The 5 Hottest Smartphones for Fall 2013

Published On August 28, 2013 | Mobile

It’s that time of year again. While kids are obsessing over what their back-to-school outfit will be, techies are wondering what hot gadgets will accessorize their fall. Most importantly, what cell phones are set to hit the scene ahead of the holiday season?

The good news is that Apple, Android, Motorola and the other major companies appear to have done their homework over summer and will be debuting exciting technology in the months to come. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most anticipated smartphones of fall 2013, which are enough to make you beg for an upgrade.

Apple iPhone 5C

Notorious for its pricey products, Apple is making a plea to the commoners with the rumored introduction of the Apple iPhone 5C. Unlike the regular iPhone, the 5C is made of plastic, allowing Apple to put it on the market at around $199 with a two-year contract – a steep decline from the $500 iPhone 5, which allows Apple to level the playing field with its less expensive android competitors.

What’s more, the new phone will come in several different and possibly interchangeable colors, giving it a bit more personality. More details about the iPhone 5C are expected at Apple’s September 10th event.

Apple iPhone 5S

Though the company is introducing a cheaper iPhone this fall, Apple isn’t going to leave current iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S owners hanging. The iPhone 5S is also set to debut in September. The phone is expected to have many of the same specs as the iPhone 5, but with Apple’s new A6X processor which will allow for faster speeds and possibly extended battery life. And forget about entering lock codes – the 5S will also feature a fingerprint sensor on the home button to provide ultimate privacy and ward off snoopers.

Galaxy S4 Active

The Galaxy S4 Active is already making waves as the first waterproof phone, but that’s not all it has to offer.  Samsung is so confident in the phone’s user-friendly features, in fact, that it has dubbed the S4 Active, the title of “life companion.” The phone boasts an 8-megapixel shooter and a 5-inch touch screen with a full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

It’s also got some cool intuitive features such as Smart Pause, which freezes videos when you look away, Air View, which allows you to take calls and perform other tasks all with the swipe of the hand and HomeSync, a cloud-based system that stores pictures, videos and games and can be synced to your home entertainment system. It may just be the most futuristic phone on the market.

Sony Xperia Z1

Sony already released a phone earlier this year, but that won’t stop them from introducing the Xperia Z1. Having many of the same specifications at the Xperia Z, the phone is expected to run with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and have 2GB of RAM and 15GB of internal storage. The phone will also be popular with smartphone photographers as is it is expected to have a 20-megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera. Stay tuned for the announcement which is expected at IFA in Berlin on September 4th.

Nokia Lumia 1020

When it comes to the Nokia Lumia, it’s all about the visual. Not only does the phone have a 4.5” display, but it includes a 41-megapixel sensor with image stabilization and HD video that runs at 3G speeds. The touch-screen phone runs on Windows 8, making it a viable option for those who are all about business. And with an optional wireless charger cover, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is also a great option for those on the go.

— By Tim Alan

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