CES 2012 is well under way. And while the annual gadget fest isn’t normally renowned for serving up mobile delights, this year’s show has delivered some truly stellar new handsets.
From slick new Sony kit to the first Intel-powered Android phones, here’s our pick of the very best on show in Las Vegas.
1 Sony Xperia S
One of two new Sony Xperia NXT devices touted this week (the other is the US only Ion), the Xperia S looks like it could be an instant winner for the Big S, just months after it bought out partner Ericsson and decided to strike out alone in the smartphone stakes.
With a 1.5GHz processor, 12 megapixel camera, NFC smarts and access to Sony’s Music and Video Unlimited services, this is a phone worth getting excited about.
2 Nokia Lumia 900
It might be US-only, but the Nokia Lumia 900 is a statement of intent from both Nokia and Microsoft. Rocking a huge 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, it’s substantially bigger than the Lumia 800 and comes with LTE 4G, the first Nokia phone to cram in the lightning fast standard.
It also has a front-facing camera, unlike its predecessor, with an 8MP shooter round the back.
3 Lenovo K800
One of the first phones to use Intel’s new Medfield chip, as the chip-maker looks to take on ARM, which currently dominates the smartphone scene with its silicon.
The K800 will only be released in China, landing in the second quarter of the year, but it should provide a good idea of what we can expect from similar devices in the coming months.
4 Motorola Intel phone
Motorola’s deal with Intel could be more telling. While it hasn’t shown off final designs, it has signed a multi-year deal to use Intel silicon in its handsets.
This could be potentially huge, seeing as Motorola is now part of Google and it’ll be looking to push these new phones hard over the next 12 months. Moto’s resurgence is just about to gather a lot more pace.
5 Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
While Moto’s Intel phones weren’t yet in evidence on the show floor, it did show off the very slick Droid Razr Maxx.
The follow-up to the relatively new Droid Razr, this phone is slightly larger at 8.9mm, but has a beefier battery, meaning longer charge times for heavy smartphone users.
Word is you’ll get a whacking 21 hours talk time from one charge. That’s a claim that’ll be tested to the max once this phone makes its way out for review.