Smartphones are literally pushing dumb phones out of existence. On one hand, more and more people prefer to pick up a smartphone over a dumb phone when they’re in the market to buy a mobile phone. On the other hand, the so called ‘dumb’ phones are getting smarter by the day, narrowing the gap between them and smartphones. Eventually, all we’ll have is only smartphones. Are you, as a smartphone fan, checking out what’s on offer for 2012?
iPhone 5 is supposed to come with 32 GB memory, an 8 MegaPixel camera, 4G connection speed and a 4 inch display. iPhone 4S has only 16 GB memory, 5 MegaPixel camera and 3G connection, which means iPhone 5 will be quite a leap in terms of speed, storage and camera quality. The cost of iPhone 5 is not clear yet, but hopefully the cost is not so astronomical as to prevent people from enjoying these fine features.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia Lumina 900 will mark Nokia’s deviation from Symbian OS on its new Windows adventure. The Lumina 900 is a much-improved version of the 800, notably the 4.3″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen (from the 3.7” in the 800) and other notable features. There’s 4 G LTE connectivity support with downlink speeds of 50Mbps and uplink speeds of 25Mbps uplink. Alternatively, you can 21Mbps download speed and 5.76Mbps upload speed with HSPA+ connectivity. Plus, there’s the 8 MegaPixel camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens and a 1MP video camera that can capture 720p videos.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S3 will be released in two flavors; a regular HD version and a 3D version. The 3D version may have a glass-free 3D display as well, plus being able to capture 3D videos. There’s a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display with 800 x 1280 pixel resolution. Add to this a Quad-core 2.0GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM and a whopping 60 fps, 1080P picture quality 10 MegaPixel camera, a 9mm slim fit glass frame body, NFC ready with a 2,250mAh battery. Want more? Make way, iPhone 5!
Sony LT22, codenamed Nyphon comes with a 4 inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core Ericsson-built U8500 chipset, 8 MegaPixel Exmor backlist sensor R camera, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. The OS will be Android Gingerbread to start with, but later versions will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The specs are not all that different from Sony Ericsson Nozomi, the previous offering from Sony Ericsson.
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX
For once, Motorola has equipped its latest offering with a fabulous 3000 mAh battery, though all other features remain the same. The back is still Kevlar, the processor and storage size are unchanged and the phone is bigger (not sleek like previous offerings). Still, the battery alone makes for a huge difference.
The HTC Edge comes with a quad-core processor (4 NVIDIA Tegra 3 cores); each Tegra 3 core will give the phone a speed of 1.5GHz. Combine that awesome speed with 32 GB of inbuilt memory, a 4.7 inch HD resolution screen and 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MegaPixel camera that captures 1080 p quality pictures with its f/2.2 lens. Is this a dream smartphone or what? There’s Bluetooth 4.0, and 21Mbps downlink speed on an HSDPA network. No LTE yet, a bit of a disappointment, that.
Windows Phone Apollo
The Windows Phone 8 (aptly codenamed Apollo), is going to be a large phone, expected to have NFC support, dual core processors, larger display and a fairly large body. From the initial pictures, it looks pretty good. Apollo is expected to release in Q4 of 2012, with its predecessor Tango arriving in Q2 itself. Clear specs for Apollo are not available yet, though both Tango and Apollo are said to be coming to us from Nokia.
LG Prada 3.0
Ok, it’s official. Prada is no longer just about shoes, bags, clothes and fancy accessories. It’s also a high-tech gadgetry aficionado, what with LG Prada 3.0 on the way. This offering will not outclassed by the others either in looks or performance. The LG Prada 3.0 comes with a 4.3” WVGA NOVA screen, an 8 MegaPixel camera, and 1 GHz dual-core processor. The Prada 3.0 is yours for a whopping USD 750 plus taxes. Pick it up if you love the label.
Sony Ericsson Nozomi
The Sony Ericsson Nozomi, a 1.5GHz double core CPU offering runs on a MSM8660 chipset, similar to the HTC EVO 3D. Camera lovers, there’s a 12 MegaPixel camera as well, and with 1 GB RAM, plenty of easy picture taking! No microSD card slot, so you have to make do with the inbuilt storage. You can use microSIM cards with this one. The present OS is Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread though there are rumors of an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.