04 Aug Upcoming Highlights and Rumors for 2015
The handheld market rumour mill has been bursting of late with announcements what Fall and Winter of 2015 will bring to the expectant public. Here is a short overview of the handsets that can be expected in following months. Some specs may change and some rumours will remain only rumours, but here are the most significant news and rumours from the world of smartphones and handheld devices.
The Taiwanese giant has very much surprised everybody in the last few years with their innovative technologies and ground-breaking releases. The latest rumour regarding HTC is about a fourth quarter release of a new flagship device with completely newly developed camera capable of shooting even better images in low light situations and pics in RAW photo format. The new tech is currently named HTC Aero and should feature the latest, not yet released Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. It is expected to have at least a Quad HD display screen and 4 GB RAM, perhaps even 128 GB storage. It will feature a completely new metallic design and perhaps introduce an alternative to the in-house HTC One series. Additional rumours have the HTC Aero already outfitted with the forthcoming Android M operating system.
It is already common knowledge that Samsung will release another Note device later this year, which will most likely be named Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and which will be released in the regular and “Edge” versions. The Note 5 will have a 5.7 inch display, 2560 x 1440 pixels at 515 ppi, Android 5.1, the Samsung Exynos 7422 chipset, octa-core CPU, at least 64 GB storage, 4 GB RAM, 16 MP back camera and the famous S Pen stylus. It is as of yet unclear if the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will also receive an update, or be integrated into the Note 5 release schedule.
Apple has already backpedalled and announced that no iPhone 7 is scheduled to be released this year. This means that in September an update to the iPhone 6 is to be expected, with the tentative release moniker iPhone 6S. It is as of yet unclear what the actual updates will be, most likely a larger internal RAM memory, perhaps 2 GB, maybe a slightly improved camera, a better chipset, most likely Apple A9 and the new iOS 9. Looking at the competition, all these updates are already outdated, so it remains to be seen how Apple will tout these as anything but meagre let-us-just-release-something throwaways. Hopefully Apple surprises everybody by releasing iPhone Air or something even better. They need it more than we do.
The eagerly worldwide available OnePlus 2 should get released any day now. The flagship killer is supposed to feature a 5.5 inches screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution at approximately 534 ppi pixel density on a LTPS LCD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 4. It is supposed to have a stock Android OS 5.1 with the CyanogenMod UI, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with a octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU, 32 GB or 64 GB storage, 4 GB RAM and a 16 MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera, as well as a 3300 mAh Li-Po battery. It will very likely cost more than the OnePlus One, but maybe OnePlus can surprise us all, but will feature the new standard USB Type-C.
Motorola is on the upwind and has two major releases slated, the Moto G and Moto X of the third generation. Lenovo, which owns Motorola now, is really pushing forward with full power and releases these mid-range phones right before the September and the school season begin. The specs are nice, both feature a Snapdragon chipset, 610 and 808 respectively and decent specs for relatively affordable prices. After the release of the Nexus 6, the Droid Turbo and Moto Maxx devices and the Moto E low-end device just a few months ago, Motorola seriously expand their range and becomes a serious competitor once again.
Sony will finally release their new flagship device Xperia Z4 in all possible variants, including the compact 4.7 inch and the Ultra with a 6.44 inch large screen. All devices will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with the octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU, a choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of storage, 3 GB RAM and a variety of cameras from 16 MP in the Ultra to the 20.7 camera in the compact version. All devices are supposed to become available during the third quarter of 2015.
LG has tentatively announced the LG G4 Pro smartphone, which is supposed to be the first smartphone to feature the newly developed Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. While there is not much more to find out, other than most of the other specs mirror the LG G4, the Pro version will have the 64 GB storage option as well, 4 GB RAM and a 27 MP main camera.