The evolution of technology is happening so rapidly that gadgets which were considered brand new a couple of months ago are considered obsolete when a new and slightly better device arrives in stores. Perhaps that’s one of the tradeoffs of having newer and better devices in the market. And the coming year is going to be no different when it comes to that. While there is going to be a plethora of devices coming towards us, there are a few devices which we know for sure will create a buzz in the market. So what exactly does 2013 have in store for us?
The Samsung Galaxy S IV
This has got to be the first device that hits our minds when we think of 2013. There has been plenty of speculation already about what the Galaxy S IV would be like. And like with any device launch, we will also come through the so called “renders” of the device just in time for the launch of the device. As of now there isn’t much we know about the device, but it could feature a slightly bigger 5-inch (hopefully) 1080p display panel as it is being claimed that the top brass at Samsung wants to have a 1080p flagship this time around, so as to compete with HTC’s offering(s). The rest of the specs is for us to wait and watch as the display is probably the only area where one can speculate about a yet to be launched device. We have two events coming up in 2013 – the CES and MWC. We won’t be surprised if the company doesn’t announce the device in either of the two events, as Samsung likes hosting its own dedicated event for the announcement of the Galaxy flagship. So that’s the Galaxy S IV out of the way, what’s next?
The HTC M7
Okay, we haven’t heard a lot about this one. But the little info that we have of the device has managed to WOW us all. If the preliminary specs being floated in the rumor mill are to be believed, the M7 could feature a 4.7-inch 1080p LCD panel giving it a resounding pixel density of 468ppi, which is better than the Butterfly or Droid DNA due to the shrunken size. On the back, the smartphone will apparently feature a 13MP camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, along with a 2MP front facing shooter capable of 1080p video recording. The phone is also said to feature the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with each CPU core clocked at 1.7 GHz. And as with any new flagship, the smartphone comes with a hefty 2GB of RAM. With the Butterfly and the Droid DNA, HTC clearly wanted to target the phablet category. But if this rumored smartphone does exist in reality, I might have found my new favorite. That is of course after checking out what Samsung has to offer. If there’s one area where HTC reigns over Samsung, it’s in terms of smartphone design. So don’t expect it to be any different with this one.
The Next Nexus?
Well, this one’s a huge mystery as there’s absolutely no clue as to what the next Nexus smartphone will be. We’re thinking ahead of course. Well, there have been a lot of criticism for the current Nexus flagship, the LG made Nexus 4. While we could see why many people would have a problem with the rather feeble body construction, which reminded us a lot of the iPhone 4 and 4S, it was the launch of the device which surprised us all. At the time of penning this article, the 8GB Nexus 4 is out of stock and there’s still no word on when it will be available. Until a few days ago, the 16GB Nexus 4 was listed as available but shipping in 6-7 weeks, that’s almost two months. But now, the device is sold out just like the 8GB variant. Not sure what went wrong there, but Google clearly underestimated the sales. Or perhaps, LG is sabotaging the supply of the device so as to accommodate for the LG Optimus G. Let’s hope that’s not true, because as of now, no other reason comes to mind. So with the launching of the next Nexus, Google would want to give some importance to the actual launch of the device. I’m sure they have learnt their lesson.
The iPhone 5S/6
Well, it’s almost impossible to leave out the iPhone from the list of phones to expect in a calendar year. Although with this one, it’s the same as the Nexus and it’s quite an impossible task to predict its features so early. Apple has the tendency to shock us all with the final device it launches, so we shouldn’t be surprised to get the same treatment this year too. Although this year, Android OEMs aren’t going to make things easier for Apple. What’s important to note is that how Apple will approach the launch and the aura of secrecy with any of its products. None of that existed this year as many had access to the early versions of the iPhone 5 much before the launch, which made the actual launch a little underwhelming, especially for those in sync with rumors. So besides bringing in an array of updates to its system (including Apple Maps), the gang at Apple should be very careful about keeping the device a mystery, which is half of what the iPhone launch is all about anyways. So the next gen iPhone might not feature a bigger display, or perhaps it would come with a slightly wider display to accommodate for the change in length with the iPhone 5. We’ll never know until launch day. Although, we might get a hint of what’s to come with iOS 7 in the WWDC event which will be held in mid 2013.
The BlackBerry 10 Smartphones (BlackBerry Z10)
You didn’t expect us to forget about this one, did you? This is actually among the first to be announced in 2013 and one which has gotten everybody thinking. The kind of state RIM is in, one would imagine this to be a last ditch effort to save itself from going under. The new blood in the RIM camp has certainly given them hope, and it could prove to be instrumental in the platform’s survival in the industry. RIM will unveil the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone on January 30, which is when all your calendars should be marked. Not because you love or hate BlackBerry, but only because there’s finally a new OS making its way to the market which is crowded with WP, iOS and Android devices. Variety is the name of the game, right? So yes, the new BlackBerry Z10 might not be a hot seller like a Galaxy S III or an iPhone 5, but I guess even if it manages to woo existing BB customers, RIM would be fairly pleased with itself. What’s particularly interesting about this device is that it comes with a fairly unique keyboard. So it will be interesting to see this being displayed along with the rest of the BB 10 features.
The Next Lumias
Windows Phones generally have a slower update roll out cycle compared to Android or iOS. The Windows Phone 7 OS took a good two years to finally get a major refresh in the form of Windows Phone 8. And one of the primary reasons WP is failing to make an impact in the market is limited OEM support. Although there were plenty of OEMs who jumped on board the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon when the OS was announced back in 2010, very few of them seemed optimistic of the platform. This is mainly due to the emergence of Android at the time. But things have started to get a little better for Microsoft after Nokia joined the fray. The relationship between the two companies is kind of like a marriage, given the kind of exclusivity and control Nokia has over the OS compared to other manufacturers. So it won’t be wrong to presume that the Finns will have plenty of more Windows Phones arriving next year, and maybe even a successor to the Lumia 920. These are amongst the most sought after smartphones in the Windows Phone arena, and you would expectedly see Nokia make the best of it. Limited stocks have been an issue with the current flagship though and Nokia will have to rectify that with 2013 launches.
More Budget Nexus Tablets?
Well, this one has been talked about for quite some time now. The current lot of Nexus 7 tablets have been doing pretty well, and reports have suggested that ASUS/Google could be looking to launch an even cheaper variant of the Nexus 7. All of this apparently will be revealed at the CES. This tablet is believed to be priced at a jaw dropping $99, so that should be something to look forward right at the start of 2013.
So that’s what we’re looking forward to in 2013. Sure there will be plenty of other devices jumping in on the action too, but for now these are the devices that we’re most looking forward to. There’s also the new iPad and the iPad Mini successor which would most likely be announced next year. So 2013 won’t be short of action. Not for tech geeks at least. Is there a specific device you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section below.