Here is the list of phones that I think are going to rock 2013… This list might not be accurate though. Please share your opinions.
Samsung has a very eventful year in 2012 filled with a lot of ups and downs. The most notable of the downs was the patent battle loss against Apple resulting into a $1.05 billion verdict and the banning of the sales of most of Samsung’s line of phones in United States. This was however not able to stop this hardware giant from maintaining its lead over Apple in smartphone sales during the third quarter. A lot of these sales are due to its Galaxy lineup including S3, S3 mini. Samsung will be looking to maintain their lead in the smartphone market with another beautiful phone. Nothing is sure till Samsung ships this new generation device but there are already some rumors about the phone. Although Samsug has also shown off curved handset displays, recent reports of a flexible Samsung Galaxy S4 have been largely rubbished, with bendable displays currently believed to be too expensive and limited to produce for what is expected to be a high-yielding phone The phone is rumored to be a visibly thinner design, a flexible screen, five-inch display, faster processor (2GHz quad-core chipset), a 13-megapixel camera, an imperishable laser keyboard technology and should run an Android Jelly Bean. Despite facing a number of oppositions, Samsung is still going strong with a lofty goal of selling 500 mobile phones. It is just a matter of time before we find out if this Korean company is here to stay as the only true contender to Apple as regards smartphone engineering and manufacturing.
2012 was an important year for Apple and its history. It was the first full year Apple operated under CEO Tim Cook’s watch. It was full of plenty ups and downs for Cook to ride on. On the September 12, 2012, Apple continued its tradition by announcing another generation of its own smartphone and iOS software update (iOS 6). iPhone 5 featured a stunning new 4-inch Retina display technology with an Apple-designed A6 chip designed for blazing fast performance. iOS 6 was also bundled with over 200 new features including: a new Maps app internally developed by Apple; Facebook integration; and even more Siri features and languages. However, in just weeks after Apple’s release of iOS 6, much to the surprise of Apple-watchers, the company posted an open letter in late September to its customers, signed by Tim Cook, that acknowledged Apple’s shortcomings in its release of the internally developed Maps for iOS software. It is worthnoting that previous iOS software updates came bundled with a version of Google Maps for iOS. In 2013, Apple will be looking forward to increase the sales of its iPhone 5 until the release of its next generation of smartphone. Apple fans might have to wait till latter in the year (September to be precise) to see this new phone. The rumors are the next generation will be a slightly upgraded iPhone5 with a new A6 processor, which twice as fast as the old one, improved battery life, an amazing new 15MP camera and all-new iOS 7 software bundle which contains better maps and improved multitasking to mention but a few.
Nokia Lumia 940
There is no doubt that when it comes to making strong and reliable hardware, Nokia ranks high. It is worth noting that Nokia developed early smartphone prototypes that anticipated features of Apple’s iPhone and iPad but Nokia however never produced the gadgets. Nokia’s management created a corporate culture that lavished funds on research but squandered opportunities to bring its innovations to the market. However the recent rumors about Nokia Lumia 940 have been quite impressive. The new model is believed to be designed by Edgar Mkrtchyan and it is made entirely of carbon. The device adopts a more rounded approach to the usual Lumia design and runs on Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Lumia 940 features a carbon shell with a large curved screen and inside there’s a dual core 1.5GHz processor with a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ 1280 x 768 screen with Gorilla Glass protection. At the back it is believed to have a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash and 1080p video capture. There is no doubt Nokia will be willing to maximize its PureView camera technology to create something exceptional. The entire unit is powered up with a 3000mAh battery (am surprised Nokia’s wireless electricity technology isn’t ready for the market yet) and connectivity is made possible with microUSB, NFC (Near-Field Communication), Bluetooth and Nokia 3.5 AV.
RIM is within days of staging a comeback with a brand new proprietary mobile operating system. Early leaks of the OS show that RIM is definitely bringing the Blackberry into the modern age. The new UI design looks fresh and smartly designed and might get Blackberry enthusiasts excited once again about the brand. The stakes are high for RIM and RIM has responded by spending more than a year aggressively trying to get a critical mass of apps. Over the last weekend, RIM wrote that 19,000 app were submitted in response to its $10,000 developer incentive campaign. It is a largely certain that RIM will unveil the Blackberry Z10 L-Series on January 30 but recent rumors indicate that another line of new devices will premiere on that same day. The Blackberry X10 N-Series may make an appearance at RIM’s New York City event this month, according a Blackberry news blog. Furthermore, RIM will announce two flavors of the L-Series Blackberry phones -3G and LTE model. No specific pricing information has been released, but there is rumor that RIM could be targeting a $150-$200 cost range. These rumors come amidst a string of Blackberry 10 clues that have mounted in recent weeks. Last week Verizon allegedly leaked the product page for Blackberry Z10 smartphone before quickly removing the listing. Just before that, a video surfaced online showcasing a detailed walkthrough of the new touch-centric Blackberry 10 OS. Now, the same website has posted footage of the Z10 battling head-to-head with Apple’s iPhone 5.
Despite early success the One X and solid hardware releases in general, HTC had a disappointing year last year. However new reports indicate HTC is already planning to shake things with the release of a new flagship smartphone during the first quarter of 2013. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is said to be working with its suppliers to gear up the launch of a new handset – the HTC M7. The rumored specs for this phone include a 4.7-inch display with 1080p resolution (making for an amazing 468ppi pixel density), a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 13 megapixel camera. In the new leaked images, it is depicted as running Sense 5.0, the next generation of HTC’s own OEM-specific custom Android skin. The design looks flatter, cleaner and less cluttered. There’s no reliance on brushed metal and retro design clues – instead, all that’s replaced with sleek fonts, clean lines and simple striking design. Releasing the M7 ahead of Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S could give the Taiwanese manufacturer a much needed edge in sales during the first half of 2013. HTC has struggled to keep up with Apple and Samsung this past year and will be looking it improve its status quo this year.
LG Optimus G Pro
LG is yet to be a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone industry. The Korean company has yet to make a big splash in the mobile industry after a string of missed opportunities and poor decision. However, LG had a better year in 2012 with a total of 55 million handsets sold. LG will need to capitalize on the success of devices such as the Optimus G and Nexus to truly become a force in smartphone manufacturing. The LG Optimus G Pro, a successor to LG’s flagship Optimus G smartphone, looks to be preparing for a Japenese launch at least, according to a couple of separate leaks recently. The Optimus G Pro will launch on NTT Docomo in Japan, if the leaks prove true, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and featuring a quad-core, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Unlike its namesake predecessor, Optimus G Pro has a larger 5-inch, 1080p HD screen and a huge 3,000mAh battery included to help better power all those pixels. It also reportedly comes with a 13-megapixel rear and 2.4 megapixel front camera.