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Part of being a technology fan is keeping up-to-date with what’s coming next, but in the smartphone world, there are always dozens of announced and unannounced phones on the horizon. This can make the process of deciding on your next phone quite time consuming; so to help ease your worry, we’ve put together a list of our favorite smartphones coming out in early to mid 2013. It doesn’t cover only officially announced kit either, as we’ve split it into two sections – reality and rumor – to keep you fully informed.

Below is a list of the major smartphones we’re expecting to see companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola unveil this fall.

Sony Xperia Z

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Easily Sony’s most exciting device for several years, the Xperia Z covers two of the biggest trends in smartphone tech: a big 5-inch screen and a 1080p, Full HD resolution. Announced during…

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HTC One wows with stunning design, premium parts (hands-on)


In a bold attempt to steal thunder away from other phone makers ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, HTC just announced its HTC One flagship handset. Unveiled simultaneously at two glitzy press events in New York and London, the new HTC One is packed to the rafters with top-notch components and technologies including some of the latest processing gear Qualcomm can muster. The device isn’t merely technically advanced, but is lovingly crafted from premium metals, too, leaving no doubt that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has placed considerable blood, sweat, and tears Continue reading HTC One wows with stunning design, premium parts (hands-on)

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on: mid-range devices for first time LTE users

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After a couple of leaks last week all but completely unveiled the Optimus F7 and F5to the general public, LG‘s made the devices official today at MWC 2013. The two handsets are part of the company’s mid-range line, devised as a bridge for users crossing over from aging 3G networks to LTE. But that’s not all the 4.7-inch F7 and 4.3-inch F5 have in common. Both run Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (skinned) and pack a dual-core setup, 8GB of internal storage, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and LG’s suite of custom software. Of course, there are bound to be significant differences between the two, so follow along as we dive into our initial impressions.

LG Optimus F7 and F5 hands-on

It must be said that both F series devices are really pleasing to the eye and feel quite substantial in the hand, though the F7 does carry a bit more premium allure. Head-on, you can see the design similarities: a sturdy all-white speckled / patterned body, chrome trim accents and camera layout (an 8-megapixel on the F7 and 5-megapixel on F5). One major area where they differ, aside from the obvious screen size, is button arrangement. Whereas the F5 has diminutive power and volume rocker keys aligned on either edge, the F7 adds a dedicated camera key and home button (much like on the GS III). And due to the plastic used in their construction, both handsets are relatively lightweight, especially given the 2,150mAh cell inside the F5 and the F7’s 2,540mAh battery.

As the F7 sports a True IPS display (vs plain IPS on the F5), viewing angles and color reproduction are naturally much nicer, with text on either panel appearing crisp and distinct. But aside from the inclusion of that more advanced panel in the F7, the F5’s smaller screen proves more than adequate for the average user it’s being marketed to, only showcasing a bit more noticeable washout. Performance on the two devices was appreciably snappy and the F7’s slightly higher-clocked CPU (at 1.5GHz) and extra GB RAM yielded a slight improvement in responsiveness.

At the moment, LG’s only announced a Q2 launch window for the more accessible Optimus F5 in Europe. The F7’s market destiny is not yet known, but LG did offer it’d be available in select markets “soon.”

Top 5 SmartPhones of 2013

As we enter 2013, we take the first few steps into a world that is almost entirely driven by smartphones. But most people are often overwhelmed when they walk into their service provider’s shop or an electronics store because there are so many smartphones to choose from!  We’ve condensed the list from the seemingly million smartphones in the world to the top five smartphones we’ve seen thus far going into 2013. You can pick and choose from different shapes, sizes and features, but really any of the phones from below are a smart choice for your new smartphone.


1. Apple iPhone 5

The Apple iPhone 5 is Apple’s most recently released touchscreen-based smartphone. The iPhone 5 has improved immensely, whether it be the slimmer structure, the lighter weight or the higher-resolution, the new iPhone 5 has it all.  The screen is even a whopping 4 inches wide with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.  Apple calls it, “The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.”


2. Samsung Galaxy S II (S3)

 Smartphones of 2013 photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Smartphones of 2013 photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Samsung Electronic’s newly released Samsung Galaxy S II (S3) is a slate-format Andriod smartphone.  With additional software features, expanded hardware and a redefined shape, people are calling it light-years ahead of its predecessor.


3. HTC Droid DNA

Originally known as the HTC J Butterfly created by top developers in Japan, the HTC Droid DNA is remodel and even further improved version.  It’s the second smartphone in the world to ever feature a 1080p display after Oppo’s Find 5.


4. Motorola Droid Rzr Maxx HD

The Android-based, 4G LTE capable smartphone developed by Motorola surpasses its successor to the Droid Razr line of smartphones.  It now has a 720p resolution, while maintaining the same conveniently sized screen.  The Maxx HD’s biggest draw though is the battery life.  Motorola has dubbed this phone as the “all-day phone” implying that its battery doesn’t need to be frequently charged.


5. Nokia Lumia 920

The new Windows Phone 8 operating system runs flawlessly on Nokia’s new Lumia 920.  This with a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Krait CPU and a 4.5 inch LCD display with high-sensitivity touchscreen.  This is all covered with the curved Gorilla Glass, which is the trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet manufactured by the United States glass manufacturer Corning.  Gorilla Glass is known for its damage re-resistance, thinness and lightness.


Google Nexus 5: launching next month?

LG dropped heavy hints last week that it was working with Google on a new phone.

LG’s Nexus 4 has sold so well retailers have struggled to maintain supply
Speaking at the company’s press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Senior Vice President James Fisher claimed that the LG Nexus 4 is just “the first of many” products LG is working on with Google.

Google uses the Nexus line of smartphones and tablets to promote development of its products. It has worked with a range of manufacturers including HTC, LG and Samsung, although not yet Motorola, which it now owns. Previous rumours have also suggested that Google has discussed a Nexus device with Sony.

Fisher claimed, “Through our collaboration with Google, we launched the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. This is the first of many devices to come from our growing partnership with this very selective company.”

Although Fisher added that the firm will be launching its next generation smartphones in Barcelona next month, Samsung’s equivalent follow-up to its Nexus device was not another direct collaboration with Google. It launched the Galaxy S3 smartphone after the Galaxy Nexus, and LG is also widely expected to update its Optimus range of devices. Fisher said that “at Mobile World Congress next month and throughout the year, you’ll see us bring to market more tier-one premium handsets in various screen sizes”.

The International Business Times, however, claimed that LG has already begun to wind down production of the Nexus 4, in preparation for a new device. It added that recent rumours say the successor of LG Nexus 4 will offer a more powerful 2GHz quad core processor and a new Android operating system, called Key Lime Pie.

HTC One specs take on Droid DNA, iPhone 5, Z10

HTC’s brand-new flagship smartphone, the HTC One, is a gorgeous piece of all-aluminum smartphone machinery by any standards. CNET’s Brian Bennett went hands-on with the Android Jelly Bean phone before today’s launch event.

With dual audio speakers, a new Beats Audio feature in BoomSound, and a rebooted version of the HTC Sense interface layer that includes a new element called Blink, and an IR blaster to act as a TV remote, the HTC One certainly packs some interesting extras.

HTC’s flagship device should appear in the U.S. in March for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint. It’ll cost $199.99 for the 32GB version and $299.99 for the 64GB version.

Compelling? Yes. But how does the HTC One compare to the hottest competition? Check out our chart below for the spec-in-spec lineup against the HTC Droid DNA, the BlackBerry Z10, and the iPhone 5, and be sure to read Brian’s hands-on impressions for more.

We’ll have photos and video coming up, as soon as we can get them, and will update this chart with more specs as they’re announced.


Phone HTC One HTC Droid DNA RIM BlackBerry Z10 Apple iPhone 5
OS Android 4.1 Android 4.1 BB10 iOS 6
Processor 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHZ dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus Proprietary A6 CPU
Screen 4.7-inch LCD, 1,920×1,080 pixels, 468ppi 5-inch LCD 3; 1,920×1,080 pixels, 440ppi 4.2-inch LCD; 1,280×768 pixels, 355ppi 4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136×640 pixels, 326ppi
RAM 2GB 2GB 2GB Not listed
Internal storage 32GB, 64GB 16GB 16GB 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Expansion slot No No Yes, up to 64GB (format using FAT32) No
Carrier T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Verizon Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile AT&T, Sprint, Verizon
Battery 2,300mAh, embedded 2,020mAh, embedded 1,800mAh, removable Not listed; embedded
Camera 4 megapixels (ultrapixels), 2.1-megapixel front-facing 8 megapixels, 2.1-megapixel front-facing 8 megapixels, 2-megapixel front-facing 8 megapixels, 720p front-facing
Bluetooth version 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0
NFC Yes Yes Yes No
Wireless charging No Yes Yes No
Dimensions (inches) 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.37 (thickest) and 0.12 (thinnest) 5.6 x 2.7 x 0.4 5.1 x 2.6 x 0.35 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3
Weight (ounces) 5 5 4.8 4


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Hands-on with the sleek, gorgeous HTC One (pictures)

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