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Upcoming smartphones in the UK

The march of the smartphone seems never-ending. 2010 saw the implementation of front and rear cameras ready for video chat on the 4G network. What does 2011 and 2012 hold?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo is small and powerful. Aren’t they all? Well, yes, but what’s special about Xperia Neo is the 8.1 megapixel camera that feeds your stills and moving images through their mobile Bravia Engine. The on screen results are stunning. Video is full HD and the mini HDMI port allows you to screen your mobile epics on your HD TV.

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Sony Ericsson has embedded Facebook into the Neo, allowing users to share, like and comment on the multimedia they have on their phone. This will be great for users who already do this, but for users who prefer the vast expanse of the web, rather than the facebook village, this may prove to be a non-feature. The Timescape feature still allows you to gather all the social activities of your friends onto a single interface, so if you’re not a huge Facebook fan, you can still get the best from this phone.

XPERIA Neo runs Android Gingerbread, giving you everything the Android Market offers. If you’re looking for a smartphone that gives you the edge on stills and moving image quality, there will be plenty of Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo deals to come and it is already available at some retailers.

iPhone 5 is rumoured to be scheduling it’s UK release for November 2011 (but this could just as likely slip back to early 2012). Early indications say Apple will increase the storage from 16 & 32gb models to 32 & 64gb. The race for the slimmest phone on earth will continue in earnest, as Apple unveil a yet more refined and ‘beautiful’ handset. The signal issues will surely have been addressed and users can expect iPhone 5 to have none of the problems iPhone 4 caused the billion dollar giant real embarrassment. The 4G network will carry high speed video chat and battery life will certainly be improved. Besides these goodies, Apple will also be unveiling some surprises.

HTC Salsa is a purely touch screen smartphone with one difference: It is a ‘Facebook phone’. The Facebook logo sits neatly on a button below the 3.4 inch screen. When you take photos, listen to music, or interact with any content that can be shared on Facebook, the button will flash at you as if to say “share this”. Press it and it takes you straight to a box that allows you to update Facebook with a status , or content. If Facebook is your favoured social network, this button will allow you to click less and interact more.

It also runs Android Gingerbread 2.3 with HTC Sense, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing camera.

The HTC Salsa is available exclusively on o2 in the UK.


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