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Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

Upcoming Smartphones to Check Out in 2013

It seems that 2013 will be giving us a lot of exciting smartphones! Here’s a list of some that we’ll be seeing this year:

Apple iPhone 5S

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    Apple will be back with the iPhone 5S, so for those who just bought the iPhone 5, don’t get in a tizzy because there’s no iPhone 6 this year. The iPhone 5S is expected to have a faster A6X processor, an amazing 15MP camera, and a longer battery life—those are the rumors thus far. So, why is this smartphone worth the wait? Well, despite the same old physical design, we just can’t get enough of the iPhone and it’ll be great to see all the new features when it arrives.

    HTC M7

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      A follow-up to the HTC One Series, the M7 is expected to have a 4.7-inch HD SoLux display with a 467 PPI pixel density. Rumored to run on Android 4.2, this new smartphone from HTC will also have the latest version of Sense, 5.0. It will have a quad-core Qualcomm processor and a 32GB internal storage capacity, and other rumored features include: 2GB of RAM, 4G network, 3G Network, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other standard connectivity options. It is also expected to have a 13MP camera and a 2MP front camera for video chat.

      Samsung Galaxy S4

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        Of course, 2013 would be incomplete without a new addition to the Samsung Galaxy series. Last year, the Galaxy S3 became the bestselling smartphone in the market. The Galaxy S4 will definitely entice many consumers once it is released this year. It will have a 5-inch full HD display with an impressive 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 440 PPI. Rumor has it that it will be released in the first quarter. It will probably run on Google’s latest Android operating system; Jelly Bean.

        The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be powered by a 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 Processor and an ARM Mali-400MP quad-core GPU. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it also has a microSD slot.

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        Why is this exciting? Well, Samsung already gave us the S3, which was phenomenal, and then the Note 2, which was better, thanks to its larger screen. This Korean company has given us amazing smartphones, so there’s no question that the S4 will be explosive. Besides, improving the already-great S3 is like heaven’s gift to techies.

        Blackberry Z10

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          Although there was a gradual decrease in the hype for a BlackBerry phone, it seems that Research In Motion is going to build it up again this January. No longer a rumor, this upcoming phone will be released on January 30. The first BlackBerry smartphone to run on the latest operating system for BlackBerrys, it has a 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels that has a pixel density of 356 PPI. Its rear camera offers 8MP while the front one offers 2MP for video chat. Although it only comes with a 16GB storage capacity, it supports a microSD card, so that’s a huge plus. I’m pretty sure that BlackBerry fans, who have been waiting for new BlackBerry smartphones, are excited for the Z10.

          Conclusion

          This year seems to be full of promises as it is filled with smartphones that have innovative hardware and software. Other than the mentioned upcoming phones, Samsung has also developed the Youm, which is a flexible touchscreen.

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          In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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