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9 Jan 2013

New Android Phones Announced At CES 2013

By Wednesday, January 09, 2013 , , , , , ,

Mobile Madness.

Not too long ago, if we wanted to go for a high end Android smartphones, we would generally look at Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S and SL and probably Nexus 4, but it's hardly available. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 began on January 8 and ends on January 11. During this time we've seen some major phone launches by the most unexpected mobile manufacturers. I have to say, the Mobile Section at CES 2013 is impressive. Android is certainly going to do well with so many contenders bringing their phones to the Top-end Android Market. Let's have a quick look at the phones announced.

1) ZTE Grand S
Image Credit: ZTE
ZTE really pumped up the competition with the Grand S. Like the name suggests, the phone is Grand. A five inch, full HD (1080p) display, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor, 13 megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p videos. What's jaw-dropping is in fact its thickness- a staggering 6.9 mm. That is really thin. 

2) Sony Xperia Z
Image Credit: Sony

Sony has finally come with a smartphone which can be considered their best. Sony Xperia Z is water resistant (your toilet buddy) and dust resistant (try dropping it in the Sahara desert) up to really high levels. Along with it comes a 5 inch 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 13 megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones and a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Quad Core Processor. These are quite some specs. 

3)Huawei Ascend Mate
Image Credit: Huawei

Huawei too has raised the bar with the Ascend Mate. Ascend Mate comes with an ridiculously huge 6.1 inch HD 720p display, an enormous 4050 mAh battery, promising up to 2 days of normal use on a single charge, which is impressive. Along with it comes a 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor, 8 megapixel camera and lots of other bits and bytes in the software. This phone is just ridiculously huge at 6.1 inches. Manufacturers need to stop at this size. Any bigger and it's a tablet.

4) Lenovo IdeaPhone K900
Lenovo had the most interesting launch with the IdeaPhone K900. Why it's interesting is that it runs on Intel Atom Z2580 Dual Core Processor. That's a Clove Trail Processor. Lenovo IdeaPhone is just 6.9 mm thick, with a 1080p Full HD Display and a 13 megapixel camera.

What we see here is that Android smartphones are getting larger, better, thinner. Full HD displays and 13 megapixel cameras are the new standard, along with quad core processors. At this pace, the future of Android really seems exciting. Future of iPhone? Not so much. 

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