresh off the assembly line. In the images below, you can see a newly manufactured front panel, that has protective wrapping on it as well as a QR code for quality control.

These front panels seem consistent to what has been coming in off the internet. You can see that the iPhone 6 will definitely have a thinner bezel than previous generations of the flagship. It also has rounded edges, which is hard to define in the images above, and the cutout for the popular Touch ID scanner. 
While leaks are plenty surrounding the 4.7″ iPhone 6, everything on the 5.5″ is quiet. The latest news we’ve heard on the iPhablet is that it is being delayed until 2015. If it isn’t announced with the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, definitely expect a Q1 release in 2015.
HTC: The latest to come from HTC is surrounding their upcoming partnership with Microsoft. Once word leaked out that HTC would produce a M8 for Windows, consumers were worried that one of the top devices of the year would lose it’s beloved features such as boom sound, dual cameras, and its internal specs. According to the latest leaks, it will be an exact copy of its Android counterpart, aside from the OS. It will come with its familiar 5″ screen, boom sound speakers, 4 ultra-pixel camera, and Snapdragon 801 processor. Still expect this device to hit the shelves on August 21st. 
Google/Motorola (Nexus 6): The Nexus 6 is an always anticipated device because of its use of stock Android. Some people like Vanilla Android because carriers tend to add bloatware and manufacturers like to use their OS overlay to the devices, which can cause lag in performance. Earlier we reported that the codename for the Nexus 6 is Shamu, which would make sense seeing as Google codenames all of its devices after fish. The Nexus 5 was Hammerhead, and the Nexus 4 was Mako. What we know far is that it will come with a 5.9″ display that is QHD, a fingerprint scanner, IP 67 (water resistant and dust tight) and of course tout Android L.
Motorola (Moto X+1): Aide from  Motorola working with Google on the new Nexus 6, or Shamu, Motorola has their own device up their sleeve. One of the most popular Android devices, the Moto X, has received a price cut. This seemingly almost guarantees the expected September 25th release of the Moto X+1. The X+1 will feature the standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.1″ 1080p display, with a 12MP rear shooter. 
Samsung (Galaxy Note 4/Galaxy Alpha): As the release of these two flagships near, leaks on the former of those devices is remaining minimal, while the latter is experiencing a lot of attention. Recently we posted about an event that was held in Moscow, showing off the Galaxy Alpha. Once images get posted on the internet, they are on there forever, regardless if Samsung removes them. Along with the event in Russia, we have had a considerable amount of images of the Alpha, and even a comparison next to the iPhone 5s, so we know what is coming. Unfortunately, we haven’t been so lucky with the Note 4. Images of the highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 4 haven’t come in contact with the internet yet, but as September 3rd draws closer, something will pop up eventually, and we’ll have you covered. 
Sony (Xperia Z3): We have been facing the same dilemma with the Z3 as we are with the Note 4 and the Alpha. Pictures and details of the Z3 Compact have been abundant, whereas the Z3 have been slim to none. The Z3 is expected to come with the same IP 58 rating and 20.7 camera as its predecessor, but it will have a bumped up 5.15″ display, Snapdragon 801 chipset, and an upgraded 2.2 megapixel front facing camera. Sony is expected to announce their flagship on September 3rd, which happens to be the same day as Samsung’s unveil. 
The end of the year will definitely go out with a bang this year, with every company releasing high-end models of their smartphones. Fortunately for us, the debuts and releases are closing in, with the majority of these devices being shown off for the first time this September. So if you are in need of a new smartphone, we advise you to be patient, because it will pay off. The last thing you want is to buy an iPhone 5s, Galaxy Note 3, or Nexus 5, and learn that the all of their successors will be released a month later. 
Let us know what you think of these upcoming devices and which one you would like the most.
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