Each release has seen minor and major changes over their predecessors, making our decision of picking out the perfect smartphone understandably difficult. However, with 2015 around the corner that decision will undoubtedly become even harder to make. If you want to get a little heads up on what to expect, then look no further. We present five smartphones to keep an eye out for in 2015.
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Samsung Galaxy S6
The Galaxy series has often set a high standard for all other Android smartphones. And we don’t see Samsung taking their foot off the gas in 2015 with the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SGS6). While the design of the SGS6 may be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SGS5), the SGS6 will be the first Samsung flagship Android phone to have the new and eagerly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. This is a 64 bit-chip, which Qualcomm themselves call the ‘Ultimate connected computing processor’.
So what does the chip do? Well, the new chip is designed with the future in mind as it can be used to share high-quality digital photos, play online 3D games, and stream 4K Ultra HD videos. The picture quality is four times the rate of the standard 1080P HD. For those who regularly find themselves having to painfully delete apps, photos, videos, and songs in order to free up their phone space, there is good news. The storage for the SGS6 will start from 32GB rather than 16GB. The expected release for the Samsung Galaxy S6 is March 2015.
Sony Xperia Z4
Sony have had mixed fortunes in the smartphone wars, with many of their Xperia models not hitting the dizzying heights Sony expected. However, the launching of the Xperia Z series has witnessed a resurgence in the Xperia brand. Sony hopes this will continue in 2015 with their Sony Xperia Z4. The Z4 is rumoured to have a screen ranging between 5″-5.5″ inches. Also, it is said to also have a 20.7 mega-pixel camera, just like its predecessor the Z3. The longeivity of battery life is increasingly becoming a central issue. Sony have scored highly in this regard, and the Z4 is said to have a 3429mAH battery. This is slightly higher than the 3100mAH found in the Z3. The Xperia Z4 is almost certain to come with Android’s latest operating software: Lollipop. The Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to hit stores in April 2015.
The Hima is rumoured to be HTC’s replacement of the HTC One (M8). The phone is said to have a new 2K screen, slightly improving on the 1080P HD standard, as the 1920 pixel horizontal resolution increases to 2048. Under the hood, the phone may also feature a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor and contain a 2,840mAH battery. This will seeing a slight upgrade from the 2600 mAH in the HTC One (M8). It is also expected to support the Android Lollipop operating software. The HTC Hima is rumoured to be launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in the first week of March 2015 and could be released as soon as three weeks after the event.
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The LG G3 had great success and was definitely a firm favourite among, not only LG fans, but Android fans in general. So it’s no surprise that we have the LG G4 on this list. However, LG have also announced their own Nuclun processor which may make its way onto the G4. The theory behind this processor is that it will allow 4G speeds up to 300mbps, improving on the phone’s processing capabilities and providing stiff competition to its Snapdragon processor carrying rivals. Given the release dates of LG’s previous smartphones during the summer months, we think the LG G4 may be released in summer 2015.
It only seems like yesterday the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released. While there has not been any official information from Apple regarding a new iPhone, Keeping in line with previous naming patterns, it is expected to be called the iPhone 6S. However, there are also rumours that Apple could release a completely new phone, potentially called the iPhone 7! Whatever the name, the next Apple phone could be flexible and foldable.
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Apple was granted a patent for ‘flexible electronic devices’ by the US Patent and Trademark Office on 6 January 2015. Apple is notorious for bringing out an iPhone every September so it is very possible that the next Apple iPhone will be released in September 2015. All of these five smartphones have the potential to do well in 2015. It will also be interesting to see which Microsoft and Blackberry phones are also introduced. The war to be the best smartphone in 2015 has officially begun.