Sony, HTC and Samsung are leading the way in this year's Mobile Choice Awards, after receiving the greatest number of nominations.
The Xperia manufacturer has received 10 nods in the shortlists, whose categories range from Most Innovative Device and Best Design to Best Value Phone. Sony will face off against Asus, HTC, Nokia and Samsung in the coveted Manufacturer of the Year category. The manufacturer's Xperia portfolio, its first since it bought out Ericsson's share of their former joint venture, received plaudits earlier in the year. It is following those up with a new entry-level smartphone and a high-end handset dubbed 'The Bond Phone' as it will feature in the forthcoming James Bond film Skyfall.
HTC and Samsung are also in contention for a number of awards, with each manufacturer having nine nominations. Samsung has had a storming 2012, overtaking Nokia as the world's biggest phone manufacturer. Its Galaxy S III was released earlier this year to great acclaim but it has also had success with its Galaxy Note, which features a stylus pen. HTC's One series of smartphones has wowed critics for its innovative range of features, impressive camera and sharp design. Manufacturers such as Apple, Motorola, Asus, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, LG, Orange and BlackBerry will also be competing at the awards.
The product shortlists were whittled down by votes from more than 26,000 Mobile Choice readers and the 11 categories will be judged by industry experts. There are also five awards, including Best Operator and Best Retailer, which are awarded according to votes from Mobile Choice readers. The winners will be revealed at a gala event in central London on 4 October. To see the full list of shortlisted companies and all of the categories, go to www.mobilechoiceuk.com