It’s almost the end of the year. For most companies the big launches and big ticket releases are over.
We’ve had some huge events in the last few days with the Apple iPhone twins and the new iPads; the Samsung Note 4, the Alpha, the new Tab S slates, plus their new Gear Smartwatch; HTC One M8; Motorola’s second generation of G and X phones and the Moto 360 Smartwatch; Lenovo’s big bomb Yoga 2 Tablets, Sony’s Z3 and Z3 Compact and about a dozen more headline-making products. That makes it some of the most productive 60 days on the tech calendar.
Thus, most companies will wait it out and make the next market-shaking announcements in the new year. This is offseason for new stuff, the ho-hum gap in which you pause for breath. At least that’s how November and December usually pan out. But this year, even the last few days have mega-awaited devices all set to be unleashed.
Once again, Apple hits a home run with a product that may not be radically out-of-the-box, but makes it seem like the ‘Coming Of The Next Tech God’ device.
The only difference this time is that there may not be Nexus-level aggressive pricing and this phone may well be priced upwards of Rs35K.
Gionee set the market on fire with the S5.5 which also took on the coveted title of the world’s slimmest phone.While that title may be at stake with Oppo’s new super slim phone (there is controversy there too, as the camera protrudes a fair bit out of the body on the Oppo), Gionee’s brand new S5.1 is eagerly awaited for far more than just its extreme thinness.
This is a phone that is now going to be trying to claim the title of the world’s most good-looking phone. And, in a world where there are some seriously awesome looking phones, the S5.1 actually takes form, factor and design to a whole new level.
Great specs, excellent optics and a price point that may well be less than Rs20k could make this one more huge winner for Gionee.
Hope you’ve saved up some cash to get your hands on all this great stuff that the last 60 days of the year seem all poised to bring out. All of this ensures that the curtain on 2014 draws close with a big bang.
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3
From HT Brunch, November 9
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