Last week, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Alpha smartphone, with product to be available in "early September." But that's just the tip of the iceberg. On September 3rd, Sony is expected to announce a couple of new phones, and possibly a phablet. And there are rumors that Sony may actively market these devices in the U.S., making them much more easily available to U.S. consumers. Also on the 3rd, Samsung has scheduled events in Beijing, Berlin and New York City. It's already expected that Samsung will officially announce the much rumored Galaxy Note 4. By now, many of the key specifications have been leaked, but we still don't know for sure what it will look like, nor what it's full feature set will hold. We may also see Samsung's competitor to Google Glass, as well as a couple of ultra high definition (4K) OLED TV sets. Samsung's previous HD OLED TVs have been very expensive, but have offered picture quality superior to any LED, LCD or plasma HDTVS available. An OLED UHD screen should be the ultimate in picture quality, if you can afford it. On the 4th, Motorola has scheduled a press conference in Chicago. They're teasing a new Moto G, the Moto 360 smart watch, and we should finally see the replacement for the Moto X. Rumors have the Moto X+1 (X2?) with a larger screen and more advanced internals than the current Moto X. Combined with Motorola's excellent software, and Lenovo's manufacturing expertise, this could be a formidable competitor in the marketplace. On the same day, in Berlin, Microsoft will be announcing at least one, and possibly three, new Windows phones. Microsoft is widely expected to announce a "selfie" phone with a 5 MP front camera. I'm actually surprised no one else had done this yet. The company has also been hinting at an "affordable" high-end phone, probably a replacement for the Lumia 720, and called the 730. (Creative naming isn't this industry's strong suit.) And there's a possibility of a replacement for the high-end Lumia 820. Anyone care to guess what this will be called? On September 5th, the European Consumer Electronics show (IFA) will begin, and we'll probably see even more mobile devices announced, as well as new TVs, digital cameras, computers and more. Finally, on September 13th Apple will unveil the what is certainly the most anticipated mobile product of the year, the iPhone 6, in a larger 4.7" version and a much larger 5.5" version. It's going to be an exciting month for tech geeks. We here at Samsung Update can't wait to get our hands on these new devices.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool