O2-coming-soon We’ve already looked at the best deals on the O2 Shop available right now: today, we’re looking slightly further ahead at the brand new blowers just around the corner. Read on, and meet seven of the most exciting new handsets set to go on sale very soon, and find out what’s so special about them.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
This is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, shrink-rayed. That sleek handset packed in Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, a 1GHz processor and one of the best mobile cameras ever, the 8MP Exmor R sensor. The Xperia Ray offers all this too, in a sleeker, smaller, utterly adorable and petite (9.4mm thin) chassis, and will sell for free on a 24-month contract from just £16.50 per month with data.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

We’ve shown you how the tiny Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro can replace all of your other gadgets, and now it’s almost time to find out for yourself. Keep an eye out on the landing page for when it becomes available: if you’re an email and IM nut, you won’t be able to get enough of its pop-out QWERTY keyboard, perfectly designed for twin thumb action.

Sony Ericsson Mix
If you’re not after a smartphone, but just a simple handset that can chuck all your songs at you and then some, look no further than the Sony Ericsson Mix, a Walkman touchscreen phone with all sorts of sonic skills. As well as access to the PlayNow store for song downloads, it can even string together playlists based on your mood.

BlackBerry Torch 9860
It’s been a long time coming, but at last it’s almost here: the BlackBerry Torch 9860, otherwise known as the sequel to the BlackBerry Storm touchscreen-only series. Like the Storm and Storm 2, it’s skimped on the QWERTY keyboard – but that just leaves you more gorgeous touchscreen space to play with…

BlackBerry Torch 9810
Of course, if you can’t bear to prise your thumbs away from a tried and tested BlackBerry keyboard, you don’t have to compromise. Just around the corner is the BlackBerry Torch 9810, which offers the same slide-out keyboard as the original, along with a new version of BlackBerry OS, 7, and a much sharper 800×480 resolution touchscreen.

BlackBerry Curve 9360
If you’re after a more affordable smartphone, look no further than the super sleek Curve 9360, set to launch soon on O2. It’s the thinnest BlackBerry yet, but still packs in all the bells and whistles you’d expect, including BlackBerry 7 software, and even an NFC chip for wireless payment and data transfer.

Samsung Galaxy W
If you like what you see with Android on the high-power Samsung Galaxy S 2, but fancy something a little bit smaller to get your paws into, check out the Samsung Galaxy W that’s on the way. It offers the same Android core with TouchWiz overlay and a speedy 1.4GHz processor, in a more compact chassis with a 3.7-inch screen.

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