Top 10 Best Upcoming Android ICS Smartphones 2012

Posted on Jan 29 2012 - 2:44am by Techzek

Say, Do you have any idea about this year’s upcoming Android ICS Smartphone? If you do, then you’re probably thinking of getting one. It may take a while but this year will surely be filled with lots of high-end smartphones that will, of course, be powered by Google’s latest Android platform. The Galaxy Nexus may have been the world’s first phone to be equipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but it would be a lot better if you can choose the one that’s ideal for your needs.

That is one of the main reasons why we have compiled a list for this year’s best upcoming Android ICS smartphones. We want you to have a choice and we want you to choose the phone that you like most. So, without further ado, feel free to scroll over our list below. The phones are in random order though.

1 – Huawei Ascend P1

The Ascend P1 is a decent-looking handset that’s made by Huawei, one of the leading manufacturers of budget-friendly Android devices. But it seems that this phone won’t be as affordable as the rest. Officially announced at the recent CES, the smartphone flaunts a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen Display with Corning Gorilla Glass and full screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Though there are speculations that the handset will be sold under the $600 price tag, its official retail price remains unannounced.

Huawei Ascend P1

Status: Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual Core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED flash (rear) / 1.3MP (front)
Display: 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive 540 x 960p Display
Weight: 130 grams

2 – Huawei Ascend P1 S

The Huawei Ascend P1 S is the slimmer counterpart of the Ascend P1. Sporting a sleek form factor that doesn’t go any thicker than 6.7mm, the handset’s specs can somewhat be compared to its thicker variant. It has also been speculated that the phone will be priced somewhere in between $300 – $400 and will cost a bit more than the Ascend P1.

Huawei Ascend P1 S

Status: Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual Core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED flash (rear) / 1.3MP (front)
Display: 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive 540 x 960p Display
Weight: 130 grams

3 – HTC Edge

Fresh from the rumor mill is the Tegra 3 powered HTC Edge. The smartphone will no doubt be part of this year’s quad core line-up. There’s no clear statement that could confirm the phone’s official date of release but leaks have been eyeing for a possible late Q1 – early Q2 launch. The phone’s price remains unknown.

HTC Edge

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense UI
Processor: 1.5GHz Quad Core NVIDIA Tegra 3
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED flash with front facing camera
Display: 4.7 inch Capacitive Touch Screen 720 x 1280p Display
Weight: unknown

4 – HTC Primo

The fourth ICS-powered smartphone in the list is the HTC Primo. Unlike its quad core cousin, the Primo will be equipped with a 1GHz Dual Core Processor. So they say, the handset will be offered as a mid-ranged handset with pretty decent features and specs. But what makes this phone even more tempting is that it will have its Beats Audio system. The HTC Primo will be sold around $300 to $400 and will most likely hit the shelves by Q3 2012.

HTC Primo

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense UI
Processor: 1GHz Dual Core CPU
RAM and Storage: 512MB of RAM
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 5MP with auto focus and geo-tagging
Display: 3.7 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touch Screen Display
Weight: unknown

5 – HTC Ville

Similar to the HTC Primo, the HTC Ville will also be equipped with Beats Audio. But that’s not all. The handset will also be one of HTC’s thinnest smartphones. Recent leaks have also stated that the sub-8mm thick mobile device will soon be making its long-awaited debut at T-Mobile. Do expect that you will be required to avail the carrier’s two-year network subscription. The phone’s price remains to be told.

HTC Ville

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense UI 4.0
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual Core CPU
RAM and Storage: unknown
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED Flash / Secondary front-facing camera
Display: 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Capacitive Touch Screen 540 x 960p Display
Weight: unknown

6 – LG X3

If you’re currently looking for a quad core handset, then you’d better not miss this new phone from LG. Dubbed as the LG X3, the handset will most likely be making its first ever public appearance at the forthcoming 2012 MWC. Appearance wise, the smartphone looks very slim (which will probably be less than 9mm thick) and it will also be equipped with a long-lasting 2000 mAh battery. There are also speculations stating that the X3 will be launched by the end of this year’s second quarter. Sadly, the phone’s price remains unknown.

LG X3

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor: 1GHz Quad Core CPU
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM with 16GB of storage
External Memory: up to 32GB micro SD
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED flash / 1.3MP front facing camera
Display: 4.7 inch IPS LCD Capacitive Touch Screen 720 x 1280p Display
Weight: unknown

7 – Sony Xperia S

Of all the phones that we have mentioned, the Sony Xperia S can definitely be considered as one of the most elegant-looking phones of this year. As of now, the phone can be pre-ordered at selected UK e-retailers for £450 that’s more or less equivalent to $700. There’s no exact date as to when the phone will be officially launched but some stores have already claimed that the Xperia S will be put on sale by the 5th of March. As of now, the phone is currently being offered with Android Gingerbread but Sony did promise to upgrade the handset’s firmware to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony Xperia S

Status: Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1.GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage
External Memory: NONE
Camera: 12MP with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED Flash
Display: 4.3 inch LED Backlit LCD Capacitive Touchscreen 720 x 1280p Display
Weight: 144 grams

8 – Sony Xperia Ion

If you think that the Sony Xperia S is too classy, then you might as well check this newly-announced phone from Sony. Dubbed as the Sony Xperia Ion, the handset can definitely take pride of its modern-styled form factor. Just like the Xperia S, the Ion’s Android Gingerbread firmware will later on be upgraded to Android 4.0. The phone’s official date of release remains unknown (sometime around Q2) but it has already been revealed that the phone will be part of AT&T’s blazing-fast 4G LTE network. Guess you will have to save some money even if the phone’s price has still been left untold.

Sony Xperia Ion

Status: Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: 1.GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage
External Memory: up to 32GB of micro SD
Camera: 12MP with auto focus, geo-tagging, LED Flash, 3D sweep panorama and face/smile detection
Display: 4.55 inch LED Backlit LCD Capacitive Touchscreen 720 x 1280p Scratch-Resistant Display
Weight: 144 grams

9 – Sony Ericsson LT22i Nypon

Still in the rumor mill, the Sony Ericsson LT22i Nypon has recently made an appearance in the NenaMark Benchmark. Though the phone’s official date of release remains unannounced, a lot are speculating that Sony will unveil their fruity-flavored Nyphon at the MWC next month. Even so, a recently leaked roadmap has revealed that the handset will most likely be put on sale sometime around April under its 370 Euro (around $450) price tag.

Sony Ericsson LT22i Nypon

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread with Timescape UI (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor: Dual Core NovaThor U8500 Chipset
RAM and Storage: 1GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage
External Memory: no micro SD card slot
Camera: 8MP with auto focus, geo-tagging, LED Flash, 3D sweep panorama and smile detection / 1.3MP 720p front facing camera
Display: 4.0 inch LED Backlit LCD Capacitive Touchscreen 540 x 960p Display
Weight: unknown

10 – Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300

Of course, who would let this phone slip out from our list! We’re speaking of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy S smartphone aka the Samsung Galaxy S III. There’s no word as to when this phone will arrive in the market but we’ve been hearing some reports that the handset will appear at next month’s Mobile World Congress. It is also very expected that the Galaxy S 3 will part of this year’s pool of high-end handsets.

Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300

Status: Not Officially Announced
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz UI 4.0
Processor: 1.8GHz Quad Core Exynos 4212 Chipset
RAM and Storage: 2GB of RAM with 16GB – 32GB of internal storage
External Memory: up to 32GB of micro SD storage
Camera: 12MP with auto focus, geo-tagging, LED Flash, face and smile detection / 2MP front facing camera
Display: 4.6 inch Super AMOLED Plus Capacitive Touchscreen 720 x 1280p Display with Corning Gorilla Glass Protection
Weight: unknown

There you have it folks! The above mentioned Smartphones are indeed part of our Top 10 List of Best Upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Smartphones. So go ahead and take your pick and do share your insights by leaving a comment below.

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