Best upcoming smartphones in 2011

The best smartphones launching in 2011

Half of 2011 may have already passed us by, but despite a wealth of new smartphones already hitting the shelves, there is no signs of the mobile world slowing down. Plenty more smartphones are set to launch later this year, most of them including dual-core processors and large, high-resolution screens. Some, like the Samsung Galaxy Note offer something new, while others like HTC's Sensation XE and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Ray are a refresh or refinement of current models. Perhaps the most anticipated is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone to run the 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of Google's mobile operating system. Motorola has also brought back the iconic RAZR and this time it's thinner than ever.

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HTC Sensation XE

The HTC Sensation XE is by no means a bad Android phone, but none of its features blew us away. We love the red and black design and the urBeats headphones are a nice inclusion, but average battery life and less than stellar performance detract from its appeal. Ultimately, the HTC Sensation XE is a very good smartphone but not a great one.

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  • 15th Nov., 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • HTC
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  • Pros:
  • Black and red colour is attractive
  • Included urBeats in-ear headphones
  • Unibody aluminium design
  • Cons:
  • Not as snappy as we'd have liked
  • Very little improvements over original
  • Exclusive to Vodafone
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