Latest mobile phones 2013: hottest handsets reviewed

If you want to walk out the door right this secord and pick up a brand new phone then you'll want to know which smartphones have just made it onto market.

Below are our latest in-depth mobile phone reviews, with all these handsets only recently becoming available to buy.

Sony Xperia J

Sony Xperia J

The Sony Xperia J is the smaller and cheaper brother to James Bond's Xperia T, but don't expect to find this handset mingling with scantily clad women - the Xperia J is far more reserved, less flamboyant, happier to stay out of the limelight and just get on with life without frenzied car chases through the French Riviera.

It may not be a wizard on the inside, but overall it offers a respectable smartphone experience at an attractive price point.

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Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia Lumia 820

The Nokia Lumia 820 carries plenty of unique features and costs less than the Lumia 920, making it a tempting offer for anyone considering making the move to Microsoft's OS.

Nokia is building a solid line-up of smooth, competent Windows handsets that started with the original Lumia line-up last year and continues through to the Windows Phone 8 era. We feel the Lumia 820 is a building block for that line-up rather than its superstar focus.

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Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

The big-boned Lumia 920 is the most feature-packed of the initial Windows Phone 8 line up, as Nokia looks to regain its dominance in the WP market and ride the new OS wave to success.

It isn't a groundbreaking, game-changing device, it's a refreshed Lumia 900 with a newer operating system and some additional power.

That's not to say it's a bad phone, what Nokia has produced is a solid, well-built device which does the job you'd expect of a smartphone, without any of the lag we sometimes see from the convoluted Android system.

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Google Nexus 4

LG Nexus 4

Some handsets we look forward to with much anticipation – only to feel deflated when we actually use them. Others, we wait for with little expectation – and they absolutely blow our socks off.

A stealth surprise. We'll lay our proverbial cards on the table here from the outset. The Nexus 4 is one of those rare devices.

The Nexus 4 cames SO close to racking up a 5 star review, it's unreal. This phone has some of the best specs around but it's not just great value, it's fantastic value. Almost too good to be true. Why did it miss out on the top mark? Find out in our review.

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A splash of colour, Microsoft's latest mobile platform and a sleek new body are combined with more powerful hardware - is the 8X the phone to bring Windows Phone 8 to the masses?

The HTC 8X should have been the comeback Windows phone – it has it all on paper: a brand new updated OS, great looks and top connectivity options (minus 4G).

Plus, it came to market before the attention-seeking Nokia Lumia 920 and yet, despite us being really, really excited to get our mitts on it, we couldn't help feel a little bit 'meh' about the whole experience once we did.

Read our HTC 8X review

HTC One X+

HTC One X+

The HTC One X+ isn't exactly a new handset as such, as it shares many similarities with its brother the HTC One X, but there are a few key upgrades in play here.

The One X+ is here to put the issues we experienced with the One X, such as battery life and limited storage, to bed and possibly snatch top spot away from the immensely popular Galaxy S3.

The HTC One X+ had the potential to be the first five star smartphone since the Samsung Galaxy S2, but unfortunately it quite literally run out of juice before the final hurdle.

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John McCann
Global Managing Editor

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs from some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.