HTC has been very busy so far this year and has released twelve smartphones in just five months. Yes, some of those were regional specific devices, or minor variants of existing models, but nevertheless 2015 has been all hands on deck for the company. Sales have been worryingly sluggish though as the One M9 flagship failed to impress a wide consumer base. A solid mid-range device available to all could be the answer to HTC's problems (at least short term), so the HTC A50C is something to look forward to.
The Galaxy Note 5 is the next major smartphone on the horizon for Samsung, and if we're being honest it is always the device we look forward to the most from the company, even over the Galaxy S flagship range. There have been rumors circulating over the last week that the Korean company will launch the Galaxy Note 5 early in an attempt to beat the iPhone 6s Plus to market. As it turns out though, it really was just a rumour.
Sharp released an Aquos ZETA smartphone and tablet last week and the pair pretty much wowed us with their high end specs and premium designs. The Japanese company is on a bit of a hardware roll right now and joining the ZETA models is the new AQUOS Crystal 2, a sequel to the original Crystal that blew us away last year with its bezel-less design.
The Motorola/Verizon DROID Turbo may be having battery problems, as we reported yesterday, but we still think it's a stellar smartphone. One of the best in the mid-range category in fact and while we reported the battery drain issue because... well, it's what we do, we are confident that Motorola and Big Red will get it sorted out quickly with an update. So, for our money the DROID Turbo remains one of the most enticing smartphones out there, although we have often thought the design lets it down.
Samsung's Galaxy S6 is arguably the best smartphone on the market and has helped the company gain some traction again after a poor 2014. However, while the handset (alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge) was pointing to a sales rejuvenation for Samsung, the reality seems different. It has been confirmed that the Galaxy S6 handsets have surpassed 10 million unit sales, but have not achieved that status as fast as predecessors.
Motorola is having a spring sale in the United Kingdom starting today, with the company slashing the prices on a number of its products. If you are in the UK you can take advantage of the savings starting Monday and ending Wednesday. The sale includes the company's top products like the new Moto X flagship, the Moto 360 smartwatch, and the Nexus 6 handset.
Sharp has had a good week, the company launched the hugely compelling Aquos ZETA SH-03G smartphone and has now followed that up with an equally enticing tablet. The Japanese heavyweight announced the Aquos Pad SH-05G, a slate that on first impressions places itself among the best Android tablets on the market with its premium build and high end specs.
Apple always has bumper quarters, but the last two have been particularly special with the company smashing records during Q4 in 2014 and then easily besting its own personal numbers for the first quarter. Now analysts are saying Cupertino will continue its record breaking run by having a stellar second quarter too.
HTC's Butterfly J series has often led the company in a pure hardware perspective, launched as Japanese exclusives these handsets are unlikely to ever be released elsewhere. The new J Butterfly fits all that well, it is the most decked out smartphone HTC has ever made, which is really quite something considering the smartphone flagship blitz the company has been on recently.
The second generation Motorola Moto E is one of the best budget smartphones on the market and it even packs LTE with its humble price tag. Of course, as it was launched in February, the Moto E second generation came with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but Motorola is keeping up its reputation of updating devices quickly by bumping the Moto E to Android 5.1.