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Don't Buy a Phone This Week (Smartphone Rumors Running Rampant!)

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By William Peacock, Esq. on August 29, 2013 10:57 AM

Is there anything more frustrating than buying a state-of-the-art gadget right before the new version is introduced? Not only do you know have the "old" one, but you probably would've saved a few bills by postponing your purchase.

We don't handle frustration well, unleashing profanity-laced tirades at our computer screens (is that just me, or all lawyers?). We'll save your nearby inanimate objects from similar verbal abuse by rounding up the rumors for the wave of upcoming smartphones, all set to be released in the next few weeks:

iPhone 5S and 5C: Call it a Comeback

The iPhone 5 was, in my eyes, a bit of a letdown. Can anyone name a new or exciting feature on that phone, besides it being thinner and having a taller screen? The lack of a defining feature, the high price, and no iPhones available in the low end of the market may be partly to blame for Apple's loss of market share over the past year.

The iPhone 5S and 5C address those issues. According to assorted rumors gathered by CNET, the 5S is rumored to come in four colors (gold, black, white, and graphite), have a much faster processor, and it may include a built-in fingerprint reader (no more PIN codes for security!).

The 5C is the company's answer to the low-end market and developing countries. It will have a plastic casing, likely have features similar to the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, and is expected to occupy the low-end market share. It'll also come in a full rainbow of colors.

The official announcement is expected on September 10.

Android: Samsung's Phablet

WIth Android smartphones, there isn't as much of a reason to wait, as the Galaxy S4 and Moto X were just recently released. However, Samsung is expected to release its newest phablet (massive phone-tablet hybrid) next week.

The Galaxy Note line of phones was a market surprise, as analysts predicted a flop for a 6-inch device. They sold in incredible numbers, and now, the third iteration, with an eight-core processor and eight-core graphics chip, is expected next week. 

The company is also expected to release the uber-geeky Galaxy Gear smartwatch, according to ABC News.

Need it Now: Nexus 4 Price Cut, Successor Coming?

If massive phablets sound intimidating, Google's price cut of its flagship Nexus 4 indicates that a successor could be coming soon. A similar strategy was used to clear inventory before the current phone was launched.

Successor or not, it's a near-certainty that no phone will beat the value of a discounted Nexus 4. The 10-month-old device, which is currently in my pocket, came out with top-of-the-line specs and a bottom-of-the-line price earlier this year, spent much of its first few months sold out, and we recommended it wholeheartedly.

It just got significantly cheaper, according to the Los Angeles Times. The phone comes in two sizes (8 GB and 16 GB), and after a $100 price cut, is only $200 and $250, respectively, with no contract required for the discounted price. The only drawback? No LTE 4G data.

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