Top 5 New and Upcoming Verizon Phones: Summer/Fall 2013

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Yesterday we covered some of the best new and upcoming phones coming to AT&T and now it’s Verizon’s turn.

For most of 2013 Verizon has been pretty quiet on the new phones they’ve launched. I mean, the only big phones they’ve released so far are the BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4. But that all looks to change very soon. If you’re on Verizon and have an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of weeks or months these are some of the best phones either already at Verizon or rumored to be coming to a Verizon store near you very soon. The last thing you want is to go out and buy something only to really regret it a week later.

While not everything here is confirmed to be coming to Verizon (some are just our best guesses based on rumors we’ve been hearing), here are five phones you should be excited for if you have an upgrade coming up.

Moto X

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The Moto X is the latest phone from Motorola (which is now owned by Google) and is the first phone that Google helped Motorola design. As you would expect from a Google phone, there are a lot of really cool features in here. Want to quickly take a picture? Just shake your wrist like you’re opening a door and the camera app opens. Want to check the time? The Moto X has a sensor that knows when you’re taking your phone out of your pocket and will show you the time and any new notifications you have without you having to touch the power button. The Moto X will even recognize your voice so you can use Google Now (Android’s much better version of Siri) by just saying “ok, Google Now” without having press a button on your phone. Oh, and the phone can also sense when you’re in a car and will automatically switch to a “driving mode” that reads whose calling and texting you out loud so you can focus on the road.

Inside the Moto X is everything you would expect to find in a top Android phone including a fast processor (not as fast as the Galaxy S4 or HTC One but still very quick), a 4.7 inch 720p HD screen, 10 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Now we know some of you are wondering, “wait, can’t I pick the colors of my Moto X like AT&T users can?” Well, the answer to that is yes, but we don’t yet know when. AT&T has an exclusive on the Moto Maker and the ability to completely customize the Moto X for now, so Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile users will only have two color options to start– the usual white or black. Verizon’s sign-up page for the Moto X says Moto Maker will be coming “later this year” but again, when exactly that will be is still unknown.

There’s also no word on when the Moto X will be available (though some rumors say Verizon will launch it on August 29th) but Motorola has promised that it’ll be here around “the end of the summer,” so hopefully that means sometime in the next couple of weeks. Pricing will be $199 for the 16 GB version and $249 for the 32 GB version.

Motorola Droid Maxx

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Want a lot of the cool features of the Moto X but with insane battery life? Try the Motorola Droid Maxx. The Droid Maxx is part of Verizon’s new line up of Droids coming out later this month and is the successor to last year’s Droid RAZR HD Maxx. Like that Droid, this new Droid Maxx packs some incredible battery life– 48 hours worth to be exact. Yes, you read that right: two full days of battery. Put simply, this is the phone to get if you are known to forget to charge your phone every night.

Inside the Droid Maxx are pretty much all the same features found on the Moto X. It has a similarly fast dual-core processor with 2 GB of RAM, a 10 megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with all the cool software tricks the Moto X has like shaking the phone to instantly open the camera app and using Google Now by just talking to your phone (including one where you just say “ok Google Now, call my Droid” so you can more easily find your phone when you lose it in your room after a late night out). The Droid Maxx even tops the Moto X with a bigger 5 inch 720p HD screen (compared to 4.7 inches on the Moto X), a cool and tough Kevlar back, and the ability to charge the phone wirelessly (for those rare times when you’ll actually need to charge this thing).

Unlike the Moto X, the Droid Maxx will only be available in a black version with 32 GB of storage. It will also cost more than most phones on this list, $299.99 with a new 2 year contract when it comes out on August 27th. You can pre-order the new Droid Maxx here.

HTC One

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Sure it’s been available on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint for months already but it finally looks like the wait for this to come to Verizon is finally almost over. With an incredible all aluminum design, gorgeous 4.7 inch 1080p HD screen1.7 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM (so everything– games, videos, Facebook etc– runs well even if you’re doing them all at once), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an IR blaster (for using this as a TV remote), HTC’s new ultrapixel camera, and built-in Beats Audio support with dual front speakers it’s not hard to see why so many on Verizon have wanted this.

Verizon and HTC had promised that it would be here this summer and it looks like they will be making good on that promise (albeit cutting it very close). Just yesterday Verizon put up an official sign-up page for the One, which makes us believe that it’s release is really close. Rumors are that the One will finally become available either tomorrow (August 15th), or on August 23rd or August 29th. The image of the One posted on the Verizon pre-order page (seen above) has a date of September 5th on it, so hopefully it’ll be here before then.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Last fall Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2, a great device for those who wanted a giant phone that also doubled as a mini-tablet. This year Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 3 a bit earlier, on September 4th. As with last year’s Galaxy Note 2, the Note 3 is expected to be on every carrier– AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

As for what will be new in the Note 3, it’s expected to have a 5.68 inch 1080p HD screen (an improvement over last year’s very good 720p HD 5.5 inch screen), a fast processor with 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel back camera with optical image stabilization (so you’re pictures look great even if your hand isn’t perfectly still when you take them), 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, and a bigger battery which should only improve on the excellent battery life that was in the Note 2. Design wise there have been some rumors that the Note 3 will look very different from the Note 2, but most of the more recent ones (like these from SamMobile) suggest that it will actually look a lot like the Note 2. The Note 3 is also expected to keep the S-Pen that the Note line is known for.

As with the AT&T version of the Note 3, we still don’t know the release date and pricing for the Verizon Note 3 (though we hope it will be around the same time the other carriers launch it and not a month later like the Verizon version of the Note 2), but we expect all that to be revealed at Samsung’s September 4th event.

iPhone 5S

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Ah yes, the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S is said to be announced only a few days after Samsung announces the Note 3, on September 10th. Unlike the Note 3 though not much is really known about what will be in the next iPhone. The latest rumors are that it will have a faster processor (the “A7?), a slightly bigger battery that should mean better battery life, an improved camera with better flash, and a fingerprint sensor inside the home button for better security and possibly using your phone as a credit card. There are also rumors about a potential “gold” color option (on top of the usual black and white), as well as some rumors that the next iPhone will switch to a bigger 4.3 inch or 4.7 inch screen.

The iPhone 5S (and the cheaper, more colorful 5C) is expected to be announced in a little under a month and should be coming to all four of the major carriers. As for specs, we expect much more on that to be revealed as we get closer to that big September announcement.

Wrap Up

So there you have it, 5 of the phones that are either coming soon or are rumored to be coming very soon to a Verizon store near you. Of course, if you’re looking for a great phone now before school starts and can’t wait, we recommend checking out the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4. As with the other carriers we’re sure there is a lot more up Verizon’s sleeve and we’ll of course keep you updated on whatever new news they announce.

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Posted on August 14, 2013, in Cell Phones, Rumors, Verizon and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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