Counterclockwise: Nokia N8 Camera, Exploding S3, Canvas 4

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The second week of July has historically been witness to a wide range of device releases from many a manufacturer, including Samsung, LG, and Sony Ericsson. Also, former Nokia capturing camera guru Damian Dinning talked about the 12MP shooter on their upcoming Nokia N8. Some light was shed on the circumstances of the inwell-known exploded Galaxy S III, while the Galaxy S II got updated to Android 4.0.4 ICS. Finally, this week last year saw yet more well-known device launches, including one from a relatively unknown Indian manufacturer.

Back in 2008, the Samsung i8510 Primera surfaced sporting a 2.8-inch QVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screen, 128Mega Bytes (MB) of RAM, 8GB/16GB of storage, and an 8MP shooter. It boasted WiFi and GPS connectivity running on the latest Symbian 9.3 Operating System (OS) with S60 interface, and was heralded as the ultimate feature-rich smartphone. Times certainly have changed.

The Samsung i8510 Primera

A year later we saw the LG GC990 Louvre pop up in a few exclusive shots. Sporting a 12MP shooter with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, and rumored to shoot 720p@30fps videos. It was the first device rated to sport both 12MP stills and HD video. Ultimately, the Louvre turned out to be a concept that LG never brought to market.

LG GC990 Louvre live photos from the 2009 Korea Products Exhibition in Warsaw

At the same time Sony, then still partnered with Ericsson, revealed their Xperia Rachael smartphone. The Rachael sported a 852 x 480px resolution screen, and with its 4-inch diagonal was one of the highest resolution displays on a mobile device.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Rachael

On release, the Nokia N8 sported one of the most impressive cameras found on a smartphone, with tack-sharp details, ultra accurate colors, and a slew of image enhancements perfected by the Finnish company.

A Nokia N8 capturing camera sample from 2010

In our last edition of counterclockwise, we looked back at a Galaxy S III flagship that exploded without explanation. As it turned out, Samsung's investigation revealed that improper utilize was what led to the incident, rather than faulty manufacturing. Meanwhile, Samsung's previous Galaxy S II flagship received an update to Android 4.0.4 ICS almost exactly two years ago.

Finally, up-and-coming Indian manufacturer Micromax revealed its immensely popular Canvas 4 smartphone in its home market for $295. Meanwhile, Nokia revealed its latest Nokia Lumia 1020 flagship with 41MP PureView camera, while rumors of an upcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone from Samsung surfaced with an expected September 4 release date.

Our shots from the Micromax Canvas 4 launch event



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