The 2013 is a critical year rich in technology with a large number of smartphones that will be released. Among the most prominent we find the Samsung Galaxy S4, the recently unveiled HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z and even the next iPhone. Wich are the Android smartphones that are coming this year? Here we show you.
Less than a week for the Mobile World Congress 2013 to be held in Barcelona, no doubt that we are in an exciting time in terms of gadgets are concerned. The companies will present what they are preparing for this year and expectations are huge. Several major companies have already submitted or have given some clues about the devices that will launch in 2013 and today in AndroidADN will briefly review the most anticipated smartphones for this year.
Best Android Smartphones 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4 is undoubtedly the gadget that everyone is eager to see. Samsung has done nothing but to overcome with each new flagship and it appears that with the S4 same thing will happen. The Galaxy S3 was a huge success worldwide, with record sales in most markets and is expected that its successor to be even more successful in what promises to be an amazing 2013 for the Korean company.
While Samsung has not yet released the official specs of the Galaxy S4, it is almost certain that this smartphone will feature a Super AMOLED screen of 4.99 inch Full HD (1920 x 1090 pixels), Exynos 5 Octa processor of 8 cores, GPU Mali-T678 8-core, 2 GB of RAM, 13-megapixel main camera capable of 1080p video recording, 2-megapixel front camera capable of recording 720p video and Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
As we mentioned yesterday, is expected that the Galaxy S4 will be presented at an event in New York on March 14 to be launched in April.
HTC One (M7)
The build quality has been the hallmark of HTC and the One (M7) is no exception. This device was introduced yesterday in London and is the big bet of the Taiwanese firm for this 2013.
The HTC One features an aluminum casing and comes with a full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) of 4.7 with technology Super LCD 3 and a pixel density of 469 ppi, processor Snapdragon 600 quad core at 1.7 GHz, GPU Adreno 300, 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal memory (expandable with microSD) and a camera that uses three 4.3 megapixel sensor layers stacked on top of each other forming a 13-megapixel image.
This device incorporates Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as operating system with the new interface Sense 5.0, but HTC is already working on the update to Android 4.2.2.
LG Optimus G Pro
Presented a few days ago, the Optimus G Pro is LG’s big bet for this year. This smartphone features a True HD IPS + LCD display of 5.5 inches Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and a pixel density of 400 ppi.
In addition, the device has a processor 600 quad-core Snapdragon 1.7 GHz, which is accompanied by an Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory (expandable with micro SD card). It also has a 13 MP primary camera with LED flash, Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and video capture Full HD 1080p @ 30fps with LED video light to shoot at night and a 2 MP front camera.
Finally, the LG Optimus G Pro incorporates a swappable battery of 3140 mAh and its OS is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sony Xperia Z
The new flagship of Sony has a Full HD screen of 5-inches with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology and a scratch-resistant glass. It also incorporates a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core 1.5GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM, and a main camera Exmor RS of 13 megapixels capable of recording at 1080p HDR and a frontal sensor of 2 megapixels for video calls .
Among the distinctive features of the Xperia Z, we find IP55 and IP57 certifications that give protection against dust and water. Another novelty of this smartphone is called Stamina standby mode, which promises to increase by up to 400% its battery life in standby mode. The Xperia Z has a 2330 mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia Z comes with Android 4.1.2 but could soon upgrade to 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
While there is not too many certainties in this regard, it is expected that the mysterious X Phone, which has been appearing for some time, will be the first product with direct influence of Google since acquiring Motorola Movility in May 2012.
As for its specifications still nothing too clear. There is talk of a full HD 4.7-to 5-inch, quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of internal memory, Kevlar coated housing, high-capacity battery and Android 4.2 or Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as operating system although at the moment are just rumors.
However, Larry Page, CEO of Google, gave some interesting tracks in a quarterly earnings conference a few weeks ago. “In today’s world of multiple screens, the possibilities are endless. The battery life is a big problem … when a phone falls should not “splat”. There is real potential to invent new and better experiences. ”
Still little is known about this X Phone. It is speculated to be a new Nexus device although to clarify these issues will have to wait until May, when the Google I / O starts.
The next iPhone (¿iPhone 5S?)
The iPhone 5 has not been the most radical update that Apple could have offered and was beaten by the Samsung Galaxy S3 in most markets. However, the Cupertino firm would have some tricks up his sleeve.
In the last couple of years, users have opted for the larger screens. For the first time in its history, Apple increased the size of the screen of their iPhone from the 3.5 to 4 inches, and it is believed that the next iPhone will have a panel of 4.8 and also will see a low-cost iPhone, to venture into emerging markets more price sensitive.
With Android and manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Sony that come stomping, it would be naive to think that a company like Cupertino will remain with folded arms while their devices are still overshadowed by the competition. The company has mountains of cash and some of the best designers in the world among its ranks so surely will be preparing some surprises for the coming years.
So far we have made a brief tour of the main devices that will launch the most important manufacturers, but we must not forget players like Huawei and ZTE that may also surprise us with some interesting smartphones this year.
How about these devices? Wichi is your favorite? Can HTC, Sony and other companies compete inch by inch against Samsung and Apple?