Latest smartphones on test at the Which? lab
All eyes may be on the Samsung Galaxy S3 but it’s far from the only new smartphone to be announced recently and we’ve just sent five other hot new handsets to our lab for testing. To see how other recent devices performed, read our mobile phone reviews.
HTC One X
Top of the pile is HTC’s new flagship phone, the HTC One X. This heavily promoted phone is a premium model with a premium price tag, costing £470 on a pay-as-you-go deal or from £30 a month on a contract. That buys you a huge 4.7-inch, 720 x 1,280 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a quad-core processor, an updated 8Mp camera and the latest version of the Android operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich).
For more information about the handset read our coming soon review of the HTC One X.
HTC One V
We’re also testing a cheaper option, the HTC One V. At £250 on a pay-as-you-go deal, or from £20.50 a month on a contract, this is most affordable model of the three smartphones in HTC’s One range. It has the smallest screen – 3.7-inches - and a single core processor, but it still runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich and includes a 5Mp camera with LED flash, so it looks like a good value phone.
For a closer look, read our HTC One V coming soon review.
HTC Sensation XE
The third HTC phone at our lab is the Sensation XE. This is an improved version of the original Sensation smartphone, with Beats Audio headphones and a a more powerful dual-core processor (up from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz). It comes with an older version of Android, but does include an 8Mp camera with dual-LED flash.
Read our coming soon review of the HTC Sensation XE for more information.
Our final two models on test are the BlackBerry Curve 9380 and the Sony Xperia S.
BlackBerry Curve 9380
The Curve 9380 is the first phone from BlackBerry’s Curve range to have a touchscreen display. It’s one of the cheaper BlackBerry handsets, costing around £300 on a pay-as-you-go deal or from £16 a month on a contract and is missing the traditional physical keypad, but it’s still equipped with BlackBerry’s latest operating system, BlackBerry OS 7. A 5Mp camera is also included for taking pictures.
For a more in-depth look at the BlackBerry Curve 9380, read our coming soon review.
Sony Xperia S
The Sony Xperia S is the first smartphone produced by Sony since its split from Ericsson. It’s a premium smartphone with a large, 4.3-inch display and a 12Mp camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor, 16x digital zoom, an f2.4 aperture and LED flash.
For more information about the device read our Sony Xperia S coming soon review.
All five devices will be put through their paces in our rigorous test programme and we’ll publish the results on Which.co.uk on 2 June. In the meantime you can read our first impressions of each phone on our mobile phone reviews page.
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