Ten... alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy S III
Something completely different?
Product round-up With the Galaxy S III unveiled at last night's Samsung event, the next generation of smartphones now has consumer eyebrows permanently raised as if the wind just changed direction.
Feel like defying the herd? Here are ten current or upcoming smartphones that may be worth considering, should you wish to avoid the Galaxy S III juggernaut.
Apple iPhone 5
Did you know that Apple plans to launch an iPhone 5 this year? Of course you did - my pet goldfish knows that. Unsurprisingly, the world is already speculating on the as-yet-unannounced blower, said to feature an all-new 4.6in display. If you fancy holding out for the next-gen iPhone, it could be hitting shelves as early as June. Or July. Or, more likely, sometime later this year when the 4S has had a good run for its money.
The much talked-about Asus Padfone is due to hit shelves this month, finally pushing the all-in-one smartphone, tablet and netbook unit into punters palms after over a year of hype.
The 4.3in smartphone packs a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The handset docks into a 10.1in tablet shell which reconfigures the resolution and shares the sole Sim for 3G internet access. Then, with the optional keyboard accessory, the bundle becomes a netbook as well. Ta-dah!
It's fair to say Research in Motion faces turbulent times ahead, particularly after its uninspiring demo of the new BlackBerry 10 platform this week. The first phone to feature the new OS appears to be the upcoming BlackBerry London, a thin touchscreen handset, said to contain a dual-core 1.5GHz chipset. Further details remain a mystery, although recent reports suggest an October release.
Fujitsu 'mystery' handset
Fujitsu's forthcoming fingerprint-protected blower is still without an official name. However, powerful specifications have been revealed, which includes the much-sought five-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4 and a whopping 13.1Mp camera. When the mystery Fujitsu handset hits shelves exactly is still unknown, but we'll keep our eyes peeled and let you know.
HTC One X
While there have been several reports that the One X faces build-quality issues, the general consensus is one of awe. And from what we can see, aside from battery drains faced through having such a powerful processor, the One X ticks most boxes.
You can read a full review of the HTC One X here on Reg Hardware.
LG Optimus 4X HD
LG's Tegra 3-based beast, the Optimus 4X HD, sports a 4.7in display with a 720p resolution. Pre-orders are now being taken and while an official roll out date has yet to be established, reports suggest the phone will be out sometime this June.
Motorola Razr Maxx
The Motorola Razr Maxx may only appear with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of Ram, but with a 17.6 hour rated battery life, you'll have ample time to complain to your mates about the wait for an ICS update. Plus, with a Kevlar build and a 4.3in display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, the 9mm-thick device is quite the brawny blower. Tough choice.
Nokia Lumia 900
Nokia's third WinPho 7 is unlikely to set the world on fire, but should keep things ticking over sweetly until Windows 8-based handsets rock up later this year. So for those already converted to Microsoft's tile-design, the Nokia Lumia 900 could be the best on offer, for the time being at least.
Sony Xperia S
Sony has been focused on its solo venture into the smartphone domain lately, with its NXT series of blowers, fronted by the Xperia S, which features a beastly 12Mp camera and 4.3in 720p display. You can read a full review of the Xperia S here on Reg Hardware.
While none of the NXT series yet boast a Tegra 3 processor, a Sony 2012 roadmap, shows the company does have plans to incorporate quad-core innards into an unannounced handset this October. More on that, as and when, though.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE says its first Tegra 3 handset, the Era, is the thinnest quad-core device on the market today, measuring just 7.8mm thick. The Android 4.0 blower wont hit shelves until the second half of the year, but could definitely be one to keep track of.