The age of HD is here and the mobile kingdom is expanding exponentially with this technology. And while the bigger players are not so keen on pricing their full HD editions at affordable prices, some of the local talent, and those from our next door neighbours, are more than happy to do so. The next generation of smartphones will be available on the shelves very soon, and here are some that we’re hoping to see sooner rather than later. 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3

The next generation of Galaxy series devices will be taking the mobile phone display to a higher playing field with the Galaxy 5.8 and Galaxy 6.3. The numbers denote the screen size of both the devices. This might not be the very best step for mobile handsets as larger displays also mean larger devices. The Mega 6.3 is pretty much close to a 7.0-inch tablet, so toting this one around will be a task. The 5.8-inch option could prove to be useful for those with active lifestyles – those who are either constantly networking socially, web browsing to a large extent or emailing constantly. With all of the new TouchWiz goodies, like spilt screen functionality, multi-tasking will also be so much easier. It’s just that you’re going to need larger pockets.

As mega as they get

As mega as they get

Both the devices feature HD displays and come equipped with dual-core processors to run Jelly Bean 4.2 out of the box. Here’s a quick look at their features:

  • 5.8-inch QHD TFT display – 6.3-inch HD TFT display
  • 3G, Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth, NFC
  • 8 megapixel primary camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8/16GB internal memory, microSD card support for up to 64GB more memory

Sony Xperia SP 

The Xperia SP is essentially a slightly scaled-down version of Sony’s Xperia Z minus the rugged features. Equipped with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 320 GPU, the SP will ship with Jelly Bean as the OS. Naturally, a slew of Sony features will be part of the make-up, including the new Exmor RS sensor for the 8MP camera and Sony’s Stamina mode to enhance battery life. The device has been constructed using hard plastic with an aluminium frame for support. Taking a cue from the Xperia U, the SP also features a transparent notification strip located at the very bottom of the handset. This will light up to match the reigning display colour or highlight a colour associated with notifications for specific apps, for instance, green for WhatsApp. 

A lower end version of the Z and ZL devices

A lower end version of the Z and ZL devices

Here are the key specs of the Xperia SP:

  • 4.6-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution
  • LTE, HSPA+, GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, WI-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video; VGA front-facing camera
  • FM radio
  • MHL for AV Out
  • 8GB internal storage with microSD card slot

The handset is already up for pre-order for Rs 25,490.

Optimus G Pro 

LG seems to pioneer the next-gen species of the high-end smartphones, but doesn’t often live up to expectations. However, its Nexus 4 and Optimus G devices proved otherwise in this context despite their few flaws. So, to keep up with the likes of the competition, i.e. the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, LG’s Optimus G Pro was announced. Featuring a Snapdragon 600 chipset for a 1.7GHz, quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU for Android Jelly Bean, the G Pro could easily give the HTC One, if not the S4, a run for its money. LG has also incorporated the Dolby Mobile Sound Enhancement system to counter Beats Audio. The super thin bezel also makes it seem like the display real estate was properly utilised.  

Picking up where the G left off

Picking up where the G left off

The LG Optimus G Pro will feature:

  • 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (True full HD IPS LCD)
  • LTE, HSPA+, GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, WI-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • 13MP camera with LED flash and 2.1MP front-facing camera, both with 1080p video recording
  • FM radio
  • MHL for AV Out
  • 32GB internal storage with support for microSD card slot up to 64GB

HTC First 

Touted as the next Facebook phone after the ChaCha and the Salsa, Facebook clearly likes HTC for its devices. The First, just another way of taking its “One” series in a slightly different direction, will come with Facebook’s new Android UI, Home, out of the box. The specifications of the handset aren’t going to be the talk of the social town, but they’re good enough to be worthy of consideration. A Snapdragon 400 1.4GHz dual-core processor will be powering the handset along with 1GB of RAM and Andreno 305 GPU for Jelly Bean. Facebook’s Home UI could bring a new experience to the HTC domain, although Sense UI v5 also has quite a bit to offer. The question really is: Whether or not one would want another Facebook phone, or one with a UI, replaceable as it is, directed at a singular social network?

A 'First' for Facebook Home

A 'First' for Facebook Home

The HTC First will come with the following features:

  • 4.3-inch display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, Super LCD
  • HSPA+, GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, 
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • 5MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video; 1.6MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB internal storage with support for microSD card slot

Micromax Canvas 3D

According to the rumour mill, Micromax seems to have a 3D device in the making. Dubbed the Canvas 3D, the popular Indian brand could be working on a new Canvas device that will feature a 3D display and graphics to support it. There doesn’t seem to be too much information on the device just yet, other than a few specs. Why Micromax would be interested in a technology that clearly hasn’t really been working for mobile devices is a curious thought though. It is possible that this is but a mere rumour, but seeing as Micromax is pushing the envelope with its latest devices and specifications to take on the big guys, a Canvas 3D device just could be possible. However, we’d be more inclined to believe that the next Canvas could feature a full HD display instead. 

Another 3D mobile? Really? (mock image)

Another 3D mobile? Really? (mock image)

Here are some of the rumoured features of the Canvas HD:

  • 5.0-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM
  • 3G, EDGE
  • Wi-Fi, Hot-spot creation
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS with AGPS
  • 8MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • 4GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD cards

That’s our list of smartphones we’re looking forward to in the coming weeks. Although launch dates haven’t been made public for some of the devices, we’re looking at launches within the next month or so. Stay tuned to tech2 for updates. 

Publish date: April 17, 2013 2:19 pm| Modified date: December 19, 2013 11:08 am

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