BlackBerry released its Porsche phone this week and while it may look pretty, it’s a depressing move from the once dominant company. Its products used to be the best because of the company’s commitment to innovative software and hardware; there was a time when no one could rival the quality. But what the Porsche model stands for is a last-ditch effort to sell phones. On a brighter note for tech this week, we take a look to the future at rumoured smartphones for 2014.
The iPhone 5s has been out only a few months, but there are already rumours about the next model. First among them is that the 6 would feature a full five-inch screen. It would be the first five-inch screen for Apple’s smartphone lineup. This screen may also be a full HD 1080p retina display, so start planning now on tossing out your TV. The launch for this redesigned iPhone is rumoured to be September 2014. As with all three of these phones, it’s all based on leaks and rumours, so take it all with a grain of salt.
Samsung Galaxy S5
If the rumours are true, the reveal for this phone is a little bit more than a month away, planned for early January. Samsung has also applied for a patent for eye scanning. They might be looking to skip the fingerprint scanning technology and go straight to your eye — just what Skynet wants! The phone might also feature a 16 megapixel camera — which seems ridiculous — and would also feature enhanced camera sensors to sharpen your selfies. Once again, these are all rumours, so it may end up just being a really large flip phone.
Even the name of the new HTC is shrouded in rumour, but for right now, some are calling it the HTC M8. Like the S6, this phone is also rumoured to be released early in the new year. The smartphone battles never seem to stop! The M8 may feature aluminum casing and an eye scanner … one wonders where they got that idea from. The screen is also within the range of the others, rumoured to be between five and 5.2 inches. With the way these phones are developing, in a couple years they may all just look the same but have different names.
This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 27, 2013.