The tremendous growth that Android has experienced in recent years is really rapid, not only has far outstripped the number of users on other platforms between them including iOS, but also the devices are becoming more powerful and closer to the average performance of a computer. And this, apparently, is the trend for 2013.
According to what you can find on the web, the leading Android device manufacturers are looking to stomp in 2013 with smartphones of head blown epic features that. And here three fundamental points: display, processor and memory. These three areas are the building blocks of all smarpthone, and it appears that in 2013 we will see some really powerful devices. By the time there are 6 featured devices: Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Yuga, HTC M7, LG Optimus 2, Oppo Find 5 and Huawei Ascend D2.
These models, according to rumors, will have some similar features, this means a display of 5 inches or more with full HD resolution, 2GB of RAM to support multitasking and quad-core processors above 1.5 GHz. Meanwhile , the cameras are expected to be of 13 MP and that their corresponding GPU are to the height of the most demanding games as well as Full HD multimedia decoding.
Smartphones or Phablets?
While one can argue that because of their size is no longer smarpthones but Phablets, term introduced by the range of Samsung Galaxy Note which refers to the hybridization of Phone and Tablet.
The reduction of the frames and the thinness of the devices make it that are not much higher to the current 4.7 / 4.8 inches as the Galaxy S3 or Nexus 4, hence in size would not have a noticeable difference. The question that arises from this maelstrom for increased power and resolution is what is the limit? Can we see that in three years 10-inch smartphone with 8-core processors 5 GHz?
It is likely that before this happens we´ll see flexible displays that can fit in a pocket and then deployed in several more inches, clear that it would have to be modified the technology of all the components that make the device…
The question has no answer and only over time will tell. For now, it appears that 2013 will be THE year of the flagships.
Best Upcoming Android Devices (2013)
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Korean company is characterized by launching the best devices of the year in the Android market, and always expected to exceed previous models delivering new features with great performance and design. For 2013, the most awaited device by the Android community will be the Samsung Galaxy S4, the successor of the Galaxy S3, model that knew how to break sales records and win numerous awards. It will be difficult to surpass the success of this device, but it is always expected something more from Samsung.
While all information that is handled are rumors and there has been no official confirmation, it is believed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a quad core processor Exynos 5450 2Ghz, 2GB of RAM and a fabulous display of 4.99 inches Full HD. As for the camera, is believed to be 13 MP with dual-LED flash and Mali-T604 GPU, which is a new generation.
As to its rumored release date could be in March, but I guess Samsung will seek to squeeze all the juice from the S3´s sales so I think we will not see the Galaxy S4 until mid-2013.
More info : Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z
The Japanese company is not known for launching powerful devices but rather their strong is in the innovative design and high quality construction. However, the drop in sales in the hands of Samsung in 2012 has made rethink strategies and target a great device for 2013, and that is the Sony Xperia Z.
The Sony Xperia Z would have a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080p FullHD and a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core (APQ8064 and MDM9615) at 1,5 GHz and GPU Adreno 320.
Still not clear the RAM, but the latest rumors suggest 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a slot for memory cards microSD, LTE and a 13mp camera. Impressive right?
A device of this kind could compete inch by inch with the upcoming Samsung flagship, but for now the Korean company has sales leadership of Android smartphones by a significant margin.
More info : Sony Xperia Z
LG Optimus G2
Barely four months ago came to the market the LG Optimus G flagship device of the other big Korean company which served as a basis for giving life to the Nexus 4, the current flagship of Google. This device is currently one of the most powerful Android smartphones. So why LG wants to release so quickly the second version of its flagship? The reason is the resolution of the display, which does not conform to what will be the fashion of 2013, Full HD resolution.
If we make a brief review of Lg Optimus G Specifications will observe that except for the resolution of its display the rest of the components are highly powerful and could easily adapt to the demands of 2013: quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 1.5 GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 13 MP camera. Its display is the “looser”, which is 4.7 inches with a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels (318 ppi).
Considering the specifications of its predecessor, the LG Optimus G2 is likely to enhance its hardware features and take its display to 5 or 5.5 inches with a Full HD resolution of at least 1920 × 1080, raise the frequency of its processor to 1.7 GHz or higher, same RAM and camera, and update its OS to at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (the OptimusG brings ICS factory Direct).
In short, the LG Optimus G2 would be a “remake” of Optimus G adapting to the demands of 2013 despite the fact that this is one of the most powerful moment Android.
More info : LG Optimus G2
Another major manufacturer of Android is the Taiwanese company HTC that with models like the HTC One X or HTC DroidDNA (the first to incorporate a Full HD display) has managed to set trends in Android.
Its strong bet for 2013 will be the HTC M7, a device that is expected to incorporate a 4.7-inch display with full HD resolution, which due to the smaller screen size would deliver about 468 ppi. The panel which would incorporate this device would be called Solux, which promises to offer a number of visual enhancements over the previous generation of Super LCD2, increasing the viewing angles, outdoor visibility, and color accuracy.
As for its processor, is expected that the HTC M7 have a Qualcomm quad core at 1.7 GHz, which would come accompanied by 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash memory. Another of the highlights would be its camera of 13 megapixels, which would have an aperture of f/2.0 and come with a new sensor called Cinesensor that would produce better image quality and better features like video capture in slow motion and HDR. In addition, the front camera of 2 megapixel would be able to capture video at 1080p.
More info : HCT M7
Oppo Find 5
It is likely that many will not be familiar with the Chinese company Oppo, however its new model, the Find 5, has captured the attention of several international blogs and is presented as a new and intriguing competitor in the Android Market for 2013.
Quiet but effective, the Oppo Find 5 is positioned as one of the most anticipated devices of 2013 by its great hardware features, a great display and a tempting price.
The Oppo Find 5 incorporates a Full HD IPS display of 5 inches at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (441 ppi). As for its processor we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU and 16GB of internal memory expandable by microSD.
Following with the specifications, the Oppo Find 5 has a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture, ability to shoot high dynamic range (HDR acronym), and 120fps video recording, and a front camera 1.9-megapixel for video conferencing.
Otro de los puntos destacados es que el dispositivo va a estar disponible a partir de Enero del año venidero en USA por un precio de $499 liberado, por lo que es muy probable que se pueda adquirir por mucho menos valor con contrato de una operadora.
A commitment to value for money that will surely be subject to cost and specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4, which if very expensive will give place to devices like the Oppo Find 5 to find a place in the market.
More info : Oppo Find 5
Huawei Ascend D2
The Chinese company Huawei, a leader in networking and telecommunications equipment, for some time now has been committed to launch both Android and Windows Phone smartphones being successful irregularly without being able to get into the lot of the best sellers.
Apparently, 2013 will be the year of the big bets and Huawei does not want to stay away. The device with which hopes to win ground in Android is the Huawei Ascend is D2, a smartphone with great features that attaches to the demands and trends of what’s next.
Rumors and leaks indicate that its screen will have a size of 5 inches and offer a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. As for its processor, expect a quad-core 1.5 GHz developed by the same company. About its GPU and RAM are unknown, and the camera can might be of 13 MP.
For the rest of its specifications does not need wait long because it is expected to be unveiled at CES 2013 to be developed from 8 to 11 January in Las Vegas, United States.
These models are expected for 2013, although if I must bow for one think that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will take all the looks on the day of its presentation. I think it’s time for the rest of the companies bet for delivering a better value for money relegating profits to compete with the Korean giant, because otherwise I reckon next year will repeat the formula and Samsung will be by far the highlight seller revamping its lineage of Android most prominent manufacturer.
More info : Huawei Ascend D2
What do you think? Wich one is the most anticipated Android device for 2013?
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