IN PICTURES: CES 2012 - the hottest smartphones

Android is the word in smartphones at CES 2012, with a few Windows Phone 7 exceptions. Here are the phones that caught the eye on the show floor this week. The release date and associated pricing has yet to be announced on the majority of these models.

  • Pantech Burst: The budget 4G LTE-capable Pantech Burst will debut January 22 in the US. The Burst has a 4-inch display, 16GB of on-board memory, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and its 5-megapixel camera can capture video in up to 720p HD resolution.

  • Nokia Lumia 900: Nokia refined the Lumia 800, already out in Europe, so it could be competitive in the United States. The Nokia Lumia 900's display got bumped up to 4.30 inches (from 3.7 inches), the company also added a front-facing camera and support for AT&T's growing LTE network. Pricing has not been announced.

  • This Year’s Crop: Most of the hottest phones at CES 2012 have one thing in common: They run on Google Android - with a couple of Windows Phone 7 exceptions. Motorola, Samsung, Sony, LG, and many others are clamouring to showcase their smartphone offerings for 2012. Here are the phones that looked good at CES 2012.

  • LG Spectrum: The LG Spectrum has a 4.5-inch high-resolution display (1280 by 720 pixels--329 pixels per inch), and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 4G LTE connectivity. The Spectrum runs on Android 2.3 (4.0 upgrade promised in second half of 2012) and will have support for the Netflix Android app. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back too.

  • Lenovo S2: It has a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 3.8-inch display with 800-by-480-pixel resolution and a unique kernel-level security system that protects your data, prevents phishing, and traffics SMS messages.

  • LG Viper: This is Sprint's 4G LTE eco-friendly phone running Android 2.3. It's powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and features a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video chat.

  • Motorola Droid Razr Max: It has the same features as the original Droid Razr, but has a higher capacity battery (3300mAh from 1700mAh). Verizon claims that the Droid Razr Maxx will offer a rather impressive 21 hours of continuous talk time - that's yet to be tested.

  • Huawei Ascend P1 S: Huawei claims the "world's slimmest smartphone" title with the Ascend P1 S, featuring a 4.3-inch display with 960-by-540-pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture. It runs on Android 4.0.

  • Sony Xperia Ion: It Ion has a 4.6-inch 1280-by-720-pixel resolution display, a super thin design, and a 12-megapixel camera. The Xperia has a near-field-communication chip built in and will be able to read content stored in NFC chips. What's missing? A price tag and a release date.

  • Would you recommend this slideshow? YES11 NO2 Motorola Droid 4 The Motorola Droid 4 is the follow-up to the Droid 3. It runs Android 2.3 and should get an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the first half of 2012. Inside the Droid 4 are a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, along with an 8-megapixel camera on the back. It's not as thin as the Droid Razr.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note: The 5.3-inch 1280-by-800 resolution display puts the Note in an interesting place between a phone and a tablet. It's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and contains an 8-megapixel camera on the back. Samsung has yet to announce pricing and availability for the Galaxy Note.

  • HTC Titan II: The HTC Titan II's 4.7-inch super LCD screen is the largest display yet on a Windows Phone 7 device. It's powered by a 1.5 GHz processor and sports a jaw-dropping 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.6 wide-angle lens and autofocus.

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