The week in gadgets


26 Sep 2011

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A look at gadget happenings, as the iPhone 5 launch may take place in Cupertino rather than San Francisco, Motorola could launch two new Xoom tablets and Samsung sells 10m Galaxy S II smartphones.

iPhone 5 launch may be held in Apple campus in Cupertino, not San Francisco

The announcement of the iPhone 5 may take place in Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California, as opposed to San Francisco as it usually does.

AllThingsD reports the reason for this is unknown, but it could be because of the uncertain release date of the iPhone 5, making it riskier to book a large space to host the event.

The announcement will also be new CEO Tim Cook’s first media event after Steve Jobs stepped down.  

All eyes will be on Cook to see if he can live up to Jobs’ legacy of giving powerful presentations of Apple’s latest gadgets.

Motorola to release Xoom successors?

Details have been leaked of what appear to be two new Motorola Xoom tablets.

This Is My Next reports that one of the tablets will have a 10.1-inch display and will be 9mm thick.

It may have a 1.2 GHZ dual core processor and may be able to record 1080p HD video.

It may also have a built-in IR blaster and home automation software.

Engadget found a second Motorola Xoom 2, with an 8.2-inch screen and appears to be 9.3mm thick.

Samsung sells 10m Galaxy S II smartphones

Samsung has sold 10m Galaxy S II smartphones since its launch in April of 2011.

Engadget reports that global channel sales of Samsung’s flagship Android device has doubled from 5m in eight weeks.

This is in spite of its recent legal struggles against Apple, which saw injunctions granted against the device in numerous regions across Europe.

The Samsung Galaxy S II launched globally earlier in the year and was released in the US in mid-September.

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