After unveiling our best technology trends of 2010. Here are some of the gadgets rumoured to be launching in the coming year.
Information on the handset remains somewhat patchy with any solid proof of the mobile yet to be revealed by the manufacturer. What currently exists is a series of blurry shots and rumoured specs. The handset is said to be running a yet to be released version of Google’s Android operating system: 3.0 or Honeycomb. A video recently shown on technology website Engadget shows the handset in action but doesn’t feature any footage the actual games being played.
The phone appears to be a combination of the PSP and an Android smartphone, combining the gaming prowess of Sony’s handheld and the ever increasing functionality of Android.
Early specs suggest the phone will be powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm chip, with 512MB of RAM and that it boasts anything from a 3.7-4.1 inch screen. Games will be controlled by a slide-out pad which features what appears to be a pair of touch sensitive pads in place of analogue sticks.
Many of us are still recovering from the excitement of the first generation iPad. With recent price drops and early adopters further building on the early successes of the Apple tablet. But many tablet-sceptics are yet to be convinced by Apple’s device, feeling it lacks a few key features that they hope will arrive with the devices second iteration.
Many expect the new tablet to ship with FaceTime support and a front facing camera. Additional hardware specs are a rumoured USB port and SD card reader, something that many feel is a crucial omission to the first generation iPad.
Apple has succeeded in pricing the iPad relatively competitively, with much of the tablet competition costing much the same. It is unlikely this will change with the second generation of the iPad. However an increase in specs could lead to an increase in cost.
What is highly likely is an increase in iPad specs. A retina display such as the iPhone 4’s would put a serious demand on the tablets processor so it may not be something we see. But increasing the iPad’s RAM to a similar level of the recently released iPhone 4 as well as additional memory is a definite possibility.
As with any rumoured Apple product little solid information is known until the company themselves announce it. The first generation iPad was announced in January, thus making a specs release and hardware demo likely early next year.
Android Honeycomb OS Tablet
A recent demo of a Honeycomb powered Motorola tablet by Google’s Andy Rubin at D: Dive Into Mobile showed the possible future of the Android OS. Rubin showed a Nvidia powered, dual core 3D processor wielding tablet sporting a previously unseen version of Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has already shown what Android is capable of in tablet form. But Honeycomb looks set to bring a slew of changes to the tablet OS. Rubin appears to have a much more complex version of the OS in his hands, complete with video chat and a 3D version of Google Maps.
Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D handheld was announced early this year at E3. Much of the hardware and launch software has been announced but a definite design still remains TBA.
Nintendo already has had significant success with the DS, particularly in Japan. But the introduction of mobile 3D gaming by Nintendo represents a major technological leap in tech terms. The inclusion of a screen capable of projecting a 3D image without glasses could mark a major shift in the direction the gaming takes.