A trio of Android’s upcoming all-swinging, all-kicking heavyweights are now available to preorder for punters waiting in anticipation of their release in Blighty this spring.
Sony Ericsson’s upcoming gaming smartphone hybrid, the Xperia Play, LG’s dual core powerhouse Optimus 3D and the much-touted sequel to Samsung’s next flagship smartie, the Galaxy S 2, are currently available for preorder online from vendors Play and Expansys.
The Xperia Play, which comes loaded with PlayStation classics and marries the design elements of the X10 and a PSP go with a 4-inch touchscreen panel and a slide-out gamepad that houses the time-honoured PlayStation face buttons, plus a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and five-megapixel snapper, is available to preorder SIM free on Play for £519.99 from Play.com, while Expansys is asking £20 more. Both sites expect to have the hot bit of kit in stock on March 28th.
The LG Optimus 3D, meanwhile, is the first ever Android smartphone with 3D video playback without needing the silly specs and comes locked and loaded with a dual core 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 series processor and an eight-megapixel camera capable of shooting 3D clips. This one is due to become available on April 25th and will set you back £514.99 from both Expansys and Play.
Finally, the Samsung Galaxy S 2, which succeeds the critically and commercially acclaimed Galaxy, is available to preorder from Expansys for a whopping £649.99 for the 16GB model, for which buyers will be treated to a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a blisteringly fast 1.2 GHz dual core processor to keep things ticking over smoothly, an eight-megapixel snapper with full HD video recording in 1080 and last but surely not least, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, which will allow the handset to be used as an electronic wallet.
Of course, those looking to subsidise the rather hefty asking price for the phones, will be able to do so with a raft of contract options.
Both 3 and Vodafone have confirmed they will be offering the Optimus 3D at launch, and they will be joined by O2 and Orange for the Xperia Play. Although the Galaxy S 2 has yet to confirm launch partners, you can pretty much expect every major operator in the country to snap it up.
Watch this space for further announcements regarding the handsets in the coming weeks.