Rumor Round-Up: The Future Smartphones of 2012

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HTC Edge/Endeavor

PocketNow

Rumored specs: PocketNow (again) says it’ll have a quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 32 GB of storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

What’s interesting about it: It could be one of HTC’s first phones with version 4.0 of Sense, the user interface that HTC slaps onto all its handsets. Hopefully it’ll be silkier than previous versions. Launch is expected late this quarter or early next.

HTC Primo

Stuff.tv

Rumored specs: Dual-core processor, 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, Beats Audio, with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, says Stuff.tv. (The above image is a mock-up from the site.)

What’s interesting about it: The rumor mill’s billing the Primo as a mid-range smartphone, but with a dual-core processor and a Super AMOLED display, it’s more proof that cheap smartphones aren’t so bad anymore. Beats Audio support could make it a great music phone, too. No word on release date, but it could get revealed at Mobile World Congress next month.

Sony Nypon

Sony

Rumored specs: Dual-core processor, 4-inch 960-by-540 display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, 8.1-megapixel rear camera, with Android 2.3, according to Xperia Blog and some sketchy message board rumblings (via PhoneArena).

What’s interesting about it: The specs don’t say much, but apparently the display’s “WhiteMagic” technology makes for superior brightness outdoors, while cutting battery life in half during indoor use. No word on release timing.

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