This year has seen companies launch the thinnest, biggest and powerful smartphones.
What a way to begin the new year! The year’s biggest electronics platform, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 has finally come to end and it’s time to look at what made the news in the smartphone arena. While majors like Samsung, LG decided to wait for the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month to showcase their latest range of smartphones, other brands like Sony, Huawei, ZTE decided to set the mark this time with the thinnest, powerful and biggest variety of smartphone devices.
Sony Xperia Z
After a long lull, Sony has finally managed to showcase its anticipated Xperia Z smartphone at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 as promised. Sony claims that the smartphone will offer ‘ultimate viewing experience’, which clearly suggests that Xperia Z will offer real HD quality display. Xperia Z is Sony’s first entrant model in the big-screen smartphone category. The smartphone sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) HD Reality Display that runs on Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 having a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.
The device runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS and comes powered by a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The smartphone comes with a 13 MP rear camera with single LED flash and a 2.2 MP front-facing shooter. The device supports connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC and 4G. Xperia Z has an internal storage of 16 GB, which is further expandable. The Xperia Z is loaded with a 2,330 mAh battery, which should offer decent amount of back-up.
Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei was given the distinction of launching world’s biggest display-based smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate comes with a gigantic 15.4-cm (6.1-inch) HD display and runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS.
Under the hood, Mate is powered by Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and we expect the RAM to be 2 GB. The big-screen smartphone comes with an 8 MP rear camera and should have a 2 MP front-facing camera atleast. The smartphone offers features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC. The Mate comes loaded with a 4,050 mAh battery.
Huawei Ascend D2
Huawei has introduced its 2013 flagship smartphone, Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) super retina LCD powered by a 3,000 mAh battery. Based on a K3V2 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, the Ascend D 2 runs on Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. Featuring a 13 MP rear and 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The smartphone’s display features IPS with a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 at 443 PPI.
Mozilla’s Firefox X Smartphone
While Mozilla has not officially launched its Firefox OS-based smartphone but they did manage to showcase glimpse of its prototype. Mozilla has said that it is just two weeks from completion. The company is targeting the low-end smartphone market with the Firefox operating system. All Firefox smartphones will have a maximum of a single-core 800MHz processor at the launch. The user interface is similar to Android with the only exception that Firefox is totally HTML 5 based.Alcatel One Touch and ZTE, have been selected to make Firefox OS devices using Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm and these are expected to be available Q1 this year.
Consumer electronics brand, Vizio has also launched its Android-based smartphones at this year’s CES 2013. These two new smartphones run Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS. The first device sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) screen with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. This smartphone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 2 GB RAM. It has a huge internal storage capacity of 32 GB and astonishingly, this can be expanded through a microSD slot. It has an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front shooter for video calls.
The second one is the 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) Vizio model that runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean and is powered by a dual-core MediaTek chip. It has a 720×1080 pixel display, 16 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. For camera, it has an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front shooter.
The smartphone is world’s first Clover Trail-running device, which is expected to hit markets in the next couple of months. So, what is Lenovo K900 all about? We find out. The smartphone comes with a Note 2-like 14-cm (5.5-inch) IPS display that has a resolution of 1080 pixels.
The smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 aka Jelly Bean OS and is powered by a powerful 2 GHz Atom Clover Trail processor and 2 GB RAM. Not only that, the K900 sports a 13 MP rear camera and expected 2 MP front facing shooter.
The smartphone has an internal storage capacity of 16 GB, as per the company. The K900 will surely feature Wi-Fi, 3G and even 4G, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, GPS and micro-USB.
Lenovo S720, P770, A800 and S890
Lenovo has launched another set of Android-based smartphones at CES 2013 dubbed as S720, P770, A800 and S890.
First up is the S890, which comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) screen, sports a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and runs on Google’s Android 4.2 aka Jelly bean operating system. It has an 8 MP rear camera and comes loaded with a 2,350 mAh battery.
The next smartphone is S720. It has a comparatively smaller 11.4-cm (4.5-inch) screen, but has the same resolution. The main features are dual SIM support and a massive 2,000 mAh battery. It has an 8 MP camera.
The only detail available about P770 is that the smartphone comes loaded with a 3,500 mAh battery and it is meant for business users. It even comes with an anti-virus software pre-loaded.
Following P770, is the A800. This one is a dual core 1.2 GHz dual SIM smartphone, with a 11.4-cm (4.5-inch) display and runs Android 4.2 aka Jelly Bean. It sports a 2,000 mAh battery. And, last but not the least, Lenovo has launched the affordable A690. It has a single core 1 GHz processor, 10.1-cm (4-inch) 800 x 480 screen and runs Android 4.0 aka Ice cream sandwich OS. This smartphone also has a dual SIM support.
ZTE Grand S
The China-based telecom company, ZTE has unveiled its Grand S smartphone at this year’s CES. This phone is only 6.9-mm thick.
The smartphone, Grand S comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) full HD display and runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS. The smartphone is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The device comes with a 13 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls. It supports 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB, micro-USB etc. The device has an internal storage capacity of 16 GB, expandable up to 32 GB. The Grand S is loaded with a 1,780 mAh battery.
Kogan Agora Phablet
Kogan Agora, has unveiled its 12.7-inch (5-inch) display based smartphone aka phablet at this year’s CES. The phablet comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and runs Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The device is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 512 RAM, which should suffice to run Android ICS. It sports a 5 MP rear camera with flash and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera for video calling.
The phablet has an internal storage of 4 GB, which is expandable up to 64 GB. The device interestingly supports Dual-SIM, which makes it the perfect device for users across all sections. The Kogan Agora phablet comes loaded with a 2,000 mAh battery.
Alcatel One Touch Smartphones
TCL Communication has launched its Alcatel One Touch range of Android-based smartphones. These are as follows.
One Touch Idol
One Touch Idol is based on a dual-core processor and sports a 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) IPS display along with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera and is offered in premium brushed metallic finishes.
One Touch Idol Ultra
The One Touch Idol Ultra smartphone is the thinnest smartphone the company is offering and claims to break current market records at 6.45-mm thin. The smartphone features a 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) HD AMOLED display and is based on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, along with an 8 megapixel camera that captures 1080p video, and runs Android Jelly Bean.
One Touch Scribe HD
The One Touch Scribe HD sports a massive 12.7-cm (5-inch) display along with the new MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chipset. Featuring an HD display, the smartphone supports 4G speeds and comes with an 8 megapixel camera plus 720p HD front camera, and operates on Android Jelly Bean.