From the rumour-mongering around the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 to their eventual launch and fresh rumour-mongering around the Samsung Galaxy S4, 2012 has been a smartphone-filled year.
As has become the norm, this past year saw a gamut of smartphone announcements and releases from the world’s top manufacturers.
For the most part South Africans have had a good year in terms of receiving the latest and greatest smart devices within a short period after they launch internationally.
However, a few devices that are available elsewhere did not make it to our shores at all.
These are some of the more sought-after smartphones South Africans didn’t have the option of buying through official channels in 2012:
Asus Padfone 2
HTC One X+
Samsung Ativ S
Despite Vodacom saying that they plan to offer Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 device by the end of November 2012, the smartphone has yet to launch in South Africa.