The phones of CTIA Wireless 2012

NEW ORLEANS--Trade shows like the CTIA Wireless show here are routinely used as the launch space for a variety of new, shiny smartphones. Vendors typically hope to cash in on attendees' interest to generate enthusiasm for their products. At this year's CTIA show, however, new smartphones are few and far between. Carriers and handset makers did introduce a handful of new phones, but the range of launches is nothing like the avalanche that has buried conference-goers in past years. Nonetheless, it's worth taking a look at the latest and greatest the mobile phone market has to offer at this year's show. Slideshow

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