You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
Unless you were living under a rock, or perhaps embarking on a seven-day media blackout, you'll have heard that Apple announced a new flagship iPhone this week. The new 5s device comes in three colors: space grey, white, and the long rumored
champagne gold. The Cupertino company also announced a few updated internals, including an A7 64-bit processor, iOS 7, and a silver ringed fingerprint sensing home button. Read on for more details, and a first-impressions video.
You have a lot of choices when it comes to smartphones these days, from Samsung's new Note 3 to Apple's recently announced iPhone 5s and 5c. LG hopes to grab your attention through a new design tactic: putting its three physical buttons on the back of its phone. The new G2 offers a 5.2-inch, 1080p IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, and Qualcomm's 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 which runs Android 4.2.2. A combination of high-level specifications and great battery life make the G2 one of the best flagship Android phones out there. However, those rear-facing buttons won't be for everyone. Click up for our full review.
Although Motorola's Fort Worth, Texas factory has been churning out 100,000 Moto X's per week for a while now, on Tuesday the company -- along with a few bold-faced names -- officially performed the building's dedication ceremony. A mixture of press, factory workers, Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt and Texas Gov. Rick Perry were all present, grooving to some very Springsteen-ish tunes while waiting for Cupertino's product showcase to end. Click through for a full tour of the all-American factory, and how important customizability is for this Google-owned company.
This past Tuesday Apple took the covers off not one, but two new iPhone models. Interestingly enough the 5c -- Cupertino's cheaper model -- seemed to be the chosen highlight of the event. The "c" model comes with a 4-inch Retina Display, A6 processor, LTE and an 8MP camera, but most importantly a plastic build. The phone starts at $99 with a 2-year contract (or $549 without one) and will be available for purchase on September 20th, although pre-orders have already begun. Hit up the link above for our full first-impressions of Apple's multi-colored iOS device.
- Key specs
- Type Midsize
- Screen size 14 inches
- Processor speed 1.4 GHz
- System RAM 2 GB
- Maximum battery life Up to 9.5 hours
- Dimensions 0.81 x 13.6 x 9.4 in
- Weight 4.07 lb
- Announced 2013-09-11
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 5c
Motorola Moto X 2nd-gen
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Microsoft Surface 2