We’ve got the best new cell phones of 2012 lined up for you today, locked and loaded and ready to impress. These little sluggers are at the top of their game when it comes to delivering rich experiences. With a host of features that makes them alluring picks, the devices we’re going to jot down are powered by some of the most popular platforms out there, such as Windows Phone 7, Android and Nokia Belle. So without further ado, here they are –
1. HTC Titan II:
Kick starting our list of fresh handsets to have hit the tech scene, we’ve got the HTC Titan II. This mighty competitor is the successor to the ever-so-large Titan smartphone, which also runs on the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform. The heavy lifting is carried out here by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor which clocks in frequencies of 1.5GHz. Complementing the 4.7-inch WVGA 800 x 480 Super LCD capacitive touchscreen is the 16MP rear camera with attributes such as AF and 720p HD video recording. Being 4G LTE-enabled and locked on AT&T’s network, you’ll have access to quick download speeds for an enriched web experience. To top it off, the device proffers 11 hours of talktime or 15 days of standby through the 1,730mAh battery.
Price: $149.99, carrier locked on AT&T
2. HTC One X:
The next entrant in our new cell phones roster is the HTC One X. This piece of hardware comes with the capability of keeping you entertained with a wide catalog of features, right out of the box. Beside the Beats Audio enhancement which proffers high quality audio playback, the smartphone employs an 8MP camera with an f2.0 aperture, a 28mm lens and a BSI sensor.
To back it up, there’s a dedicated imaging chip in tow. Well, the Taiwan-based manufacturer isn’t done yet – a quad core Tegra 3 SOC takes its place for the global version, while a Snapdragon S4 processor powers the 4G LTE variant. The Android 4.0 OS runs the show here with a coating of the Sense 4 UI.
Price: $537, unlocked
3. Sony Xperia S:
If you’re looking for a smartphone that can let you ‘experience everything in HD,’ in particular, then the Sony Xperia S might just be one of the best choices available. This device is the first member of the Tokyo-based conglomerate’s NXT series and employs a wide range of features. First on its specs list is a dual core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor that’s clocked at a frequency of 1.5GHz.
For better multitasking and a rich visual experience, the company has thrown in 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 TFT Reality display with Mobile Bravia Engine. If you’re a snap happy person, then you’d most likely be satisfied with the 12.1MP camera proffering AF, 16x digital zoom and LED flash. You get all this and a lot more fitted within dimensions of 128mm x 64mm x 10.6mm.
Price: $479.99, unlocked
4. Nokia Lumia 900:
The Nokia Lumia 900 is the second Windows Phone 7 device to feature in our new cell phones roster. This ‘live more – do more’ handset from the Finland-based manufacturer has attracted quite an audience around the globe with its sturdy build and the host of features it has to offer. Listed as one of the high-end devices currently running on Microsoft’s mobile platform, the Lumia 900 ensures you experience smooth navigation through the 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 APQ8055 processor, while the 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display proffers rich visuals to feast on.
To top it off, you’ll have an 8MP rear snapper featuring dual LED flash, AF and Carl Zeiss optics to keep you occupied. What makes the handset even more alluring is the availability of Lumia exclusive applications from Nokia.
Price: $99.99, carrier locked on AT&T
5. Samsung Galaxy S3:
‘Designed for humans, inspired by nature’ are precisely the words a certain South Korea-based conglomerate used to define the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone. And to honor their statement, the company has incorporated a wide catalog of features including Smart Stay which keeps the display lit up as long as you’re looking at it, Direct Call that automatically dials a number from messages when the phone is placed near your ear and S Voice, a Siri-like attribute which responds to your queries.
If these weren’t satisfactory, wait till you see the hardware employed within this beast. A quad core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad processor can be found in the global variant of the device, while the US version supporting 4G LTE connectivity, packs in a Snapdragon S4 SOC. With a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display dominating the front, an 8MP AF camera with zero shutter lag sits pretty on the flip-side.
Price: $666.99, unlocked
6. LG Optimus 4X HD:
If the Optimus 2X moniker stood for double the processing power, then the LG Optimus 4X HD on our new cell phones compilation, would only indicate that the device in question possesses 4 times the processing speed with HD capabilities. These tasks are left to a quad core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 CPU and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display proffering resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS runs the show here, while a layer of the Optimus UI 3.0 is implemented for a smooth experience. Flaunting an 8.9mm sleek profile with a prism-edged design, the rear of this piece of hardware houses an 8MP BSI sensor camera with LED flash, while 16GB eMMC and 1GB LP DDR2 RAM cater to you memory requirements.
7. Nokia 808 PureView:
Last but not the least is the Nokia 808 PureView that has earned a spot among the latest arrivals in the smartphone category. Powered by the Belle platform, the device has managed to leave a mark in this segment by being the first of its kind to pack in a 41MP sensor. Yes, your brain read that right.
A combination of this module with the PureView technology, a dedicated image processor, optics from Carl Zeiss and oversampling, aims to deliver high quality images sized down to mere a 5MP resolution. Apart from this, the handset employs a 1.3GHz processor, a 4-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of user-available storage for your hoarding needs.
Price: $699, unlocked
All that’s left to say is that each aforementioned device on this best new cell phones roundup has its unique set of features giving you a little extra to feast on. So if you plan on purchasing one of these newcomers, choose well as they’ve got quite a mouthful to offer. Also, why not share your own experiences with us if you’ve managed to lay hands on any of these newcomers? All you have to do is drop in a comment below.