Consumers are excited to see the newest innovations for mobile devices from top companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, and LG who are ready to surprise the world. With the success of their previous mobile devices, it is clear why they continue to explore new ways to keep their products as technologically advanced as possible. For 2014, expect more state-of-the-art features in the next generation of smartphones, ranging from flexible screens to octa-core processors.
Rumor has it that another version of iPhone is already on its way, even though the iPhone 5s and 5c were recently released. This version will be launched in September 2014 – or even earlier. It will have 2 sizes: 5 inches and 4.7 inches. The 4.7-inch is said to have a higher resolution of 1136×40-pixel display while the 5-inch is rumored to have high-end features of 1920×1080 low-temperature silicon LCD display. This version will be made up of metal casing instead of polycarbonate as used in 5c. It is also rumored that Apple’s new iPhone will support faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, and that Apple is planning “key software innovations” in iOS 8 that will be a big focus on the new iPhone.
As for updates on its camera feature, China Post reports that it has heard from Nomura Security, a Chinese firm, that Apple will still use the existing 8-megapixel iSight sensor present in the iPhone 5S but will make further tweaks to improve imaging quality. One such change is said to be the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS).
Samsung is looking to seriously upgrade their newest Galaxy phone as product differentiation continues to be a focal point. The Galaxy S5 is set to launch this February or March and is rumored to have a full metal chassis instead of using polycarbonate. Moreover, it will run with a 64-bit processor, similar to what iPhone 5 has, and will have 4GB of RAM. It is assumed that this new Samsung phone may also come out in two versions, one in plastic and the other in premium metal. Other rumors circulating include a highly anticipated 16MP camera, a new LTPS LCD display, which would replace their popular AMOLED technology
Samsung may introduce design tweaks with the S5 TouchWiz, offering a more mature feel to its currently slightly cartoonish UI. This brand new UI could also run on a 5.25-inch QHD 2K resolution display that has recently entered production, stepping up the 5-inch Full 1080p HD screen of the S4. The QHD panel would offer a stunning resolution of 2560 x 1440p with a 560ppi image density for sublime image quality and make it king of the current smartphone displays.
HTC One 2 (M8)
The highly-rated HTC One is speculated to have a new version. The all-new HTC One 2 (M8) is expected to launch during the first quarter of this year. It is rumored to have a large 5-inch display, but some analysts believe it can go as large as 5.2 inches. It was initially speculated that the HTC One would have anocta-core processor and 3GB of RAM, but that never materialized – these features are said to be set for M8. Other features include Android 4.4 Kitkat OS, ultrapixel camera and fast Wi-Fi features. Bloomberg says there will be one huge new feature to make it stand out – the HTC M8 will come with a twin-sensor rear camera. It will be the first phone to feature a dual sensor camera. This would allow for better depth of field, better focus, and better image quality.
As for performance, the M8 is also expected to feature the Snapdragon 800 system chip, but in a more powerful than the currently used one variation – the MSM8974AB. That AB add-on is what signifies the upgrade and it results in higher clocks, faster memory bandwidth, and more capable graphics.
LG G Flex
LG will never be far behind in innovation. In fact, their LG G Flex is a revolutionary product. This device is scheduled to hit the European market this February. It promises an unrivalled battery life of 3500mAh and a fast 2.25 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It will have 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. One of its most interesting features is that it can withstand a good amount of flattening, and has a scratch-resistant coating that “heals itself.” The G Flex has a curved screen that uses flexible P-OLED technology, the company says this improves video quality and boosts audio quality when held against the face, and also makes it more comfortable when the phone is slipped into a pocket.
These upcoming phones will surely intrigue many mobile phone enthusiasts. Check out their specifications and decide which smartphone and protection plan is best for your lifestyle.