New Android Phones 2012

This article talks about the newly launched Android phones in the year 2012 and the ones that have been announced so far. With the way Android is ruling the market, I'm sure there are plenty more that will be on their way soon, but in the meantime, these should be enough to get you drooling.
The growth of Android as a smartphone platform has been nothing short of phenomenal, and over the last two quarters, it has been the clear winner in the war of the smartphones. Its biggest advantage is that it is available on devices of multiple manufacturers, and each of these manufacturers add their own unique touches and User Interface (UI) to the phone.

All the usual suspects showed off some excellent phones at the CES, and the mantra now seems to be bigger, faster, lighter and thinner. Having the latest version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is also a plus point. Let's now have a look at what you can expect this year.

HTC One X

This is a stylish, sleek Android phone for all the HTC lovers, with a corning gorilla glass that has an HTC Sense UI. It can take up to 99 shots consecutively at 4 frames per second. However, this phone takes a slight hit when talking about the battery life, as you get a little more than 6 hours if you use it continuously, for example, playing games, watching videos, etc.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.7 inches (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • Screen Type - Super IPS LCD2 capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 32 GB (26 GB user-available)
  • Camera - 8 MP, (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
  • Processor - Quad-core 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Secondary Camera - 1.3 MP, 720p
  • Colors - gray, white
  • Status - Available
  • Price - $590 (approx)
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

Samsung is on its way to become no.1 in the Android market with the launching new phones every quarter. Galaxy S III, with its unique texture and sleek design, surely is an eye-catcher for Android lovers. Google chose Samsung as their partner after the success of the Samsung Galaxy S series.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.8 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • Screen Type - Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 16/32/64 GB
  • Camera - 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
  • Processor - Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Secondary Camera - 1.9 MP, 720p, 30fps
  • Colors - pebble blue, marble white
  • Status - Expected release June 2012
  • Price - $710 (approx)
LG Optimus 4X HD P880

Also known as the Ultimate HD Gaming phone, this model is true value for money, and is loaded with interesting features. If you are a camera lover, this is the right option for you, as it is enabled with face and smile detection, and touch focus too. It also has the image stabilization feature and can record videos at 1080p @ 30fps.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.7 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • Screen Type - True HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 16 GB (12 GB user available)
  • Camera - 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
  • Processor - Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Secondary Camera - 1.3 MP
  • Colors - black, white
  • Status - Expected release June 2012
  • Price - $570 (approx)
Sony Xperia S

Xperia S is remarkably fast, smooth, and has a large display. It has a unique screen with the Bravia tech feature, which makes it look extremely bright and crisp. Apart from a few issues here and there, it is a decent Android handset you can buy right now. Although, it has the older version of OS, i.e. Gingerbread installed in it, but can be upgraded to the latest version 4.0.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.3 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • Screen Type - LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 32 GB
  • Camera - 12 MP (4000 x 3000 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
  • Processor - Dual-core 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Secondary Camera - 1.3 MP, 720p, 30fps
  • Colors - white, black
  • Status - Expected release August 2012
  • Price - $600 (approx)
ZTE Era

ZTE Era is the thinnest smart phone available right now with a quad-core processor. The image clarity, brightness, and vivid colors is unmatchable. However, this phone's secondary camera is VGA, which makes video calling impossible, but the remaining impressive features more than make up for it.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.3 inches (540 x 960 pixels)
  • Screen Type - TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 8 GB
  • Camera - 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus, LED flash
  • Processor - Quad-core 1.3 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Secondary Camera - VGA
  • Colors - black
  • Status - Expected release September 2012
  • Price - Not announced
Huawei Ascend D quad

This is a slim phone with curvy corners, and has interesting features as per your requirements. Once fully charged, it has a talk time of almost 48 hours, which is very impressive as compared to the other Android phones. This phone has Dolby 5.1 surround sound and Audience earSmart voice technology.

Specifications
  • Screen Size - 4.5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • Screen Type - IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage - 8 GB
  • Camera - 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Processor - Quad-core 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM
  • Version - Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Secondary Camera - 1.3 MP, 720p
  • Colors - metallic black, ceramic white
  • Status - Expected release July 2012
  • Price - $535 (approx)
Apart from the phones that I have mentioned here, you can also look out for Samsung Galaxy Nexus S, Meizu M9, Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx, HTC Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note, etc,. These phones too support V4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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