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Christmas smartphone battle heats up

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 1, 2011 | 1 min read

As December 25 begins to loom large on the horizon the world’s smartphone manufacturers are scrambling to bring their latest wares to market in a bid to bag those all important spots beneath the Christmas tree.

With Apple’s iPhone 4S, already on the market, not being the dramatic redesign some had hoped for competitors are hoping to capitalise, notably Nokia with its Lumia 800 – its first serious smartphone contender since the firm announced its Microsoft tie up, when it launches on November 16.

Just one day later Google releases its Samsung Galaxy Nexus to Europeans, pitching the two into a head on collision.

Motorola’s Razr meanwhile is hoping to win plaudits thanks to its ultra slim design, making it the thinnest device on the market, available in early November.

Anyone hoping for a booty laden sleigh visit on the big day may be disappointed however; the devices each carry a hefty price tag with Nokia asking for £399 for its gadget (SIM free) and Google wanting an eye watering £549 for its flagship handset.

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