2015 looks likely to be an exciting time for Android fans with the first half of the year seeing one new smartphone release after another. So what can Android fans look forward to in 2015?
Below we take a look at the upcoming Android phones which will be featuring Google’s brand new Android Lollipop v5.0 operating system.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Expected to be on show at IFA 2015, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is set to bring another bout of big time specs in a flashy Samsung design. As always, it will be packing a larger than life display, with rumours of 4K also being mentioned heavily – although a more standard QHD effort is more likely to make an appearance.
One of the fastest processors in the business is also probable, whilst 4GB RAM is set to be crammed into the phablet as well. A 4000mAh battery will be providing plenty of power, giving the Note 5 much more than the standard issue day-long recharge cycle we’re currently used to.
64GB of internal storage will offer up all the space you could ever need for your media files, whilst a MicroSD card slot should help you plush this out as well should you need more. Also, with a 20 megapixel camera working in tandem with a 5 megapixel front facing lens, photography buffs should be kept happy as well!
The new Nexus phone
The Nexus 6 has already arrived and it is your very first opportunity to get hold of a smartphone powered by Android Lollipop. The continued trend of Google collaborations sees Motorola manufacturing this version of the new Nexus phone and music lovers will greatly enjoy the powerful forward facing dual speakers.
The Android Lollipop OS has a brand new look with rounded icons and shadows that give the impression of a 3D interface. This can be enjoyed on a 5.96” quad-HD screen with an amazing resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This all wrapped up nicely in a water resistant shell that offers splash protection.
We are thrilled to see a great camera package that is already grabbing the attention of prospective buyers with a 13 megapixel resolution, 4x digital zoom, twin LED ring flash and photo editing effects like Lens Blur and PhotoSphere.
4K video recording at 2160p is the highest quality available today and you can choose to record video at 2 lower resolution levels for when you either want to save memory or publish on the web. On the front of the new Nexus phone there is a 2 megapixel camera for HD video recording.
The remaining spec includes a 2.7GHz quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, a choice of either 32 or 64GB internal memory versions, guest user profiles which keep your data private and intelligent Wi-Fi switching that will let you move from Wi-Fi to a mobile network signal seamlessly. A 3,220mAh battery is built in and a 15 minute charge for 6 hours standby seems most useful!
Samsung Galaxy S6
The next upcoming phone should arrive in March 2015 and whilst the specifications of this and the following smartphones are speculative we do finally expect to see Samsung include a full metallic body on its next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Either a 5.2” or 5.5” quad HD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels will be featured and provide excellent visuals for the Android OS that will have been tweaked by Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.
The camera resolution should be either 16 or 20 megapixels and there is a possibility of a dual camera set-up for 3D image rendering. On the front a 5 megapixel camera will deliver excellent results when capturing selfies or making video calls.
The ultimate power line up includes two quad-core 64-bit processors with 4GB RAM and it is rumoured that this will be accompanied by Samsung’s UFC Flash Memory which delivers a further performance boost with faster boot times, high-speed PC synchronisation, a higher-speed interface and lower power consumption.
Sony Xperia Z4
Still in March 2015 the next upcoming Android phone is the Sony Xperia Z4. A large 5.5” quad HD screen is paired up with a 20.7MP camera with a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor.
The Sony Xperia Z4 will be dust and waterproof with a 2.8GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM while the internal memory will be set at 32GB. Shortly after the Xperia Z4 launch we would expect to see the Xperia Z4 Compact with similar features on a smaller 4.6” screen.
June is the likely launch date of the next upcoming phone, the LG G4. A few surprises are in store on this smartphone and they include the possibility of a sapphire crystal display with quad HD resolution or even 600+ pixels per inch, which would be truly astounding.
170-degree wide-angle viewing will make it easy to share the Android experience with others and LG’s Nuclun octa-core processor might be included and offer theoretical 4G download speeds of 300mbps. A 21 megapixel camera will be included with 4K video recording at 60fps.
All of these upcoming Android phones will benefit from a less power hungry OS that is reported to reduce power consumption by 30% but the LG G4 also has a massive 4,600mAh battery, so this should become the least charged phone in 2015!
If you are looking for an Android bargain then the highly speculative release of the OnePlus Two in the UK might happen in July. Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus One, this will be a flagship phone at a fraction of the price but an invite only purchasing option at launch will see you needing to register your interest beforehand to stand a chance of getting one.
The development trends of this smartphone of driven by consumer input and this might actually see the OnePlus Two bucking the trend of ever larger displays with the inclusion of a sub 5.5” sizing. A 13 megapixel camera will see the OnePlus Two sit in comfortable comparison with other 2015 phone releases.