If you thought 2011 was the year of the smartphone, you have lots more to look forward to – better features, better operating systems, better graphics, better battery life and better compatibility. HT reported that the smartphone market in India which was standing at an approximate of 85 lakh devices sold in 2011 is expected to double in 2012. If this report is anything to go by, these 5 smartphones amongst many others will be picked up in 2012 very soon.
Nokia Lumia 900
After the mild success of the Nokia Lumia 800, the 900 series is ready to hit the Indian shores with NFC and a 1.4GHz processor, 4.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 16GB internal storage, 8 MP camera with a dual-LED flash and 720p video recording. The Lumia 900 which was showcased in the CES show in USA recently was an LTE version (4G), which is currently not suitable for Indian markets. But according to a few sources, the non-LTE version will arrive in by June 2012. The 4G-ready Nokia Lumia 900 which was recently launched in the US too will come to India soon, reported HT.
Sony Ericsson ‘Live with Walkman’
This Android based smartphone will offer 1GHz processor, 3.2 inch display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 5 MP camera. At a cool price of Rs 14,549 approximately, this phone will get an Android 4.0 update later on, TOI reported. With an internal phone memory of up to 320 MB and other standard smartphone features, this phone is yet another innovation from Ericsson in its tradition of launching music centric phones.
Sony Xperia Arc HD aka Nazomi
Rumored to release in India and internationally sometime in 2012, the Xperia Arc HD will have 4.3-inch LCD screen with 720p HD resolution, an Adreno 220 GPU power unit, 16GB and 32GB memory options, 1GB RAM and 12 MP camera. Only the official launch will tell us whether the smartphone runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread or the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Everyone has been waiting for this smartphone to hit the market, but according to recent announcements by Samsung India on Twitter, the launch in India could be delayed until March 2012. The 4.7 inch Google phone will feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and a HD Super AMOLED display. Speculations are that Samsung delayed its launch due to the apparent failure of the iPhone4 in the price sensitive Indian market, as per reports. This third gen Google flagship phone was released all over the world in 2011.
Samsung Galaxy S III
We’ve already covered Samsung Galaxy S II in our list of the Top 10 smartphones of India in 2011 and looking at its success, SG3 may well become a hit amongst Indian smartphone users. With speculations surrounding its release, some sources say that it may be internationally announced at the Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona in February 2012 before it hits the Indian shores late in April 2012. It will feature an HD display, a 10 MP camera, 1.8 GHz quad-core processor with Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The SG3 also boasts of 32 GB inbuilt storage, with extra expandable storage. Official announcements are still awaited.
Which other Smartphones do you think will make waves in 2012?