Time for a sneak peek at the smartphones, tablets and groovy gadgets that will be topping the technology gift charts this Christmas, these are the only lists that matter. Prepare yourself for the top must-have tech accessories to fill your stockings.
1. Apple iPhone 5: The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch Retina display and is thinner, lighter, and runs on iOS 6. iPhone 5 comes with an 8 MP rear camera with Panorama feature and is made of glass and aluminium. It houses the A6 chip, which is twice as fast as its predecessor. The iPhone 5 also supports 4G LTE network and a new connector. The 16GB variant is priced at £529, 32GB version comes at £599 and 64GB edition costs £699.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2: This device falls in the category of a tablet/smartphone hybrid, but is mostly used as a phone. Galaxy Note 2 screen size has increased to 5.5-inches from 5.3-inches. The Galaxy Note 2 features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an optimized S pen. Note 2 SIM-free variant is priced at £185 for the 16GB variant. The prices for the 32GB and 64GB are unknown, though you can expect them to go up by £100.
3. HTC Windows Phone 8X: HTC collaborated with Microsoft to launch this smartphone which operates on Windows 8. HTC Windows Phone 8X is powered by a 1.5GHz processor and comprises of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, the Adreno 225 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. HTC 8X has a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display and a Gorilla Glass 2 treatment apart from special anti-glare lamination. The smartphone comes with an 8 mega-pixel camera with a HTC ImageChip and Beats Audio sound. The HTC 8X SIM-free version is priced at £399.
4. Motorola Razr i: Motorola paired up with Intel to produce a one of a kind phone with the fastest processor available for smartphones. Droid Razr i operates on a 2Ghz Intel Atom processor and features a 4.3-inch, super AMOLED display. The body of Razr i uses Kevlar, aluminium and Gorilla Glass in its creation. A SIM-free Razr i is available at a price of £342.
5. Apple iPad mini: Apple’s much awaited entry in the small tablet market is speculated to release on October 23. iPad mini is rumoured to be shipped with a 7.85-inch non-retina screen with an alleged price of £199 which is half the price of the existing iPad. Well, we would know more once the event gets underway.
6. Microsoft Surface tablet:
Microsoft’s entry in the hardware world, a tablet which operates on Windows 8. Microsoft Surface specifications include an NVIDIA T30 quad-core processor, a 10.6-inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 2GB RAM, 32 or 64GB storage space which is expandable. Microsoft Surface has 720p rear and front-facing cameras with the resolution still unknown as the tablet releases on October 26. The Surface models are available at £371 for a 32GB tablet with a Touch Cover, a 64GB model with that same cover at £433 and a £309 32GB tablet without the cover.
7. Amazon Kindle Fire HD: Amazon launched a revamped version of Kindle which will be available in October. The Kindle Fire HD offers a faster WiFi service available on a tablet, an 11-hour battery life and a front facing camera. Amazon offers two models based on the screen size, a 7-inch variant and an 8.9-inch version. The 7-inch screen variant was priced at £159 and £199 for 16GB and 32GB respectively. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD variant price is still unknown.
8. Sony Playstation Vita: Sony is known for its gaming consoles and with Playstation Vita, the company upped the ante. Playstation Vita features a five-inch, 960×544 resolution OLED screen, sleek and sturdy design and four to five hours of battery life for continuous play. Playstation Vita also launched the touch-screen feature with a simplified user-interface. Vita also houses a 1.3MP camera and is priced at £154 for the basic model. The 3G model with the memory card is priced at £185.
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