This article has been written on the 30th of October, 2012.
Android is leading the charts as more and more phones are being manufactured on a daily basis. This time around, I have gathered a set of brand new upcoming Smartphones that would be running Android OS. I have created this list after scrambling around the web in search of phones that would not only savor your minds but also appease your pockets, the latter is just a lie, ignore it! Great Smartphones boasts pretty hefty prices.
The list is all random. All these Smartphones are among the highly anticipated so I decided to assort them randomly. Yet, the last one is my favorite.
Sony Xperia TL
Sony is trying to converge towards a new set of series. The Sony Xperia TL is expected to be released next month. Supporting 4G LTE, the 148gm device boasts 720 x 1280 pixels of screen resolution which gets fit on the 4.55 inch screen. The great thing about this phone is its 323 pixel density which is a very competitive feature for this device in the market. Another thing I liked about Sony Xperia TL is its memory. Apart from having a Micro SD slot, the phone has internal memory of 16 GB which greatly adds to the overall specs of the phone.
Xperia TL is full of surprises. Following the tradition set by the camera of Sony Xperia S, the upcoming TL carries a 13 MP camera with a resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels. The Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor runs on 1 GB ram which powers the Android 4.0.4 ICS on the device. I’m not sure if it’s upgradable to Android 4.1 or not. Other great features of this phone include: HTML 5 Supportive browser and 1850 mAh battery.
The device is coming exclusively on AT & T. It’s also known as Sony LT30at. I didn’t like the design though. The screen could be even larger on the vertical axis which is occupied by a small AT&T logo. Otherwise, the phone looks similar to Galaxy SII. One good addition has been the inclusion of touch buttons in front just just like Xperia S, although their design is more prone towards the Galaxy Nexus.
So, Xperia TL is the first one on my list. Now the stage is set as we move towards our second upcoming Android powered smartphone.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Motorola is coming up with something really strong this time. The Droid Razr series is back with Droid Razor Maxx HD. As the name of the phone suggests, Droid Razr Maxx HD carries a 4.7 inch screen with the resolution same as the Xperia TL, 720 x 1280 pixels. What makes this phone’s screen better than the TL is the installation of Super Amoled Capacitive touchscreen, known for its crispy display capabilities.
Droid Razr Maxx takes another step forward with its 32 GB internal memory (26 GB available to user) in contrast to 16 GB of TL. Likewise, it also supports external memory. The device comes with Anroid 4.0.4 ICS which is upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The processor is similar to TL’s, having 1.5 Dual Core engine. The browser comes with HTML 5 support along with a surprise Adobe Flash player support as well.
The stand-out feature for this device is its massive 3300 mAh battery which almost double of that of TL’s. The phone will be available for Verizon.
LG Nexus 4
Seems like Google has finally decided to leave Samsung for LG. The upcoming Nexus 4, also known as LG Mako is the next edition of the Galaxy Nexus which was manufactured by Samsung under the supremacy of Google. The stage is set for the Nexus 4 which will be having the highly anticipated 4.7 inch True HD IPS Plus display with 768 x 1280 pixels resolution and 318 ppi pixel density.
Nexus 4 carries the same processor as Xperia LT and boasts an 8 MP camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels screenshot resolution. The feature that makes this device stand out is its Android 4.2 Jellybean pre-built which is the latest update for Jelly Bean. The phone comes with fully updated Android 4.2 so you don’t need to wait for the update if you’ll be considering this phone.
Nexus 4 follows its predecessor in terms of design and looks almost similar to it. Apart from the built-in Jellybean, wireless charging and nice slim design, I don’t see any mouth watering feature that could be the match winner for the Nexus 4. It also won’t feature LTE 4G support which is a big let off. The curved display which we saw in the Galaxy Nexus has also evaporated from the Nexus 4 design. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of Galaxy Nexus then this device is just for you as it adds a bit more flare to the overall specs as it the internals are comprised of Quad Core S4 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB ram.
Samsung Galaxy Reverb M950
A rather small addition to the Samsung family, the Galaxy Reverb M950 is exclusively by Virgin mobile. It won’t be supporting GSM though. The Galaxy Reverb M950 will be a great device for those who are looking for cheaper Android 4.1 ICS supportive phone.
Reverb is a simple designed phone with 4 inch screen and 480 x 800 pixels resolution. It might not be among the top lot but that is all fine as the phone is targeted towards limited audience. That said, the phone has pretty decent processor of 1.4 GHz with 768 MB ram and 4GB internal memory which can be extended upto 64 GB with the help of Micro SD card.
All in all, it’s a decent deal as the phone is a cheaper alternative to Icecream Sandwich which I’m sure alot of people are looking for.
HTC One VX
After the success of One X, HTC has diverted its line of action towards a rather downgrade versions of One series. The HTC One VX is in line of development and boasts pretty decent, but not quite up to the mark specs. Although installed with Super LCD2 touchscreen, the low resolution of 540 x 960 pixels might not look that much sharp on a 4.5 inch screen with only 245 ppi pixel density. On the bright side, VX carries LTE 4G compatibility and my favorite Simultaneous video and image recording feature.
The internals are marked with 1.5 dual core processor which runs Android 4.0 ICS. So HTC didn’t really move towards Jelly Bean pre-built as yet. Keep on reading as HTC is also working on another phone which will be coming in with pre-installed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy S III mini
While Apple work on their mini versions of iPad, Samsung has decided to work on their mini versions of phones. That too, a rather successful one, Galaxy S III itself. Indeed, Samsung has been working on S III mini version for quite some time now and it’s expected to be in the pipeline of release for next month.
We are talking about Super Amoled screen on a 4 incher with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels which is quite nice owing to the small size of the phone. It carries a dual core processor of 1GHz which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This might be the best addition as it would be a great buy for those who are looking for a cheaper alternative to Jelly Bean. The design can be aligned with that of S III. It’s simply a shrink version of Galaxy S III which in my opinion doesn’t have a very ‘extraordinary’ design with respect to its specs.
Asus PadFone 2
The original Asus PadFone was a complete hit for the company which provided a new line of direction to the manufactures, bringing in a 3 in 1 device. The PadFone carried the ability to transform into a tablet, netbook and back to a smartphone in an instant, thus called as the Transformer. Building upon its predecessor, Asus is coming up with Asus PadFone 2 which will be carrying an impressive set of specs.
PadFone 2 will be having 4. 7 inch Super IPS+ LCD screen with 720 x 1280 resolution which is quite impressive but what’s more impressive is the processing power of the PadFone 2. It will be carrying a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor with 2 GB ram and 32/64 GB memory. Unfortunately it won’t be having an external memory slot but that is all fine as the phone will be offering more than enough in its price range which is expected to be around 470 Euros.
HTC One X+
Finally we are back to HTC. Remember, I told you that HTC is working on their next flagship? Well here it is. The HTC One X+ is the planned upgrade device for the One X. So, how is this device special? Well, for the starters, the HTC One X will be having a 1.7 GHz Quad-Core processor which will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Moreover, it will have the amazing NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37 chipset which will be powering the UPL GeForce graphics processor. This would convert the One X+ into the ultimate gaming device.
I’m a big fan of One X so I have deliberately placed the One X+ in the top spot. You have full right to think otherwise though.
So, this is the list of my Top 8 upcoming smartphones powered by Android OS. If you like this article, kindly consider sharing it or leaving a comment.