Hundreds of Android phones are released every year, but only a handful of products get all the attention. The big releases are normally saved for the fall shopping season and we are expecting new flagship phones from HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, and many more. Read on to see which phones topped our power rankings.
1. Anything Nexus
Why it’s hot: The Nexus brand represents an up-to-date, pure Google experience. The original HTC Nexus One was launched back on January 5th, 2010 and it has spawned two more Nexus phones.
Which OEM will make it?: Old rumors from Digitimes reported that Samsung would build the 4th-gen Nexus phone, and then a newer story from the Wall St. Journal said Google was working with multiple OEMs on releasing several Nexus devices. A lot of details are still unknown, which will lead to increased attention and buzz in the coming months.
Expected US carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile for the unlocked phones. It’s possible we could see a carrier locked version on Sprint or Verizon, but the unlocked model will be more desirable.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Why it’s hot: Now that the Galaxy S III has hit stores, the rumored Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s next flagship mobile device. The original Galaxy Note was announced last year at IFA 2011 and the sequel is widely expected to be Unpacked later this month at IFA 2012.
Rumored specs include: 5.5-inch “flexible” AMOLED HD display with Unbreakable Plane (UBP) technology, Exynos 5 Dual processor, 12 megapixel camera, thinner design, and larger battery.
Expected US carriers: AT&T and T-Mobile are likely since they carried the first Note.
3. Next devices in the HTC One series
Why it’s hot: HTC had the nicest looking Android phone this year, but AT&T snagged an exclusive and deprived HTC fans on other carriers. Now the refreshed One X+ and rumored phone with 5.5 inch display are looking to bring an enhanced experience to the other carriers.
4-PLUS-1-PLUS: The HTC One X+ could be the first Android phone in the US powered by Tegra 3+. This quad-core chip from NVIDIA will feature CPU speeds up to 1.7 GHz and offer 25% faster graphics performance.
Supersize me: HTC is also rumored to be working on an Android phone with a 5.5 inch display. Possible features include a stylus and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip.
Expected US carriers: T-Mobile for One X+, Verizon for One series with 5.5-inch display.
4. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD
Why it’s hot: The Droid series is Verizon’s flagship brand for Android phones. Motorola debuted the new RAZR and RAZR MAXX last year which performed well and demanded a follow-up.
What’s new this time around: Verizon is rumored to be releasing three versions of the device this year – RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, and RAZR Micro. All devices will feature slimmer designs, improved cameras, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chip.
Expected US carriers: Verizon
5. LG Eclipse 4G LTE
Why it’s hot: LG could be one of the first OEMs to produce an Android phone around the new quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro. This is Qualcomm’s first quad-core mobile processor and it features their new Adreno 320 GPU, where performance appears to have doubled from the Adreno 225 found in the current Snapdragon S4 Plus.
Rumored specs according to Briefmobile: 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU (APQ8064), 4.67-inch HD display (1280×768), 13-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 4G LTE, NFC, and removable 2100 mAh battery.
Expected US carriers: AT&T, Sprint