Smartphone roundup: What's happening in the tech world this week?

08/07/2014

Smartphone Roundup: Whats Happening In The Tech World This Week?

We may not be in the prime period for smartphone releases at the moment, but with the summer months seeing companies preparing for bigger launches towards the end of this month and into August and September, there's no shortage of exciting news flying around the market at the moment.

Whether it's the misfortunes of Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer, Apple's bittersweet battery news or a new leak from Sony, news is coming thick and fast. We look at the biggest stories early this week.

Sony

Perhaps the best news to arrive this week is that Sony plans to release a new phone, with its new Xperia variant being specifically built for taking selfies, perfect for many of the Instagram-loving celebs around.

The Japanese firm teased that the phone will be announced today (July 8th) at an event in Taiwan that will see it also launch the Sony Xperia Z2a in the nation. 

The new selfie phone is expected to be the Sony Xperia C3, which was given the code name Gina, with a prominent leaker apparently confirming that this will be the case. A poster on Esato has uploaded a couple of pictures of the C3's back, while ePrioce posted several photos and a video of the phone in action.

So what should we expect from the selfie smartphone? According to details we've seen, it seems like it'll be packing a 5-inch screen, making it larger than the company's flagships, while it will also be shipping with a front-facing camera that has its own flash - making it ideal for getting the perfect selfie. 

Apple

Apple has apparently had details leaked of the battery power that its iPhone 6 will pack when it comes to market this year, but it seems like it will be bittersweet news for Apple fans, with the improvements being less than impressive. 

Chinese site IT168 claims - once again - that we will have two variants of the iPhone, and it said that the 4.7-inch device will come with a 1,800mAh battery, while the larger alleged 5.5-inch variant will come complete with a 2,500mAh battery.

The latter sees Apple - if this leak is true - increasing battery capacity by 60 per cent compared to the iPhone 5S, but it might not be the good news that Apple fans expect, because this is still lower than the 3,200mAh battery that Samsung packs into a phablet at 5.7-inches, slightly larger than the alleged bigger iPhone 6. 

Only time will tell how Apple really will deal with the battery requirements of larger handsets, though. 

Samsung

Could Samsung need the much fabled Samsung Galaxy F after all? It seems so, after it announced that it predicts to see a fall in profits for the April to June period of up to 25 per cent.

Despite being the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Samsung has seen competitors really start to catch up in the last few months, and the release of the likes of the Sony Xperia Z2, the LG G3 and the HTC One M8 has heaped pressure on Samsung's Galaxy S5, which many say has a lower build quality than others in its class.

So it could well be the case that we see the Galaxy F become the new saviour of Samsung.