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Spring Tech Preview: Cell phones and smartphones

Now that the weather is warming and spring is upon us, here's what the mobile phone industry is anticipating this year.

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Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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HTC One X (AT&T)

This device is the most tech-robust of HTC's new One series, which is due out this April. Although we still don't know much about pricing, the HTC One X is a 1.5GHz quad-core phone running Ice Cream Sandwich. We were particular fond of the white flavor it came in, and its superfast shutter speed.

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Nokia Lumia 900 (AT&T)

After a long wait, the Nokia Lumia 900 is due to arrive in the U.S. on April 8. This Windows Phone device was crowned one of the best at CES 2012 for its beautiful design and impressive specs. Not to mention, it will be competitively priced at $99.99.

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HTC One S (T-Mobile)

Although not as feature-packed as its relative, the HTC One S is still something worth waiting for until April. It has a dual-core CPU, sports a smaller Super AMOLED 4.3-inch screen, and is an Ice Cream Sandwich Android phone. Plus, with its quick shutter speed, its 8-megapixel camera is nothing to mess with.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)

Rumored to have an April 15 release date, Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Nexus will largely resemble its Verizon counterpart (along with, perhaps, a similar $199-$299 price range, depending on how much internal memory you want). However, the Sprint model will have the enticing NFC chip and Google Wallet.
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Sony Xperia Ion (AT&T)

With its sleek design, 12-megapixel camera, 4.6-inch Reality Display screen, and 4G LTE network speeds (the first phone to have this from Sony), the Sony Xperia Ion is one highly anticipated device. So much so that you can preorder it now, but it's going to cost you anywhere from $445 to $570. Although there's no word on official pricing or release date, the Interwebs are expecting this handset to be due out as early as March 31.

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