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Smartphone launch guide for September

Editorial by Luke Jones on Saturday August 16, 2014.

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Samsung and Apple will launch devices next month
Samsung and Apple will launch devices next month

We were sitting around earlier today and wondering if there has ever been a launch period in the mobile world quite like this September? We looked back on some of the major events of the years gone by, such as CES shows (not typically mobile focused, but tablets sure) and of course the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

We have been unable to think of any other month quite like the one coming, with so many flat out flagship devices set to land. Tell us if you remember a busier period, but in the meantime check out our guide to September Madness.


Every month is busy for Samsung, such is the Korean company's love of flooding the market with smartphones. For example, Samsung has already launched the Galaxy Alpha this month, but the big one (quite literally) is saved for September.

At the IFA show in Berlin on September 3rd, the Korean giant will launch the Galaxy Note 4, the latest in its flagship phablet range. As with other Note smartphones, the 4 is set to be the pinnacle of Samsung?s tech, complete with a Quad HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, and of course the S Pen.


Japanese company Sony will also have a presence at IFA and will also be rolling out some new smartphones. The one to watch is the Xperia Z3, the company's latest flagship. While it may miss a few top drawer specs (QHD), the Xperia Z3 will get a Snapdragon 805, will probably look good and will continue Sony's position of giving Android consumers a compelling alternative at the top of the market.

Sony could also be set to roll out the Xperia Z3 Compact, a handset that will follow the Z1 Compact and will again offer full flagship kicks in a small (read compact) body.


All the rest will try, but all will fail to match the hype of Apple's launch, and this year?s iPhone roll out is set to be the biggest smartphone launch ever. The numbers have all been done before, so let's just say that the iPhone 6 will arrive, will divide opinion, and will sell by the boat load. This year's model will feature a 4.7-inch screen, bringing Cupertino's model in line with its rivals, and will boast the typical blend of quality and performance we are used to.

The ace up Apple's sleeve could well be the introduction of the iPhone phablet, a smartphone that is rumoured to be landing during the iPhone 6 launch event on September 9th. That could cause the Galaxy Note 4 some problems so early in its life. If you think Apple will not launch two iPhones, all we have to say is iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.


Chinese mega brand Huawei has confirmed it will be launching a new handset when it takes to the stage at IFA on September 4th. In fact, it is looking increasingly likely that Huawei will roll out two new flagships, the Ascend Mate 3 and the Ascend D7. The D7 is particularly interesting and is an enormous phablet handset with top, top specs such as a Snapdragon 805 and the huge QHD screen. With Huawei also launching a new version of EmotionUI (3.0) we are excited to see what the company can deliver.


Microsoft is in the hardware game now, after taking control of Nokia's devices division earlier in the year. Redmond will also be at IFA and while the company will not be launching a flagship, it is expected to show off some new budget Lumia device. That will be a camera focused smartphone, likely to be the Lumia 839, an all metal handset with a strong front and rear lens for the mid-range market. My sources tell me that Microsoft may also have a big announcement, could that be a wearable?


Motorola is launching not one, but three major products during its press event in Chicago on September 4th. The company is ignoring IFA and is instead going directly against the German based trade show, and could have the devices to succeed.

It is hard to decide what to be more excited about, the Moto X+1 flagship update, the new version of the budget king Moto G, or the hugely anticipated Moto 360 smart watch running Android Wear. We'll go for the 360, but if your preference is different, Motorola is launching all three next month.


HTC has nothing officially planned, but the company is rumoured to be working on plenty of new devices. Chief among them is a new wearable smart watch, the company's first, and the Taiwanese giant has reserved its place at IFA so expect an announcement. HTC is also working on the Nexus 8, the latest tablet in Google's range, could that make an appearance next month too? HTC will also be launching the One M8 flagship on Windows Phone next week.

If we have missed any companies or devices out (we are sure we have), please let us know what you are looking forward to seeing the most.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.

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