The tech rumor mill is churning out smartphone speculation galore today as the Internet abounds with ideas for the next Apple device as well as actual news ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch on Jan. 30.
RIM has now switched over its store name to just BlackBerry World, which will sell customers not just apps but also video and music. The rebrand comes just before the worldwide launch of its new flagship phone, the BlackBerry 10. Some tech sites have already got their hands on early versions of the device, with outlets like TechnoBuffalo fawning over the camera application, including BlackBerry Time Shift which allows you to takes multiple photos at once and then pick the best one. We're looking forward to seeing the camera for ourselves, as well as measuring where the BlackBerry World store stands at launch -- RIM has been working with developers to port their apps to its next mobile platform, and expects 70,000 apps available for BlackBerry 10 at launch.
While the next BlackBerry 10 is a sure bet, other smartphone predictions are more shaky.
AppleInsider shared a report from the China Times that Apple will introduce two more devices along with its next generation iPhone 5S expected this year: a 4.8-inch device dubbed the "iPhone Math" and a device with a 12-megapixel camera. While the rumors are simply that at this point, the 5-inch realm size and the higher pixel count camera are likely changes for Apple to make, as both of these were amongst the trends we spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada recently.
Android Police published photos of what may be HTC's next flagship phone, the M7, today, which has previously been rumored to boast some strong specs, including a 13-megapixel primary camera and f/2.0 lens. The display specs also sound amazing if true: a reported 468ppi screen would be a 40 percent higher pixel density than the iPhone 5.
Last week, Engadget shared leaked photos of what may be LG's next offering: the Optimus G Pro. Also in the 5-inch category, the smartphone is expected to have a 1,920 x 1,080 display and 13-megapixel camera.
The HTC and LG devices are expected to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain at the end of February. However, Samsung is reporting it won't be debuting the Samsung Galaxy S IV at the event. Droiddog reports that the manufacturer will instead focus on its tablets at the show, while the anticipated 13-megapixel, 5-inch handset will have to wait.
Let's hear from you: What new smartphone camera are you most excited about?