September is a big month in the world of mobile technology. Many of the big handset manufacturers, including Apple, Sony, and Samsung, debut new models just ahead of the holiday season. Here’s the latest on what phones are coming out this month.
This year, it’s expected that the iPhone will be released in two sizes, 4.7″ and 5.5″ (a phablet!). Apple has already sent out invitations for a formal event on September 9th, so we should have definitive specs for the devices in just about a week. The iPhone 6s (plural this year), should be available for sale in late September, around September 20.
According to rumors, the new iPhone will have a faster processor than its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, as well as some possible design changes, including super slim bezels. Some of the leaked images show an iPhone that looks strikingly Samsungish in shape. Other perks should include iOS 8, shatter-proof sapphire crystal glass, and potentially NFC capability, which was missing from earlier models.
In addition to the iPhone 6, Apple is expected to introduce a newer model of the 5c and potentially the iWatch. So, the next few weeks should be very exciting for Apple lovers.
Preorder the unlocked iPhone 6, starting at $749, here.
Samsung Note 4
As usual, Samsung is going head-to-head with the iPhone 6 by releasing the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha. The original Galaxy Note pretty much established and defined the phablet category, and Samsung devices have consistently ruled the category ever since.
Size-wise, expect to see more of the same. The Note 4 should be similar in size to the Note 3 at a whopping 5.7″. It’s unclear whether the body will be plastic or metal, but it’s likely that it will be a composite of both, with the latest images showing metal siding. The Note 4 should be water and dust-resistant, which would be in-line with the Galaxy S5’s IP67 rating. Like its cousin the S5, the Note 4 should include a number of upgraded sensors, including a hear-rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner.
The screen will most likely be another Super AMOLED, and there is speculation that the Note 4 will be available with both curved and flat displays. According to leaks, the Note 4 will have a native memory capacity of 32 GB, and it will be available in both black and white. Depending on the region of the world you purchase your device from, you could be getting either an Exynos or Qualcomm chip.
With IFA starting tomorrow (Europe’s answer to CES), we can Samsung to formally announce the Note 4 tomorrow, September 3rd, with devices shipping toward the end of the month.
Preorder the unlocked Galaxy Note 4 starting at $729, here.
Samsung is also releasing a smaller device, the Galaxy Alpha, as a direct competitor to the iPhone 6. With a metal frame and slim body, it will be a strong alternative for users who prefer Android over iOS.
The build quality of the Alpha is a departure from some of Samsung’s previous devices, including the S5. It’s expected to be Samsung’s first metal-bodied smartphone, and it should be similar in price to the hero device released earlier this year. Slated for availability in five colors, and registering at just 6.7mm thick, it is by far the thinnest device in comparison to the S5 and 5s. In size and weight, it’s quite close to the S2.
Like the Note 4, the Alpha will sport a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor, as well as Samsung’s suite of health monitoring apps. Again, the Alpha should have a Super AMOLED screen, which is typical for Samsung devices.
Expect the Alpha to be available in late September or early October.
Preorder the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Alpha starting at $699, here.
We’re expecting more information about the Sony Z3 and Moto X+1 in the coming days. Once we get some solid information about those devices, we’ll be sure to share!
A Note About Preorders
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