2015 has been a bumper year for new smartphone launches, but the best is still to come in late-2015 / early-2016. We rounded up some of the best new phones with the most anticipated launch and expected to drop within the next few months.
We’ve listed the most exciting new smartphones still to come in 2015/2016 smartphone tech that has already been unveiled in 2015.
See the list below:
HTC One M10 and HTC O2/HTC A9
Following poor sales of the HTC One M9, it’s rumoured that HTC could launch its successor as early as October 2015 with an all-new naming scheme, either HTC Two or HTC O2 or even HTC A9.
HTC One launches are traditionally held just prior to March’s Mobile World Congress show, and we haven’t seen enough on the rumour mill to convince us otherwise just yet, but HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has indeed said we will see a hero product in October (and also that there would be significant improvements in innovations and design for the next flagship model next year). We reckon this won’t be the successor to the M9 but rather a second high-end HTC, with the M10 due in March 2016 as expected.
A key area in which HTC now lags behind its rivals is the screen, with the M9 featuring a full- rather than Quad HD display. We’d expect to see some key improvements here, as well as some general performance enhancements
Samsung Galaxy S7 & Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S6 is a brilliant product from Samsung, and there has been so much intrigue in its Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that it has since unveiled theSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet. The duo has remained the best android samartphones since release,Samsung doesn’t rest on its laurels too long, though, and in March 2016 at Mobile World Congress we will see the new Samsung Galaxy S7 revealed – potentially alongside a new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
In the S6 Samsung turned its back on Qualcomm and instead used one of its own Exynos processors; while it’s possible that we could see a continuation of this trend, we know Samsung has already been testing out the Snapdragon 820. In fact, Samsung is thought to be working alongside Qualcomm in manufacturing the 820 with 3GHz Kyro CPU cores. This also means the new S7 could see Adreno 530 graphics and LP-DDR4 RAM – possibly as much as 6GB, although 4GB is more likely.
We don’t expect to see anything new in the already very good screen, so expect a 5.1in Quad HD SuperAMOLED panel. The fingerprint scanner and heart-rate montor found in the S6 will also likely feature. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and TouchWiz.
Expect the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to go on sale in April 2016.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 & Xperia Z5 Ultra
Sony did its best to confuse us in 2015, first telling us it would no longer release two Z upgrades per year, and then announcing the Sony Xperia Z4 but referring to it merely as the Sony Xperia Z3+ in the UK. It wasn’t a massive upgrade either, which leads us to think the upcoming Z5 will be spectacular.
Traditionally maintaining two smartphone launches per year, with one at Mobile World Congress in March and the other at IFA in September, if it gets an outing at IFA we could see the new Z5 go on sale as early as October. We know Sony is definitely launching something at IFA, but whether it will be a smartwatch or a flagship smartphone has yet to be confirmed. (We’d like both, please, Sony.)
Sources suggest the Z5 will be a smartphone to be reckoned with. It should feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a huge 4500mAh battery and a 21Mp Sony Exmor camera. There could be a Quad HD screen and a Qualcomm Untrasonic Sense ID fingerprint scanner, too. Wow.
Even better, though, are rumours that the Sony Xperia Z5 is to be unveiled alongside a Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 Ultra – a triple whammy.
It’s not long since we welcomed the LG G4, but the LG G5 will be here by the end of spring 2016.
Obviously very little is known so far about LG’s next flagship, but we have heard that the company is working with Irience to bring an iris scanner to the G5. And that’s something of a surprise, given that the LG G4 doesn’t even feature a fingerprint scanner. This isn’t brand-new tech, and in fact we have an UMI Iron phone in front of us with the same iris-scanning technology, but it will bring iris scanning in front of a UK audience for the first time.
The new LG G5 is thought to have a larger-capacity battery – perhaps up to 4000mAh – and the company is expected to retain the ability to remove- and also wirelessly charge the battery.
Google/LG Nexus 5 2015
Google’s Nexus phones have always been popular, but the 2014 Nexus 6 didn’t go down quite so well. Was it too expensive? Was it too big?
Rumour has it Google is now hedging its bets with not only a new Nexus 5 but also a Nexus 6 (see the next slide) – so, there could be something for everyone.
The new Nexus 5 is expected to be made by LG and come with a metal body, a 5.2in full-HD P-OLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 CPU, a rear fingerprint scanner, a USB Type-C charging port, 13- and 4Mp cameras, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage, plus front-facing speakers. It will also run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The image to the right is a concept fromLittle Green Dude. Expect the new Nexus 5 to be announced in mid-October and go on sale in November.