Hot launches: Smartphones of April 2013
| by Shayne Rana
The month of April saw the coming of some pretty anticipated devices in the mobile segment. While new mobile handsets hit the Indian shelves on a very regular basis each month, this month some of the heavy hitters have made their debut. Here’s a list of some of the more significant mobile launches that happened in April.
The indomitable Galaxy series of devices from Samsung saw the latest edition unveiled for India on April 26 in the form of Samsung Galaxy S4. The latest device in the series brings with it some new additions to the TouchWiz UI, aiming to make the user experience that much more exciting. Housing Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa Processor (1.6GHz quad-core + 1.2GHz quad-core) to run Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and a slew of new features, Samsung’s well-priced S4 is already making big waves in the industry. Of course, the launch in Mumbai with Reliance seems to be facing a backlash of comments regarding the ridiculous rendition of Psy’s Gangnam Style number at the event.
The latest from the Samsung Galaxy series
Here’s a quick look at the S4’s Specs:
HTC’s latest flagship is simply called the "One". With a robust build and the latest edition of Sense UI, i.e. version 5.0, the One is proving to be a popular device since it’s launch earlier this month. Going with a Unibody design yet again, HTC has tried to re-invent its design form by going all metal and grilles galore. With a 1.7GHz quad-core processor powering it, a few new additions to the UI and an all-new camera tech dubbed UltraPixels, the One is a strong contender for this quarter's top smartphone. Of course, it’s competing with the Galaxy S4 for that position. Nevertheless, it’s got a lot to offer, including Beats Audio enhancement technology.
The "One" to stand out?
The One also features:
Taking its cue from bigger brother, the Xperia Z, the SP is for those who want a similar experience but at a lower cost. The SP isn’t as fully loaded as the Z or ZL, but it does offer quite a bit of functionality for potential consumers. Powering it is a 1.7GHz dual-core processor for Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Sony, for some reason, has always been a little behind of the OS version and also issues updates a lot later than the competition. This could be a problem for the company even though its devices have being gaining popularity recently. Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine should hopefully keep the display as vibrant as some of the others.
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Here are the key specs of the Xperia SP:
Nokia’s Lumia series is fast becoming a popular option among the masses, especially with the Lumia 620 and the recently launched 520 and 720. Their price tags put them in a very competitive position – offering high-end bodies with better than average specifications at reasonable prices. Both these devices run Windows Phone 8 off of 1GHz dual-core processors and provide a fluid UI experience. Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology makes legibility a non-issue in direct sunlight. That coupled with a host of Nokia’s pre-loaded apps, including Nokia Maps and Drive, makes these devices quite a value for money.
Here are some of the highlighted features of the Lumia 720:
As colourful and feature rich as they come for the price
The 520 features:
The reason we’ve added this to the list is simply because we’re seeing so many new budget smartphones being launched with quite an impressive array of high-end specifications. The Ultraphone 701HD from Zen Mobiles features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek and runs on Android Jelly Bean v4.2. Its 720p HD display and 8MP camera also makes it an option to seriously consider. All of this is offered at just Rs 12,000, making it a very affordable device.
High end features, low price tag
Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Ultraphone 701HD:
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Stay tuned to tech2 for the latest smartphone launches and let us know which of these devices is next on your list.
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