New iPad tablets are on all of our minds Tuesday morning but after something of a drought on “iTV” speculation, a new report claims Apple will debut two new television models late next year. Speaking with Bloomberg recently, Advanced Research analyst Masahiko Ishino stated that Apple is indeed still developing a high-definition flat panel television and it will launch two versions of the HDTV in 2014. According to the report, Apple will release a 55-inch HDTV priced at about $1,500 and a 65-inch model priced around $2,000, and both televisions will feature “ultra HD” 4K resolution. Ishino says that Apple’s TVs will feature a borderless design, displays supplied by LG Display, graphics processors supplied by Samsung and Gorilla Glass 3 glass sheets supplied by Corning.
Microsoft was late to the game in both the smartphone and tablet markets but the company is determined to not get left behind when it comes to wearable computers. Unnamed sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Microsoft is testing out multiple prototypes for a computerized headset that will be the company’s answer to Google’s Glass headset that the company will release next year. The Journal’s sources don’t give any details on how a “Windows Glass” headset might differentiate itself from Google Glass, although we imagine that it’s not the only wearable computer that Microsoft is testing out since Glass-like devices are seen as more of a niche product. No matter what, though, let’s all pray Microsoft doesn’t market Windows Glass by having an excited Steve Ballmer using the device while in the shower.
It is beginning to look like LG might reveal a set of its own Chrome OS devices in the near future. On Monday, TMWatch discovered three trademarks filed by LG earlier this month, each of which carries a Chrome-related moniker: “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk” and “ChromeStation.” Chrome OS LG devices were hinted at last year when LG signed a patent agreement with Microsoft, but this is the first official documentation of actual hardware being developed. There is no other indication as to what products these trademarks might actually turn into — each was filed in International Class 009, which can cover computers, tablets, mobile phones, DVD players, and even car speakers. Perhaps we will hear more when Google officially outs the Nexus 5 later this year.
Samsung fans got some potentially awful news on Monday morning as a new report suggested next year’s flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone might be built out of plastic and pleather instead of metal, as had been rumored several times in the past. That would indeed be a huge disappointment, though the report also reaffirmed earlier rumors suggesting Samsung has a separate “Galaxy F” line in the works that will be made out of more premium materials. Those disappointed that the Galaxy S5 might not be as sleek as we had hoped might find at least some comfort in learning that according to a new report, Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone will feature a brand new camera that improves upon the already impressive camera on Samsung’s current Galaxy S4.
South Korean news site ET News on Monday reported that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S5 will feature a new 16-megapixel camera, which would be a nice bump from the 13-megapixel camera in the current-generation Galaxy S4. The report notes that Samsung’s component arm is working on its own 16-megapixel sensor for the upcoming hero phone, however it may be forced to instead source sensors from Sony in the event that it cannot produce enough units in time for the S5′s 1H 2014 launch.
Another recent report suggested that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be powered by a new 64-bit eight-core Exynos 6 processor, and that it may be unveiled as soon as January of next year.
The Galaxy Note 3 marks the beginning of Samsung’s war on feature spam, and we call it our favorite Samsung phone ever. The Note 3 is by no means perfect, of course, and aside from its monstrous size our least favorite thing about the handset is probably its cheap-feeling build. Whereas rivals like Apple and HTC use metals and other premium materials on its smartphones, Samsung continues to opt for plastics and, in the case of the Note 3, pleather. Rumor had it that the company would finally move away from flimsy-feeling plastics on next year’s flagship Galaxy S5 model, but now a new report suggests that will not be the case.
According to a report from GalaxyS5Info, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 handset will not feature a metal case as had been previously rumored. Instead, the site says Samsung will continue to use plastics for the device’s housing. Specifically, Samsung will supposedly carry the leather-look plastic from the Galaxy Note 3′s case over to the new Galaxy S5.
While GalaxyS5Info is an unproven source, the report was relayed by the often-reliable SamMobile.
The report goes on to say that Samsung is indeed working on a new metal phone, but it will belong to a new premium smartphone line referred for the time being as to as “Galaxy F.” This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of a new premium Galaxy F lineup that will feature metal casings.
Recent reports suggested that Samsung may be rushing out the new Galaxy S5 smartphone to combat worse than expected Galaxy S4 sales. The new flagship model will reportedly debut sometime in the first quarter next year, while the premium Galaxy F line may be unveiled later in the second quarter.
Samsung is the leader in the global smartphone market by a massive margin, with quarterly handset shipment volumes that more than double its closest rival. As a matter of fact, the most recent numbers suggest that Samsung’s Q2 2013 smartphone shipments fell between 72.4 and 76 million units, which is more than its four closest competitors combined — including Apple. Samsung is indeed a clear leader in the market, but many have argued that it got there by following Apple and other rivals, taking elements from their hardware and software designs and incorporating them into its own devices. That is clearly the case to some degree, though Samsung is definitely taking its own path now in many areas. Old habits die hard, however, and it looks like Samsung’s next big flagship phone will take a key feature from Apple’s new iPhone 5s and bring it over to Samsung’s camp.
According to a new report from South Korean news site Digital Daily, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be powered by a brand new mobile processor fresh out of the company’s labs. Like the A7 chipset Apple designed for its flagship iPhone 5s handset, Samsung’s new “Exynos 6″ silicon will feature 64-bit architecture. Coincidentally, Apple’s 64-bit chip is manufactured by Samsung.
The report claims that Samsung’s chipset will utilize a 14-nanometer process rather than the 28-nanometer process Apple’s A7 SoC and other mobile chips use. It will also apparently implement ARM big.LITTLE like Samsung’s current Exynos 5 5420 chips, and it will combine low-power Cortex-A53 cores and more powerful Cortex-A57 cores. This will seemingly allow Samsung’s new chipset to consume a minimal amount of power until it’s called on for some heavy-duty processing.
Samsung mobile boss JK Shin confirmed recently that future Samsung phones will feature 64-bit processors, and it looks like the Galaxy S5 may be among the first to receive the bit bump he promised. The new flagship phone’s housing is also rumored to be getting an upgrade from plastic to metal, and it may debut as soon as January next year.
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White has had his fair share of hits and misses over the years, and millions of Apple fans around the world will be hoping his latest report falls into the latter category. White wrapped up a week of meetings in China and Taiwan recently and he came away with a number of interesting claims. In his most recent note, the analyst claimed that Apple is indeed working on a new HD version of its popular iPad mini tablet but it will not be unveiled next week alongside the completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad. Instead, White says Apple has a minor mini update in store next week and then the new high-definition iPad mini will launch sometime in the first quarter next year.
“Interestingly enough, the accessories for a potential new iPad mini were not updated at the trade shows we attended, and the data points around a new iPad mini during our discussions were few,” White wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning. “Some of our contacts at the trade shows believe that minor changes (e.g., faster processor, etc.) will be made on the next iteration of the iPad mini for the Special Event on October 22 but that a major upgrade with Retina Display will not occur until 1Q:14. As such, we expect Apple’s October 22 Special Event to be more important for the larger iPad family, with the iPad 5 enjoying a meaningful overhaul, but we anticipate only a modest upgrade to the iPad mini and without the Retina Display.”
Apple fans shouldn’t despair, however. In reporting the timing of Apple’s upcoming iPad event, AllThingsD noted that the new iPad mini next week will indeed feature a high-definition Retina display on top of other enhancements. Considering the site’s track record, the smart money is probably on Retina heading into next week’s event.
We’re also expecting to see new color options on the second-generation iPad mini that match Apple’s iPhone 5s, as well as a few more improvements.