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News phones of 2012 - Samsung and Sony

Two of the most important names for this year are Samsung and Sony. Samsung has only officially launched three niche and mid-range models this year, though. It's most eagerly-awaited arrival, the Samsung Galaxy S3, is expected to launch later this year. In the meantime we have the Galaxy Mini 2 and Galaxy Ace 2 phones for budget-conscious buyers and the Samsung Galaxy Beam. It features an inbuilt projector. Innovation or Insanity? What do you think?

Sony's showing is particularly important because it's the electronics veteran's first year in the spotlight detached from the Sony Ericsson brand. Sony Ericsson is no more, but the Xperia brand is going strong with three new attractive phones on show - the Xperia S, Xperia U and Xperia P.

Samsung Galaxy Beam - read our full preview
Screen 4in LCD
Resolution 480 x 800
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1GHz dual-core
Camera 5MP, LED flash
Release Date TBC
Projector Specs 15 lumens, up to 50in projection size
Samsung Galaxy Beam
In 140 chars - Samsung's long-awaited projector phone. Part-mad, part-genius. Possibly mostly mad.


Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

Screen 3.2in LCD
Resolution 320 x 480
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
CPU 800MHz
Camera 3.2MP
Release Date Q1 2012
Samsung Galaxy 2
In 140 chars - Like the original mini, but prettier, higher-res and equipped with more megahertz.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
Screen 3.8in LCD
Resolution 480 x 800
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
CPU 800MHz single-core
Camera 5MP, LED flash
Release Date Q1 2012
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
In 140 chars - Like the original Ace but with more pixels.

Sony Xperia P - Read our full preview from MWC 2012
Screen 4in LCD
Resolution 540 x 960
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1GHz dual-core
Camera 8MP, LED flash
Release Date Q2 2012

Sony Xperia P
In 140 chars - Sony's mid-range model - has enough power to take on 2011's top phones, mind.

Sony Xperia S - Read our full preview
Screen 4.3in LCD
Resolution 720 x 1,280
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1.5GHz dual-core
Camera 12MP, LED flash
Release Date February 2012
Sony Xperia S

In 140 chars - The Sony flagship. "Retina display" style screen, iconic design and high-powered camera.


Sony Xperia U - Read our full preview from MWC 2012
Screen 3.5in LCD
Resolution 480 x 854
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU 1GHz dual-core
Camera 5MP, single-LED flash
Release Date Q2 2012
Sony Xperia U
In 140 chars - Sony's budget model looks like its bigger brothers. Could be a big hit at the right price.

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