THE SEVEN SA­MURA AIS

SMART­PHONES YOU SHOULD BE KEEP­ING AN EYE ON THIS YEAR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES - BY NIDHI SINGAL

There is never a dull moment in the smart­phone space. Just three months into 2013, we al­ready have many new smart­phones which are push­ing the lim­its as far as spec­i­fi­ca­tions are con­cerned. Some of them are al­ready avail­able in In­dia like the HTC But­ter­Fly, Black­Berry Z10 and Sony Xpe­ria Z. But that is just the tip of the ice­berg. Here is a look at some of the smart­phones that will in­ter­est you in the coming months.

1 HTC One

HTC’s love for great de­sign was ob­vi­ous in its launches last year. So its new ‘One’ too will fea­ture a pre­mium de­sign and a slen­der 9.3-mm body. A su­perb 4.7-inch full HD dis­play dom­i­nates the front while the 1.7GHz quad-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 600 pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM takes charge on the per­for­mance front. The big­gest in­no­va­tion on the HTC One is its 4MP cam­era with Ul­tra­pix­els, which can of­fer bet­ter pic­tures than those cap­tured by cam­era phones with 13 MP sen­sors.

2 Nokia Lu­mia 720

This phone is at the top of Nokia’s new an­nounce­ments. This Win­dows Phone 8 de­vice will also flaunt the Lu­mia uni­body de­sign. Boast­ing a 4.3-inch su­per sen­si­tive touch dis­play, 1Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor and a re­mov­able 2000 mAh bat­tery, this phone will also sup­port wire­less charg­ing. The 6.7 megapixel cam­era with an f/1.9 aper­ture and LED flash will also be worth the wait. It is ex­pected to be priced in the mid­seg­ment.

3 LG Op­ti­mus G Pro

This 5.5-inch ph­ablet has got a full HD IPS dis­play with 1920x1080p res­o­lu­tion and 16:9 as­pect ra­tio. The Op­ti­mus G Pro will also have a 1.7Ghz quad-core pro­ces­sor, 2GB RAM, 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age with ex­pand­able card slot of up to 64GB and a 13 MP auto-fo­cus cam­era. It will sup­port a mi­cro SIM and have a 3140 mAh bat­tery on­board.

4 Black­Berry Q10

The Black­Berry Q10 smartly blends the phys­i­cal QWERTY key­pad with the new BB 10 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. This smart­phone has a 3.1-inch su­per AMOLED dis­play but has done away with the nav­i­ga­tion track­pad and the reg­u­lar menu key. The Q10 packs a 1.4GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM. It also has an 8MP cam­era, Black­Berry Maps, BB 10 browser, 16 GB on­board stor­age and a 2100 mAh bat­tery. The BB Q10 is likely to be launched in the month of April.

5 Asus Pad­fone In­fin­ity

Con­tin­u­ing to build on the lin­eage of the Pad­Fone and Pad­Fone 2, Asus has an­nounced an­other dock­able smart­phone/tablet hy­brid, the Pad­Fone In­fin­ity. The 5-inch smart­phone will dock into a 10.1-inch tablet and will be pow­ered by Qual­comm’s new Snap­dragon 600 quad-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1.7GHz along with Adreno 320 GPU. This hy­brid also has 2GB RAM and will run An­droid Jelly Bean. The Phone will have a 13MP cam­era with f/2.0 aper­ture along with 2400 mAh bat­tery while the Pad will have a front cam­era and 5000 mAh bat­tery.

6 Ap­ple iPhone 5S/6?

A cou­ple of months more and the wait for the next ver­sion of the iPhone will come to an end with Ap­ple ex­pected to an­nounce a new phone in June. While there are many spec­u­la­tions do­ing the rounds, the lat­est Ap­ple patents sug­gest that the new iPhone will pre­dict how to han­dle it­self with­out in­puts from the user. And there are end­less ru­mours about the iPhone hav­ing a 5-inch dis­play, quad-core pro­ces­sor, fin­ger­print scan­ner, NFC and last but not the least, a laser key­board. But all we can say is just wait and watch.

7 Sam­sung Galaxy SIV

In the mid­dle of March, Sam­sung is ex­pected to launch the Galaxy S IV. While we don’t have the con­firmed spec­i­fi­ca­tions of the smart­phones, ru­mours sug­gest the phone will have a 5-inch dis­play, 16 GB on­board stor­age, 13 MP auto-fo­cus cam­era and 2GB RAM. Ditch­ing the Exynos Octa pro­ces­sor, Sam­sung is likely to go for Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon. It should run on An­droid Jelly Bean (v4.2) and have a 2600 mAh bat­tery on

board.

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