Top 5 New and Upcoming AT&T Phones: Spring 2013

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So AT&T users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T has got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something now only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. With all the excitement around new phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One we figure now was a good time to wrap everything up.

So without further ado, here are 5 of the best new phones that either available now at AT&T or are coming soon. If you’re on AT&T and have an upgrade coming up this Spring these are some of the phones you’re going to want to take a look at.

HTC One

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We loved the HTC One X and X+ from last year but this year HTC looks to have really taken things to another level. With an incredible all aluminum design, gorgeous 5 inch 1080p HD screen, 1.7 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM (so everything– games, videos, Facebook etc– runs fast and smooth even if you’re doing them all at once), Android Jelly Bean, NFC, 4G LTE, IR blaster (for using this as a TV remote), and either 32 GB or 64 GB of built-in storage the One has it all. And like all recent HTC phones it also has built-in Beats Audio support which together with the dual front speakers should make for excellent sound.

Of course with the HTC One one of the most interesting things is the new camera. Unlike most other phones, with the One HTC didn’t try to stuff in as many megapixels in as they could, instead opting for fewer but larger megapixels (or “ultrapixels”). So while technically the One has just a  4 megapixel back camera, HTC is hoping that this new tech– when used together with their new camera software called Zoe–  will create better looking pictures and videos, particularly when taken in badly lit areas (like at a party). And don’t worry, even 4 megapixel photos should look great on Instagram (the One also has a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat).

No word yet on pricing or an exact release date, though hopefully it will be out within the next few weeks. For more on the HTC One see our post here.

Samsung Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S III was one of the best and most popular phones of 2012 and it raised the bar for what Android phones should be. Samsung has its work cut out for them to top that success, though after watching their announcement last week it looks like they are definitely doing what they can to make sure that the Galaxy S4 is one of the best phones of 2013.

Like the HTC One, the S4 is a 2013 superphone. It’s got a 5 inch 1080p HD screen, powerful quad-core or eight core processor with 2 GB of RAM (for excellent speed. It is unknown at this time which processor the AT&T version will get though both are very fast), 13 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera (a seemingly opposite approach from HTC with Samsung hoping that the more megapixels inside the better the pictures and videos will look), IR blaster (for using this as a TV remote), and of course, NFC and 4G LTE support.

As with the HTC One, an equally important part of Galaxy S4 is its software (it also runs the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean). Samsung has added a lot of interesting features on top of Android like Dual Camera (for taking a picture with the front and back camera at the same time), Group Play (for combining the speaker of your S4 with your friends’ to make for an impromptu sound system), S Translator and Air Gesture (for controlling your phone just by waving your hand. Think Kinect for your Galaxy). These are just a few of the new software features on the S4, and while we haven’t yet seen them in person, at the very least they look to be interesting enough to show off to your friends.

Like with the One no price or exact release date has been announced for the S4 just yet though Samsung has said they expect it to be available sometime between April and June (or in their words “in Q2”).

BlackBerry Z10

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BlackBerry’s problems the last few years are well-known and many believe that this year could be BlackBerry’s last chance to survive. As you can imagine BlackBerry’s got a lot riding on the success of the Z10 and Q10 and we gotta say: BlackBerry fans, you could do a lot worse than the Z10 and Q10.

The Z10 will be the first BlackBerry 10 phone to go on sale at AT&T, beginning this Thursday for $200 with a new 2 year contract. The Z10 is the all touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and comes with a 4.2 inch 720p HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so things run quickly and without lagging or freezing), 16 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD card slot adding more), an 8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC (so you can do things like share files or use your phone as a credit card just by tapping it), and 4G LTE support. 

When we saw the Z10 earlier this year we were really impressed with it. The screen looked great, everything opened up fairly quick, and the touchscreen keyboard was excellent. It is basically everything we were hoping BlackBerry 10 would be. Of course, one of the biggest hurdles facing BlackBerry 10 is apps, and while they are making good progress (WhatsApp joined the BlackBerry World store this past week), they still are missing a lot of the top apps available on the iPhone, Android and even Windows Phone.

But if you’re a big BBM user and want a BlackBerry your friends won’t make fun of you will want to check this out.

BlackBerry Q10

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The Q10 is the BlackBerry 10 version of the popular Bold. It’s got a large 3.1 inch HD touchscreen on the top half of the phone and that famous physical BlackBerry keyboard underneath. Specs wise it’s pretty much the same as the Z10, and like the Z10 it faces the same lack of apps problem. We were also able to check out the Q10 at BlackBerry’s big January launch and we were equally impressed with what we saw. It’s not the phone for everyone, but if you need a real keyboard on your phone this is one to wait for.

No price or release date has been announced for the Q10, though AT&T has said that they will carry it and BlackBerry said at their launch event that they will start to make the Q10 available in April. Hopefully this means that we can expect the Q10 to hit AT&T sometime within the next few weeks.

For more info on BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 and Q10 see here.

Apple iPhone 5

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We couldn’t have any top 5 list without mentioning the iPhone. Yes it technically isn’t “new,” but it still is one of the best phones available on AT&T today. The 4 inch Retina Display looks great, the 8 megapixel camera takes great pictures, and the iPhone is only better with 4G LTE. Plus it has over 700,000 apps on the App Store (and the fact that many of the most popular apps– like Angry Birds, Instagram and Snapchat– make it to the iPhone first before any other platform). If you really need a new phone and can’t wait for any of the other phones on this list, the iPhone 5 is still an excellent choice.

The iPhone 5 is available now starting at $200 for the 16 GB version with a new 2 year contract.

Wrap Up

So there you have it– the latest on some very impressive upcoming phones that should be arriving at an AT&T store near you in the next few weeks and months. As always we’re sure AT&T has a whole lot more planned up its sleeve and we’ll of course keep you updated on whatever awesome new news they announce. But we need to ask- what do you think? Are any of these new phones for you or do you are you planning to wait for something else (like the iPhone 5S/6 which may not be coming until much later on this year) before you make a decision? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Posted on March 18, 2013, in AT&T, Cell Phones and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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