The tech world saw its first glimpse of the smartphone industry’s plans for the coming year at CES 2013, and it seems that there are plenty of new features to get excited about between now and December. Here, we take a look at the most innovative and exciting top of the line releases, coming into a market already filled with fantastic deals on mobile phones and tablets – which one are you looking forward to?
HTC’s newest offering has been pegged as a bit of a last-ditch attempt at pushing back into the market, as the tech giant has seen a few ups and downs over the past 12 months. The new flagship handset is not due to launch until February, where it will be displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but it’s already rumoured to have a 4.7-inch display and an impressive 13MP camera, as well as the new HTC Sense 5.0 software.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung seem to have a new contender from its Galaxy series constantly in the pipeline, and this is yet again expected to blow competitors out of the water. Also boasting a 13MP camera, the S4 is also expected to have an additional 2MP camera on the front alongside a 5-inch LCD display. We’re most looking forward to the flexible design, though – Samsung has reported that it has developed a bendable, foldable display.
The hype around this handset may not be for all the right reasons – many are speculating about what the new device can do for ailing manufacturer RIM – but the Blackberry 10 is likely to impress the make’s fans, with a 4.2-inch LCD touchscreen and a dual-core processor to boot. 2GB of RAM makes it more than capable of handling high-intensity use, showing that RIM are developing their smartphone technologies.
Samsung Galaxy Note III
Another Galaxy, but a personal favourite of ours; the Galaxy Note is Samsung’s contribution to the middling “phablet” market, and the Note III is no different. The screen size is expected to exceed 6 inches, making it similar in size to the Google Nexus 7, and with an eight-core processor and flexible screen similar to the S4, we’re expecting this one to make a big impact when it launches in September.
The YotaPhone is a bit of an anomaly, boasting a particularly unusual feature: as well as a 4.3-inch LCD screen on the front of the device, it also has an e-ink reader on the back, allowing you to do anything from checking the time to reading e-mails, all without having to turn the main display on – making it easy on battery life as well as on the eyes. A gesture-based navigation system and attractive shape (if a little bulky) makes this a definite one to watch as we find out whether e-ink tech can really succeed in the smartphone market.