Five best upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones.

If you’re tired of waiting for manufacturers to deliver on the promised Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) updates for your smartphone, you may want to consider getting a new handset instead.

Of course, the bad news is that this will cost you money, but if your contract with your telco is up, you may be able to get a new smartphone at relatively affordable prices. The good news is that with plenty of new ICS handsets announced at the recent Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Spain, most of these smartphones will actually make their way to retail relatively quickly.

April will see HTC and its One series handsets being made available globally, while Asus has also announced a similar time period for its transforming PadFone. Others like Huawei’s Ascend P1 S and Ascend D series (the D1, D quad and D quad XL) will only arrive in Q2.

Then you have LG’s range of handsets–the Optimus 4X HD as well as the L5 and L7. The 4X HD will hit stores sometime in Q3, but there’s no word on when you’ll see the Optimus L5 and L7. We expect that LG will not be keeping these handsets too far behind its competition, as it has a lot of catching up to do.

Meanwhile, here are our pick of what we think are the five best ICS handsets you should be keeping an eye out for if you’re thinking of upgrading.

1.  Asus PadFone First take
Announced last year at the Computex show in Taiwan, the prototype version of the Asus PadFone was the logical conclusion of the Motorola Atrix Lapdock design. While it is not the first hybrid device, it’s likely the first to run Android 4.0 with the intriguing idea of transforming a phone into a tablet.First take | See full specs | Rate this

2.  HTC One X First take
Arguably one of the more exciting new devices announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, HTC’s flagship Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handset is one that can claim good looks thanks to its polycarbonate shell and killer specifications.First take | See full specs | Rate this

3.  HTC One S First take
If you think that the HTC ONE X, ONE S and One V look alike, you’re not alone. Yet, the One series has attracted lots of attention over its camera-centric features after it was unveiled at MWC.Running on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS with an updated version of HTC’s UI–Sense 4.0–the One S packs pretty high-end features in a compact frame.

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4.  Huawei Ascend D quad First take
Hot on the heels of its CES unveiling of the Ascend “Platinum” series of handsets, Huawei has stepped it up a notch with a new “Diamond” range of smartphones.Announced a day before the Mobile World Congress officially began, the China-based company wants to show that it means business with even more impressive specs than the P1 S.

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5.  LG Optimus 4X HD First take
Quite possibly the highlight of LG’s showcase at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, the Optimus 4X is also the company’s first quad-core handset. Its slim and lightweight profile belies the powerful Nvidia Tegra 3-powered quad-core 1.5GHz processor it packs and you’ll be surprised to know that is comes packing a 2,150mAh battery.First take |  See full specs | Rate this


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