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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Coming through the phone pipeline

Apple iPhone SE

Samsung Galaxy S7

LG G5

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

OnePlus 3

Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S

HTC 10

Spring is a busy and dynamic time for the phone industry. Many flagships are available during this time, as well as interesting budget handsets. Click through to see what's coming soon in the world of mobile.

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Price: $399 (16GB) and $499 (64GB)

Availability: March31

The outlook: Although Apple is returning to a smaller design with the 4-inch iPhone SE, it's still loading the phone up with decent hardware specs including an A9 processor with M9 co-processor, a 12-megapixel camera and a 1,136x640-pixel display resolution.

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Price: $650+ off-contract

Availability: March

The outlook: Waterproof, powerful and beautifully designed, Samsung's latest flagship is a stunner. Its camera has a handful of new tricks and less bloatware means a cleaner user interface.

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Price: $636 (U.S. Cellular), $551 (AT&T), other carriers TBD

Availability: April 1

The outlook: A phone that allows you to customize and swap out individual parts has been a longtime fantasy for the mobile industry. With the G5, we're getting one step closer to it. It features a pull-out battery on that you can switch for other accessories. Weird, yes, but consider us definitely intrigued.

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Price: $750+ off-contract

Availability: March

The outlook: As CNET's first (and only, so far) five-star rating, you can bet the Galaxy S7 Edge is a winner. It has an impressively long battery life and its dual-curved display make it the most compelling phone out there.

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Price: TBD

Availability: June

The outlook: The scrappy startup that seemingly came out of nowhere will introduce its third flagship in June. Known for its solid build quality, incredibly competitive pricing and (annoying) invite-only selling strategy, the company says the phone will feature a new design that's different than its predecessor.

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Price: ~450 euros, converts to $500

Availability: June

The outlook: Known for its budget handsets, Alcatel had a surprising hit last year with its Idol 3 phone. With its 4 and 4S series, the handsets retain the "reversible" UI as the previous generation, as well as a "boom key" (aka, a programmable shortcut button) and dual speakers.

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Price: $699 unlocked

Availability: April

The outlook: Packed with dual speakers and BoomSound technology, the 10 serves up great audio for die-hard music lovers. It also has the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and a fingerprint sensor -- all packaged in a beautifully designed aluminum body.

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