After a stagnant summer, the tech world is about to kick into high gear with a September full of new product launches and release dates, the likes of which are normally reserved for CES in January.
This coming month we expect to see not just a new iPhone, but new tablets, eReaders, Windows Phone 8 devices and more.
With any luck most of these new gadgets will arrive in time for the holiday shopping season. It’s worth waiting for September before buying any new gadgets, especially an iPhone, Kindle or Android on Verizon.
We expect Apple will announce the iPhone 5, and possibly the iPad Mini at a product launch on September 12th. The event will most likely take place at Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.
Apple is known for offering products for sale shortly after announcing them, and this time around rumors point to iPhone 5 preorders starting after the event wraps up.
The iPhone 5 release date is on target for Friday September 21st. This is the day preorders should arrive on doorsteps and the iPhone 5 should go on sale to lines of customers at Apple Stores as well as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Leaks point to a new design for the iPhone 5. If these leaks are correct, the new iPhone will feature a larger 4-inch Retina Display with a taller design. The back of the iPhone will also change from glass to a two-tone metal design. Leaks claim the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick, thanks in part to a smaller dock connector. The headphone jack is on the bottom of the iPhone in the current leaks.
Apple will almost certainly include faster 4G LTE connectivity on the new iPhone, offering 10 times faster connections for uploading and downloading, and improving the performance of the new iOS 6 feature FaceTime over cellular.
Many of us can’t wait to see what Apple will do in the small tablet market, but the latest rumors point to two Apple events, one to launch the iPhone 5 and a separate event later this year to
Droid RAZR HD & Droid RAZR Mini
Verizon and Motorola Are taking over a venue in New York on September 5th to announce new 4G LTE Android smartphones. The event tagline is “Motorola. On Display.”, which leads us to believe this is the launch event for the new Droid RAZR sequel, one with an HD display.
Verizon is likely to announce the Droid RAZR HD at the event. The new RAZR HD catches its name from the display which is said to sport a 720P resolution. There’s no confirmation on the size of the Droid RAZR HD display, but we’re betting on something around 4.6-inches. Based on leaked photos we know the phone shares design elements
This phone is rumored to run on a dual core Snapdragon S4 processor and ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than the latest Android 4.1 with Google Now and Project Butter.
The Motorola Droid RAZR Mini may also make a showing at the event. This new Android smartphone is likely to hit Verizon as the Droid M for $149. Rumors say this phone is a smaller version of the popular Droid RAZR. Hopefully Motorola puts a decent battery in this phone so it can make it through a full day of use.
Leaks show the Droid M will arrive with a qHD display, dual core Snapdragon processor and NFC support. The display size remains a mystery, but based on the price and Mini nickname, we may see a 4-inch display.
Windows Phone 8 from Nokia
Nokia and Microsoft are also likely to announce two new phones on September 5th. The Nokia event takes place just a few weeks ahead of Nokia World, but it looks like we’ll see our first Wndows Phone 8 smartphones.
The Nokia Phi launch looks good for September 5th, as the follow up to the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 devices. This new WIndows pHone 8 smartphone will likely feature a 4-inch display with a design similar to the Lumia 900, including the polycarbonate shell.
The Nokia Arrow and Nokia Atlas are also expected with specs befitting a mid range device. These two phones will replace the Lumia 710.
According to leaked information, the Nokia Phi and Nokia Arrow will launch on AT&T first with an Arrow version arriving on T-Mobile around the same time. The Nokia Atlas, a version of the Arrow, is expected on Verizon, but not at launch.
The launch of these new devices may not arrive until 2 months later, in November when Microsoft is rumored to launch Windows Phone 8.
Kindle Fire 2 & New Kindles
Amazon is also taking the stage in September, where we expect to see a number of new Kindles at a September 6th event in California.
Amazon doesn’t mention Kindles by name in the invite, but after a Kindle fire sale in early August, the company is likely ready to deliver a collection of new Kindle devices.
On tap is a new Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet, which will likely include a 1280 x 800 resolution display, metal frame and a plastic back. Rumors point to multiple models, which could include a 10-inch Kindle Fire to take on the iPad. The 7-inch Kindle Fire already faces increased competition from the Nexus 7 tablet and possible pressure from the rumored iPad Mini.
According to Staples, Amazon will announce several Kindle Fire models. some of which may include 3G or 4G LTE connectivity. Full access to the web would likely require a subscription, but Amazon may include free Kindle books syncing and or some access to Amazon Prime videos.
We also expect to see at least one new Kindle eInk eReader. Rumors point to a new lighted Kindle eReader, which would compete with the Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight.
Amazon may also announce new software features to complement the Scan and Match music service and the GameCircle service that add value to the Kindle Fire experience. Kindle Fire 2 render via t3n.de.
Galaxy Note 2, Windows 8 Tablets at IFA
Samsung plans to steal the stage at IFA 2012 by launching the Galaxy Note 2 on August 29th, but the new Note phablet will be the talk of IFA, which runs through September 5th.
The Galaxy Note 2 is destined for an international launch and looks likely on AT&T and now on T-Mobile. There’s no word on the U.S. Galaxy Note 2 release date, but it will probably take place after the Note 2 arrives on other international carriers.
Rumors point to a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with S Pen support, 1.5 to 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Exynos processor. The phone will sport 4G LTE speeds and likely ship with Android 4.0.
We’ll most likely see a wide assortment of Windows 8 tablets at IFA 2012. Expect the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga to make an announcement and tablets from other manufacturers. Dell is holding an event at the show, where we may see their Windows 8 tablets.