This 2011, there’s exciting news for early technology adopters in the United States because this Spring and Summer there will be major smartphone releases by HTC, Sony Ericsson and T-Mobile.
Here are 4 smartphone releases in the U.S. to keep an eye on.
HTC EVO 3D
The previous EVO model was the first 4G phone available for American consumers. The HTC EVO 3D is arriving this summer 2011 and will allow you to shoot and watch high-def 3D videos…without the funny looking blue and red glasses. Given the current craze for everything 3D in the U.S. (3D movies, 3D TVs, 3D portable game consoles), it appears to be a smart move by HTC to make this release. Another upgrade is improved browsing with a fast dual-core processor. Unlike the iPhone, the HTC EVO 3D not only plays Flash but has the latest Flash player, so you never miss anything on the Internet. One downside of the phone’s 3D capability is that there are few 3D apps for you to truly take advantage of the new HTC EVO’s 3D experience. Available in the U.S. through Sprint.
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is a fun phone that brings the slide-out keyboard to new heights. Instead of a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, this phone offers you a slide-out PlayStation controller for you to use while playing Android OS games. In the near future, this phone will also feature PlayStation games. The Los Angeles Times reports that this phone would come preloaded in the U.S. with the following games: Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. By the time of the Sonny Ericsson Xperia Play’s launch, it is expected that The Los Angeles Times also reports that the phone has a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA camera on the front for video chatting. While PSP fans may claim that the gaming capability is not at par with current PSP portable consoles, it is a good first step by Sonny. Available in the U.S. through Verizon.
Microsoft has created a lot of buzz through the release of its Windows Phone 7 operating system. The HTC HD7S is the most robust Windows smartphone out there. This phone has a 4.3-inch super LCD screen that provides very sharp image quality. The image quality upgrade, a Super LCD screen, makes the phone stand out from other similar smartphones on the market. CNET Reviews reports that the HTC HD7S features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, and built-in kickstand One thing that this Windows phone has that Android phones don’t have yet is the Netflix app. The Netflix app is free on the Windows Marketplace. Available in the U.S. through AT&T.
T-Mobile G2x with Google
The T-Mobile G2X with Google is the most anticipated mobile product from LG for this 2011. Even though this phone is not boasting any particular feature, it has received very positive reviews across the board. The G2X runs Android 2.2 and its powerful processors allow you not only to run apps very fast but also to stream video data at high speeds. While this smartphone is bulky, you will appreciate all the available ports: a microUSB port and a mini HDMI port. This means that you can charge your phone, while sharing a full HD 1080p video feed. Gamers will be happy to hear that this phone will come preoloaded in the U.S. with Need for Speed Shift H. Also, you will have access to on-demand shows through T-Mobile TV, Zinio and Qik, and have access to the NVIDIA Tegra Zone app. Available in the U.S. through T-Mobile.