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This year, expect to see some amazing new mobile devices.With newcomers like Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo entering the smartphone space our favourite manufacturers, Apple, Samsung, LG, and HTC will be forced to pump up their offerings, meaning good things are in store for the end user.
Based on past product release cycles and a few leaks, we’re seeing a lot of cool upcoming smartphones from all the big players.
Check out the gallery below to see the most important phones that will launch this year.
Blackberry's latest smartphone is days away from being announced. The all touchscreen Z10 will run a new mobile operating system called BlackBerry 10.
Here's what we know about the Z10 so far:
- 4.2-inch HD display
- 16GB of storage
- 8MP real camera
- 2GB of RAM
- 1800mAh battery
There are rumours speculating Samsung will announce its next flagship device, the Galaxy S IV, in either April or May.
Here's what we know about the smartphone so far:
- Processor: 8-core Exynos 5 Octa clocked at 1.8GHz (That's insanely fast)
- 5-inch edge-to-edge 440 ppi display that can show full HD video
- 2GB of RAM (This will help the phone move even faster)
- 13 MP camera rear-facing camera with 1080p (HD) video capture (13-megapixels is the new standard for smartphone rear cameras)
- 2- MP front-facing camera with 720p (HD) video capture for video chatting
- Wireless charging using the Qi standard.
- No physical button on the face.
- Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 (The most current version of Android)
The rumour mill started churning just a few short months after the iPhone 5 was released last year. Some expect Apple to launch an iPhone 5S, which will look nearly identical to the iPhone 5, but have improved internal specs.
There's also a rumour that the next iPhone could launch in June and come in 6-8 colours.
The Galaxy Note III will be Samsung's third phone/tablet hybrid device. Early rumours suggest the Galaxy Note III's screen will be even larger than its predecessors, or at least 6 inches. That's only an inch smaller than the screen on the Kindle Frire HD tablet.
There is also word that the processor will be similar to the one used in the Galaxy S IV, a 8-core monster, which Samsung claims uses 70% less battery.
We got our hands on the Xperia Z at CES 2013 and loved it.
The Xperia Z runs the latest version on Android and it's key features include a full HD Reality Display with the same technology as Sony's television line, a 13-megapixel camera, a dust- and water-resistant body, an anti-scratch coating, and a quad-core processor.
Sony's website says the Xperia Z is coming soon.
The Ascend Mate was another smartphone that we got to see at CES 2013. The massive 6.1-inch smartphone is one of the biggest we've ever seen.
Huawei was able to pack a lot of features into the huge smartphone and the design was executed well; the Ascend Mate didn't feel cheap.
Features include a 720p HD display with 361-ppi screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8MP camera, 4050mAh battery, and the latest version of Android called Jelly Bean.
The Ascend Mate launches in China this month, but is expected to be released in other markets soon.
Continuing the trend of massive smartphones in 2013, LG plans to release the Optimus G Pro at next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Key specs include a 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 13-megapixel camera, huge 3000mAH battery, and the latest version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1.
HTC's 2013 flagship phone is expected to be the M7. (That's likely just a codename.) rumours suggest the M7 will have a nearly edge-to-edge display.
Not much else is known, but HTC will likely announce the M7 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
Reports suggest that Apple will release a budget iPhone at some point this year using cheaper materials.
Bloomberg and the WSJ both are reporting that the phone will supposedly retail in the $99-$149 price range.
The ZTE Grand S is another breakout from CES 2013. Physically, the phone looks great and is thin and light.
The ZTE is also packed with great specs like a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a HD screen. But initial impressions say the phone is slightly unresponsive, and a bit laggy.
Hopefully ZTE can get it together before the phone is released later this year.
Lenovo's 5.5-inch HD smartphone is packed with the latest dual-core Intel processor.
Besides running extremely fast, the smartphone is made from brushed steel, is only 6.9mm thick (thinner than iPhone 5), has 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and will run Android.
Unfortunately, the K900 doesn't support LTE, which means you won't get the fastest data speeds possible.
Tom's Hardware who saw the K900 at CES says, the smartphone is scheduled to launch in China this April, and in Lenovo's other phone markets (India, Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) soon after.
Not much is known about Nokia's next flagship Windows 8 phone.
rumours speculate that the smartphone will have an aluminium body and killer camera, but that's about all we know.
rumours also suggest that this phone could be a Verizon exclusive, as sources have revealed to The Verge. The device is codenamed the 'Laser.'
Speaking of Windows Phones, it's been widely speculated that Microsoft will make its own phone later this year. There have even been a few reports that the so-called Surface Phone is already in production and will have some features not found on other Windows Phones.
Even though Google says it plans to run Motorola as a separate entity, there have been a string of reports that the companies are working together on a so-called 'Google X Phone.'
Details beyond that are pretty slim, but CNET speculates that the phone could arrive as early as Google I/O in May.