We've spotted the rumours of discontent in our comments section, and now Digitimes Research has put its semi-official stamp on things: recent smartphone releases have been distinctly lacking in wow factor.
From the basic HTC Desire 200 to the gargantuan Sony Xperia Z Ultra, most new models have been slammed for being low on innovative features or meaningful improvements over their predecessors.
HTC has been up to its old tricks (remember the Desire S, Wildfire S and so on from MWC 2011? Probably not) with the newly announced Butterfly S, while at the other end of the market we have the woefully uninspiring (though good-looking) Desire 200.
In fact, the Wildfire S makes for a good comparison, as it isn't that far from what the Desire 200 offers despite being more than two years older. As AhmadCentral put it: “HTC need to stop releasing the same budget phone every year.”
DigiTimes also name-checks the Huawei Ascend P6, which doesn't offer anything ground-breaking aside from being very thin (suggesting it, rather than the ground, will be what breaks should you accidentally drop it).
It also talks about the Samsung Galaxy S4 spin-offs (Mini, Zoom, Active) as having, if anything, diluted the Galaxy S4's perceived value as a brand. The decision to upgrade the S4 to a Snapdragon 800 processor in Korea hasn't helped either, since the rest of the world is still stuck on the “lesser” version.
There are exceptions to the rule, of course, but in truth it's hard to disagree that the middle of 2013 has left our insatiable appetite for quality handsets a little unsatisfied.
Can the next bunch of heavy hitters turn it around? The likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020, Motorola Moto X, Apple iPhone 5S, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have certainly promised a lot, but can they deliver and set 2013 back on track for a barnstorming finish towards the holiday season?
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