In case you missed it, a gaggle of smartphones was introduced yesterday — a trio of Motorola RAZR Android devices, and a pair of Nokia Windows Phone Lumia handsets. And they generally look pretty good (although it is somewhat perplexing that a Google-owned company can’t deliver the latest Google software). But without a single release date in sight, you have to wonder if these showy displays were simply meant to head off Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement next week.
From Moto’s press release…
- “available before the holidays”
- “More details on timing and pricing will be made close to availability dates.”
From Nokia’s press release…
Both phones will be available in pentaband LTE and HSPA+ variants and are expected to start shipping in select markets later in the year. Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.
Compare that to Apple’s likely approach of providing international pre-orders along with their product unveiling. Of course, being first to market doesn’t make you best. Just ask Apple who was arguably late to the smartphone party. But it seems no other company is in their league when it comes to launching a product.
As to my plans, I’m upgrade eligible in about 6 weeks and quite interested in the Samsung Galaxy Note II… yet there we have another device without a release date. And, so, I’ll probably take the safe and timely iPhone 5 upgrade as my daily driver.