With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launching next week, there is no surprise that the phablet is passing through benchmark software, with AnTuTu claiming the device passed through its tests. As is usually the case, it means the specs of the handset were also revealed while the Note 5 is shaping up to be the beast we all think it will be.
It seems as though Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than normal as was predicted. The company hinted today that its already scheduled August 13th event will be in honor of launching the newest version of its phablet flagship. The Korean giant teased by saying we should "Note" the date, which means you do not have to be a genius to know this means the Note 5 is imminent.
Sony revealed late last year that it would be changing its smartphone strategy to work on high end handsets. While that meant the Xperia Z flagship range, the company also planned to work on exciting new high end devices that fit into the mid-range. The now officially launched Xperia M5 fits that bill, as will the Xperia C5 Ultra when it launches next month. Back to the M5 for now as this seems a very impressive mid-range smartphone.
OnePlus is currently riding a wave of publicity as its OnePlus 2 Flagship Killer has been well received by critics and consumers alike. However, the company has not finished its smartphone output for the year as co-founder Carl Pei discussed with USA Today. The head of OnePlus revealed that a new handset with the company's branding will be landing later in the year, maybe in time for Christmas.
We have heard plenty about the new HTC Desire 728 recently, the device passed through TENAA and in the process revealed its specs and design. Despite passing through the Chinese regulatory body and being certified for sale, HTC has still not announced the new mid-range device. However, a new leak shows the Desire 728 out in the wild... surely this device will land soon.
There's no doubt about it, the OnePlus 2 is shaping up to be a hit. Even if you think the Moto X Style is more appealing, it seems that many disagree and OnePlus has built on the momentum of the One and consumers are queuing up to get their hands on the OnePlus 2, literally. Over 1 million people have now signed up to receive an invite to buy the handset.
While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.
This is the week for smartphones that offer bang for buck. OnePlus launched is Flagship Killer OnePlus 2 earlier in the week, before Motorola landed with three affordable handsets, the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and 2015 Moto G. Now it is Meizu's turn, with the Chinese company looking to the entry level to deliver a smartphone that offers much for a humble price tag.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Sony this year. With the company stop making smartphones, will it sell its smartphone division, will it only concentrate on high end handsets? An array of questions that only show that the Japanese company is in need of a new strategy. The Xperia Z4 and Z3+ are both fine devices, but there is a feeling Sony has do better to compete at the flagship range. Its Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will land in the third quarter, but arguably it is to next year we need to look to see Sony make bolder steps.
Motorola launched three new smartphones yesterday, the amazing Moto X Style and Moto X Play and the third generation Moto G. We were fully expecting to be calling the 2015 Moto G amazing too, but we simply cannot as it is a mere incremental update over the previous models. That led to a debate in the office, has Motorola done enough with the new Moto G to ensure it remains one of the best budget devices on the market?