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.
Plenty of companies are adopting a bezel-less design for their smartphones and it seems that landscape bezels at least will be a thing of the past one day. Manufacturers are trying to get a superior screen to body ratio, and Xiaomi will be among them when it launches its next flagship handset, the Mi 5.
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.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still arguably the best camera experience you can have on a smartphone, despite the fact the device is two years old. Built by Nokia, the follow up will be made by Microsoft after it bought the Finnish company's devices and services division. It now seems as though the follow up is close to being launched.
Motorola is currently working on a 2015 version of its Moto X flagship, and we have already seen leaked images of the handset. A week after those original photos arrived we are being treated to some more, with the new images seemingly revealing that the handset will not have a fingerprint scanner as the previous leak suggested.
ASUS is planning a new tablet line based off its successful ZenFone line up, with the company working on both a 7-inch and an 8-inch slate. The latter product, the ZenPad 8 has leaked online and will be a solidly spec'd machine, whereas the ZenPad 7 will be more modest.
Oppo's next smartphone high ender, the Oppo R7, has leaked in what is rumoured to be an official render, although some reports are pointing to a potential concept mock-up. The handset will be replacing the Oppo R5 and that means it will be very thin. You may remember that the R5 launched last November was the thinnest smartphone ever at 4.85mm, a record it held for about two weeks.
Windows Phone seems to be in a rut at the moment. Microsoft's mobile operating system is not growing, keeping a solid base in emerging markets but simply not catching Android or iOS. Windows 10 could help to change that, but Microsoft needs more major manufacturers to get behind the platform. HTC basked WP last year with the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone, and now another major brand is returning to the OS.
We've been hearing about a new Sony smartphone recently that will apparently play to the selfie crowd, called the Sony Cosmos. This handset will be a replacement for the Xperia C3, a device that also comes with an above averages front facing camera. Today, there is a fresh image of the Cosmos and the front camera module is clear to see.
Xiaomi had some new for its Mi Note range today as the basic Mi Note received a Natural Bamboo Edition, something that is likely to find its way to the flagship Mi Note Pro. However, the Chinese company may have even bigger news around the corner as Xiaomi is allegedly working on a new smartphone for the Mi Note line up.