One of the most annoying aspects of technology in general and in the mobile phone sector in particular is the delay between announcing a handset and when consumers can get their hands on it.
Well today, someone at Three here in the UK obviously feels we have a right to know what’s going to happen, so they leaked Three’s roadmap for spring/summer. Engadget got their hands on the documents which show that Samsung is planning on releasing the 3.7in Galaxy S II Mini here this month. The handset will have a 1.4GHz processor, run Android Gingerbread, have a 5 megapixel camera as well as a front-facing VGA camera and 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity. The slimmed down version of the Galaxy S II, which is also on the road map with a May launch, will be available later this month according to these documents.
Also of major interest is the Nokia X7, news of which has been very scarce since last year. The update to the X6 will bring an 8 megapixel camera, 4in capacitive OLED nHD screen and will run the Symbian OS. It had been rumoured that the X7 would not even make it to market but according to these documents we’ll be able to get our hands on it in June.
The road map gives us release dates for a number of other phones too such as the HTC Desire S (April), HTC Wildfire S (mid-May), Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (April) and the Nokia E7 (May). The road map goes on to lay out the tablets coming to Three in the coming months with the HTC Flyer coming first in May followed by the WiFi-only version of the BlackBerry PlayBook in June. The documents also show the Samsung TX100 slider though it fails to mention a release date for the device.
While it’s good to know what's coming, it would have been nice to know how much we will be shelling out for the handsets and in particular the tablets. Let us know if any of these handsets or tablets have got you excited in the comments.