Sony announced a new affordable addition to its Xperia smartphone range - Xperia E. Sony's latest Android smartphone will be available in both single and dual SIM versions from Q1 2013. The Xperia E will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
LG's hot-selling Nexus 4 smartphone is expected to make its India debut in January 2013, according to a source. The Nexus 4 is easily one of the most awaited Android phones in India and LG has so far been tightlipped about the phone's India plans. The Nexus 4 is the first phone to come with Google's latest Android 4.2 operating system and has been collaboratively designed by LG and Google and was launched at a price of $299, without contract.
BlackBerry-maker RIM has finally announced that the BlackBerry 10 launch event will take place on January 30, 2013. This day will mark the official launch of its new platform - BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The new phones will be available in stores "not too long after" that, said Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear. The phone will hit store shelves in India in early 2013.
Inspired by the success of the Galaxy Note and its successor the Note II, Samsung has unveiled its budget 5-inch smartphone the Galaxy Grand. The Samsung Galaxy Grand runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor. The Galaxy Grand will be available in two versions, a dual SIM version (GT-I9082) and a single SIM version (GT-I9080). The dual SIM variant will be the first to hit stores. Samsung has not revealed details about the phone's availability and pricing as yet, but the phone will definitely hit the Indian market next year.
The LG Optimus G smartphone with voice-activated power camera is also gearing up for its India launch. The Optimus G boasts a 13 megapixel camera which a user can instruct to take snaps by talking to it, plus a 4.7-inch screen with a sharper picture quality than both the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S III.
Unveiled recently, HTC's 5-inch Butterfly smartphone will hit Indian shores next year. This smartphone's specifications are similar to that of the Japan-only HTC J Butterfly and the US-only Droid DNA. The smartphone comes equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC running at 1.5 GHz and has 2 GB of RAM.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is a mid-range smartphone Windows 8 smartphone. It comes with an exchangeable shell design. The Nokia Lumia 820 comes in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black.
The next year is going to witness the launch of a spate of eye-catchy smartphones in India including the Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus G, BlackBerry phones and HTC Butterfly. Here is a list of the top 10 smartphones, scheduled to be launched in India in 2013.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone. It will make its way to India next year. The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia's largest ever battery (2000mAh) and, for the first time, built-in wireless charging. The Nokia Lumia 920 comes in yellow, red, grey, white and black.
Announced this month, the Nokia Lumia 620 is said to be the most affordable in its range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 620 will be available in a range of colors including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. According to the company, it will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy S III mini, which is a compact version of the company's flagship smartphone Galaxy S III, next year. The Galaxy S III mini shares the Galaxy S III's design. The phone features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. It has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with LED Flash. and a front VGA camera.