2011 should be a great year for tech fans. New products and improved technology are on the way, so let's begin by taking a look at some of this year's anticipated releases in terms of smartphones and tablets.
Smartphones are a hot product right now, and Sony is apparently paying attention. Apple's iPhone has become a popular product not only for phone use, but many consumers are seeing it as a mini gaming device as well. In a possible attempt to get a bigger share of the mobile gaming market, Sony is expected to launch a PSP smartphone sometime in February. Rumors have floated around the device for a while, and photos have surfaced of a PSP Go device with smartphone software. Some possible specs for the PSP smartphone include a 1 GHz processor, a display in the neighborhood of four inches, and Android 3.0.
White iPhone 4
While it may not be any technological advancement, the release of a white iPhone could be music to many consumers' ears. Apple promised a white iPhone 4 in 2010, but backtracked and has since changed the device's release date four times. The white iPhone 4 is expected to become available in the spring, although some have said it will not come out until the iPhone 5 is launched.
Sprint 4G tablet
Tablets are another hot product on the market, as Apple's iPad has opened many eyes to the power and functionality of such a device. To capitalize off the popularity of the device's category, many manufacturers are doing their best to come up with their own iPad killers. The launch of 4G capability is a hot topic in the tech world too. Since Sprint is putting a lot of effort into developing its 4G WiMax network, it makes sense for the carrier to try to release a tablet with 4G capability. Some believe Sprint will be the first carrier to offer a 4G tablet, and others have speculated that BlackBerry's PlayBook will be Sprint's 4G tablet of choice.
HP WebOS tablet
Hewlett-Packard is another company intent on getting into the tablet market. Its tablet is set to come out early this year, although the operating system it will use is up in the air. It could run WebOS 2.0, which would make the device a strong competitor to the iPad. WebOS 2.0 has been praised for its use in smartphones, and implementing it in tablet form could be a positive move for HP. HP's tablet could be called the PalmPad, but that is purely speculation for now.
Palm's popular WebOS is set to run on various devices this year, including tablets and smartphones. According to the head of HP's Palm unit, Jon Rubinstein, HP will release a wide variety of tablets this year, some of which will be smartphones. One such smartphone that is rumored to be in the works is the Mansion, which could come with a 5-inch touch-screen.
If Apple sticks to tradition, the iPhone 5 should be released this year. The original iPhone was released in 2007, and Apple has released newer versions every year since. The newest version of the immensely popular mobile phone could be released as early as summer. Since the iPhone 4 was made public not long ago, iPhone 5 rumors are relatively scarce. The phone, if released, will supposedly have more storage, better processing, and have a slimmer and lighter design.
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