Sony has always had a considerable presence at CES, the yearly Las Vegas based trade show that in 2015 will be taking place between January 6 and January 9. However, CES is more of a consumer electronics show and smartphones have not featured in Sony's launches in the past, at least not flagships. However, the company is reportedly set to launch the Xperia Z4 as the event in two weeks' time, perhaps leaving the PC game and slowing down its TV output has given Sony space to fill at the event.
Samsung's new strategy does not seem to include releasing fewer smartphones as the Korean company has another handset in the works. We've had the Galaxy A series (launched), the Galaxy E (coming), and the Galaxy U (cancelled), so how does the Galaxy J sound? Well, we are going to find out soon enough as the Korean company is prepping such a device that is showing up at the moment with the model number SM-J100.
There are a number of dazzling Chinese smartphones on the market at the moment, but for the most part they are only available in the country, or Southeast Asia. I thought that would almost be the same deal with Meizu's new and exceptional MX4 Pro, a dazzling flagship with amazing specs. However, I was wrong as the device is now available and it is shipping to anywhere in the world.
Motorola has launched a number of fine smartphones over the last couple of years, the Moto X and Moto G spring to mind, as does the budget oriented Moto E. However, the company has not released a device in China for some time, ignoring one of the biggest and most important markets with its Moto smartphones. However, Motorola is now ready to re-enter the Chinese market and will be bringing some "exciting devices".
OnePlus is reported to be working on the follow up to its OnePlus One smartphone, the so-called OnePlus Two. However, the Chinese company has another new handset in the works it seems as OnePlus starts to spread its wings with an apparent OnePlus One Mini. A leaked photo claiming to be the new handset has leaked online today.
Not much usually happens in the way of smartphones at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The early January event is typically a computing/consumer electronics oriented show and many of the mobile big hitters are either absent or pushing other products. Some reports suggest Sony and Samsung will be launching flagships there in 2015, but I do not believe that, and besides there are always some smartphones if you look hard enough.
Samsung makes so many devices and has so many smartphone ranges that it is hard to keep up. Take for example the Galaxy U line of handsets, another new series that has been in development alongside the A series, E series, as well as an overhaul of the S range. It is a muddling array of devices to be sure, so I am glad that Samsung has reportedly decided to ditch the Galaxy U series at the development stage.
Samsung's back to the drawing board "Project Zero" Galaxy S6 is the company's upcoming flagship and arguably a vitally important device in judging where the fortunes of the Korean giant lie. This year's Galaxy S5 was not a disaster by any stretch but it came alongside a general cooling in relations between Samsung and the consumer, the S6 is the device that is supposed to reignite the spark.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal landed in the US on Sprint and Boost a few months back and wowed us with its unique all-screen design. It looks utterly amazing in hand, but the truth is the handset was a bit of a mid-range driver, completely unspectacular in terms of performance and specs. Nothing particularly wrong with that, but the design deserves more in our opinion.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is finding its way to more and more devices, with even some third party OEM built handsets getting the latest and greatest from Google. The platform is now making its way to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, the version of Sammy's 2013 flagship that runs the stock Android experience as Google intended it.