If you’re in the market for a new smartphone you are entering an Aladdin’s cave of choice. 2012 is probably the biggest and best year yet for smartphones and there are many great handsets available, regardless of available budget. The chances are you are already well aware of market leading phones such as the Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, these phones receive so much hype they are hard not to notice. However, away from the media spotlight there are many other phones worthy of your attention. Here are the 5 least known but worthy smartphones that you might want to take a look at.
1) Huawei Ascend D Quad
Huawei are a Chinese phone manufacturer that is slowly making a name for themselves in the western smartphone markets. Although you may not have heard of it, the Huawei Ascend D Quad is a phone that can rival the likes of the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 in terms of specs. This phone has a 4.5 inch 720×1280 326ppi display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. It also runs the latest Android OS, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The quality does not end their either, an 8-MP primary camera with 1080p recording and a whole host of features makes this a real top-tier smartphone.
2) Meizu MX 4-core
Another big player from the Chinese market is the Meizu MX, a phone that is being rolled out globally and is already hot property on eBay. As the name suggests, the 4-core packs a quad-core processor clocking 1.4GHz. Meizu has long had a reputation for producing phones that are almost identical to the iPhone and that is clear in the design of the MX, although the 4 inch screen does not quite match the quality of the iPhone 4S. Android 4.0 ICS provides the OS and 1GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB storage options ensure that everything runs slick. The 4-core sports a nice 8-MP rear-facing camera and VGA secondary camera.
3) Lenovo LePhone K860
The third manufacturer I want you to pay your attention is Lenovo. We all know this brand in the PC market, but as the company has announced they are planning to sell almost 18 million smarthones this year. Looking at the features of the Lenovo LePhone K860 that statement seems quite possible. The Lenovo LePhone K860 is packed with a 5-inch HD (1280×720) touchscreen, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and measures 143.6×74.5×9.6 mm.
4) Oppo Finder
Agian China. This time we are dealing with the slimmest smartphone in the world—the Oppo Finder. It comes with 6.65mm thickness, but besides this feature there are myriad of others worthy of our attention. The phone is equipped with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, which is also capable of 720p video capture, a 1.3MP frontal camera recording 720p videos. And the Oppo Finder will come running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
5) Pantech Vega S5
Unlike the former 4 smartphones, this one comes from a South Korean manufacturer, Pantech. This handsets can boast of many awesome features that let us throw this phone into the category of the best unknonwn smartphones. The Pantech Vega S5 packed with a 5-inch 720×1280 IPS touchscreen (the S III sports a 4.8-inch display). Thanks to “Zero Bezel” technology, it is narrower than Samsung’s representative. Besides this, it is also packed with a Snapdragon S4 processor, a 13MP rear camera with continuous autofocus and zero shutter lag, a 2100mAh battery providing up to 11 hours of talk-time, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. At the end, you should know the Vega S5 is 6.89mm thick, which is way slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S III coming with 8.6mm thickness.
6) Panasonic Eluga
The latest phone in our chart is the Panasonic Eluga. It sports 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 540×960 and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which will be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS soon after the launch (as Panasonic promises before summer). The body of the device will be only 7.8mm, which is super slim compared with other similar models. The slim design also influenced the weight of the device, which is only 103 grams. The model will use a 1GHz dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel rear camera.
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