2013 was a year to remember in terms of technology. We saw some amazing advancements especially in smartphones. With phones like Nexus 5, HTC One (M7), LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4, it completely changed our perception about a smartphone. We saw phones with camera’s ranging from 8 megapixel upto 41 mega-pixel in Nokia Lumia 1020, curved displays, self-healing back etc.
This Year though we can expect even more with smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) already entered the market. So what to expect in 2014? Let’s find out in our Top 5 upcoming smartphones of 2014.
Note: This is an unordered list because some phones are yet to launch.
Let’s start with the phones which have been already launched.
1. Samsung Galaxy S5:
Samsung as we all know is the leading smartphone manufacture in Indian market with phones of all price ranges. Last year Samsung had a great success with Samsung Galaxy S4 which was the most sold flagship phone in India. This year Samsung is trying to do something similar with its newly launched flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S5. Launched on 11th April at a Price of 51,500, S5 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.5 Ghz with Adreno 330 and 2GB of RAM. In Camera department, S5 has an impressive 16 megapixel rear facing camera which can record 4K video plus a 2MP front facing camera. To watch your recorded videos, S5 boasts a SUPER AMOLED 5.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (432 ppi). All of this is powered by a 2800 mAh battery. Galaxy S5 runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with a newly customised Touchwiz Skin on top.
2. HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M7) was one of the best smartphones of 2013 winning ‘Smartphone of the Year’ award.
It’s tough to improve one of the best smartphones of last year but HTC has done just that with its new HTC One (M8). Already launched in United States, UK and some other parts of the World, the M8 is ready to enter the Indian Market on 7th May with a MRP of Rs. 59900 though Flipkart is selling it at Rs. 49900 ahead of the official launch. As far as specifications is concerned HTC One (M8) is almost identical to Samsung Galaxy S5 the only difference being a slightly smaller screen (5 inches) and Ofcourse! The 4 ultra-pixel Duo-Camera. Also the battery is a bit smaller of 2600 mAh. Following its predecessor the new HTC One has the same unibody metal design with 90% of aluminium used this time around which 20% more than the original One. In terms of Software, HTC One (M8) runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with the new Sense 6 on top.
3. Sony Xperia Z2:
Well this phone aims to improve on its much criticised predecessor Xperia Z1. Sony Xperia Z1 was by no means an average phone, it was one of the high-end phones with top notch specs but several minor issues with a lack of good display just didn’t do it for Sony.
Xperia Z2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.3 Ghz with Adreno 330. Also the Z2 boasts 3GB of RAM which ensures pretty smooth user experience. The display is 5.2 inches of 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (424 ppi). Camera was one thing which was highly appreciated last year in Xperia Z1. This year it’s the same story with Z2 which has an amazing 20.7 mega-pixel (Exmor RS sensor) rear shooter which can do 4K video. Above all the whole device is powered by a huge 3200 mAh Battery. Again Z2 runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with Sony’s customised skin. Also Z2 is IP58 certified so it is water and dust resistant.
With probably launching on 1st May in United Kingdom, after much delay, at a price of £540 Sony will enter the market with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) already launched in last few weeks. As far as India launch is concerned, don’t expect to see Z2 in India before June.
4. LG G3
We all know how LG G2 changed world of smartphone with its absolutely spot on button placement and Knock On feature. LG G3 would be yet another beast of a phone from the Korean giants.
With the same button placement expected G3 is rumoured to have the (same as other flagship phones) Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.26 Ghz with again Adreno 330 and also 3GB of RAM. G3 would probably have a 13 mega-pixel rear camera which will have the abilty to record 4K video. Regarding display, G3 will have 5.5 inches screen of 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (534 ppi) making it the most pixel dense and sharp display ever made for a smartphone. Also, an improvement over Knock On, G3 will have the same Knock Code feature as seen in the Lg L90.
LG G3 is the most speculated phone right now with the launch date rumoured to be on 27th May (This is not India launch).
Talking about the price, it is certain that G3 won’t be less than Rs. 50,000 mark.
5. Oppo Find 7
This would be a surprise to most of you. A fairly recent entry in Indian smartphone market, Oppo is a Chinese smartphone manufacture that launched its first smartphone (Oppo N1) in India back in January.
Since then Oppo has made its mark in world of smartphone. Find 7 though is its latest flagship phone which is yet to be launched. Announced on March 19, Find 7 is backed by the same Qualcomm snapdragon 801 chipset with Quad-core processor of 2.5 Ghz and Adreno 330. The same 3GB RAM is also there. In terms of Display, it’s up with LG G3 with same 1440 x 2560 pixel 5.5 inches screen.
The Camera is 13 mega-pixel shooter but the thing which makes it different from a standard 13MP camera is that it can shoot photos upto 50 mega-pixel (Super Zoom). Now thats a bit of technology there. Also it can record 4K video as well. For power, Oppo has provided a 3000 mAh Battery. Find 7 is expected to come with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with Oppo’s own customised skin.
Well Oppo Find 7 is set to hit the streets of China probably by May end or early June with the launch price of CYN (Yuan) 3498 i.e. approximately Rs. 35000.
Well no one can get away with rumours of an Iphone. We may see the next Iphone from Apple but it most probably will not come until Q3.
Another phone which made a huge buzz last year was Nexus 5. Nexus devices are known for its simplicity and quick updates with N5 being no exception plus it had top specifications at that time. So don’t be surprised if we see the next Nexus or No Nexus at all because Google has decided to dump the name Nexus for its smartphones.
Though Moto X was launched last year internationally but in India we received it in March. With its Active Display and Touchless controls in Moto X, we can expect the same from Moto X2. Also it would be the first smartphone after the Lenovo acquisition back in January.