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5 Hottest Smartphones: CES Day One

Smartphone makers announced more than a dozen new phones at CES on Monday, including many models with LTE 4G. Here's a look at the sleekest devices.

The number of new smartphones that hit the stage Monday at CES 2012 in Las Vegas borders of the ridiculous. While most of the devices look to be capable machines, here are the five that exude the most sex appeal.

HTC Titan II -- HTC's follow up to the Titan really is double the fun. It takes the impressive specs and performance set by the Titan, and adds LTE 4G to the mix, as well as a 16-megapixel camera. Yes, 16 megapixels. Wow.

The Titan II also boasts a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, a huge 4.7-inch display, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. It has dual-LED flashes and can record video in 720p HD. The device will become available later this year.

LG Spectrum -- The LG Spectrum is headed to Verizon Wireless and sports 4G LTE and a 4.5-inch true HD IPS display. It also boasts a Qualcomm 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel main camera, and 1.3-megapixel front camera. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, it has a 16-GB included memory card, it supports DLNA wireless video streaming, and supports HDMI output via MHL. The Spectrum will be available January 19th for $200 with 2-year contract.

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Samsung Galaxy Note -- This whopper of a smartphone has a 5.3-inch display and 1.5-GHz dual-core processor. It also includes LTE 4G for AT&T.

The Note is all about the display. It's mostly like any other Galaxy-class device sold by Samsung, but the near-tablet-sized display puts it in a different playing field. The Note comes with a stylus and number of applications that have been optimized for the stylus, such as a note-taking app, a scribbling app, and a screen-capture tool. Other features include an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus, flash, and 1080p HD video capture; 2-megapixel user-facing camera for video chats; aGPS, NFC (carrier optional), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi; and accelerometer, light sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and barometer. The Samsung Note has quad-band GSM/EDGE and quad-band 850/900/1900/2100 HSPA+ at 21Mbps. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Motorola RAZR MAXX -- The newest Droid takes the RAZR to the MAXX. It's most prominent feature is a massive 3300mAh battery that provides 21 straight hours of talk time. The phone does measure a bit more than its svelter sibling, however at 8.9mm. The Super AMOLED Advanced display measures 4.3 inches and the MAXX has a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor and LTE 4G. The camera runs 8-megapixels and the MAXX also contains 32 GB of internal memory. The MAXX will be sold by Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks for $300 with a new two-year contract.

Nokia Lumia 900 -- Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared on stage not just once but twice to announce the Lumia 900. The Lumia 900's stand-out feature is support for AT&T's LTE 4G network--it is one of the first Windows Phone device to support a 4G networking technology. The Lumia 900 includes a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, a 1830 mAh battery, 1.4-GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel main camera, and a front-facing camera for video chats. The Lumia 900s design is similar to that of the N9 and the Lumia 800, and is milled from solid block of polycarbonate. The Lumia 900 will be an exclusive device for AT&T. Pricing and availability were not revealed.

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