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5 Android Superphones Aimed at Apple

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 4 is very much the phone of the moment as it gets set to launch at Verizon (VZ) next month, but there are at least five arguably better phones coming that aim to dethrone the king.

This spring, or sooner, Motorola (MMI), Samsung, HTC and LG have promised to deliver five large, yet thin, 4G Google (GOOG) Android devices that we'll call superphones.

Each phone seems to have adopted the 4-inch or larger touchscreen size. Apple's iPhone, by comparison is 3.5 inches. And while three of the phones have a 1-gigahertz processor, the LG Infuse goes a couple ticks faster with a 1.2-gigahertz chip. Motorola is the first of the bunch to use a dual-core processor from Nvidia (NVDA).

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Motorola was a standout, unveiling four new devices including the iPad tablet challenger, the Xoom. Motorola's most eye-catching superphones were the Atrix and the Bionic, previously known as Olympus and Edna.

Sanjay Jha, CEO of the newly independent wireless titan, appears to have taken the Verizon iPhone challenge quite seriously. Motorola is making what has been expected to be a major displacement at Verizon into a compelling 4G alternative to the iPhone.

Some analysts are impressed with Motorola's hustle.

"Motorola's return to the cutting-edge of handset hardware positions it well in 2011," says MKM Partners analyst Tero Kuittinen. "Apple's decision to leave dual-core and LTE technologies out of the Verizon iPhone shows a degree of complacency that should benefit Motorola."

Here's a look at the top five Android superphones set to battle with the iPhone.
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