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



65. RGreen

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

got to love it

64. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013


62. pego99

Posts: 125; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

The iPhone 5S will put Apple on top again. Woohoo.

61. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

The iPhone has to be the single most boring of those phones. Least changes than any of them, nothing amazing or revolutionary. At least all the other manufacturers are trying to push the envelope and freshen things up.

60. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

I HOPE APPLE SELLS LIKE NO iphone 5s's. IT still doesent even beat the galaxy s3 in most of the specs. Apple is way behind........ And they deserve it.....

59. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013


58. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

NOTE 3 ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

57. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013


63. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

What is it like being so personally invested in a frackin' cell phone. Lighten up, Francis.

56. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

How the heck does HTC One Mini make the list?

54. Demiez

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Now I realized this website isnt fair with Nokia or any other devices to come. This topic just used nokia as a foreword or acquaintance which several product features,had slide shows & brief discriptons. I'm just used that authors here would make things equal & broad, well this is a big fail.. anyone else?

55. Demiez

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Oh I just realized, this was rather a test if how many would speak of the famed one even if omitted to such introductions. Nice... as a spectator, does one comment decreases ones fame?

53. cheetah2k

Posts: 2332; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Honami.... can't wait!

49. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

LG g2, Note 3 and Sony Honami is what i am looking forward to see.

47. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

The G2 looks like the perfect phone, as long as I can put Cyanogenmod or PACman ROM on it.

33. KashAli

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

I want 3D phones again.

36. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010


51. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'd rather buy a 2D phone and a Magic Eye book.

32. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

I'll hold out for the HTC One Max tyvm =]

31. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

WebOS, webOS! I can dream can't I.

30. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The Moto X is not even going to be a good phone spec wise.. a big X on that one. The LG G2 is a monster in specs but doesn't bring something new to the table. The Note 3 is going to be a Note 2 with bigger screen, faster processor, same bad camera as in the GS4. The budget Iphone, actually who cares? The Iphone 5S, everybody knows that it will be the same with a faster processor. The HTC One mini, todays Nexus 4 is a better phone. The Sony Honami is the only device that will bring something "new" with its camera. People talk bad about Nokia "The Lumia 1020 is a 920 with a 808 camera". The 808 is a year and a half year old camera, if its that old tech, how is it that none of todays OEMs is bringing it to their phones? Heck, the Nokia N8 has better camera than todays phones.. Everytime Nokia shown a new phone, they have done it with something revolutionary. Please when did Samsung, htc, Apple, LG do that the last time?

37. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Man I swear us techies will find any f*cking thing to complain about. First of all the Moto X is Google first phone with Motorola. That in itself is "new brought to the table. G2 is so awesome without even hearing any official features it awesome. Note 3? Note 3? This is going to be phone of the year for a lot of people.The Note 2 brought so many new features how could you even say something so vague. Don't you dare disrespect the cameras on the S3 and Note 2. Theyre awesome. Want a perfect camera, 1020 is there for you. Budget Iphone, agreed. No one anywhere cares. 5S, personally I hate IOS so.... yeah. One mini is pointless to me. And for the Honami, Im actually very excited for it. But to some up my frustations with you, Dont disrespect the awesomeness that will be Note 3

45. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You defend the Note 3 like I was insulting you personally.. Grow up man.. Lets say I'm wrong.. Please tell me what will be different from the Note 2, besides Full HD display, faster processor, GS4 camera and a couple of third party apps that Samsung buys and call them their own...

52. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Let's just wait and find out. I really hope samsung add more uses to the S-pen.

43. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

gs4 has a bad camera?? i think you're just new to this world..

46. MojoDojo

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Haha go try taking a picture of someone walking and then come and make a comment... Lumia 920 and the Iphone 5 have better cameras.. And let me remind you... they are older phones..

29. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

where are all the non-smart phones?? jk does anyone that uses this site still have one?

27. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Xiaomi Mi-3 nuff said.

24. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

iPhone 5S !

23. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

For me, Note 3 + Honami/lumia 1020 = FTW!!!

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