Hot hot fall: 7 amazing yet unofficial phones that will rock your world soon

Hot hot fall: 7 amazing yet unofficial phones that will rock your world soon
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is here and it has changed our little smartphone world, but it’s not the only revolutionary device we expect. We looked through all rumors, leaks and whispers to narrow it down to the 7 absolutely hottest and most anticipated phones expected to launch this fall.

Starting with the Motorola Moto X that is now leaking practically every day and finishing with a glorious refresh of Apple’s iPhone due this fall, there is a lot going on under the surface.

Not just that but the Sony Honami, another revolution in smartphone cameras after the Lumia 1020, is coming up soon (chances are in September!).

There is also the Samsung Galaxy Note III of course, the phablet that started the move towards larger and larger screens on our devices is getting its third iteration which should be better than ever.

Finally, we have the LG Optimus G2, the brand new LG flagship that - if rumors are true - might serve as the base for the next Nexus phone. The HTC One Mini rounds it all up in style with its compact aluminum body.

Can you imagine - all of that is coming this fall! Should you wait for one of those device and which one? Take a look right below for the answers to these questions.

Update: The Motorola Moto X will be announced on August 1st! Stay tuned for our live coverage.

The Motorola Moto X promises to be the most different launch this year - a device with middling specs, it focuses on function instead of specs. The Moto X is different by design. Google is said to be trying to make it extremely customizable allowing all sorts of colors for the back plate and baking in unique functionality like Moto Magic Voice that has the phone listening to user commands at all times, just like sci-fi super-computers like Arthur Clark’s HAL 9000.

Additionally, the Moto X will feature an extremely fast camera with a new interface. All of that should come in an extremely affordable price wrapper.

The Moto X is the first device that would truly show how Google has transformed Motorola and we are very excited about it. Good news is we should not wait long until we get to see it officially. PhoneArena originally broke the story that the Moto X is coming to Verizon on August 23rd, so the official unveiling should come in the next couple of weeks.

The LG Optimus G2, or simply the LG G2, has leaked extensively in both images and videos and there seems to be little mystery left around it. It does not mean that the G2 is less exciting - it is the first phone to employ a new design where the volume rocker is actually on the back of the device. Moreover, LG’s new flagship should come with a new vivid extremely thin display with narrow bezel.

LG is not shying away from making the G2 the most powerful device on the planet. Rumors agree that LG will bundle in a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 5.2-inch 1080p display.

For those excited by pure specs, the device promises to be a beast.

The Samsung Galaxy Note III is the third-generation phablet and what seems certain about it is that it will be even larger than the first two phablets. Samsung established the form factor with the original 5.3-inch Note, upgraded it to 5.5 inches with the Note II and now is said to go larger, possibly with a 5.7-inch or a 5.9-inch device. Our bet would be on the more conservative, 5.7-inch Note III.

Rumors have gone wild about this third generation phablet and the latest word on the street is that Samsung could deliver a wide variety of Note IIIs. There could be a limited edition bringing all the premium features a user could crave - solid non-plastic body, a flexible screen and top notch camera. From there Samsung could go down to a plastic Note III with a less capable camera.

We don’t think Samsung would miss the opportunity to officially unveil the Note III in September at IFA, following on an established yearly tradition, so stay tuned.

The Sony Honami is a device that many devout Sony fans eagerly await to become the new Android camera superphone. The initial high expectations however have dwindled in the past couple of weeks as rumors now agree that the Honami will have a smaller camera sensor than initially expected.

Could it still be better than the newly announced Nokia camera heavyweight, the Lumia 1020, though? It seems that the Honami would neck to neck with Nokia's 1020. A source within sensor manufacturer SDI has spoken that instead of the first expected 1/1.5” sensor, the Sony i1 aka Honami would use a 1/ 2.3” sensor.

Actually, we already know Sony’s strategy has been to deliver a flagship device in the spring and upgrade it in the fall. The Honami looks like a bigger than usual upgrade, but still only an upgrade over the Xperia Z.

The Apple iPhone Lite is probably the most exciting launch for Apple. If it happens, of course. We’ve all heard the rumors and seen the countless leaked colorful parts. We however cannot vouch for their authenticity.

Summing up all that’s leaked out so far, though, we can round up expectations of the iPhone Lite being offered in five colorful versions and featuring the same 4-inch display as on the original iPhone series. Its biggest differentiator should be price and it should have a camera slightly less capable than the one on the original.

If Apple were to launch this, we expect the unveiling to happen along with the iPhone 5S in late Q3.

Apple’s next generation iPhone is a yearly tradition that the world is looking forward to. By now, Apple has established a two-year tick-tock routine refresh cycle where one year we get a redesign and the next we get a feature/silicon bump. We have already gotten the new design in 2012, so this is the tock year when we see more and improved features along with new and more powerful chips inside the supposed iPhone 5S.

Not much should change otherwise. The new iPhone 5S is projected to remain the same sized, built out of the same sturdy and elegant aluminum. If Apple follows its yearly upgrade time, we should see an official announcement somewhere in the September-October timeframe.

The HTC One Mini is expected to be a smaller, 4.3-inch version of HTC’s flagship One smartphone. It will carry the same unibody aluminum design in a more compact body that is easier to use single-handedly.

Rumor is that HTC has refined the UltraPixel camera and will also include it in the HTC One Mini. PhoneArena was the first to publish a press render of the device, so make sure to stay tuned to our coverage as we expect HTC to officially lift the cover off the One Mini very soon.

Here is a quick breakdown of the expected technical specifications of the One Mini:

  • 4.3-inch screen, 720 x 1280 pixels
  • 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • UltraPixel camera



1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Galaxy Note 3

3. ihatesmartphone unregistered

me too NOTE 3 FTW!! XD

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah they forgot to mention the HTC One Max (T6). To me the only 2 phones to look at are the Samsung Galaxy Note III & the HTC One Max (T6). BOTH will be insane phones. Now how to choose one over the other. What a wonderful problem to have! :-)

34. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not sure what they were doing including the HTC One Mini, yet leaving out the Max...

48. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Phone Arena missed a serious contender of Note 3.

2. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

gotta save money for N3/lumia phablet whichever is better.

35. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Yea. Your saving for a Note 3. This is the 3rd iteration of their awesome phablets. This would be Nokias first ever phablet. I'm kinda skeptical about them knocking it out of the park.

44. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Do you think it is more difficult for companies to make a bigger phone? Galaxy Note 1 was a successful phone and it was Samsungs first phablet. Put a fast processor, sharp display, good camera, nice design, good apps and then let the marketing department do their job... Thats how companies does it today..

4. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Wat about HTC one maxx

9. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Htc one maxx for sure.

50. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If HTC put a Micro sd on the US version I would consider buying one.

5. Sarajevo

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

With this article, Victor want to make less important and unique device like Lumia 1020. He brings 7 other devices which are not comparable with Lumia 1020 at all. Most of them can be described as oridinary, except maybe Sony Honami LG G2. Other devices are not bringing anything revolutionary or much differently from what we can see now... Victor, Victor you really do hate Nokia, don't you? :)

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Read the title. Key word: Unofficial. UNOFFICIAL. The Lumia 1020 is official, so it automatically doesn't qualify for the list. Also, it's not like the Lumia 1020 was all that amazing anyways. Essentially, it's just a Lumia 920 with the camera of the 808 PureView and an extra GB of RAM.

11. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

i thougt amazing was key word.most of em are unamazing to innovation!

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

And the Lumia 1020 seemed dull to me. They essentially put the camera on the 808 PureView in the Lumia 920, along with an extra GB of RAM... Ok? Nothing new, certainly.

14. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

obviously l1020 isnt amazing coz each and every oem incuding those crappy chinese companies make better/same phones. but whereas s4,its only phone in other oem has made phones which is even close to that

16. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No OEM has made a phone that comes close to the GS4? That's debatable. The HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro both run circles are the GS4 performance wise (Snapdragon model), and I would say the Nexus 4 still stands up to all the devices mentioned despite lacking a 1080p display and Snapdragon 600, just because it's such a value. All those features on the GS4 take up a lot of memory, and some of those features don't work very well or are novelties that people only use to show off. The GS4 is definitely one of the best devices of 2013, but it isn't the great piece of technology like the GS3 was in 2012.

26. Sarajevo

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Yeah, you can dislike this phone but you can not say that it is not unique. No phone can do in the way how it can. You can put more memory, bigger processor and something else, but anybody can do this, but if you don't have technology than you obviously can't put "technology". Samy try to bring "big" camera to the smartphone and they really bring BIG ONE on its Zoom. Even Samy could not bring "big" camera in small proportions to smartphone, so its dimensions can be yet acceptable for consumers. Only Nokia... :)

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't think the dimensions on the 1020 are acceptable for consumers. The amount of space taken up by the camera is still huge and looks ridiculous, just as it did on the 808. The 1020 is a Lumia 920 with the camera of the 808, which means we've already seen what the 1020 has to offer, making it nothing special.

13. Seo_Joo_Hyun

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Nokia Phablet ??

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That contradicts with another word in the title: "soon." The last I heard of a Nokia phablet release, it said the release was in 2014 (though that could have changed). Also, we know too little about it. We know it'll have around a 6" display that's 1080p, not much to elaborate on. We know much more about the phones mentioned in the article than the Nokia phablet.

25. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

nokia phablet is coming this fall....September to be more specific

39. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Really? I never saw anything about that. Mind giving a source? That's what I was referencing

40. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yeah but a junkier version of the iPhone is amazing. Haha this was a joke article.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes it is, because it means people with lower incomes can finally get a decent iOS device. It also shows that Apple is losing its fan base, so they need to extend their reach on the market, because if they didn't within 3 or 4 years they would be in a very tough spot. A tech titan like Apple showing weakness is a good thing, and creates a spark in the industry, because Apple will do whatever it can to stay number 1.

18. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

agree with you. But Im actually glad he brought this out, to be able to see what the others will be bringing to the table. And because of this article that VICTOR H. came out with, only shows the world, there really is no competition for the Lumia 1020... Thanks for the realization Victor :)

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You realize he mentions the 1020 in the first paragraph of the article, right?

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The next phone on my list is the Karboon S6.


Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

All Android based :( Were is the SailFish device from Jolla!

8. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

im waiting for new phablet of htc..

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