With CES now over for another year, it’s safe to say that the tech world has seen its first glimpse of the best advances in smartphone development over the past year – and there are plenty of new features on offer across the board to be excited about. From the iPhone 5 to the new Android and its new capabilities, it’s going to be an exciting year for top-of-the-line and budget smartphones. Here are the ones to look out for.
1. HTC M7
The much-anticipated HTC M7 is widely believed to be a hopeful new flagship handset from the currently ailing tech giant. Due to preview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, it’s purported to boast a 4.7-inch display, 13-megapixel camera and the new HTC Sense 5.0 software.
2. Apple iPhone
Apple has been characteristically cagey about information regarding the new iPhone, but early reports seem to suggest the team is aiming for a summer release date. Online speculation is laying expectations for higher resolution displays, HFC capability and the long-awaited wireless charging.
3. Sony Xperia Z
Launched at CES, this new Sony flagship phone features a 5-inch display, Sony’s Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. It also promises to be water and dust-resistant, with a durable glass touchscreen. It’s expected in the first quarter of 2013.
4. Samsung Galaxy S4
Originally expected at this month’s CES, the Galaxy S4 is now pegged for a May release. Notable rumours include the update to a five-inch screen, a 13-megapixel camera on the back and 2-megapixel front-facing lens, and perhaps most bizarrely a flexible, foldable display.