Top 5: Mobile phones launched at CES 2013


Mobile phones launched at CES 2013

If you're looking for the Top 5 mobile phones presented at this year's edition of CES, you are in the right place. Before getting into the subject, we should recap some of the highlights of 2013 edition of  Consumer Electronics Show: there was a huge flow of information about mobile phones (as expected), but we could also see an invasion of phablets. Personally, I was surprised by some cool eco friendly power supplies, I loved that huge robot spider, those flexible displays and few other cool devices.

The majority of top cellular phones that were presented at CES 2013 relies on a minimum 5 inch display, quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, minimum 16 GB plus microSD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4G / LTE connectivity, 13 MP camera, 2000 mAh battery, a thickness less than 10 mm and less than 200 grams. I guess bigger and faster could describe accurately the top phones of CES 2013.

TOP 5 MOBILE PHONES LAUNCHED AT CES 2013

Lately, the world of top smartphones is like an aggresive boxing match between cell phone manufacturers. We have seen top boxers falling down (Nokia), boxers trying to keep their title (Apple), and new stars rising really fast (Samsung). If we are to consider what was presented at CES 2013, we can say that we have a new kid on the block. Sony has been making high-end electronic devices for a very long time. In 2013, they are making a definitive statement regarding the top smartphone market: "We want in!". This could happen with their latest Xperia models, Z and ZL.

1. SONY XPERIA Z

SONY XPERIA Z
Sony Xperia Z features:

  • 5 inch TFT capacitive screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels, 441 ppi, resistant to scratches
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB memory plus microSD up to 32 GB
  • GPU Adreno 320
  • Android 4.1.2 JB and upgrade to Android 4.2 JB
  • 4G / LTE, Wi-Fi b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS and GLONASS
  • 13.1 MP rear camera, 1080p video at 30 fps, 2.2 MP front camera
  • Battery - 2330 mAh
  • Weight - 146 grams
  • Thickness - 7.9 mm


2. SONY XPERIA ZL

SONY XPERIA ZL
Sony Xperia ZL features:
  • 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels, 441ppi, scratch resistant
  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB memory plus microSD up to 64 GB
  • GPU Adreno 320
  • Android 4.1.2 JB and upgrade to Android 4.2 JB
  • 4G / LTE, Wi-Fi b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS and GLONASS
  • 13 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera that shoots HD
  • Battery - 2370 mAh
  • Weight - 151 grams
  • Thickness - 9.8 mm


3. ZTE GRAND S

ZTE GRAND S

ZTE Grand S features:


  • 5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels, 441ppi
  • 1.7 GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM, 16 GB memory plus microSD slot
  • GPU Adreno 320
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 4G / LTE, Wi-Fi b / g / n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm jack,
  • 13 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera that shoots 1080p with 30 fps
  • Thickness - 9.8 mm


4. HUAWEI ASCEND D2


HUAWEI ASCEND D2
Huawei Ascend D2 features:

  • 5 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels, 441ppi
  • 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM, 32 GB memory, no microSD slot
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 3G speeds up to 42 Mbps, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS
  • 13 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front camera that shoots HD with 30 fps
  • Battery - 3000 mAh
  • Weight - 170 grams
  • Thickness - 9.8 mm


5. LENOVO K900

LENOVO K900

Lenovo K900 features:

  • 5.5 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 * 1080 pixels
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM, microSD slot up to 32 GB
  • GPU PowerVR  SGX544
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 3G, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, dual-band, Wi-Fi HotSpot, Bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm jack, GPS
  • 13 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera
  • Weight - 162 grams
  • Thickness - 6.9 mm

Conclusions

These new smartphone are a good representation of the next generation of smartphones. As I said in the beginning of the article, there is a general trend for bigger screens (at least 5 inch) with Full HD resolution and more power (1.5GHz - 1.8GHz). Even more, smartphone manufacturers are finally implementing better cameras into their devices. All these smartphones have at least 12 MP rear camera. Another interesing fact is that all these smartphones are running Android OS. I'm sure Apple is preparing something (iPhone 5S or iPhone 6), but as usual, they are very secretive about their projects. 

You can also read my last year's article on future smartphones and the best cell phones of 2013.
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