New releases of Android smartphones are happening each week. All four major carriers in the United States are going to launch at least one unit in the weeks to come (that’s a lot of phones IMO). With 4G right around the corner and mobile hardware and software getting better and better, you should take a look at what’s coming down the pike in the next couple of months before you buy. Here are some of the upcoming Android phones this summer and I hope that you will like some of my choices.
1. Motorola DROID Bionic
The DROID Bionic was one of Motorola’s darlings at CES this year. After that, news on the powerful device fell flat. Rumors suggest Motorola went back to the drawing board and redesigned the phone. That seems to be the case as this leaked Best Buy ad for the Bionic shows.
Key Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, HDMI mirroring, dual-core processor, runs on Verizon’s 4G network
Release date: Likely by this fall
2. Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung’s Galaxy S II is arguably the most-anticipated Android phone of 2011. Unfortunately, it has been plagued by delays in the U.S. and is only available in South Korea and Europe. (It was originally supposed to launch in March.) We got our hands on an international version of the Galaxy S II
Key Specs: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Release date: Hopefully before summer ends, but you never know
Despite lackluster reviews on the Xperia Play “PlayStation Phone,” Sony hasn’t given up on Android yet. The Xperia Pro is marketed toward enterprise customers and people who send a lot of e-mails on the go.
Key Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch display
Release date: Another phone plagued by delays. Your guess is as good as ours.
4. Samsung Galaxy Z
The Galaxy Z is the cheaper little brother to the Galaxy S II. But it’s no slouch. It still packs a 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs Gingerbread. The downside? It looks like the Galaxy Z is only available overseas.
Key Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 5 MP camera, 4.2-inch display
Release date: Possibly never in the U.S.
5. Motorola Triumph
The Triumph will be Motorola’s first Android phone on Virgin Mobile, and based on the specs, could end up as the best pre-paid phone you can get.
Key Specs: 4.1-inch screen, 5 MP camera
Release date: No hard date, but likely this fall
6. Motorola Photon
Motorola’s Photon is a lot like the current Atrix 4G, but designed to run on Sprint’s 4G network. It’ll also be an international phone. Perfect for globetrotters.
Key Specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 8 MP camera that shoots 1080p HD video, dual-core Tegra 2 processor
Release date: No hard date, but likely by this fall
7. T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide
T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Slide (which is actually manufactured by HTC) adds a slide-out keyboard to the already popular myTouch 4G. It also boasts an impressive camera that takes panoramic and HDR photos and shoots photos without shutter lag.
Key Specs: Zero shutter lag, 3.7-inch display, slide-out keyboard
Release date: July 2011
8. Nexus 3/Nexus 4G/Nexus Prime
There are a bunch of conflicting rumors surrounding Google’s next Nexus-branded phone. Here are the most likely ones: It will run stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It won’t have buttons — everything will be controlled from the touchscreen. It will launch late this fall.
Other rumors: Samsung is making it. HTC is making it. LG is making it. It will be called the Nexus Prime. It will be called the Nexus 4G.
See what we mean about conflicting rumors? The only thing we know for sure is that a Nexus phone is coming, and it will probably be a winner.
Key (rumored) Specs: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE compatible, 5 MP camera that records 1080p HD video
Rumored release date: Late fall 2011