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Five top phone releases for Autumn 2011

There are always new mobile phones emerging on the market and the autumn release window is looking pretty exciting this year because a fifth iPhone is promised. Here are five other recently rumoured handsets that might pique your interest ahead of the Christmas rush.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

 Appealing to the budget-conscious buyer, the Curve 9360 will pick up from where its predecessors left off, providing a compact, slim smartphone with great email and messaging credentials. With BB OS 7 onboard it will be geared towards social networking to a greater degree than previous BlackBerry handsets and as contract phones go this should be an affordable option.

Nokia 700

 Nokia has proved that the Symbian operating system is not as dead and buried as many had assumed with the speculation circulating around its new 700 smartphone. Running Symbian Belle, the latest augmentation to this ageing platform, the 700 will reportedly have a 3.2 inch OLED screen, a 1GHz processor and an interesting, elongated design which helps it to stand out from the other contract phones on the market at the moment.

Samsung Galaxy M Pro

 An alteration in the naming strategy for the Galaxy range has seen Samsung announce the M Pro, a mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone with its eye firmly on the business and enterprise market. Like the Curve 9360 it has a full physical QWERTY keypad and a modest display, although it is actually thinner than the BlackBerry rival, measuring just under a centimetre thick. A five megapixel primary camera, 1GHz processor and custom TouchWiz interface will make sure that the Galaxy M Pro is competitive despite its inevitably affordable price point.

Google Nexus Prime

 Details about this handset are thin on the ground, but it is likely to be manufactured by Samsung and feature a range of class-leading hardware features to make even Apple quake in its boots. Recent rumours suggest that it could have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a native resolution of 1280×720. A dual core processor is a certainty, with clock speeds of up to 1.5GHz per core implied via industry insiders. Google has already confirmed that a third Nexus-brand smartphone will be emerging and given that the Nexus S was built in partnership with Samsung it would make sense for it to continue using this manufacturer in the future.

HTC WP7 Mango

 HTC has been working on a new batch of contract phones designed to run the Mango update for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform and an early September launch is anticipated to coincide with the software’s release. Specifications are still hazy at this point but it would not be a surprise to see dual core processors, full HD video capture and larger displays put on the table by this Taiwanese firm in an attempt to win over more users to WP7.

For more details on any of these handsets go to www.expansys.com

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