Best phones coming in 2015
As 2014 draws to a close, we’re already looking ahead and super-excited about some tantalizing tech coming in early 2015. Here’s our round-up of the smartest and sexiest smartphones and mobile gadgets launching next year.
Sony Xperia E3
Sony’s had a sterling 2014, showcasing two amazing top-end handsets in the form of the mighty Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, not to mention a waterproof tablet, but whilst it’s all well and good gawping at their premium lineup, the company also brought its “A” game to the affordable smartphone market too.
We commended the Xperia E3 when it came in for review as a result of its impressively modest price tag, which balanced well with its solid hardware, including Android 4.4 KitKat, a great design and the fact that it is of course 4G-ready.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a serious contender for the best handset of 2014. Not only did Samsung bring a new design to the table, but also integrated technology we’ve never seen in a smartphone before.
As you’d expect, it has all the mod cons you want from a top-of-the-line smartphone: a stunning 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, which is arguably the most vivid on the market, two-day battery life, 4G, NFC and the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat, but Samsung didn’t stop there.
Fancy using your phone in the shower, or next time you for go for a swim? Despite the phone’s removable back, the Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified meaning it can operate without issue in a dust storm or happily sit in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
On the back you’ll find one of the fastest smartphone cameras on the market, a 16-megapixel snapper capable of some impressive tricks like 4K (that’s four times larger that Full HD) video recording, the ability to refocus your photos after the fact and a ton of customisable options for things like slow motion recording, image stabilisation and more.
Underneath the camera sits the most distinctive component in the Galaxy S5’s design; a heart rate sensor that integrates with Samsung’s S Health app, which comes pre-installed with the TouchWiz user experience found on the S5. Use it to track your runs, cycles, hikes or jogs, track your calorie intake and log your heart rate for accurate fitness data.
Samsung Galaxy S3
HTC One M9
This year’s 5-inch HTC One M8 was one of our favourite phones of 2014, boasting some premium components wrapped in a gorgeous all-metal frame. It probably didn’t sell enough to cover Robert Downey Jr’s ad bill, but it’s still a superb smartphone which gives us Everest-sized hopes for 2015’s One M9.
It looks like HTC will boost the screen to a 5.2-incher, more in line with the latest flagships, while last year’s ‘Ultrapixel’ camera has been ditched for a more powerful lens which can capture crisp and detailed shots.
Expect to see the One M9 hit the UK around March 2015. Here’s our full HTC One M9 preview.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Around the same time as the One M9, we should also see the latest Samsung flagship phone launch in style. This is a big one for Samsung, who suffered profits-wise in 2014 and needs a massive hit to help steady the ship. Great news then that we’ll be seeing less Galaxy handsets in 2015, with Samsung concentrating on quality rather than quantity.
We now know that Samsung can do great design, thanks to the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4, so we’ve got every body piece crossed that the Galaxy S6 is another gorgeous slab of metal. If we find ourselves clutching another chunk of plastic come March, we might have to go into the corner for a little cry.
As well as a super-crisp Quad HD screen, the Galaxy S6 should pack a 64-bit processor and a truly impressive camera; the Note 4’s snapper was one of the best we used in 2014, so it’s solid groundwork for the next flagship shooter.
And we’d be shocked if Samsung didn’t add some of its trademark innovation, with early reports of super-fast storage and all-in-one chips suggesting that efficiency will be a major focus. Here’s hoping for impressive battery life as well as slick performance.
Sony Xperia Z4
Sony has gotten a little carried away with its flagship phones lately, releasing them every six months rather than the traditional once a year, but to its credit, the Xperia Z phones have so far been bloody great. The most recent Xperia Z3 was one of the most desirable and feature-packed phones of 2014, outshone only by its compact cousin, the Xperia Z3 Compact.
So, we’re naturally already expecting the Xperia Z4 to be one of the sexiest smartphones of 2015. Early reports suggest a 5.5-inch giant, similar to the LG G3, sporting a gorgeous Quad HD display that’ll give LG’s phone-of-the-year award-winner some serious competition. Sony should also be pumping some fresh new camera tech into the Z4, to stay ahead of the game when it comes to smartphone photography.
LG is one of the most exciting phone manufacturers right now, with the G3 winning our Best Phone of 2014 award thanks to its smart design, incredible Quad HD screen and bevy of nifty features. It looks like LG isn’t content to sit back and churn out straight sequels, however, with a game plan that involves innovative bendy and foldable screens.
In fact, we should see the first bendy LG mobile in 2015, according to the company’s plans, so will the G4 be a fully flexible phone, the way we hoped the LG G Flex would be? One thing’s for sure; the G4 will pack the very best specs and take the fight to the likes of Samsung and Apple. If we had one wish, we’d ask for a metallic frame rather than a plastic body with a metallic finish. However, considering we’ve dropped the G3 face-down on concrete three times now and it’s still going strong, we can’t really complain about the design.