August 24 2010|06.43 AM UTC

Erik Chang

Upcoming Mobile Phones (August 2010 Edition)

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Since I’m sort of in the market for a new smartphone, I’d thought it’ll be nice to make a list of upcoming mobile phones that Shrinkage readers may also be interested in.  Update posts like these may become regular if demand fits (since its always a headache to keep track of new, upcoming phones).

Samsung Epic 4G
Release date: August 31st, 2010.
Carrier: Available on Sprint.

4G speed (where available); Android 2.2; 4-inch of Super AMOLED (you know it’s good when its “super”); WiFi hub support of up to eight devices (cost $$ with Sprint); and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

HTC Desire
Release date: August 27, 2010.
Carrier: U.S. Cellular (AT&T maybe?)
Website: HTC Product Page

The Nexus One’s bigger cousin, the HTC Desire is similar in internal hardware and specs, with a bit more refined user interface from HTC and running Android 2.2. Most models comes equip with Super AMOLED screens but due to supply issues, certain models may be equipped with Sony’s “Super LCD” display. Word is display quality is slightly worse in contrast ratio but offers better battery life. Check your model before purchase.

Motorola Charm
Release date: August 25th, 2010
Carrier: T-Mobile
Website: Motorola Product Page

A competitor and similarly designed as the Palm Pixi Plus, the Motorola Charm comes with MOTORBLUR to easily sync all your profiles and accounts across social networks and email addresses. The neat trackpad on the back of the handset allows you to navigate without blocking screen real estate, an interesting feature for a phone with small screen footprint. Running on Android 2.1 with Motorola’s own UI and a full QWERTY keyboard. $75 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract.

Samsung Fascinate
Expected release date: October, 2010
Carrier: Verizon

Although not an August or September release, the Samsung Fascinate is a decent handset that you should keep an eye out for. Much like its already released Samsung Galaxy S variant brothers (Vibrant, Captivate and the above mentioned Epic 4G). Verizon is no doubt holding the phone back slightly to avoid butchering its Droid X and Droid 2 sales. The Fascinate comes equip with the slightly faster 1Ghz Hummingbird processor with a newer PowerVR SGX 450. The Galaxy S series of smartphones are one of the new devices thats propelling Android to the top of the smartphone operating system war, with more than a million Galaxy S phones being sold globally since their early June, 2010 launch.

Are there any other phones currently on your watch list? Share them in the comments below!

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Consumer Reviews December 15, 2011 at 12:49 am

i am waiting for the Nokia N9. Which should be No 1 on this list as it has “plenty of surprises for us, and it … will come with industry-leading features” such as NFC, 8mp camera, all screen UI, tough build (no bumpers necessary), pentaband HSPA cat 10

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