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Massive 2010 Manufacturer UK Roadmap Revealed: HTC Gold, Nokia E7, Samsung Cetus Due Q4?

We’ve just been tipped off to a huge UK mobile phone release schedule for the rest of the year, with plenty of third quarter cuties and the hottest winter warmers present and correct!

All the major manufacturers are here, with some of their biggest phones to come out in a long time. Join us as we run through some highlights and give you an exclusive glimpse at what’s in store for 2010!

Obviously these dates may be subject to change, but judging by some of the models on here – as well as the source – we have little reason to doubt the veracity…


July

The summer kicks into high gear as a host of phones are revealed from a gaggle of manufacturers, from smartphones to touch-happy fashion devices.

Nokia E5 - Nokia’s latest messaging device is due this month, taking the best of classics like the E71 and E72 and giving it a current-gen sheen.


Sony Ericsson W20 / Zylo - The W20 marks the return of the Sony’s treasured Walkman brand into the mobile arena in July, as this tiny handset merges connectivity and music…in a pink hue no less! Bound to sell shed loads.

Samsung i5500 – The Corby/Genio enters smartphone territory for the first time, with this Android-toting handset due to make a July debut. Sporting the latest build of Google’s OS, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a 2-megapixel camera, business devices on a budget become reality.


August

As the leaves change, so do the offerings from BlackBerry, LG and HTC, all revamping their ranges with some tasty new devices.

Nokia X6 8GB – The music-savvy mobile takes another memory cut to reach an affordable price tag at the beginning of August, with an 8GB model of this next-gen XpressMusic device set to launch.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 - Despite the Curve 8520 and Bold 9700 cleaning up in the budget and high end of the mobile market respectively, the Curve 9300 (codenamed ‘Kepler’) is apparently earmarked for a UK release in early August, slotting nicely between the two.

With a 3.2 megapixel keyboard and a full QWERTY keyboard, it’s certainly a BlackBerry alright…


September

Everyone’s going colours crazy in September with a pink Vivaz variant and a white model of the Samsung i5500 on the way, but there will also be some new handsets to back it up!


Nokia X2 – This latest addition to the Xseries lineup sees a slender candybar handset in the X2, complete with dedicated music player buttons emblazoned down the sides.

Due to arrive in UK stores this September 1st with 16GB of storage support and a 5-megapixel camera, this could be the shot in the arm that the Finnish manufacturer needs in the mass market.

Sony Ericsson HazelThe eco-friendly mobile must have been taking its own advice and walking to market, as it has taken absolutely ages to arrive since its December ’09 unveiling… Nevertheless, the Hazel still looks great and keeps us interested with a sleek slider design and unique noise cancelling technology.


October

An explosion of eagerly anticipated handsets drop at the start of Q4, with Nokia, Sony Ericsson and HTC firing on all cylinders. Strap in, it’s gonna be a bumpy mobile ride!

HTC Vision, HTC Ace – Whilst the HTC Vision is the much papped Desire-plus-QWERTY offering that has been doing the rounds, the Ace we know nothing about.

Both due for an October release, any chance that the latter could be one of those physical keyboard rocking handsets leaked earlier in the year? Fingers crossed!

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 (Shakira) – A September release for another ‘sandwich’ handset, nestling between the Android-powered XPERIA X10 and the mini / mini pro variants by inheriting the style of the former and the user interface of the latter.

With a 3-megapixel camera lens and 3.5mm audio jack, the X8 integrates social networking with TimeScape and inherits the creamy goodness of Android.

Nokia N8 - You know about this one…

Nokia’s flagship phone for this year, the Symbian-toting handset might have divided critical opinion in terms of platform choice, but all were agreed in finding the N8 one of the best to come from the Finnish phone maker when it came to build quality.

Eschewing plastic and corner-cutting for an assured metal frame, the N8 looks the part but will Symbian^3 be enough in a post-Android smartphone world? We’ll find out this October.

Sony Ericsson Yendo – Full-touch Walkman fanciness from Sony Ericsson, as the Yendo brings the four-corner quick access from the XPERIA X10 mini but leaving Google’s platform behind on the way.


November

It may be the far flung future but there are still hot phones to excite this winter with HTC’s Windows Phone 7 debut and Sony’s XPERIA-aping Walkman wonder making an appearance…


HTC ‘Gold‘ – Rumoured to be the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first bite at the Windows Phone 7 cherry (Ace permitting…), we all want to see what they can do with Microsoft’s shiny new phone platform.

They made Android sing (to the tune of a 58% increase in Q2 revenue, no less), they made Windows Mobile bearable…this one should be big.

Nokia E7 – A serious bid for messaging supremacy from Nokia here, as the E7 is rumoured to take an aluminium leaf out of the N8′s book when it comes to form factor whilst being powered by the new Symbian^3 operating system and packing an AMOLED display!

Rumoured to have a full-QWERTY keyboard and tilting touchscreen, could this be the ill-fated Nokia N97, done right? Let’s hope so.

Samsung i8700 Cetus - Question marks go here…we know nothing of this phone on the wires, but it is sure to be a huge one, judging by the choice of such a busy release window…

‘Cetus’ was the name of a sea monster in Greek mythology, although it is often called ‘the whale’ today, but is also a constellation of stars in the region of the sky known as the Water (cheers, Wikipedia!).

With ‘bada’ meaning ‘ocean’, does all this aquatic imagery point to a Samsung OS powered behemoth on the horizon? Let’s hope so.

Whilst we thought that the iPhone 4 had sucked the oxygen out of the mobile market, there still looks to be plenty of heat from rival phone makers in the coming months!

We’ll be sure to keep you informed of all mobile developments as they happen…be sure to keep it Omio!

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