Windows 8, iPad mini, Windows Phone 8: Ultimate tech week

If you like gadgets, next week will be a nonstop carnival of amazement.

Am I overselling it? Not sure. But it's going to be huge. September was big, too, but for some reason a month's worth of tech events will be packed into one seven-day span, from 23-29 October. Whether you like games or spreadsheets, cameras or phones, there's guaranteed to be something for you. Here's what to expect:

23 October

Apple announces some "little" things. Those could be a 7.85-inch iPad mini, a 13-inch Macbook with a high-resolution Retina display screen, a new Mac Mini desktop or even a slimmer iMac; we've seen rumours about all of those, and they all fit in with Apple's "smaller" theme.

25 October

Microsoft formally debuts Windows 8 at a five-hour long event in New York. Yes, it's five hours long. Expect lots of Windows 8 hardware reviews to appear in the days surrounding this event.

26 October

Windows 8 goes on sale. At least some of those Apple products might be on sale at this point, too. Reviews of various products will be flooding the Internet.

29 October

Google's Android chief Andy Rubin is expected to announce new Google Nexus devices at the extremely exclusive "D" conference in New York. There will probably be at least one new Nexus phone, and there might be a tablet too.

Microsoft debuts Windows Phone 8 at an event in San Francisco. Expect to finally see carrier prices and launch dates for the HTC 8X and 8S, Nokia Lumia 820 and 920, and more. Those phones will probably hit shelves the following week.