Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.
Chinese company are on a high end rush at the moment, with ZTE, Huawei, Oppo, and Meizu all launching flagships recently, and even Xiaomi launched a high end phablet. However, the leading Chinese brand has another flagship to arrive this year, the highly anticipate Mi 5, and a specs leak for that handset promises that the device will be excellent.
LG's new G4 flagship is not selling as well as its predecessor, which is a shame as it is one of the best smartphones on the market right now. To try and drum up more interest, the South Korean company is holding a promotion throughout the month of July.
Acer is back on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform after the company launched the Liquid M220 smartphone today, the device was announced back in March. As we have become used to, the handset is a modest device that runs Windows Phone 8.1, but arguably the most interesting thing is that Acer confirmed the Liquid M220 will be upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile when the software lands this fall.
Huawei is launching its new Honor 7 high mid-range smartphone today and it will arrive in three different variations. The premium looking device will be available in China this summer and consumers can choose between three versions, with connectivity and storage options defining each variant.
Meizu has announced its new flagship smartphone, the highly spec'd and rather fetching MX5, and it continues the company's recent good form in offering stellar handsets. The new device was launched in China (Meizu's) homeland and once again the company showed that it is now a competitor to the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei in the country.
Microsoft seems to finally be giving us what we have waited a long time for, a new flagship smartphone! The handset is said to be the Lumia 940 XL, which will be the company's first such device since taking over Nokia's devices and services division. Indeed, it will be the first Windows flagship since the HTC One M8 for WP and the first to carry the Lumia branding since the Lumia 930 (Icon).
We are huge fans of the Motorola DROID Turbo here at MobileBurn, despite its flaws (ugly, Verizon exclusivity, and unnecessary battery issues) and we are excited to see what Motorola cooks up for Big Red next. That upcoming device is codenamed the "Kinzie" (15XT85) and is reported to be coming with plenty of interesting (read high end) specs.
The OnePlus 2 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year as we wait to see if lightning can strike twice and OnePlus can build another affordable flagship wonder. We already know that the handset will land sometime during the third quarter, while the company has confirmed that the OnePlus 2 will be a high spec'd machine. A new leaked image seems to clear up what the device will look like too, and it is actually much of the same.