During the spring and summer of 2012, a slew of new tech gadgets, including everything from phones to televisions, will hit the U.S. market. Here are 5 of the most anticipated gadgets.
Nokia Lumina 900 Smartphone
There are plenty of new smartphones coming out in the next few months. The Nokia Lumina 900 appears to be one of the most anticipated of these devices. If the International Business Times is correct, the 4G LTE capable cell phone will sport a 4.3 inch screen and contain a 1.4 GHz processor, “512MB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.” These specs do not differentiate it from the field. What does set it apart from its competitors is its low cost of $99.00. I really like the fact that it is Microsoft compatible, making it easier for people, like me, who use Windows 7, to transfer data between the Nokia phone and their computers. If you want to purchase this item, you won’t have to wait long; it will be released in stores on April 8, but only for AT&T customers.
Item: Nokia Lumina 900
Price: $99.00 for AT&T users
Release Date: April 8, 2012
HTC Titan II Smartphone
AT&T has generated buzz over another Windows smartphone that will be marketed exclusively for its customers. According to PC Magazine, the HTC Titan II’s processing power (1.5 GHz) and memory (16GB) are similar to those found in the Nokia Lumina 900. The Titan II sets itself apart from the competition via its large, 4.7 inch “Super LCD screen” and the first of its kind, 16-megapixel camera. One caveat, PC Magazine does state that the camera’s 16-megapixel capability does not necessarily mean that it will take better photographs than a high quality 8-megapixel phone camera. Per Engadget, this smartphone will cost you about $200.00 and can be purchased at AT&T stores beginning on April 8, 2012.
Item: HTC Titan II
Price: $200.00 for AT&T users
Release Date: April 8, 2012
Kindle Fire 2 Tablet
Moving from phones to tablets, Geek.com recently mentioned a rumor that Amazon will roll out the next generation of its popular Kindle Fire in late summer. Supposedly, the Kindle Fire 2 will cost more than its predecessor and will feature a 10 inch screen, as opposed to the current model’s 7 inch screen. I hope that Amazon’s new tablet will come equipped with more than 8GB of memory currently sported by the basic version of the Kindle Fire. Per Amazon’s own website, that is only enough memory to store “10 movies or 800 songs.”
Item: Kindle Fire 2
Price: Unknown but likely more than $199.00 for the basic model
Release Date: Late summer
iPad 3 Tablet
Even though it has already been released, it would be remiss of me not to mention the iPad 3. That tablet might prove to be this spring’s most popular tech gadget. According to International Business Times notes that some customers have reported problems with the device overheating.
Item: iPad 3
Price: $499.00 for the basic model
Release Date: March 16, 2012
LG OLED 55″ Television
According to TV Technology, OLED screens are “the next wave in display technology.” They are lighter and provide a better quality picture than other types of screens. The problem with OLED has traditionally been that they do not last very long, and their lifespans decrease the larger the screen. However, TV Technology notes that recent breakthroughs have increased OLED lifespans significantly. With that said, LG unveiled a 55″ OLED television at the 2012 International CES Convention; it plans to “begin mass OLED T.V. production by mid-year,” which might allow it to hit the U.S. market at summer’s end.
Item: LG 55″ OLED television
Release Date: Unknown
If all of these gadgets are released on time, it might be a wonderful spring and summer for tech enthusiasts.