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Nidhi Singal     April 5, 2012
PANASONIC ELUGA
Specs:
4.3-inch display; 8 MP camera; 8 GB internal memory, expandable; 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth; 1GHz dual-core processor; 1GB RAM; Android v2.3; 103 grams; 1150 mAh battery integrated.

This smartphone might not make it to India, but is still worth mentioning because it is a perfect combination of beauty and brains, all the while being water resistant. The Eluga has a super thin frame weighing only 103 gm. Inside is a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM. It now operates on Android v2.3, but is upgradable to Ice-Cream Sandwich.

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NOKIA 808 PUREVIEW
Specs: 4-inch display; 8MP camera with 41MP sensor; 1.3 Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM; 16GB internal storage, 32 GB expandable; 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS; 169 grams; 1400 mAh battery

It is being referred to as the successor of the Nokia N8. The monster camera phone features a high-resolution 41 MP sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, combined with state-ofthe-art pixel oversampling technology. Well, it is not a 41 MP camera. In fact, the smartphone's extra-large sensor uses the pixel oversampling to combine numerous pixels to create a single pixel. However, the default shooting resolution of the PureView mode is 5 MP in 16:9 aspect ratio and users will also have the option to capture images in 2 MP and 8 MP resolutions. Benefits include lossless zoom and superior low-light performance. Also, the images clicked from the 808 PureView will let users access 3x lossless zoom for stills and 4x zoom in Full HD 1080p videos. This innovative technology has been loaded on a Symbian Belle device for now with a 4-inch touch display.

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HTC ONE X
Specs: 4.7-inch display; 8 MP camera; 1.5GHz quad-core processor; 1GB RAM; 32GB onboard memory, no card slot; Android v4.0; 3G,Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC; 130 gm; 1800 mAh battery

The flagship smartphone from the Taiwanese giant for the year 2012 is the One X. This device also ushers in a new HTC family name for upcoming devices, like the Galaxy for Samsung and Optimus for LG. The quad-core processor will power the One X for super-fast browsing, great imaging and superb gaming over the 4.7-inch HD screen. Ultimately, this beast will be the one to compete against the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S III or even the new Apple iPhone likely to be announced later this year.

ASUS PADFONE
Specs: 4.3-inch display; 8 MP camera; 1.5GHz dual-core processor; 16/32/64 GB; Android v4.0; Wi-Fi, 3G; 129 gm; 1520 mAh

Asus's Padfone is one revolutionary, form-changing smartphone that was first spotted last year. It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display along with Snapdragon dual-core chip with Adreno graphics, Android Ice-Cream Sandwich, Bluetooth 4.0 and 8 MP camera. But this phone when inserted into the PadFone Station turns into a tablet and can operate as a notebook when plugged with the keyboard dock. When the phone will be docked, it will take charge from the dock while the tablet can put the phone's 3G connection to use.

SONY XPERIA U
Specs: 3.5-inch display; 5 MP camera; 4GB storage; 1GHz dual-core processor; upgradable to Android v 4.0; 100 gm; 1320 mAh

If Sony's Xperia P is all about stylish looks, the Xperia U is all about its captivating music experience. The company has added xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology to the music player for a crisp and loud audio experience. This will be further combined with the Smart Headset that has features like the dedicated smart key for launching the favourite application key. Compact enough to be carried around, this will run on Android 2.3, upgradable to IceCream Sandwich combined with 1Ghz dual-core processor.

HUAWEIASCEND D QUAD XL
Specs: 4.5-inch display; 8 MP camera; 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor; 1GB RAM; 8GB memory; Android v4.0; 130g; 1800 mAh battery

As the name suggests, this is yet another warrior from Huawei to operate on a quad-core processor. But with XL added to the name, the smartphone's quad-core chipset is clocked at 1.5GHz instead of the 1.2GHz. Also, a much more powerful battery (2500 mAh li-ion) has been put to work. Most of the remaining specs, including the display, camera and the memory, remain somewhat similar making it a slightly heavy mobile phone to hold at 150 gm.

NOKIA LUMIA 610
Specs: 3.7 inch display; 5 MP camera; 8GB internal memory, no expandable memory; 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS; 131.5 gm; 1300 mAh battery

Windows Phone operating system looks refreshing, but there are hardly any devices available at less than Rs 15,000. Nokia is trying to go mass market with its new Lumia 610. This is a device that will be low on specs, running Windows 6.5 on a 800MHz processor and paired with 256MB RAM. The 3.7-inch display will have Corning Gorilla glass cover. Expected to be launched during the second quarter of 2012, the phone is priced at 189 euros. Nokia will most probably maintain the price and launch the phone in India at around Rs 10,000.

LG OPTIMUS 3D MAX
Specs: 4.3-inch 3D display; 5 MP camera; 1.2GHz dual-core; 1GB RAM; 8 GB storage, expandable; NFC; 148gm; 1520mAh battery

Replacing one of the best 3D phones, the Optimus 3D, is the new Optimus 3D Max. It packs in a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor along with 1GB RAM. It has dual cameras at the back, but this time the 3D images are captured at 5 MP resolution. As the smartphone supports 1080p video recording, the one recorded in 3D is at 720p at 30 fps. This phone too runs on Android v2.3 and is upgradable to Android Ice-Cream Sandwich.

LG OPTIMUS 4XHD
LG was the pioneer in introducing the first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Now, the company has announced its first quad-core processor device. The LG Optimus 4X HD seems to be one of the best offerings with the best hardware and software. With Android IceCream Sandwich onboard, the smartphone has a quad-core processor that is clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 1GB RAM. The slim device at 8.9mm has a bright 720p HD resolution 4.2-inch display.

SAMSUNG GALAXY BEAM
Specs: 4-inch display; 5 MP camera; 1GHz dual-core; 768 MB RAM; 8 GB memory, 32 GB expandable; Android 2.3; 2000 mAh battery

This isn't the flagship product from the company, but comes with the capability to project images. The Galaxy Beam has a 15 lumens lamp capable of projecting up to 50-inch wide hi-def images. The device in itself has a 4-inch wide display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP camera, but runs on Android 2.3 and might not be upgraded to Ice-Cream Sandwich.

SAMSUNG GALAXY III
This has not been officially announced yet, but rumours mills indicate it will have a 4.8-inch HD display. If leaks are to believed, the Galaxy SIII will be a quad-core powered with each core running at 1.5GHz. Taking a leap ahead, it might also have 2GB RAM and a 12 MP auto focus camera. One thing we know about the smartphone is that Samsung will announce it sometime soon at a company specific event.

SONY XPERIA P
Specs: 4 inch Reality display; 8 MP camera; 1GHz dual; Android 4.0.
Sony's Xperia P is one gorgeous looking device that you would would love to flaunt. It is crafted from a single piece of aluminium and has a 4-inch display with Sony's innovative WhiteMagic technology. There is also a SmartDock that connects to multiple screens.

Courtesy: Gadgets and Gizmos

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