Gadgets

List of Hot gadgets launched in 2014

When the movie Ironman released I swore upon to own a gadget like Jarvis some day, such is my tryst with machines. When I say machines it reminds me of large ones but I must confess the ones that truly thrill me are the sleek and savvy ones.

Apple iPad Pro

Apple’s iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display are still two of the most desirable tablets around. But with Samsung snapping at its heels and Google plotting more new slates in 2014, the Cupertino company needs something to give it an edge. Step forward the iPad Pro.

Much rumoured in the last few months, this new device will apparently pack a massive 12.9-inch screen, with beefed up graphics and processor power. The name follows the same pattern as Apple’s MacBooks and is meant to make it easy to distinguish between the slimline Air and the powerful Pro.

HTC M8

Despite being laden with praise for its One smartphone, HTC’s had a tough 2013. Samsung and Apple have put on the squeeze and the Taiwanese tech titan is in a fight for survival.

The company will be hoping its new flagship phone, codenamed the HTC M8, will help lift its fortunes. Much like the HTC One, it’s due to rock an aluminium, unibody design and an Ultra Pixel camera. However, its screen is set to clock in at a larger 5-inches, with a speedier Qualcomm processor under the hood.

Apple iWatch

It feels like Apple’s iWatch has been with us for months, what with the endless trail of gossip and rumours that have consumed tech watchers since late 2012. While some had hoped the smart watch would be out this year, it appears Apple is gunning for an autumn 2014 release date.

Samsung Galaxy Round 2

Sammy’s flexible phone is already on sale in Korea. And while it may have sold just 10,000 units, it’s still a device that’s worth getting excited about, especially as the tech grapevine suggests that Samsung is plotting a new version of the Galaxy Round for release later next year.

That means the device could be up for grabs to first adopters outside of the company’s home territory. Chances are it’ll keep the flexible side-to-side design which helps it stand out from rival LG’s G Flex, which curves from top to bottom.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5

The new Samsung flagship phone has been gossiped about for weeks, with stories emerging on a seemingly daily basis. Word is that Samsung will reveal the device as soon as February, earlier than last year’s S4 which got the full-on launch event treatment in March.

It’s believed to pack a metal chassis, 5-inch screen and Android KitKat, as well as a 16 megapixel camera and brighter display. Being Samsung, a cheaper plastic model is also being lined up.

Google Glass

Google Glass is already up for grabs to people on the Big G’s ‘Explorer Progam’, with users’ friends and family also able to spend north of $1,600 to don the silly specs. But 2014 could finally see them become available to anyone who fancies looking like straight out of George Lucas and James Cameron movies.

Already laden with impressive features, including public transport information, impressively detailed mapping software and the ability to search the web while on the move, Glass certainly feels like it’s ready to make the leap.

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Last modified: July 1, 2014
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