Feb 22, 2013

Four of the Most Anticipated Android Phones of 2013

Smartphones come and go. Three months ago, you may have bought that expensive thing in your hand right now thinking it's future-proof for at least a year or so, and then suddenly, bam, a new device comes out. And it's a gazillion times better than your current handset. Your heart feels a bit of a pinch and tears start rolling down your cheeks. Your glorious smartphone is now an obsolete object. You are blind to the world. 

I kid.

Anyway, here are some of the most anticipated Android phones of 2013:

It's stunning. It's gorgeous. It's brilliant. It's everything else that your current phone isn't. At least that's what it's trying to be. HTC's latest offering is a beauty inspired by many (*wink*wink*), pumped up with killer specs. It offers a 4.7 inch 1080p display (468ppi), 2 front-facing stereo speakers, a 4 megapixel (ultrapixel) camera, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, with Android 4.1.2 on board, flavored by amazing software additions courtesy of Sense 5.0. Plus, it's made of aluminum! The HTC One is one of the most promising handsets of 2013. With the right pricing and in-your-face ala Samsung marketing, this device could be this year's top contender.   Available March 2013.

Sony Xperia Z
Back with a vengeance from last year's terrible flagship device (does anyone even know that their flagship device was the Xperia T?) , Sony's Xperia Z is set to blow everything out of the water. Yes, you read that right. It's literally going to blow everything out of the water. Sony's latest offering is a water and dust resistant device, packed with a 5 inch bravia-engine enhanced 1080p display (441ppi) with Gorilla Glass covering all-over, a 13MP camera, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 pro quad-core processor, with Sony's Xperia UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. The handset won 12 CES awards so it's bound to be good.   Available now.

Galaxy S4 (Unofficial, fan-made render)

Samsung has sold 30 million Galaxy S3s in 2012, making it the top-selling handset of 2012. With all the buzz on Samsung's current flagship, their next one is set to make records; that is if the hype on the device justifies the specs. The device is rumoured, like most 2013 flagships, to be sporting a 4.99" fHD 1080p display (441ppi). Aside from that, the device could ship with a 13MP camera, Samsung's Exynos 5 octa-core processor, and Android 4.2 Jellybean with a Touchwiz UI overlay. The only thing I'm not expecting the device to have is a frame not made out of plastic.  Probably available around mid- April or May. Announcement is rumoured to be on March 14.

Motorola/ Google X Phone (Unofficial, fan made render)
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility last year has yet to yield any quantitative, real-life results. Set to become a game-changer, Motorola and Google's first phone, dubbed as the X Phone, is bound to be the greatest breakthrough device this year. The phone is rumoured to have an almost bezel-less, edge to edge, 5" 1080p display, encased by the usual Motorola Kevlar coating. It is bound to be weather-proof, smash-proof, and absolutely future-proof. Aside from the extreme hardware variations, the X Phone is said to be the first phone to be shipped with Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie) on board, plus killer software additions not seen on any device. Oh, and haven't I mentioned the kick-ass battery life measured in days instead of hours? The rumours are to be take with a grain of salt though, no one wants to be disappointed if doesn't ends up transforming into a car when you really need a ride. Probably available on last week of May or early June. That is if it's even real. Let's all wait for an announcement at the Google I/O on May 15-17.

There is only one thing left to say: 2013 is going to be the year of super-sized fHD droids. 

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