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3rd February 2013

December is one of the quietest months in the mobile phone release calendar, but early January sees the CES show in the US which usually comes with several new announcements.

BlackBerry

The new BlackBerry 10 operating system is here, and the elegant full-touch BlackBerry Z10 is the first handset running this OS out of the gate, to be followed by the more traditional keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10 in a few months time.

 BlackBerry Z10
BlackBerry Z10

 BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry Q10

Sony

The Sony Xperia Z is Sony's most powerful (and largest) handset to date, pushing Sony into the growing "phablet" market. At the other end of the scale, the Sony Xperia E is a low-end device with optional dual-SIM capabilities.

 Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z

 Sony Xperia E
Sony Xperia E

Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is a rugged, waterproof Android phone that continues Samsung's long line of toughened handsets. Bigger in size but modestly priced is the Samsung Galaxy Grand, not quite as big as the Galaxy Note II but a lot cheaper. The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus is a minor update to the previous generation of Galaxy S devices, which still sell strongly.

 Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

 Samsung Galaxy Grand
Samsung Galaxy Grand

 Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

Other manufacturers

The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone 8 device and is certainly good value for money. The HTC One SV is a midrange 4G-capable Android device that brings a bit more choice into this market segment. Another phablet-sized device is the incredibly cheap Lava Iris 501, but at this price you have to expect some compromises. The dual-screen YotaPhone is either brilliant or completely mad, but we rather like the look of it. Finally, Huawei showed off several devices at CES this year, showing that they are certainly a company to look out for during 2013 and beyond.

 Nokia Lumia 620
Nokia Lumia 620

 HTC One SV
HTC One SV

 Lava Iris 501
Lava Iris 501

 Yotaphone
Yotaphone

 Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei Ascend Mate

 Huawei Ascend W1
Huawei Ascend W1

 Huawei Ascend D2
Huawei Ascend D2

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