Best phones to break the piggy bank for in the months ahead

Best phones to break the piggy bank for in the months ahead
With the summer halfway through, we are gearing towards the busiest season for enticing smartphone releases. As usual, in the third and fourth quarter of the year manufacturers act on the principle “save the best for last”, or, to be more exact, for the holiday shopping craze.

So which are the most anticipated phones yet to come our way by the end of the year? There are plenty of them, some announced, some rumored, but all of them exciting. Let's recap what we've heard so far, to know what shall we be saving for:

Apple – the next iPhone, of course. Regardless if it will be called iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or something else, the current generation will live a few months longer than usual. Apple might announce it in August or September, it seems, together with the release of iOS 5. For it to be a thin world phone with dual-core A5 chipset and 8MP camera is quite likely, but larger screen in the same body size and NFC capabilities not so much. One persistent rumor is for a cheaper iPhone to be introduced alongside with it, but we'll believe it when we see it, plus this cheaper version might just be the iPhone 4 with the price tag lowered.

Samsung – nothing has been confirmed officially, but rumors point to a Nexus Prime being created by Samsung as a showcase for Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The wilderness of the Romanian rumor mill is entertaining a high-resolution Super AMOLED Plus HD display. To defend the HD moniker it should be 720x1280 pixels and, if the screen size is 4.3”, that means the astonishing 342ppi, something that can only be achieved in Samsung's new OLED factory with the laser-based LITI production method, although we haven't seen or heard about one being demonstrated yet. Of course, there is plenty of time before the rumored October/November launch of the Nexus Prime. As for the alleged deeper integration with Google's services, it might appear in the form of a dedicated point of access to Google+ on the next Android poster child.

A separate rumor is that Samsung is working on a 1.4GHz Galaxy S II equivalent in time for the next iPhone, which, however, is to be outside of the Galaxy line, and that excludes the 1.4GHz Samsung Galaxy S II Mini. This might actually be the Nexus Prime again, tipped from different sources, since its chipset is supposed to be the dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460, which currently is the only silicon capable of delivering 3D-HD video recording in 1080p, if you feel like it.

Last, but not least, Samsung is preparing a Windows Phone equivalent to the Galaxy S II, and that would mean Microsoft's new mobile OS will be entering the multicore era this fall.

It was shown briefly at Microsoft's WPC 2011 conference the other day, mentioning how slim and light it is.

LG – the world's third largest phone producer will soon be coming with the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T, which is a rebadged version of its LG Optimus 3D.

Motorola – we are undoubtedly looking forward to the Motorola DROID BIONIC, which has been elusive ever since the company announced it. Moto ran into issues with the Tegra 2 chipset power management, which might prevent it to this day of having Full HD 1080p video recording on the Motorola ATRIX 4G, and some of these might have reflected on the DROID BIONIC launch date. Anyhow, we should expect the first LTE handset from Motorola in August, this time with 1080p video recording from its 8MP camera.

In addition, Motorola PHOTON 4G will be heading to Sprint July 31st, with its dual-core chipset, 4.3” qHD display and... a kickstand to watch movies on the nice display in comfort.

HTC – with the HTC Sensation 4G barely out, and the HTC EVO 3D just gaining traction, nothing much is being heard about the next steps for HTC on the Android front. In regards to Windows Phone, however, a monster HTC Eternity is being rumored for the fall, with 4.7” screen and 1.5GHz chipset, most likely of Qualcomm's variety. While we might argue that 4.7” is too big, HTC could have gone edge-to-edge, making it not larger than today's 4.3-inchers.

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide is also made by HTC, and features a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon silicon, slide-out QWERTY, 3.7” display and an 8MP camera.

T-Mobile touts the handset's photographic capabilities as the best on a smartphone, presumably because of the HDR technology applied.

This one we should be seeing very soon, on July 27th.

Sony Ericsson – here we are waiting most for the Sony Ericsson Xperia duo, allegedly the company's first dual-core handset.

Moreover, if leaked pictures are to be believed, it looks slim and sexy, plus the rumored specs are 4.5” qHD display, 12MP second generation Exmor R camera sensor, and 1.5GB of RAM, plus huge 2500mAh battery to keep you going for hours on end.

If all of this materializes, we don't even want to wager on the price of this one, considering it's a Sony product.

RIM – the phone we are anticipating first from the Canadians is the touchscreen-equipped BlackBerry Bold 9900 with OS 7, which sports the traditional BB form factor. The fall is marked for the BlackBerry 9810 "Volt" slider, which is expected to replace the Torch.

The real kicker, however, might be the 3.7”, touchscreen-only BlackBerry 9860 Storm 2 refresh "Monza", again rumored for the fall.

The 9860 is also expected to sport a 5MP camera with HD recording, and 1.2GHz processor, finally ushering the company circa 2010.

Nokia – we saved the wild card for last. It seems that the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 is gaining its loyal set of fans, and rightfully so, with its seamless screen-phone transition, and buttonless front, not to mention the 8MP Carl-Zeiss camera on the back, which Nokia swears will deliver results similar to the Nokia N8 in a much thinner package.

The other big deal from the Finns is, naturally, the Nokia Sea Ray, which had a corporate leak not long ago, showcasing hardware very similar to the Nokia N9, but running Windows Phone Mango, which would not be a bad start for the Nokia Windows Phones at all this year. Another one with QWERTY keyboard is also rumored in the pipeline for holiday delivery, but details remain a relative mystery so far.

Which of these highly-anticipated handsets have you started saving for?

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43 Comments

1. prashant_93 unregistered

Nokia's WP7 phone and apple's iphone 5 are the most anticipated devices.

2. android_hitman unregistered

Nexus Prime and Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo for me

34. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Nexus Prime = YES! (if the SGSII is any indication where Samsung is going, bring it!!) Apple = YES! (iPhone 5 with a bigger screen - Please be 4" - might be enough to get me back from the Android Dark Side :D ) HTC = Maybe (Dual core Snapdragon is an underperformer...) RIM = Maybe (only if they go QNX and ditch the current out dated OS) Sony Ericcson = No (I'm still angry from the X10 days) Nokia = No way.. Meego maybe, but support and updates?? Nokia has lost the plot going Winmo. ... and last but not least Motorola = Definitely No (I mean, has the Atrix been updated to Gingerbread world wide yet? And the Xoom - yet another recent device thats been left out in the cold internationally.. Motorola has turned into the Sony Ericcson of the past with a Fcuk em all very poor customer support attitude)

40. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

"Nokia has lost the plot going Winmo".... Im sorry sir, but you have lost the plot! WinMo has died - they are going with Windows Phone 7 (completely new platform that is more stable than your dark side Android, and fresh unlike the tired iOS.) PS Sammy might be coming out with a GSII with Windows Phone on it, we'll see how you feel about that. Oh and just to be clear I am an Android/BlackBerry user... So I'm not hating on ur style, just ur ignorance.

3. BoogieEJ unregistered

I like iPhone 5 and I like to see the Nokia and Sony Ericsson giving new phones, but I dont like motorolla and HTC and Samsung because they are giving the same OS and giving the same phones with less or great features.......... sigh :O

4. BER5IH unregistered

i would look forward for sony ericsson xperia DUO AND Nokia Windows Phone as i like photographing very MUCH!!!! I need the best cameraphone in the market!!! so IPHONE (icrap) would not be my choice ^^

7. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Have you used the iPhone's camera? I used to have a S.E. C901 with a 5MP camera, but it doesn't come close to what the iPhone can do with its 5MP camera. While Sony undoubtedly make some of the best camera phones, they're notoriously slow when it comes to updating their phones' software and that quite annoying to say the least. Ultimately, the choice is yours though. Camera vs latest software.

25. mellojello unregistered

urmm.. ur comparing to c901??? u ok bro?? please compare to a galaxy s, s2, nokia n9 or sony ericsson arc.... when u do that u wll realise that iphone's camera is crap

44. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

@ "software and that quite annoying to say the least" Yeah, if you are ignorant baby who don't like to think at all... iOS is produced for STUPID people, mostly Americans, with simplicity of use as a main thing - BUT that is BAD. Why? Because all of restrictions that same policy brings. I mean, this is a free world in which everyone should take responsibility for it's own actions. iOs needs to be jailbroken for comfortable use and does this says anything to all iCrap owners?!? You are in JAIL people! Face it! :D Android on the other hand has only one issue that needs to be work on: battery consumption. If manufacturers found the way to squeeze 3 days of life from average 1500mAh battery - that would mean slow but certain end of all other competition.

36. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

agree...nokia is th only one...!! im so excited about their hardware design...i dont like samsung, htc and other android because they are saved by the OS android... hardware is the true competition among smartphone manufacturer....nokia have the great choice...WP7!!!

42. tahnik unregistered

WP7??...kidding?

5. gregs unregistered

I want nokia N9 in Poland!!!

6. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I've played around with the Samsung GS2 and the new Blackberry handsets.(The Monza is definitely the best of the bunch, with a much better touchscreen and good build quality) The GS2 has an amazing screen and it feels weird going back to the iPhone's smaller screen afterwards. I didn't really like materials they used though. It feels like they used cheap plastic similar to Nokia's N97 and it leaves doubts in my mind to its durability.(But that's just my personal opinion) Motorola needs to market their products better internationally. Couldn't get my hands on any of Moto's new handsets.

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

What? It feels weird for you to go back to the iphone's smaller screen after using the GS2 phone? Hmmmmm, that's odd. Coz I use my ipad2 a lot, and I don't feel weird using my iphone4 right after, and the ipad2 has a way more bigger screen than the GS2, lol.

9. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I have an iPad2 as well. Last time I checked it wasn't a phone. Once you've used a PHONE with a bigger screen it's an adjustment to go back to a smaller one. And I have to admit I prefer the bigger screen. Try it first, then get back to me.

28. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It doesn't matter. The ipad2 is pretty much an iphone minus the phone. We're not talking about phone features here, but rather switching back and forth from a bigger touchscreen to a smaller touchscreen device.

10. ohman unregistered

Maybe that's because, you know, the iPad 2 isn't a phone?

38. bronx unregistered

i completely understand what phoneluver is saying. just got my sgs2 for a mere 2 days and when i used my wave I again, the screen just doesnt look the same, it felt miniscule somehow. and not just the size, the crispiness and clarity of the screen as well... felt weird ...haha..thought it was just me.

11. John unregistered

I looking for a n9 with a keyboard running on meego, opensource is always long lasting and we can tweek anything we want

12. lanni - kosovo unregistered

I like all phones to have but Nokia n9 with Meego I like so mach ..and Iphone 5 Ilike but litle..!

13. DigitalMD222222 unregistered

Whit all companies tiering or throttling their data plans, I think anticipation is waining for the new phones Since the cariers tag you with both up and down data and all the spam ads they put on every internet page, a typical user that listens to a few tunes, watches a u-tube, does a little browsing and emails will hit 200mb a day without breaking a sweat. What erks me about the cell companies is they push "fastest speed, unlimited, rule the airways" and then tier or throttle you to death. Why don't they advertise "we have the tightest throttling in the business" Or we have the highest price per Mb of any of the top carriers" This practice will put an end to the anticipation of customers that want to use their high priced shiny little toys for something other than a paperweight.

14. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

The iPhone 4 sure looks A LOT like the Garmi Nuvi, which was released before the iPhone 4 and won design awards. http://en.red-dot.org/2775.html?&cHash=de5e1220d7f00b294bd00b01cdcc541b&detail=7398 Apple is suing Samsung for copying design? That's like the pot calling the kettle black.

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Like a lot of other users, I do wish Samsung added a little bit of solid mass to their devices. The Mango-flavored GS2 is a dream come true for those of us who want a W7 phone. But a LITTLE more weight would be nice. Still, hard to argue with quality options like what is under the plastic body. However, maybe I should wait to see if they ever release the GS2 Droid first before I get excited for the W7 beast. 4.7 inches on the Eternity?? I love HTC and would jump at this if it would fit in anything smaller than a duffle bag. Geez.

16. CLINTONW25

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

man i want a dam n9..nothing else...maybe an iphone 5

17. nutty man unregistered

how bout this. iphone sucks ass. tiny little outdated pos that it is. sorry camera. sony and nokia def ftw! best camera's around for phones.

18. Mehha

Posts: 26; Member since: May 25, 2011

I'll pick N9... come on out baby :)

19. Man2006 unregistered

I can't wait for the Nokia Sea Ray and Nexus Prime

20. angelo606

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Many people like me want Nokia N9 and Sea Ray kick samsung and apples a*s

21. TheGeeklord unregistered

It's no. 1: N9 and no. 2: Nexus Prime for me. All I want to hear is Nokia saying "one Meego phone per year" and I'm sold. As for the Nexus, I'm wishing it was an HTC, though we never know. But really, I'm with the N9. Best looking OS and phone I've encountered to date.

23. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

sony is looking the best on paper but the nexus prime is what im waiting for.

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