Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed this week including the Archos G10 XS tablet, Nexus 7 accessories and talk of a MagSafe charger for the next iPhone.
1. More Hints BB10 Will Be Licensed Out
Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins has once again hinted that he would like to license the forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform out, which would enable to struggling company to have an impact on the market. BlackBerry 10 has been delayed until early 2013, and so far no manufacturers have been linked with the software.
2. iPhone 5 to Have MagSafe Charger?
Another next-generation rumour is being spread, and this time it goes against one of the others we’ve heard. It concerns the next iPhone’s supposedly smaller dock connector, which according to iLounge will be an 8-pin MagSafe plug, and not a 19-pin plug as previously suggested.
3. Archos G10 XS Coming Soon
Archos has teased the release of a new tablet though its Facebook page. Called the G10 XS, it will most likely run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dock connector for a keyboard, a microSD card slot and a mini-HDMI port. The name suggests a 10-inch screen, but Archos hasn’t confirmed it. We’re set to see the G10 XS at IFA in late August.
4. Nexus 7 Case and Dock Leaked
An official Asus/Google case and dock for the Nexus 7 tablet has been leaked. The case has a leather cover with a microfibre lining, and the dock will charge the tablet when it’s plugged in. Both are set for release in the USA during August, and are priced at $20 and $50 respectively. No UK release date has been given.
5. Vertu Constellation Black Neon Announced
Vertu may have been sold by Nokia, but it’s still happy releasing incredibly expensive, but technically limited smartphones. The Consteallation Black Neon is the latest. It has a 3.5-inch polished sapphire touchscreen, and a chassis covered in carbon fibre, leather, stainless steel, ceramics and neon accents. The phone also has 32GB of memory and an 8 megapixel camera. The price? Well, if you have to ask…
6. Real Racing 3 Demoed at EA Event
The popular racing app for iOS, Real Racing, is about to get its third sequel, and it’s looking very impressive indeed. Unveiled at a special Electronic Arts event this week, Real Racing 3 will feature real-world tracks, cars from Audio, Porsche and Dodge, plus grids of up to 22 cars. It’ll be out later this year, and you can see some early footage in the video below.
7. Lenovo Denies Nokia Acquisition Rumour
Although we hadn’t heard it, Lenovo has made a point of saying it’s not working on acquiring Nokia. A Lenovo spokesperson called the rumours “a joke” and added that “there’s nothing going on”. That seems to clear that up, or is this just smoke and mirrors?
In a comment that’s sure to anger Apple executives, the president of Sharp has confirmed that it has started producing screens for “Apple’s new handset”, and that “shipments will start in August”. This falls into line with the expected September/October release date for the next-generation iPhone.
9. HTC Closes South Korean Offices
HTC has announced that it will be closing its offices in South Korea, leaving the territory to its competitors, Samsung and LG. According to the official statement, HTC cites a move to “streamline operations”, as the motivation behind the closure.
10. Motorola Droid HD Images Leaked
The Motorola Droid HD has been the subject of several rumours, but a pair of leaked pictures has confirmed the new device will have a full Kevlar rear panel, which looks great. The phone is set for release in the USA initially, and will have a Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 onboard.