Most of LG's rivals have already launched their 2015 flagship smartphones (Sony excluded), but the Korean company is playing a patient game before launching the G4. Like last year, LG knows where its opponents in the market are and what they offer, the company will be hoping to strike gold again like it did with the G3. The LG G4 is expected in April and its launch seems a lot more probable now that it is showing up for benchmarks.
A month after announcing its latest flagship, and even before it has hit stores, HTC has launched a superior smartphone. Sure, the One M9 landed last month at MWC and was much of the same, which meant a very stellar smartphone indeed, if a little disappointing for some. The Taiwanese company has now unveiled the One E9+, a handset that matches the One M9 in hardware and even betters it in some cases.
The high end variant of the ZenFone 2 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD screen and 4GB of RAM, it is a flagship botherer and like the OnePlus One it is very affordable as well. However, while the device is still young ASUS is already working up on a follow up that will up the spec ante even more and make the ZenFone even more compelling.
China Mobile accidently leaked (an executive posted an image) of the rumored new low cost smartphone coming from Xiaomi. The handset is supposedly running on a Leadcore CPU and will cost the bargain price of $80 ISD. The device has passed through TENAA, the Chinese version of the FCC, and is certified for sale.
OnePlus is known to be working on its next flagship smartphone (as well as a mid-range device) and the company give some more information about the handset. During an AMA (ask me anything) session on Reddit, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei was asked about the next flagship and had the following to say.
The Motorola Moto G is one of the most rounded smartphones on the market. Sure, it is not as well spec'd as flagships, but it hits a sweet spot and is extremely affordable; in many ways this was the device that made the budget end of the market interesting again. It is emerging markets that have welcomed the Moto G and bought it in large numbers, including Brazil where the handset is the most popular smartphone in the country.
ASUS announced the ZenFone 2 way back in January during the CES event in Las Vegas; the handset comes in multiple variants and at different price points. While the 1080p 4GB of RAM variant grabbed the headlines, the lower 720p 2GB of RAM variant is also very good, and is very affordable. That modest ZenFone 2 is now available in the United States through Amazon, although there is a caveat.
T-Mobile is one of the four major US carriers that will sell the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the "Uncarrier" will start offering the device from April 10th. When you land your brand new Samsung flagship that day, you won't be able to fire it up straight away as you will have to pull an over the air update first.
PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.
Samsung and LG both have smartphones that employ curved glass technology, while Samsung has gone a step further with devices sporting actual folding glass. However, in the development stage glass that can be rolled, folded, bent and twisted is in development. Both LG and Samsung have said 2016 could be the date that the first devices with this technology come to the market.