The cutting edge iPhone X is arguably the most important handset that Apple has introduced since its original entry into the mobile market a decade ago. But those eager to own one could be disappointed as rumours of production issues and resultant shortages emerged last week.
USA Today quotes a number of industry experts who claim that the iPhone X may be scarce until well into 2018, with the all-new OLED display and the facial scanning capabilities being blamed for the apparent delays.
The British release of the device is scheduled to occur at the start of next month, but even if those who pre-order the iPhone X do manage to get hold of it sooner rather than later, anyone who has not acted already looks to be in for quite a wait.
Apple has yet to comment on the claims, but since demand for the iPhone X will be sky high, the likelihood of retailers and network providers running out of stock quickly was always significant.
Meanwhile, the more affordable iPhone 8 and 8 Plus could help to take up some of the shortfall, even if they look a little technologically underwhelming in comparison with their bigger sibling.
Google’s latest own-brand smartphone efforts will be arriving before the end of the year, but the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have already been exposed to the public in a number of recent leaks.
The latest information suggests that there will not be any major increase in price, with the basic Pixel 2 coming in at £599 while the larger Pixel 2 XL will sell for closer to £630. The good news is that the amount of storage space available as standard has been doubled, up to 64GB, rather than the more modest 32GB of the original phones, according to Tech Radar.
Earlier leaks confirmed the bad news that the Pixel range will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack that has also been shed by Apple’s iPhone family. This will be a blow for fans of traditional headphones, but will undoubtedly boost sales of wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
Three colour options will define the Pixel 2, with black, white and light blue models on the cards. The Pixel 2 XL will have a more limited choice between black and white, although Google’s final designs may deviate from the leaked images published so far.
Last week Apple pulled back the curtains on its most technologically advanced and expensive smartphone yet, marking the 10th anniversary of its first mobile handset with the launch of the iPhone X.
As predicted prior to its announcement, the design of this device does away with the traditional Home Button and instead dedicates the entire front face of the phone to a 5.8 inch OLED screen.
There is no fingerprint scanner, but instead a new feature called Face ID is put in place to provide security and facilitate payments. Advanced front-facing cameras and scanners create an accurate image of the user’s face, which can then unlock the display in an instant and activate Apple Pay, amongst other things.
On the rear, a 12 megapixel camera with some of the most advanced lens technology ever seen on a smartphone is present, while under the skin the A11 Bionic chipset provides more power than any previous iPhone.
The addition of a new button built into the side of the phone will provide easy access to Siri and Apple Pay, making up for the death of the Home Button. And the iPhone X is also joined by the slightly less exciting but undoubtedly cheaper iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which share some of its features including wireless charging.
Samsung could release the world’s first truly bendable smartphone within the next 12 months, according to coverage from the Associated Press.
The Galaxy Note range will reportedly be the first of the South Korean manufacturer’s devices to embrace flexibility, although Samsung spokesperson Dongjin Koh admitted this week that there were still a few issues to be ironed out before such a handset could become a reality.
Samsung has already previewed flexible display tech, which could in theory make it possible to fold and unfold mobile phones in the future. If it can get such a device to market before 2018 draws to a close then it will undoubtedly have managed to beat its rivals to the punch.
The first bendable organic LED screen surfaced five years ago, resulting in repeated rumours that a flexible phone was on the way. But to date, this is the first mention that Samsung has made of definite plans for a handset with this feature front and centre.
Some experts believe that the true application for foldable displays will be for wearable gadgets, including smart watches and ultimately clothing. But a Galaxy Note smartphone that can be made more compact in a matter of seconds definitely sounds appealing.
Fans of video streaming service, Netflix, will be pleased to hear that it will be updating its app to take advantage of the HDR-ready displays that are increasingly available on high end smartphones.
TechRadar reports that the as yet unreleased Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung will be one of the main mobiles to benefit from this improvement, along with existing models like the LG V30 and Sony’s Xperia XZ1.
High dynamic range is being touted as the most important breakthrough in display technology since high definition entered the fray more than ten years ago, with TV and smartphone manufacturers hoping that it will convince more people to upgrade after 3D capabilities proved to be a damp squib.
The Galaxy Note 8 costs a hefty £869 in its SIM-free form, meaning that having access to HDR apps will help to justify its price point.
Samsung suffered a series of setbacks in 2016 after the Note 7 needed to be recalled, so the real test of its successor will come when it arrives with users and has its reliability put through the wringer.