Its August and 2015 is already proving to be a great year for smartphones. Here we round up some of the best new phones that have or are soon to be announced in 2015, including the best new Samsung phones, best new Sony phones, best new HTC phones, best new LG phones, best new Google phones, best new Apple iPhones, best new Windows Phones, best new Huawei phones and more…
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Everyone always bangs on about Samsung’s Galaxy S line-up, but it’s the Note series that really impresses. The Note 4 was unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event prior to September’s IFA tradeshow (3 September 2014), and right now sits at the top of the fastest smartphone and best phablet charts. Traditionally Samsung’s Note launches are held at IFA in September, but rumours suggest we might see the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 as early as mid-August to give it a head-start on the new iPhones. We’re told that invites have just gone out for a New York Unpacked event on 13 August.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
A second version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 launched alongside the standard S6 at MWC. It follows the trend set by the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge, but with two curved screen edges rather than one and a marginally higher-capacity battery than is found in the S6. In other respects the specs are in line with the standard S6, but expect to pay a premium for that fancy screen. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge went on sale in the UK on 10 April 2015
HTC One M9
We are massive fans of the HTC One M8, and the HTC One M9 is even better. Although HTC has kept the full-HD screen rather than the quad-HD screens seen in the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the HTC One M9 is a very attractive phone with some impressive performance. The phone went on sale in the UK on 31 March 2015 and it’s been priced cheaper than its rival the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 max
Huawei’s latest flagship has a gorgeous unibody metal design that’s stylish enough to rival HTC and Apple, yet it undercuts the price of those smartphones. There is a standard 5.2in Huawei P8, or a huge 6.8in Huawei P8 max. The phone and phablet went on sale in the UK in April, with a worldwide launch on 15th May 2015.
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Let’s not forget Apple’s other smartphone – the massive iPhone 6 Plus is also due a refresh this September. We’re not expecting any major changes to the design (although the iPhone 6S Plus should be more durable – we haven’t forgotten Bendgate), with the key improvements geared for speed. There will likely be an Apple A9 chip inside, paired with an M9 motion co-processor. Don’t be surprised to find Apple Watch-style wireless charging and a larger-capacity battery, plus an upgraded camera – possibly to 12MP.
LG is calling the LG G4 the ‘most ambitious smartphone yet’, which is focused on delivering ‘comfortable elegance, a great visual experience and a human-centric user experience’. We strongly believe that the LG G3 was the very best phone you could buy in 2014, and things just get better with the LG G4 – although opinion is divided ate Airphone HQ on that leather case (also available in ceramic versions). Key specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 5.5in Quad HD IPS Quantum display, 32GB of storage (with microSD support) and a 3000mAh removable battery. The LG G4 was unveiled at a press event on 28 April, and went on sale on 28 May.
Microsoft Lumia 940 & Lumia 940 XL
Part of the reason we’re so excited about the upcoming Microsoft Lumia 940 and 940 XL is that they will be among the first handsets to run full Windows 10 – Microsoft is to finally tackle the Windows Phone apps problem by running one OS across phones, tablets, PCs and laptops. The Lumia 940 has the beefiest spec of any Windows Phone we’ve seen too, and the XL is a larger version with a 5.7in screen.
Samsung Galaxy S6
If you’re a Samsung fan but would rather stick to a phone than a phablet then the Samsung Galaxy S6 is just what you’re looking for. With Samsung finally answering build-quality criticisms, it follows in the trend of the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 with a metal and glass body. There’s also a quad-HD screen, plus plenty of other radical new features, including a super-fast Samsung Exynos processor (paired with 3GB of RAM), and a redesigned fingerprint scanner that works a lot more like Apple’s Touch ID and, you know, actually works. The Samsung Galaxy S6 was unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event on 1 March 2015, and went on sale on 10 April 2015.
Apple iPhone 6s / Apple iPhone 7
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in September 2014, and in the months leading up to that the rumour mill went mental. Be prepared for more of the same with the iPhone 7, which will launch in September 2015 running iOS 9. As always, we’re expecting a faster processor and some upgraded specs, but little change to the design. (Note that it will probably be called the iPhone 6s rather than iPhone 7, but we’re sticking with iPhone 7 for now.)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Edge Plus
Rumour has it larger versions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are on their way, and could be here within the next couple of weeks – Samsung’s holding an Unpacked event on 13 August, and it’s definitely got something big up its sleeve. The S6 Plus and S6 Edge Plus are expected to go on sale on Friday 21 August.
Sony Xperia Z3+
After all the rumours that the Sony Xperia Z4 would be delayed until September, the Z4 was recently unveiled in Japan. The Z4 won’t come to the UK, but in late May Sony announced its Sony Xperia Z3+ over here. The UK version of the Z4, the Z3+ is almost identical. In essence, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is a slightly slimmed down and much faster version of the Z3, with performance we expect to fall in line with the HTC One M9. The Z3+ went on sale in the UK in June.
LG G Flex 2
The G4 and G4 Note aren’t LG’s only exciting new smartphones for 2015. At CES 2015 it unveiled the LG G Flex 2, a curved-screen handset. The G Flex 2 is a 5.5in-screen smartphone with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chip, and it features self-healing technology.
Asus Zenfone 2
This powerful phone has a staggering 4GB of RAM and a 2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor. For storage, 32GB is fitted, and you can get more through microSD compatibility. There’s 4G LTE support, a 5.5in full-HD IPS screen, and 13Mp rear- and 5Mp front cameras. The stylish brushed-metal case is just 3.9mm thick at the edges. Running the fully customisable ZenUI software, the Zenfone 2 also has Trend Micro security preinstalled.
Google Nexus 5 2015
The new Nexus phone for 2015 is hotly tipped to be another Nexus 5, made by Huawei. That can mean only one thing – Google’s going back to its high-end specs, mid-range price business model. With Huawei we could also see the first dual-SIM Nexus phone, finally bringing dual-SIM functionality into the mainstream in the UK. One thing is for sure, the New Nexus 5 2015 will be the first device to run Android M, the latest Google OS that we heard more details on during May’s Google I/O.
LG G4 Note
Rumour has it LG has an even bigger and better flagship than the G4 planned for 2015. The LG G4 Note, if it materialises, will be a metal-chassis phablet with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip and a massive 4GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung has confirmed its Samsung Galaxy A7, a gorgeous phablet with a 6.3mm unibody metal chassis, a 5.5in Super AMOLED screen and a 64-bit octa-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy A7 is not yet on sale on the UK, but will come in both single- and dual-SIM variants.
Samsung Galaxy S6 mini
A Samsung Galaxy flagship launch is traditionally followed by several variants, most importantly a compact version, but we’ve also seen variants that offer, for example, improved cameras or more rugged designs. The Samsung Galaxy S6 mini is likely to be a more compact version of its bigger brother with a slightly slimmed down spec. We expect to see a 4.7in full-HD screen, a slower-clocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, perhaps 2GB of RAM and 16- and 5Mp cameras.
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