2010 has seen some really great phone releases, starting with the Motorola Droid and ending with the iPhone 4, both of which became best-sellers and are very popular with the users. But the newest generation of smart phones is already upon us, as progress doesn’t wait, and the features they bring are simply great. The future smartphones will be faster, more powerful, have a lot more features and more battery life, and much more.
Let’s see which phones are most anticipated for release in the first and second quarter of 2011.
Motorola Droid Pro
The Droid Pro was one of the most awaited smartphone for early 2011 ever since rumors about it started to appear, but now, after pictures of it have been leaked, interest has dropped considerably. Still, a lot of people like the model and say they will buy it. The Droid Pro is a business phone meant to compete with the Blackberry, and as such it has a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, and some great specs, including a 1GHz processor, a 3.1 inch screen, a 5MP camera and it runs on Android 2.2, which gives the user support for all of the most modern Web and software technologies.
The Flipside is an entry-level Android phone, which will be aimed at people new to smartphones, and will cost only $99 with a contract. The specs are very good for the price: the phone has a slide out keyboard, a 3.1 inch capacitive touch screen, GPS, Wi-Fi, support for Flash with Android 2.2, and much more. It also features a small touch pad in the front, which is meant to make it easier to use the phone.
LG Optimus T.
Another entry-level phone, this time from LG. The Optimus T is practically the same phone as the Motorola Flipside above, except it has a slower 600 MHz processor (as opposed to the Flipside’s 720 MHz chip), and it lacks a hardware keyboard, instead having a 3.2 inch touch screen. Running Android 2.2, the phone provides all the features one may need. Of course, the external design is also a bit different.
Samsung Wave 2
The successor to the popular Wave (aka S8500), the Wave 2 is an upgraded version running on Samsung’s own OS, Bada, which in turn is based on FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD – all open source multi-platform operating systems that are very similar to Linux. Bada is a good competitor to Android, although the number of apps and OS capabilities is definitely higher for Android. The Samsung Wave 2 (aka S5250) will be a cheap mass market smartphone, very similar to the Flipside and Optimus T above, with a 3.2 inch screen, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, but without the GPS, high resolution or fast processor, which means it will be cheaper, but also less sought after by the customers.
The Leo is a great camera phone from the relatively unknown Altek, which will be released in Europe, then possibly in the US. It will be a relatively standard smart phone running Android 2.1 (and later 2.2), with a 3.2 inch screen (800×480 resolution), ARM Cortex A8 processor (not confirmed), Wi-Fi, accelerometer, GPS and other usual features.
The one thing that is special is the integrated 14 megapixels camera with 3x optical zoom (which means the lens have a motor and move, just like a real camera), coupled with the Sunny 9 Digital Image Processor, which means it will take high quality stills and shoot 720p HD video at 30 fps.
The Altek Leo will also be able to edit videos and pictures on the fly and will be a great choice for photo enthusiasts as a secondary camera (a Point and Shoot replacement) or a great phone/camera for those who don’t want to carry both around, yet want to shoot high quality photos and videos.
The above smartphones will certainly be a great upgrade from the current lineups, and will give more people the possibility to start using a smartphone instead of the old-fashioned small screen, numeric keyboard cell phones, which, believe it or not, still dominate the cell phone market.