UK mobile phone release schedule breaks cover

We don't believe everything we read, but when the Omio site offers up a release schedule for mobile handsets for the rest of 2010 with such detail, we have to take notice.

According to that site, they have 'just been tipped off'. By who it doesn't say, but that could be protect the identity of the person offering up the information. But they do make the point that judging by 'the source', they 'have little reason to doubt the veracity'. So here we go.

July will see the Nokia E5-00 launch, a messaging device that updates the E71 and E72 to the modern era. It should be joined by a mini Walkman handset by Sony Ericsson going by the name of the W20 and the Samsung i5500, an Android handset with Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a 2-megapixel camera pitched at businessmen. If any of those show, we can assume the leak had some basis.

August promises the Nokia X6 8GB, a music-friendly mobile with an affordable price tag and the BlackBerry Curve 9300, a typical mid-range BlackBerry device with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a full QWERTY keyboard.

The Nokia X2 is new in September - a slim candybar with dedicated music controls, 16GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It will be joined by the Sony Ericsson Hazel, described as an 'eco-friendly mobile', it's the one it unveiled way back in 2009. Blimey.

October is certainly looking busy. The HTC Vision and HTC Ace are both scheduled, the Vision being the recently-leaked Desire with a QWERTY keyboard, the Ace so far a mystery device. Also launching will be the XPERIA X8 (Shakira), something between the X10 and the mini from that line with a 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, Timescape and of course, Android. The much-hyped Symbian^3 Nokia N8 should land too, as will the Sony Ericsson Yendo.

November sees a launch for the HTC ‘Gold‘ Windows 7 phone, the Nokia E7 (Symbian^3, AMOLED display and full QWERTY keyboard) and the Samsung i8700 Cetus, of which there are no details as yet.

December? Looks like everyone is packing up early and having a long vacation. There's nothing listed. But if all the above is true, that shouldn't matter - you'll have plenty to choose from.

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