8 Exciting Android Smartphones for 2013

While 2012 was an exciting year for the Android smartphone, 2013 is already shaping up to be an equally exciting year as Android manufacturers look to push the limits of mobile technology once again. But which Android devices do we think will be the most exciting of the year? Here, we take a look at what we think will be the eight most exciting Android smartphones over the course of next year.

Read: 8 Exciting Smartphones for 2013.

The year has wound down and already, we have an idea about what to expect from Android devices in 2013. In addition to rumors, we’ve also seen some devices launch with technology that will surely be fastened to Android smartphones in the coming year. First, there was the launch of the first quad-core powered smartphones combined with 4G LTE data speeds. Before 2012, smartphones boasting both of those features did not exist. Now, with the Galaxy Note 2 on shelves, they will likely be commonplace.

We also saw the release of the Droid DNA on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Droid DNA not only sports a quad-core processor with 4G LTE, but it also uses a 1080p full HD display that offers 440 pixels-per-inch. It’s the first phone in the United States to sport that kind of technology and it will likely, like the quad-core and 4G LTE, set a trend for the coming year.

Of course, those aren’t the only features to look for in 2013. We should see some new thrilling designs, cameras that finally do Android phones justice, and quite possibly, Google’s best Android operating system yet in Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie which is likely going to be debuted at Google I/O in May.

Those technological prospects are exciting but what about the devices that employ them? There are quite a few exciting Android devices for 2013 that are already on our radar. And there are some that haven’t materialized yet. That being said, rumored or not, here are the eight Android smartphones that we think will be the most exciting devices in the upcoming year.

Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4, which will likely be the successor to the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S3, is already rumored for a release in the first half of 2013 with a bunch of high-end features, features that could propel sales to new heights.

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On board the Galaxy S4 is said to be a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display with 441 pixels-per-inch, a quad-core processor, 13MP camera and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. In other words, it should definitely trump the Galaxy S3 which already is widely considered to be one of the best Android smartphones of all time.

Look for the device to be one of the best Android smartphones of the year and easily, one of the most exciting.

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Comments

  1. JB says

    There’s only one new phone on that list. The others are new versions of current phones. Anyone could predict those.

  2. gcygd says

    Jolla phone could be interesting(promised to arrive by next summer), although it’s getting more and more difficult to stand out from the masses these days.

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  4. Randy says

    Why would Nexus NOT get 4GLTE — still? Makes no sense! Can’t someone like AT&T bully them into it? I’m in a hair salon all day and we have 4GLTE here; can’t imagine surfing for hairstyles without it.

    • Rambir says

      Although it is widely used in the US and Canada, worldwide it is barely noticed. Only the UK and Australia have LTE outside north America and here in the UK it only one carrier has it, and they only have 3 phones supporting it and it is very expensive and in few cities. Google are waiting for it to develop. HSDPA+ is more common worldwide and is fairly quick and with the same traffic can practically reach the same download speeds (upload speeds it is trounced and with low traffic LTE is much faster). Another reason is battery life as the LTE Galaxy Nexus had shocking battery life. And finally is the carrier as the carrier has to approve the software and adds all kinds of things which slow the updates and make it non pure android. And without pure android, it’s not a true nexus. When LTE is a standard, Google will support it but until then it won’t.

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  6. matthew says

    what about the zte apache? how can you not see the first 8 core phone as exciting? especially with a claimed 4 gig of ram 1080p screen 5 inch display and apparenty amazing battery life

  7. Bdizzo says

    When is Sony Yuga(Sony Xperia Z) being released in United States? And who will be their carrier?

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