Since the introduction of the iPhone, the mobile phone market has shifted. The iPhone introduced common mobile phone users to smartphones, and they started exploring the advanced features of these new mobile phones. While the iPhone continues to sell well, other big names are giving it serious competition. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the mobile phones due for release this year.
1. Windows Phone 7 Series
Windows Phone 7 Series will hit the market this holiday season. It is Microsoft’s hottest and greatest mobile platform that will use XNA and Silverlight to write apps. The interface of the Windows Phone 7 is completely different – ‘oversized, colorful flat squares fill its screen’. It brings together a bunch of Microsoft services like Zune, Bing, and Xbox. HTC will provide hardware for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft will decide what hardware will go into the device. This phone is going be rich in apps and have everything anyone could ever dream of in a mobile phone.
2. BlackBerry 9800 / The Torch 9800
The BlackBerry 9800, rumored to be called the Torch 9800, is slated to be released in early August this year. The new slider smartphone will have both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen. With features like a touchscreen, HVGA display, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB on board storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 n and the new BlackBerry OS 6.0, BlackBerry 9800 is set to complete with the iPhone. This upcoming BlackBerry is a highly anticipated device from RIM.
3. Nokia N8
Nokia’s intuitive smartphone, the Nokia N8, is the world’s first Symbian ^3 device. This compact mobile phone comes with a 12 megapixel camera, 3.5 inch AMOLED touchscreen display and it supports USBToGo. With USBToGo, you can plug in external drives and memory sticks to your N8 and manage files. This multimedia powerhouse by Nokia will compete with the iPhone 4 and most Android driven phones. Nokia N8 will hit the market in early August of 2010.
4. LG Optimus Z
The Android powered ‘Optimus Z’ is one of the most ambitious phones by LG. Loaded with updated version 2.2 of Android (Froyo); Optimus Z is set to enter the markets in the fourth quarter of 2010. This phone has a 1 GHz snapdragon processor by Qualcomm, 3.8 inch AMOLED touchscreen display and a 5 megapixel camera. It supports all connectivity options and is equipped with Bluetooth 2.1 as well as an in-built GPS transceiver.
5. Motorola Droid 2
The Motorola Droid 2 is the true successor to the Motorola Droid. It resembles the original Droid very much and is packed with a speedy 1 GHz processor and a more tactile keyboard. The Droid 2 is expected to be launched with updated Android 2.2 in August this year. As far as the specs go, it has 3.7 inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, and 8 GB of internal storage.
- Windows Phone 7, https://www.brighthub.com/mobile/emerging-platforms/articles/82004.aspx
- BlackBerry 9800 / The Torch 9800, https://www.brighthub.com/mobile/blackberry-platform/reviews/82929.aspx
- Nokia N8, https://www.brighthub.com/mobile/symbian-platform/reviews/83069.aspx
- LG Optimus Z, https://www.brighthub.com/mobile/manufacturers/reviews/76847.aspx
- Motorola Droid 2, https://www.brighthub.com/mobile/motorola/reviews/96160.aspx
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