The following upcoming smartphones should be considered before you lay hands on any of the available ones. While most of these have been announced officially, a couple of them have surfaced on the web through leaked images. But considering that most rumors in the recent past were spot on, we are hoping these two devices will see the light of day very soon. Besides devices designed by some of the popular global companies, we have also taken into account the offerings from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Meizu which have made their mark in this particular segment. So take a look at our list and decide whether you want to go with one of the alternatives already up for sale or wait for these to hit markets.
1 – HTC One VX:
If you’ve already shortlisted a mid-range Android-based handset, you may want to reconsider your decision as the HTC One VX is slated to be up on shelves this week itself. This AT&T-bound LTE device relishes the Ice Cream Sandwich platform garnished with HTC Sense 4.
It acquires multitasking properties from a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor that teams up with 1GB of DDR2 RAM and draws power from a 1800mAh lithium-ion battery. The phone is the proud owner of a 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD 2 touchscreen, a 5MP auto focus camera and a VGA webcam.
2 – Samsung Ativ S:
The Windows Phone 8 OS has taken markets by storm. But if you haven’t already given in to temptation by selecting one of the Nokia or HTC handsets, waiting for the Samsung Ativ S to make its much-awaited appearance would be a good idea. This device, manufactured by the popular South Korean conglomerate, gains steam from a dual core processor that ticks at 1.5GHz as well as 1GB of RAM.
A 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED multi-touch display lays claim over the front panel along with a 1.9MP webcam, while the flip side sports an 8MP camera. The device has been awaiting its release for quite some time. But, it seems to have been overshadowed by the flagship Galaxy S3 and the launch delayed for a later date, which is not known.
3 – Huawei Ascend G330:
After the WP8-based Ativ S, our lineup features the Huawei Ascend G330 which is slated to arrive this month in the UK. It takes advantage of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS with the HAP 5.1 Android skin that makes the device capable of rendering an intuitive and user-friendly interface.
A 1GHz dual core processor rests under the hood to call the shots and is accompanied by 512MB of RAM. Additionally, you get 4GB of internal storage and an expansion slot that can hold a microSD card of up to 32GB capacity. A 4-inch multi-touch display, a VGA webcam and a 5MP auto focus camera have been thrown into the mix as well.
4 – Meizu MX2:
If the alternatives mentioned above haven’t already convinced you into dropping the idea of purchasing one of the available devices, the Meizu MX2 may just do the needful. The second generation MX phone has not at all disappointed those who were looking forward to owning this piece of hardware. If anything, it has only added to the anticipation.
Measuring merely 10.2mm in thickness, the black and white beast sports an 8MP primary snapper as well as a front-mounted webcam. It shows off a 4.4-inch laminated touchscreen which only enhances the interface that tags along with Flyme 2.0. This OS is loosely based on Google’s Jelly Bean v4.1. It will grace shelves in China in mid-December, but there is no word on its global release.
5 – HTC Deluxe DLX:
Although HTC hasn’t officially introduced the Deluxe DLX to us as yet, its press shots have found their way onto the Internet. The eye-pleasing device on our compilation had us wondering exactly when it would hit availability status, but speculation and rumors suggest that we may see it in person at the CES or MWC 2013 at the latest.
Its impressive list of specifications boasts of a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon Krait CPU, a 5-inch Super LCD 3 full HD touchscreen and probably dual cameras to go with it. The device is believed to be the international variant of the J Butterfly and its US counterpart, the Droid DNA.
6 – LG Optimus G2:
The hype surrounding the Optimus G had hardly died down when the web was again abuzz with new speculations which hinted towards the release of the successor to the aforementioned device. Predictably named Optimus G2, this LG phone may turn up at stores with a completely different moniker. And it appears as if the smartphone will bring a number of high-end features to customers.
For starters, it is expected to serve the Key Lime Pie, or the Android 5.0 OS and hand over the reins of its internal working to a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that clocks in a speed of a whopping 2GHz. The front side of the device may be adorned with a 1920 x 1080p, 5-inch touchscreen and a webcam, while the back should employ nothing less than a 13MP shooter.
Those were the upcoming smartphones which seem impressive enough to take on current contenders. While there is tough competition among the Android devices, there’s just one Microsoft-certified handset on our catalog which appears more than capable of taking on all the Lumia and the 8X units that are currently going strong. So what’s your take on these devices? Drop in a line to let us know.