We put on the list the top 5 most anticipated smart phones of 2014 that are expected to hit the streets
Since the time when smartphones were invented, it changed the way in which we looked at mobile phones and did change our way of communication too. Smartphones took place of netbooks and PDAs and broke through the boundaries by which the conventional last generation mobiles were bounded to. Smartphones proves to be a more compact and efficient way to communicate and socialize. Just few years after the launch of the world’s first smartphone, which was introduced by Ericsson, the GS 88 “Penelope”, smartphone industry have enhanced the modern day smartphones four folds. Current leaders of the Smartphone industry like Samsung, HTC, Apple, Nokia (Owned by Microsoft) use a more efficient and versatile combination of Hardware plus Software innovations that indeed have connected our cyber lives with each other. In this race, top manufacturers replace their flagship devices each year with an essential upgrade and facelift to continue their respective state of the tech device lineage. To name some, Samsung has the S family which is the leader of the Galaxy series. HTC keeps on updating its One SKU smartphones with phenomenal camera modules and audio enhancements and thus One carries the flag for HTC. Apple kept its smartphone range restricted to a single series, the legendary iPhone lineup. Mobile industry veterans Nokia stepped into the smartphone business with their Lumia range.
Just like last year, we again look forward to the smartphones giants latest offering for this year, and since MWC 2014 is around the corner we may expect to see many upcoming smartphone unveils and announcements of next flagship products. We got a report and we conveyed the information to you guys that the upcoming Liquid E3 and Z4 phones from Acer would be unveiled at MWC 2014. So we made a list of smartphones for whom the world is eagerly waiting to be unveiled.
- Samsung Galaxy S5 – This beast from the Korean giant Samsung is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2014 held in Barcelona, Spain. Some leaked pictures from the forums of Hardware Zone indicate that the device will feature a ridged silver colored lining around the device and thus proving that the company sticks to their S Family design. Same with the physical button on the front. And the Touchwiz UI from Samsung is a bit tweaked from previous but not much. As far as features are concerned, the S5 has a fingerprint scanner which detects one’s fingerprints when one swipes 8 times and 3 user fingerprints can be registered at a time. Another merit of the feature is the Heart beat sensor which is the part of the new S Health app, And few basic specification revealed includes that the device would be dustproof and waterproof (like the Xperia Z2) and the rear cam module hosts a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 3.2 megapixel front cam. The screen is a 5.24” Super AMOLED with a QHD resolution of 1440×2560 and it comes in 2 storage variants 32Gb/64Gb. CPU also comes in 2 tastes, the Exynos 6 from Samsung or the Snapdragon 805 from Qualcomm. The battery remains 3200 mAh.
- HTC One 2014 – Another strong contender sporting an Android OS is the One 2014 from HTC. This year’s version of One is codenamed M8 and leaked pictures reveal that it would come in Gold, Silver, Red, Blue and Dark Gray colors, since our report is based on leaks and rumors therefore nothing much is known about the next flagship from HTC except that it is expected to be like the current one (pun intended), the build seems same as the 2013 One but sports a bit more rounded corners and has dual rear cameras and dual flash. As far as specifications are concerned we only know that it would have a 5” screen with 1080p native resolution and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 handles the processing paired with 2GB of Ram. But rumors also state that it may sport a more updated Snapdragon 805. 32/64GB internal memory may be paired with microSD slot if you require more storage.
- Xperia Z2 Sirius – Sony too is a big competitor in the Android race with Samsung and HTC, and with its Xperia Z lineup, it has many offering that are worth considering and makes it the best bang for the bucks. Sony has had a busy start to 2014, launching both the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1S at CES in January. The Sirius codename was leaked just before the new year along with talk of another Sony smartphone named the Canopus. Since then, the model number D6503 has been attached to it, and many have tentatively given it the release name of the Xperia Z2. A 12-minute video has been posted to YouTube, which claims to show the Sony D6503 in action. The footage shows someone navigating around the Android 4.4.2 operating system installed on the phone, complete with an overhauled version of Sony’s own user interface. There are also several shots of the phone’s exterior, although it’s hard to tell it apart from other Xperia Z devices, aside from a set of thin bezels either side of the screen. It does look quite large though, so a 5-inch-plus screen size seems likely. A 12-minute video has been posted to YouTube, which claims to show the Sony D6503 in action. The footage shows someone navigating around the Android 4.4.2 operating system installed on the phone, complete with an overhauled version of Sony’s own user interface. There are also several shots of the phone’s exterior, although it’s hard to tell it apart from other Xperia Z devices, aside from a set of thin bezels either side of the screen. It does look quite large though, so a 5-inch-plus screen size seems likely. Resolution is under debate that it may be 1080p or 1440×2560. Rear camera module is expected to be same 20.7 MP and a 2.1 MP front facing camera for the self portrait shots and video messaging.
- LG G3– LG too gets in the race for the high end smartphone battle with its LG Pro G2, and probably in 2014 we would see another G force, likely to be named LG G3. The company told the Korean arm of ZDnet that the G Pro 2 shouldn’t be considered a rival to Samsung’s upcoming flagship, suggesting the LG G3 will be filling those boots instead. Details surrounding the device are thin on the ground at the moment, but we expect the display will come with a 1440 x 2560 resolution (same as S5) that will be slightly larger than the LG G2. This could mean we will see a 5.5-inch display or thereabouts on the LG G3. There haven’t been many substantial rumours focusing on the camera yet, but the LG G3 is said to be coming with a 16-megapixel rear-camera, if only a light on details. Korean based ETnews’ site claims the LG G3 will be coming with a fingerprint scanner rather than iris scanning technology because of issues that could arise due to premature technology, dark rooms and other factors. The LG G3 is also said to be feature an octa-core processor under its hood, which would make it a pretty speedy device. Release date is expected to be 17th of May.
- Apple’s iPhone 6– We previously posted about the iPhone 6 and it deserves a honorary mention in the top 5 anticipated list. Apple is well known for its iPhone lineup and utilizing state of the art looks along with cutting edge software part and sturdy build quality paired with the legendary iPhone tag that has earned a tag of being a reputed brand with awesome quality products. Not much is known but the one thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on is that the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen than any other iOS smartphone before it. There’s a definite market for large-screen phones, as we’ve seen with the HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4, so it makes sense for Apple to compete on screen size early rumours suggested that there would be a 4.8in screen, but more recent rumours have suggested that the iPhone 6 could have a 5in screen. According to Japanese tech publication MacFun, the 5in screen will have a Full HD resolution of 1,920×1,080. From a certain point of view this makes a lot of sense, as there are already a lot of Full HD phones out there. Rumours also state that the iPhone 6 may come in two screen sizes. As far as camera is concerned Apple may also be considering going in a completely different direction, particularly if a new patent is to be used. This suggests that the iPhone 6 could get a refocus-able lightfield camera. Specs are as it may use the Quad core A7 SoC and the rest of the specs are unknown to us.