It’s all eyes on Apple’s latest tablet, which could be announced as soon as next month. A high-resolution 2048×1536-pixel display, 4G connectivity, an A6 processor, USB 3.0 and NFC technology (short-range radio used for contactless payment) are all rumored and it may even be 3D. What we eventually get will be a good indication of what is to come with the iPhone 5.
Apple could unveil the new quad-core iPhone in June but we expect to see it on shelves by the autumn. If you felt short-changed by the 4S, this promises to be an all-new design, albeit of similar proportions (reports suggest a 5in screen has been canned).
Company president Eric Schmidt has hinted Google will launch its own branded tablet to rival the iPad within the next six months. Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, he revealed that Google would be ‘marketing a tablet of the highest quality’ and to expect a ‘brutal competition between Apple and Google Android’.
Not to be confused with Apple TV, its miniature set-top box, the Californian company has decided to make its own television sets as well – albeit with screens supplied by Sharp. No idea on price yet or whether a 3D option will be available, but expect an iOS operating system. Production is to begin in the spring with a mid-2012 unveiling.
Nintendo’s next-generation home console boasts controllers with an inbuilt 6.2in touchscreen that works with your main display – or can be used as a portable gaming device. We finally get 1080p HD content and internal flash memory upgradable through USB or SD. No official release date, but 2012 looks promising.
Sony’s shiny new portable games console launches here on February 22, priced from £229, and boasts impressive features such as an A9 quad-core processor and 5-inch 960×544 OLED touchscreen display. However, Sony faces stiff competition from iOS and Android gaming devices.
Landing here in early 2012, Google’s smart TV platform can be controlled via Android mobile phones, browses the web using their popular Chrome browser, runs Android apps and includes HD web video recordings. Despite a lukewarm reception in the US, Schmidt claims that most new TV sets will carry the platform by summer 2012.
Samsung Galaxy SIII
The SII was many people’s phone of the year, so Samsung has its work cut out to meet expectation with its successor -– but the rumors sound good: a quad-core handset with up to five times the graphics quality and a 12-megapixel camera. Look out for announcements in early 2012.
Amazon Kindle Fire
An Android tablet with Amazon Kindle pedigree for £125? It sounds like the gadget bargain of the decade and the Fire is certainly hot. The 7in device doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the iPad but then it never promised that. What it does possess it uses to its full potential. Now we just need a UK release date.
Ultra light, super-slim and lightning-quick PC laptops to rival the MacBook Air have arrived. We’ve already had the gorgeous Asus Zenbook, now expect other big players such as Sony, Samsung, Dell and Acer to follow suit shortly.