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Special report: Part 2 of our look ahead at the year’s biggest handset launches

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Yesterday, Top 10 Mobile Phones gave you the inside line on some of the new mobile phone launches that look set to make 2009 one of the most exciting years ever for handsets. However, yesterday’s report barely scratched the surface of the release schedule for the summer. So, here’s part two of our in-depth look at the shape of phones to come.

As each day brings more news of the ever-worsening recession, you’d think that mobile phone companies would fight shy of releasing multi-functional, expensive handsets. Not so. Or at least no-one seems to have told Motorola. Priced at a princely £1,000 and featuring a radical circular screen that recalls Patek Phillipe watches, the company’s forthcoming Aura handset is the very definition of a high-end mobile phone.

As yet there’s no confirmed release date, but we’re assured that the Aura will appear at some stage during the second quarter. So, interested parties may have to wait a while longer to spend that spare £1,000 that’s burning a hole in their pocket.

If your budget won’t stretch that far, but you’re still in the market for a top of the range handset, we’d recommend you take a look at the LG KB770. Fitted with an integrated digital TV tuner, users will be able to view free-to-air digital TV broadcasts. This means you’ll have you access to all your favourite shows wherever you are.

The handset’s USP, however, is that unlike other TV-enabled phones, the LG KB770 uses DVB-T signals. This should mean that owners benefit from much wider coverage than, for example, people who bought the N96, which used the DVB-H system. We’re yet to get a concrete release date, but you’ll be the first to know when we do.

Meanwhile, if you watch enough TV at home as it is, you might want to try the Sony Ericsson Idou. First unveiled at the Mobile World Congress back in February, it was the cause of much cooing ever since. With its 12 megapixel camera and vast touchscreen, it’s not hard to see why. Expect the Idou to arrive at some time during the second quarter.

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