Enterprise Mobility: iPhone 5, Galaxy S II: 9 Summer Smartphones to Hold Out For

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-05-26 Print this article Print
HTC Evo 4G

HTC Evo 4G

In March, HTC and Sprint introduced the Evo 4G, a 3G/4G smartphone running Android 2.1 and featuring—at 4.3 inches—one of the industry's largest displays, though competitors are catching up. Nonetheless, other serious perks include an 8 megapixel camera, HDMI output, Mobile Hotspot capabilities and HD video capture. A firm release date hasn't been set, but the rumors say June 13.
May to September looks to be prime smartphone season, with vendors from Apple and Samsung to HTC, LG, Motorola and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion releasing their latest and greatest. From Memorial Day through the back-to-school weeks, dual-core processors, NFC ( near-field communications) technology—enabling phones to act more like credit cards —??í4G connectivity, HD video streaming and even 3G viewing are all on the roster. However, in the world of smartphones, the most obvious summer trends will be slimming down and speeding up. All four major carriers are adding 4G devices to their lineups, RIM is introducing its slimmest BlackBerry to date, and Samsung will be offering what company officials are calling the industry's thinnest smartphone. And while these vendors are planning their summer launches, all bets are off until the more secretive Apple gives its next-generation iPhone its moment in the sun—an event the rumors say is likely going to happen in late June or early July.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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