since a marauding swarm of phone manufacturers under the fade of Google Android are back for their turf, and they’re not appurtenant cobbling together iPhone-wannabes anymore. From the world’s nonpareil dual-screen smartphone to a phone with all the processing power of a laptop – and a dock that turns essential into one – these next-generation smartphones bequeath all bring something totally unique to the battlefield when they arrive soon.
The pitch: Two is always better than one, which makes the LG Optimus 2x, the world’s superlative dual-core smartphone, quite a catch. Nvidia’s hotrod Tegra 1 processor enables rich gaming, serum multitasking also constant 1080p video capture. With the HDMI output, you can hook it boost to your TV and watch movies on the big screen, agency 1080p.
Skeptic’s slant: Apps have to epitomize specially developed to take advantage of the dual-core design, which capability few of them will really tap into what the Optimus 2x can do at launch.
Availability: Rumors trust the Optimus 2x launching in overdue March or opening April, but LG will launch the Optimus 2x as a “world phone.” That means it won’t be appearing up at the store down the street screen a hefty subsidy flip over phones that carriers officially adopt – you’ll have to snag it online, without a contract, as a hefty sum.
The pitch: Plug Motorola’s Atrix 4G into its optional dock and the courteous smartphone becomes a 13-inch notebook, giving you a full-size screen, keyboard, and prone a separate battery to charge the phone thanks to it sits.
Skeptic’s slant: The non-compulsory laptop dock will cost you $500, and as a result of it doesn’t run Windows 7, it does a lot less than a $350 netbook would.
Availability: AT&T bequeath inaugurate the Atrix 4G owing to preorder on February 13, again begin transport units jaunt 6 or earlier. The phone itself runs because $199 with a two-year contract.
The pitch: When the Echo’s little 3.5-inch touchscreen starts to feel a little cramped, slide unfeigned apart and a second identical screen rises up to meet it, providing a combined 4.7 inches of glowing LCD. The two screens allow you to browse side-by-side websites, read an e-mail in one screen while you reply importance another, again parallel acting games like The Sims where single monitor acts as a controller, similar to the Nintendo DS.
Skeptic’s slant: Not many apps will activity with the dual-screen functionality right off the bat, also running two displays at once will cost you big time on battery life.
Availability: Sprint cede offer the cool gadgets for preorder inside the to be some weeks considering $199 with contract, but it won’t begin shipping until spring.
Samsung Infuse 4G
The pitch: stow away a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus reveal and a body as subaqueous as a pencil, the Infuse 4G leave be both the largest and thinnest telephone in AT&T’s portfolio. Thanks to HSPA+ 4G, tangible will additionally mean one of the fastest on the network. And did we mention it shoots 1080p video?
Skeptic’s slant: Sprint’s 4.3-inch EVO 4G already dropped jaws (and stretched pockets) with its monitor size. Is a 4.5-inch screen on a phone really practical?
Availability: the new electronic gadgets of Samsung’s Infuse 4G will arrive prerogative the second part of 2011 exclusively on AT&T.
The pitch: Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset commit also be the capital to support Skype-to-Skype video – with or without Wi-Fi. No more clambering round to find a hotspot when you want to videoconference, besides being limited to friends reserve Facetime. It packs the leveled jumbo-sized 4.3-inch liquid crystal display and 8-megapixel digicam thanks to Sprint’s EVO 4G.
Skeptic’s slant: It’s warmed-over EVO 4G on Verizon. On second thought, perhaps that’s no longer same a unhealthy thing after all.
Availability: Rumors once pointed to a Valentine’s Day release, but the present leaked documents now show “no ETA.”