Despite being half way through the year, and having had several new phones already – such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3 – we still have more phones to come, or so the rumour mill tells us. So this is a rumour round-up of all the potential new phones coming out soon.
Upcoming Android Phones:
Rumours about the Nexus 6, a replacement of the Nexus 5, have been floating round for a while. Rumours all agree that it will most likely be released at Google I/O later this month, possibly with an update to the Google Android OS with a L-based name. Believed to be built by LG again, the Nexus 6 is likely to keep many of the features and styling of the Nexus 5 which won praise. Rumours indicate it could have a 5.5 inch screen, IP67 specification for dust and water resistance like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and maybe even have a fingerprint scanner similar to LG’s own Flagship the LG G3. Other reports claim it could have a 16MP camera and maybe even a 64 bit processor, which could indicate that the next version of Android OS will support it, as Samsung said the Samsung Galaxy S5 went without because Android doesn’t support it.
There have not been any specific rumours around Nexus Tablet. Google I/O is when they usually release a Nexus 7 (well, in the last two years it has, anyway), but there hasn’t been a new Nexus 10 since the original was released in 2012 with the then new Nexus 7 Tablet (which was my first review for PocketDroid). There have been several rumours that Google would release a Nexus 10 this year when they may have let slip details of a new Nexus 10 on the Play Store. Who would build the Nexus tablet is also up for debate. Some say Asus again, as they’ve done a great job on the Nexus 7, others suggest LG, or even HTC. If the rumours that there will be a new Android OS this year which supports a 64 bit architecture, then it would make sense to have a new device to champion the OS on. All we can say is, watch this space.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
We’ve already had the Samsung Flagship this year with the great Samsung Galaxy S5, next on the list of mobile phones will be their Flagship Phablet Galaxy Note 4. When the first Samsung Galaxy Note was released, people mocked it’s size. Since, Mobile phone sizes have increased towards the ‘fablet’ size, and as a result, the fablets have become bigger. The next Samsung Galaxy Note is likely to be a powerhouse. Rumours hint at their being two formats: one for the American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese markets, and one for the remaining markets. The former is believed to be powered by a Qualcom Snapdragon 805 Processor, whilst the latter is likely to use Samsung’s own Exynos 5433 System-On-Chip. Apart from that, the phone will have a 16MP camera on the rear and reported to have a Quad HD AMOLED display (capable of displaying a resolution of 2560×1440 and 538ppi) and have a UV sensor. No other details are known, and none have been confirmed or denied by Samsung. We can expect to hear more over the summer up to the launch in September/October.
HTC One M9 and M9 Prime
After the hugely popular, award-winning HTC One last year, the company had a lot to do to equal or better it. Better it they did when the launched the HTC One M8. Not long after the M8 was launched that rumours surfaced that there would be a HTC One M8 Prime. This rumours were soon counter-rumoured that this had been abandoned after the huge success of the M8. Instead, rumours state the plans have been pushed back to next year. The plans are to have two formats on sale at the same time. A higher end HTC One M9 Prime with a QHD display and running a Qualcom Snapdragon 805 processor, and a somewhat lower end HTC One M9. If true, the devices would come out in Q1 of 2015.
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