Fall is coming, and with it there will be a slew of new mobile devices launching in time for the holidays. From big-name players to less-popular phones that are still worth paying attention to, CNET rounds up the handsets that will hit the store shelves soon. Who knows, one of these devices may just be your next smartphone.
Price: iPhone 6 starting at $199 on-contract, $649 off-contract. iPhone 6 Plus starting at $299 on-contract, $749 off-contract.
Availability: September 19
The outlook: Apple's stylish marquee handset now comes in two sizes: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. While both handsets share the same features like a 64-bit A8 chip processor and an 8-megapixel camera, only the latter has a sharper 1080p display and optical image stabilization for its camera.
Price: Expected to be $349 (16GB) and $399 (32GB) unlocked.
The outlook: Often celebrated for its high-end specs and low-end price, the Google Nexus isn't just for Android diehards anymore. Whether the next one will be made by LG or Motorola, it's most likely going to be a standout smartphone.
The outlook: For the first time since Sony took full control of its mobile arm in 2012, the company will finally bring a high-end flagship to the US with carrier support from T-Mobile and without (hopefully) any delays. The device to have this honor is the Xperia Z3, a stylish waterproof handset that can display your PS4 games on its 1080p screen.
The outlook: As a sequel to Motorola's first quirky and customizable Moto X, the second-gen Moto X has even more style options that now include leather backings on top of the previously seen wood panel and plastic shells. It also has a bigger 5.2-inch 1080p screen and a 13-megapixel camera.
Price: $20 on-contract with Sprint; $149 with Boost Mobile and Virgin; $239 unlocked.
The outlook: Sharp may not be on the tip of your tongue when you think of handset makers, but it certainly made waves recently when it announced its beautiful Aquos Crystal handset, a unique-looking device with a barely-there bezel. The phone also has a quad-core processor, Android 4.4.2, and an 8MP camera.
The outlook: Though no US availability dates or pricing have been announced, the Galaxy Alpha is one of two high-end handsets from Samsung (along with the GS5)
that's attracting a lot of attention. This is mostly due to its stylish
metal frame -- a rarity among Samsung devices, which usually sport
The outlook: The Moto G series is a more trimmed-down version of Moto's X family of
phones. Extremely affordable and coming with a few customizable options of its own as well, the
upcoming G has a bigger 5-inch screen compared to its predecessor, an 8-megapixel camera, and a quad-core processor.
Availability: "Later this year" on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
The outlook: Aside from the similar specs it shares with the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Edge has something very special going for it. Namely, its screen's right side, which curves off the edge of the phone and contains its own functional tools and controls. It can also display your favorite apps, notifications, stock quotes and tweets.
Price: Expected to be $99 with carrier contract; currently available globally and unlocked for ~$647.30.
The outlook: Shrinking its popular GS5 flagship down to a more manageable size, Samsung introduced its GS5 Mini in July. Though it isn't available in the US yet, it's expected to hit our shores just like the mini Galaxy phones that came before it. The device features a 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.
The outlook: BlackBerry may not be the big mobile contender it used to be, but with its renewed focus on professionals, government agencies, and corporations, its new Passport handset may just work. The squarish shape is a bit wonky, but keyboard and BlackBerry enthusiasts are sure to dig its design.