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We have some great events to look forward to again this year with the IFA, CES and the MWC, these are where we will get the main confirmation from manufactuerers, yet as normal other releases will be made in between with the iPhone of course the main attraction.
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2016 has just started but later in the year the hype will start and we will show it right here for you.
Written by Luke Hatfield on 27th November 2015
As another year flies by, we get a whole new array of smartphones to look forward to, and 2016 is no different – with a host of new devices on the cards for smartphone shoppers. Whether it’s the latest flagship offering, or something a bit more low-key, 2016 is making plenty of promises to tech fans all over the planet, so what smartphones can you really expect to see?
Here’s a list of the biggest and brightest names that are set to grace the shelves throughout 2016!
Where else could we start? Arguably the biggest release of 2016 won’t happen until the middle of September – with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both set to be on show, as always, generating plenty of media hype as well.
Both phones will rock very similar spec sheets, with a new Apple chipset taking point alongside possibly 3GB RAM and hopefully a minimum of 32GB on-board storage. A new iOS update will also come along as well, bringing a fresh face to the internal part of the device, along with plenty of new features as well.
You’d better start saving now, because the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will likely be some of the most costly phones of the year as well, with contracts normally kicking off at £40/month.
The biggest Samsung launch of the year normally comes around MWC in Q1, with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both likely to make an appearance at the Barcelona based event. Similarly to the iPhone 7 launch, Samsung will have the world’s press in attendance, so news about the phone will flood pretty much every website (ours included) the moment it makes an appearance!
Expected to come in a normal and curved screen style, both Samsung handsets will sport similar internal specs, with the main differences surrounding the phones’ displays. Inside the handsets, it’s likely that we’ll see a new Snapdragon chipset, along with a sizeable processor, whilst 4GB RAM could be squeezed in as well.
Samsung will be charging plenty of cash for the S7 and S7 Edge, so like the iPhone, if you want to grab one on launch you’d be better off saving some money quick-time!
The second Samsung to make our list, but one which still draws plenty of attention when it launches, normally towards the end of September or start of October. Last year, the Note5 dodged a UK launch, with Samsung instead favouring the S6 Edge+, which is essentially the same only without the S-Pen and with a curved display.
Both devices will pack sizeable displays to say the least, but internally is where things get really exciting, with a top of the range processor and chipset making the cut, alongside a camera which always impresses. Also, Samsung never hesitates to throw in a huge amount of memory with its larger phones either, meaning you won’t be left battling for space should you be a big fan of your media.
The Note 6 and S7 Edge+ will probably be even more costly than the S7 and S7 Edge, so don’t expect your bank balance to tip toe around the launch if you plan on investing…
HTC’s flagship launch of 2016 is likely to be the One M10, offering a top-notch style alongside a quality spec sheet. Similarly to the Samsung Galaxy S7, it will likely use MWC as a launching ground, giving fans all over a glimpse of its new design before being released a few weeks later.
The M10 should be sporting a QHD display, along with an improved chipset and faster processor, making for a stronger showing than on the M9, which was actually disappointing to some. Also, HTC needs to get the camera right after messing around with it for the past few years, if not, HTC could quickly find itself behind many of its competitors once again.
The good thing about the M9 was that it didn’t quite hit the wallet as hard as many other flagship phones, hopefully this stays the same this year, although we won’t be promising anything about this just yet!
LG’s biggest phone launch of the year always centres on its latest G model, with 2016 set to showcase the G5 – possibly around April, meaning a MWC announcement could prove a hit.
Having already packed a QHD screen and plenty of super-powered specs on the G4, we expect to see much of the same from LG, maybe with a 4K display making the cut. LG could also bring a fresh design to the fray, with the G4 testing the water well with a leather construction before now.
LG’s flagship phone won’t be too cheap though, so you should plan ahead if you’re thinking of splashing the cash on the handset.
It’s not too often we see three smartphones from a single manufacturer at one time, but Sony did exactly that in 2015 with the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, so it’s safe to say it could be happening again.
As you might’ve guessed, the Z6 Compact will be the smallest of the three, whilst the standard Z6 will prove to be the main flagship. Elsewhere, the Z6 Premium will boast a specialised spec sheet and design should you want to spend a huge amount of money on your next device.
Sony tends to keep us guessing with its launch dates, so we could see these phones at any point next year, although they are likely to linger around one of the big shows which take place, meaning CES, MWC or IFA are all possible dates to keep an eye on.
If you’re a big fan of curved screens, then the LG G Flex 3 could prove to be the phone worth waiting for in 2016, and if you’re lucky you might not be waiting that long for it as it could come as early as CES in January!
Unlike most other curved displays which focus on the edge of the screen, the LG G Flex curve affects the entire display, and we expect it to come into play even more in its third outing. On top of this, we’d love to see a better resolution and internal spec sheet get included to make this perennial wannabe flagship into a true powerhouse.
Due to the nature of its design, the G Flex 3 will likely cost a fair bit of cash on launch, but you might be able to find the odd deal should you wait a little while after launch.
Arguably the surprise manufacturer of the past few years, OnePlus almost broke the internet when it launched the OnePlus One, offering up flagship quality specs for a mid-range price tag. It has since followed this up with the OnePlus 2, and could do so again come August 2016, if it decides to unveil the OnePlus 3.
OnePlus has regularly walked the walk when it comes to bringing top quality specs to a more affordable market, so we fully expect the Chinese manufacturer to do the same with its next handset. Rumour has it that we could see a QHD screen make the cut, along with 4GB RAM and a new chipset, all for as much as half the price as most other flagship offerings we’ll be seeing.
OnePlus has stuck to its guns with its sales tactics though, so you can once again expect to have to fight for an invite to buy the device, although this has become an easier task of late…
The yearly Google based offerings are set to grace us with their presence in September if last year’s efforts are anything to go by, bringing stylish designs and notably strong spec sheets.
The Nexus 6P and 5X were the epitome of variety when they launched last year, and we expect a similar level of diversity this time around as well, with Huawei and LG likely to be used once again with the releases. This means we can expect a full flagship offering once again from the 7P, whilst the 6X could take a more laid-back mid-range stance to its launch.
Each Nexus phone will likely differ in price by a fair bit, with the 6X possibly being quite a bit cheaper, although details on this will be available closer to their launch.
One of the forgotten phones of recent times, the Lumia 1020 has built its own cult following since launching all the way back in 2013, with its 41 megapixel camera proving a great feature. So, could 2016 be the year we finally get a successor?
The Lumia 1020 is now quite outdated, so if there is to be a Lumia 1030 it would likely bring a whole host of changes to the handset, starting with a QHD display and Windows 10 OS. On top of this will be a bevy of internal additions and of course, a new 41 megapixel camera for us to play with.
Microsoft is likely to make sure it makes plenty of cash from the follow up Lumia handset, so it’s likely that we’ll find a hefty price tag alongside the phone if it does arrive this year, although we have no idea when it could crop up, or the price it will target…
Written by Luke Hatfield
Written by Luke Hatfield on 6th July 2015
With 2014 giving us a barrage of great smartphones, we take a look at some of the phones expected to make a big splash over the course of 2015…
HTC stole the show early in 2014 with the HTC One M8, boasting the first ever dual camera set-up on any smartphone, something that is yet to be emulated by other companies.
The M9 followed up on the success of the M8 by going on show at MWC, the mobile event of the spring which was held in Barcelona.
HTC announced a similarly metal clad handset with a 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM whilst ditching the dual UltraPixel camera on the back for a more orthodox effort.
Its design didn't change too much, but this isn't necessarilly a bad thing with HTC giving us another great looking handset, albeit with a little less imagination.
Another MWC entrant, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is no doubt one of the best phones of 2015, carrying on the good work already set-up by the previously successful S5 handset.
With QHD currently the resolution at a premium, the S6 supplies it in all of its glory, alongside an improved fingerprint scanner.
An Exynos 7420 chipset also features on the Samsung flagship, whilst a fresh new metallic design also makes the phone look truly superb.
Samsung has always provided power on its flagship line-up, and the S6 isn’t deviating from it, although it has lost the IP68 certification and battery replacing abilities - but we can live with that we think!
It hasn't been all that long since we got a look at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and we’re already talking about their successors.
Expected this September, Apple normally releases an upgraded version of the previous year’s handset, and this is due to happen this time around with the iPhone 6s.
Don’t expect a change in terms of the design, but you can look forward to plenty of upgrades under the hood, with an Apple A9 processor possibly on the way.
2GB RAM is also mooted alongside an improved battery, but of course Apple is one of the most secretive manufacturers on the market, so we won’t be hearing anything about it until it wants us to.
Sony must've had a bit of a nightmare behind the scenes with its latest flagship, as it was originally expected at the start of the year, but only made an appearing early in the summer.
The Xperia Z3+ has kept much to the design from the Z3 as possible, only making some minor changes to its thickness, whilst removing some of the flappy port covers.
The IP68 rating hangs around somehow, whilst the specs have seen a bump, with a Snapdragon 810 chipset the talk of the town.
The very same 20.7 megapixel lens is also included, so Sony has really played it safe with this upgrade.
Its predecessor caused quite a stir upon its arrival, so the LG G Flex 2 was expected to make quite a splash when it arrived, and it did so willingly.
Sporting a 1080p screen, which is more curved than last time, the G Flex 2 certainly looks great.
A Snapdragon 810 chipset backs up its good looks with strong performance as well, whilst up to 3GB RAM keeps everything else running smoothly.
The LG G Flex 2 is definitely a bit of a unique device, but it still stands out as one of the phones of the year.
We won’t be seeing the Galaxy Note 5 until September, but when we do it’s guaranteed to be something special.
With a rumoured 4GB RAM, power is going to be surging through the phablet, and an Exynos chipset is also set to back it up as well.
An all metal build is also being heavily rumoured, as fans have become slightly annoyed at the lack of style compared to the likes of the iPhone 6.
Samsung has plenty of time to build on these ideas, but if the Note 5 does all of these things, it would take something crazy to see it bottom out.
Following up from the hugely successful OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 could be the surprise handset of 2015 if it continues the trend set by its predecessor.
Packing a Snapdragon 810 chipset and a 5.5" QHD display, the OnePlus 2 packs a true flagship style, whilst reportedly coming in at under £300.
This will not only make it incredibly powerful, but also remarkably cheap, although you'll need to work your socks off to get an invite to buy it.
The handset is even going to be launched in VR, making it increasingly interesting as well, which should win it even more fans.
There you have it! That’s just a quick look at some of the smartphones that are set to grace the market throughout 2015.
Written by Luke Hatfield
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel on 4th September 2014
With three of the year's major handsets having been launched already this year, here are the main contenders to make 2014 one incredible year in the world of smartphones...
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There was lots of speculation about the successor to the iPhone 5s, with rumours suggesting we could see the iPhone 6 sport different sized displays.
But luckily for us the speculation is over, and the iPhone 6 has been revealed in all it's glory!
Here's a round up of the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus's specs, features and design:
No sooner had the Galaxy Note 3 has been revealed that rumours of the Galaxy Note 4 started appearing online.
But now the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has arrived!
The Note 3 still leads the way when it comes to “doing” large-screened phones for business, and despite the competition releasing rival phablets such as the Nokia Lumia 1520 and HTC One Max, Samsung still leads the way.
The Note 4 features a 5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display display, along with a mighty 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 805 chipset and 32GB internal memory, making it a true heavyweight flagship competitor. You can also get:
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review
Update: The Nokia Lumia 930 was released in July 2014.
The flagship Nokia phone we've all been waiting for! Could the Nokia Lumia 930 be the Windows Phone powered competitor to the iPhone?
Packing a 5" ClearBlack display with full HD capabilities, the Lumia 930 was the surprise package of the summer. Also, featuring 32GB storage, 2GB RAM and a 20 megapixel camera, the device is sure to move a lot of units.
Read more: Nokia Lumia 930 review.
The sequel to last year's popular LG G3 was hotly anticipated at the start of the year, by the looks of its premium design, top quality specs and unique LG features, we could be on to something special.
The LG G3 sports a 5.5-inch display boasting a massive 534 pixels per inch, as well as a mighty octa-core processor which beats the LG G2 hands-down.
We have also got a similar 13 megapixel lens donning the back of the LG G3, as well as the same rear-control buttons we saw on the G2.
Also read: LG G3 review: specs, feature and camera.
Yes, it’s Samsung…again. As if the Korean company hasn’t got enough phablets, smartwatches and tablets lined up for 2014, it has been rumoured that Samsung is planning to fill the ‘gap’ between the S and Note launches by releasing yet another premium device in the summer of 2014.
It is rumoured that the smartphone will [finally] get rid of the usual plastic shell that we’re used to seeing on Samsung devices, instead opting for the more premium-looking aluminium casing to mimic the iPhone or HTC One.
We have also heard rustlings of a 16MP camera featuring on the Galaxy F, though this could just as easily derive from the same rumour about the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Smartphones aside, there are still a number of rumours that we will see Apple and HTC launch their own contributions to the wearable tech trend.
Read more about Google's new operating system for smartwatches: Android Wear on the Moto 360
Apple, on the other hand, has finally confirmed that wearable technology is big business after it launched the Apple Watch alongside the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The device comes in all sorts of shapes and designs to suit every Apple fan out there. the only downside is that we'll have to wait until 2015 to get it on our wrists!
News broke just days ago that HTC is set to launch a smartwatch in the second half of 2014, which will aim to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.
As always, we don’t know much about the rumoured device except that it will run Android.
We’ve had the controversial Google Glass already this year, so what more weird and wonderful things can we expect to see from Google?
The Google Gem is Google’s own version of the smartwatch, which should appear at some point in 2014. The smartwatch will allegedly be centred around Google Now, although Google is, for once, keeping schtum about any other details of the device.
New releases are hard to keep up with, but to do just that visit our coming soon and latest mobile phones to keep right upto date
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel
Written by Guest Contributor on 21st February 2013
Now mobile fans always have a lot to look forward to as the tech market pretty much bends over backwards to cater to all their needs, which has resulted in 2012 being a year of a lot of exciting changes as well as some major bumps for the manufacturers of mobile phones. Of course, the New Year is just as promising. Just by thinking of it in terms of a continuation of the previous year makes it appealing. And why wouldn’t it when we saw tablets waging budget wars, the iPhone 5 coming out, and all sorts of speculation about mobile payments surfacing?
So to get you geared for what is to come, and what to expect, here is a list of the top 6 things all the techie fans should look forward to.
1.A new contender. Let’s face it; we are all getting bored by the battle between iOS and Android, with no one else seeming to get any of the limelight that these two giants are battling over. We already know that Android is a superefficient OS whereas iOS is a super safe one, free from all forms of iPhone spyware (non jailbroken ones that is). But at most what we can hope to see is a new OS upping itself for the third spot. Already we have RIM’s Blackberry 10 and new handsets carrying Windows Phone 8 to investigate. It would be a real treat to be surprised by another OS.
2.Google Launches Wireless. Now this is something that the rumor mills talk about day in day out. But this time there are some solid musings regarding Google and Dish discussing new wireless services which leads to more speculation about Google Fiber being involved. Both of them mutually collaborating on a wireless service may be something dreams are made on only but you have to admit, it would be something spectacular to see happen in 2013.
3.Mobile Payment. No, really. We have all heard it time and time again. There have even been some dry runs and it seems if anyone can actually make this concept successful it’s Google and its NFC brainchild the Google Wallet. It seems there is a lot of rift amongst the tech community as to whether it is actually at the stage where it can be implanted on a large scale. Regardless, 2013 should definitely be seeing some real NFC action.
4. More Platform security. This roughly translates to less Android Spyware or Android security software for starters. This may seem like an ideal or a whim just being thrown out there, especially since a large number of smartphone users have come to accept spyware and malware as the price to pay for such advanced technology, but the threats and data breaches seem to increase whereas platform security seems continually stagnant. This is hoping to see some serious platform security in 2013.
Author: Natalia David
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel on 2nd January 2013
Last year proved to be a big one for the mobile phone industry; Samsung really started to emerge as one of the most successful manufacturers with models including the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, Apple released its newest iPhone model, and the concept of the phablet emerged. But as last year ends, and 2013 begins, it is only natural to start wondering about what new models and features the New Year will bring.
Speculation is already rife regarding Apple’s next product launch, the iPhone 5S (or 6), despite the iPhone 5 having only just been released in the UK.
With the regular release of new Android phones, as well as the emerging Windows Phone, critics have suggested the Apple needs to do more to ensure that they continue to dominate the smartphone market.
Features that the new iPhone 6 is speculated to have include the long-awaited NFC, a chip which will enable users to pay for their groceries at the supermarket or clothes on the high street, just by using their mobile phone.
Other commentators have also suggested that the iPhone 6 will change its appearance in an attempt to keep up with the ever changing design of smartphones on the market today. Apparently it will have a larger screen measuring 4.8 inches, in accordance to other phones such as the Samsung S3. The new model will also be available in up to eight different colours, similarly to the iPod, rumours are suggesting.
Finally, wireless charging is a feature that has been bandied about in relation to Apple’s next iPhone model. Although Nokia has already developed a form of wireless charging technology for its Lumia models, rumour has is that Apple’s take on it will be bigger and better, allowing you to charge your device wirelessly from up to a metre away.
In accordance to Apple’s usual pattern in releasing new models of the iPhone, we can expect to see the new handset on the market in around September-October next year. However, many critics have insisted that Apple can’t wait that long before launching its new device; with disappointment over the iPhone 5 becoming widespread, even the most loyal of fans may have to turn to rivals Samsung or HTC if they can’t wait for yet another year…
The new model of the BlackBerry will be launched in January, Research in Motion (RIM) have recently announced. The company have revealed that, aside from anything else, the BlackBerry 10 will look entirely different from previous models and images online show a stark semblance to many of the other smartphone out there.
The new BlackBerry will move away from the traditional physical keyboard that the brand has made itself famous for, instead opting for a fascia consisting entirely of a touchscreen. The device has been specially designed so that it flows better, and the phone will enable you to access any application or screen with a single swipe of your finger using both horizontal and vertical scrolling.
The BlackBerry hub is another feature which is new for the BlackBerry 10 launch: all messages, emails, tweets or Facebook alerts are integrated into one single ‘hub’, allowing easier access to all forms of communication.
Blackberry Messenger (BBM) hasn’t gone untouched either, with individual contacts having been made more visual, and emoticons now being integrated into the touchscreen keyboard.
Also, RIM has not moved away from theBlackBerry’s main fan base: businessmen and women. The predictive text option built into the new model recognises a variety of different languages, and predicts words even when different languages are used in just one sentence.
However, whether these changes that will make the BlackBerry 10 resemble every other touchscreen smartphone on the market will work in its favour or not will have to be revealed in January.
Anonymous officials at the Samsung headquarters have announced the new Galaxy S4 will be launched in the first quarter of next year. Following the success of the S3, observers have got big hopes for the up and coming model, which is rumoured to have a 5 inch screen, slightly larger than the S3’s 4.8 inch display.
Features speculated the S4 to include are a massive 13 MP camera, which would tower over the S3’s 8 MP lens, and an unbreakable touchscreen. It is hoped that the model will come installed with Android’s Key-lime Pie OS, making it one of the most up-to-date Google operated smartphones on the market, and the model will also be 4G operable, to rival the iPhone 5. Some rumours also hint at the inclusion of NFC (a chip enabling you to purchase goods using just your mobile), though whether this technology is ready to be incorporated into the next generation of smartphones just yet remains to be seen.
The plans for the new S4 were leaked just days after Apple’s iPhone 5 was launched, demonstrating the bitter rivalry between the two manufacturers, and it has been suggested that Samsung’s S4 will be announced either at the Mobile World Conference (MWC) in February, or at their own launch event in April next year.
With Nokia having only just released the Lumia 820 sporting the new Windows Phone OS, what will the next year have in store for the Finnish manufacturer?
According to anonymous sources, and much speculation on the internet, Nokia has plans to launch a mid-range, less expensive series of models which will offer similar quality and features as the Lumia models do.
One model supposedly in the pipeline is the ‘Zeal’, which will have a 4.3 inch screen, a 1 GHz processor and the capacity to take on extra storage with an SD card slot. The new models will also continue in the Lumias’ streak in using the Windows Phone OS.
It has been rumoured that LG are due to release a new model next year, the Optimus G2, which is set to compete against Samsung’s successful phablet, the Note 2.
Commentators have speculated that the South Korean manufacturer will make the G2’s screen a whopping 5.5 inches, mimicking the display of the Note 2.
Although little more is known about the G2, insiders have revealed that it will feature a quad-core processor with up to 3GB of RAM, a larger battery and the most up-to-date version of the Android operating system. Depending on when the model is launched by LG will determine whether the phone’s OS will be the current Jelly Bean, or whether the G2 will make its first move over to Google’s new OS, Key Lime Pie.
While HTC has only recently announced its new phablet, the Butterfly, commentators are already speculating what the Taiwanese manufacturers have got in store for us in 2013.
Rumoured to appear early next year is the HTC M7, a 5 inch handset aimed at rivalling the Samsung S4 which is due to be launched in mid-2013. The model itself is also said to have similar features to the Samsung S4 including a 13 MP camera and a quad-core processor. However, it would seem that HTC are sticking to their guns regarding its choice to use uni-body casing, which users have previously been disappointed with, due to the inability to remove the battery or insert additional memory.
Because of speculation that the S4 will be released between February and April next year, critics have suggested that HTC will try to beat Samsung to it by launching the M7 in the first quarter of 2013. However, HTC’s flagship model for 2012, the One X, was announced at the Mobile World Conference, so who knows, next year’s MWC could bring with it many nice surprises…
Whilst most of what we know about the upcoming mobile phones for the New Year is based on speculation and guess work, one thing is clear: we can expect to see screen sizes getting bigger, operating systems getting more powerful, and camera quality becoming crisper by the minute.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel
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