Compared to years past, CES 2013 was pretty light on phones. The focus was more on health/fitness gadgets and 4K UHD TVs. But among the few phones at the show, we some good ones. Here are the top five.
The hardware of the ZTE Grand S is really lovely. It's extremely thin and extremely light, yet it's got some serious specs. A 5-inch 1080p screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, two gigs of RAM, a 13MP camera, 16GB of built-in storage and an SD card slot for more.
The software side was definitely disappointing. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), but the UI is ugly and confusing and there was a lot of lag. It probably won't hit the U.S. until Q2, so hopefully they can clean up the software before then.
Pretty much the same story as the ZTE, Huawei is trying to establish itself with the Ascend D2, and it actually looks really good. It has essentially the same specs at the Grand S above, but the Huawei packs in a 3,000mAh battery, which is music to our power-user ears.
The Ascend runs Android Jelly Bean, it has built-in augmented reality navigation, and split-screen multi-tasking. Plus: it's splash-proof. This was a lot snappier than Huawei's gigantic 6.1-inch phablet, which we were not such a fan of. No word on exact release dates or which carrier it'll be on.