Many smartphone manufacturers have already rolled out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) upgrades for their selected handsets. This new Android version is compatible for both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3 Honeycomb – for tablets – so we will be expecting lots of tablets and phones running on ICS in the coming months.
If you are one of the unlucky Android phone owners who’s handset won’t receive Android ICS upgrade, or you are a non-Android user that wants to try an Android 4.0 phone, you can plan your choice from the following upcoming Android 4.0 phones this 2012.
HTC Evo 4G LTE
Don’t get confused with the HTC Evo 4G (released in 2010) as the HTC Evo 4G LTE is an upscale phone compared to the former. It features HD Voice technology that highly improves voice communication on a smartphone. Key hardware specs are impressive too. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP primary camera and 1.3MP secondary camera.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE was announced on April 2012 and is expected on Sprint’s shelves in the second quarter of 2012. For the price of $199.99 on a 2-year contract, this phone is definitely a good choice.
LG Optimus 4X HD
The LG Optimus 4X HD is one of the most anticipated Android ICS Phones this 2012 and is often compared to another quad-core phone HTC One X. Thanks to its impressive hardware specs, it receives lots of attention since its unveiling. The phone has 1.5GHz Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP primary camera, and 1.3MP secondary camera. The screen is a 4.7 inches touch screen with 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution. And it is pretty slim too at 8.9mm thickness. It was announced during the Mobile World Congress in February. There is no confirmed release date yet. It’s expected to be available in the second quarter of 2012, however.
LG Optimus L7
The LG Optimus L7 is an ultra-slim Android 4.0 smartphone with 8.8mm thickness. Its screen is a 4.3-inch touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. This a dual-core phone with speed of 1GHz. For the memory, it has 512MB RAM; 4GB storage. The primary camera has 5-Megapixel resolution; secondary VGA camera is present. The phone was announced last February and is expected to be released on May 2012.
LG Optimus L5
The LG Optimus L5 is the budget option among the upcoming LG Android ICS phones. As expected, it has the lowest grade of specs. It has 4.0-inch touchscreen with 320×480 pixels resolution, 800MHz processor, 5MP primary camera and VGA secondary camera.
RAM and storage sizes were not specified when it was unveiled in February. Expected release date is on the second quarter of 2012.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the next version of the large screen (5.3 inches) Samsung Galaxy Note phone. Although this next installment is a full tablet, it has all the capabilities of a phone – tablet with phone support. As its name implies, it has 10.1 inches touchscreen. This device has 1.4GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options. Camera specs though are not quite impressive for a tablet: 3.15-Megapixel primary and 2.0-Megapixel secondary.
It was announced in February. Release date is expected on the 2nd quarter of 2012.
Sony Xperia Neo L
This is the sole upcoming Sony phone as of this time, and will be available only in the Chinese market – sorry Sony fans! But you might still want to know what comes this 4-inch phone. It has 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB storage (card slot present), 5MP primary camera and secondary VGA camera. It was announced on March with no official release date yet.
Asus might be a Windows phone caterer but has just recently joined the ranks of Android 4.0 phone providers with its upcoming Asus Padfone. This phone possesses quite attractive specs. This device is a 4.3-inch touch screen phone with 540 x 960 pixels of resolution. It has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage options, 8MP primary camera and secondary VGA camera. It was announced on February and is expected to be officially available on April 2012.
As the name may suggest, the Acer CloudMobile offers cloud computing services from Acer. For those who are not familiar with this technology, it’s the same with Apple’s iCloud that allows users to synchronize their files and data to an online server. This phone presents quite impressive hardware specs: 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP camera (no secondary camera, however). It was announced in February and expected release date is on the second quarter of 2012.
Acer Liquid Glow
The Acer Liquid Glow falls in the mid-range of ICS phone considering its average hardware specs. It has 3.7 inches touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB storage (microSD slot present anyway), 5MP camera and no secondary camera is available. The phone was announced in February and is expected to be available in the 2nd quarter of 2012 – a reasonable price is expected too!
Huawei, a Chinese brand, has a long list of upcoming Android 4.0 ICS phones. These incude the Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D quad XL, Huawei Ascend D quad, Huawei Ascend P1 and Huawei Ascend P1 S.
Another Chinese company, ZTE, has also a long list of upcoming ICS phones. Thesea re the ZTE Era, ZTE PF112 HD, ZTE Skate Acqua, ZTE Kis, ZTE Mimosa X and ZTE Nova 3.5