The mobile device market is well and truly awash with choice and variety – whatever will be next? At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still at the helm of the Korean company’s ship being their best-selling phone even after half a year. Apple’s own two month old iPhone 5 can also lay claim to being a best-seller.
The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s key smartphone offering but here the approach differs from the other market leaders. The Lumia 920 is being released through different carriers (and therefore to different markets), so a more gradual release is inevitable.
So what for the future? Rumours abound about the Samsung Galaxy S4 following the whispers of a possible unveiling at the 2013 Mobile World Conference. Spec and feature wish-lists are already taking shapes, which hint at a 4.7 inch flexible display and 440 pixels-per-inch. Despite the likely increased power of the processor however, fear is growing that the Galaxy S4 would ultimately bring no amazing new ideas to the table.
A similar fate may await Apple’s iPhone 5S – or the iPhone 6, depending which arrives first. It’s likely that the device will, like the 4th generation iPad, be powered by the A6X however it is thought the device design will remain unchanged. Other slight improvements may be a battery that lasts marginally longer, iOS 7 and perhaps a bigger, 12-megapixel camera with advanced focus ability.
Changes to Nokia’s fabled Lumia 940 smartphone on the other hand may include a huge 35-megapixel PureView rear camera. Rumours also abound that it will be smaller and less heavy than the existing model. It may also be powered by Windows Phone 8.5.
However, it remains to be seen if these or any improvements in the next Lumia release are enough to increase Nokia’s performance in the smartphone market which at best has been mediocre so far.
Not much of a change to what we’re already playing with, really.