Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.
Wait a minute, hasn't Android Lollipop only just been released, as in one month ago? You know how the mobile world moves, always moving and always looking to the next thing, which is why there is little surprise that we are already getting our first rumor regarding Android M (Android M&M anyone?). It may seem silly, but thinking about it logically, Android 4.4 KitKat launched in November 2013 and six months later at its I/O event Google announced Lollipop.
Remember a couple of months ago when all the mobile heavyweights were launching smartphones? HTC was one of the company's that was reportedly ready to jump on the wearable trend and even had a product ready. However, the Taiwanese company decided to pull the plug on its first smartwatch, saying at the time that the market was not ready and was too crowded. That decision was upheld, but the company is not turning its back on wearables completely and will launch a smartwatch in March.
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.
Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 was launched late last year and through the first half of 2014 it has been one of the company's better selling devices. In a year of falling sales and profits, a success is good news for Samsung and the Korean giant is going to capitalize on it with a new sequel which we think is aptly named the Galaxy Grand 3.
Huawei's upcoming Glory 4X is not keeping its head down that's for sure as the handset has been leaked again in four new images. The device is the Chinese company's latest mid-range effort, a market the giant has lost ground on in its home market due to the rise and surge of Xiaomi devices. The images reveal a classic Chinese design, but as this is Huawei it sparks with a touch of quality too and is certainly not an ugly handset.
Samsung is not doing a good job of keeping its Galaxy S6 under wraps. The company's next smartphone flagship is probably a few months from launch but the early working prototypes are showing up on benchmarks, with the second occurrence of this yesterday. Samsung is reportedly readying the production process, but thanks to a couple of AnTuTu benchmarks, we already know what the specs of the S6 will be.
We know full well that Samsung is not averse to releasing a new smartphone series and the company will continue with another new line imminent. So much for the company changing its strategy for a less is more policy in the wake of declining profits. The company has released the Galaxy Alpha, the Note 4, and the A Series recently, but a new range is on the way with the model numbers SM-E700 and SM-E500.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor is out there now in the wild powering a couple of reference devices, but we are still waiting for it to arrive on a true OEM device. With the race on we have heard rumors of upcoming flagships from LG, Sony, Samsung, Meizu, and Xiaomi all using the first 64-bit processor from Qualcomm, but it could be an existing smartphone that gets the chip first.
Meizu has been wowing us recently with its high end but affordable flagships such as the MX4 Pro and the upcoming MX5. However, the Chinese company also does mid-range pretty well too, just take a look at this new device, the K52. This handset is mega affordable and spec'd highly, built to compete against the powerful rise of Xiaomi in China and Asia.