Nexus One, Desire HTC, Samsung Galaxy S, and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, are all popular 2010 Android phones which will be replaced by a new generation of devices. If you’re expecting to buy an Android phone on early 2011, it is better to wait just a little longer.
LG experienced some success with the Optimus One, but its first truly high-end Android phone is expected to be launched in 2011 as the LG Star. This phone will offer a powerful dual core Tegra2 processor, 4-inch screen, camera, 8-megapixel camera with flash, which can shoot 1080p videos and also an HDMI port. For now, it seems that the Star will be equipped with Android 2.2 (Froyo), but it won’t be surprising to see that it will run Gingerbread at launch, since the stock Android OS seems to have been only minimally altered by LG.
The future looks bright for the Motorola Olympus. It will be equipped with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 4-inch screen and HDMI port. The Motorola Olympus will have the Motoblur interface, which includes the ability to gather contacts and manage social networks. It may have the third version of Motoblur and also other functions. It remains unclear about the internal storage size and the Android version.
Sony Ericsson Z1
Photographs of Sony Ericsson Z1 (Zeus or PlayStation Phone) have been revealed in December 2010. This phone should come with a Qualcomm MSM 8655 1 GHz processor (similar to what we find in Desire HTC Z, but clocked higher at 1 GHz instead of 800 MHz), 512 MB RAM, 1 GB of ROM, 4-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a flash. The Z1 features an advanced support on video games. It may have Android Gingerbread and PlayStation-like interface. It will be sold for $500 and launched around February 2011.
Google Nexus S
We’ve already talked frequently about Nexus S, a Samsung phone, which will have Android Gingerbread. The Nexus S will integrate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and two cameras. It is unclear how the device will be sold, but it may be distributed directly by Google, as was the case with the Nexus One.
Its internal features are quite vague at the moment. There is talk of an internal storage of 16 GB, a 4-inch screen, 512 MB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz processor. Unlike others, the Nexus S will make a late appearance at late 2010.
Samsung Galaxy S2 (i9200)
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is a high-end Android device from Samsung and features a TouchWiz interface (unlike the Nexus S which offers a basic version of Android). Features of the Samsung Galaxy S2 seem a little less confirmed than others, but here is what was published in October by a Russian website:
– Android 3.0.
– 4.3-inch AMOLED screen.
– Resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels.
– 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of ROM.
– Internal memory of 32 GB
– 8-megapixel camera with 1080p recording.
– A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi
– 3.5 mm audio jack.
– Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and ambient light.
It should also be noted that some popular Android phone manufacturers are still missing from the list (HTC, for example). Obviously, there seems to be a good progression between current Android phones (devices launched in 2010) and those that will be launched in 2011. High-end Android phones in 2010 have 1 GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), 3.7-inch screen (4-inch, in the case of Samsung S Galaxy) and a 5-megapixel camera (with or without flash).
In 2011, high-end Android phones will have dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 4-inch screen and 8-megapixel camera.
As you can see it is better to wait for a few months before buying an Android phone. But, that probably depends on your relationship with technology as some people may consider an older device with Android 1.6 is enough for their daily use. However, if you are among those who like to have the ultimate cell phone, it seems that the wait will be worth it.