Call 2014 “the year of the Smartphones.” Reason? Well, the last 3 months have witnessed a tremendous rise in the number of emerging smartphone brands making way for some fabulous looking handsets all packed up with some cool features. Listed below are 10 such devices that truly deserve your attention in 2014.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Korean handset maker recently unveiled the Galaxy S5 powered by an impressive 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor and a 2 GB RAM. The handset comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 out of the box. Although the S5 sports a 16 MP primary camera, Samsung decided to stick to a 2 MP front-facing snapper. But, that shouldn’t make a difference if voice-calling in not your top priority.
At around Rs. 51000, the phone seems to be swinging a bit too much on the expensive side, but if a powerful Android smartphone is all that’s on your mind, just go for it.
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony offers it’s own piece of goodness with the Xperia Z2, a stylishly designed 5.2-incher sporting a fabulous 20.7 MP primary camera. With a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, speed shouldn’t be a problem. Above all, a 3200 mAh battery offers a maximum talk-time of upto 19 hours. And yes, the handset is IP58 certified.
Motorola Moto X+1
The successor to the Moto X, most likely to the called the Moto X+1 will be available in 25 different colours in Neutral, Warm, Cool and Wood and Leather finishes.
However, there is no word yet on the phone’s internal specifications, price and the availability. But, a slightly larger display and a better camera is something that you surely would be expecting.
LG G Pro 2
Looking for a screen size that’s well over 5-inches? LG G Pro 2 seems to be a good choice. The gadget flaunts a huge 5.8-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. Adding up to the glamour is a 13 MP primary camera and a powerful 2.26 GHz processor. And lastly, a 3200 mAh battery to let you go on and on.
Who knew Nokia will come up with an Android handset? Well, to be honest it wasn’t actually a shocker when the Finnish handset maker unveiled it’s first Android gizmo, as the news was out well before it’s official launch. The device packs in a 1 GHz dual-core cortex A-5 processor, 512 MB RAM a 3.15 MP rear camera and a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery. No doubt, the features may not seem impressive, but it’s one of the cheapest Android phones around.
Nokia Lumia 930
Moving on to Windows, we have the Nokia Lumia 930, a 5-incher loaded with Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS. With a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core processor, the Lumia 930 is one of the most powerful handset by Nokia till date. Moreover, the device features an impressive 20 MP camera which might compel you to add up this one to the list.
HTC Desire 816
In terms of features, the Desire 816 seems to be going head to head with the Xperia T2 Ultra. However, the handset comes with Sense 5.5 UI and not the latest Sense 6.0, which may disappoint you a bit. But, filling up the empty holes is a large 5.5 inch display, 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-snapper. In terms of looks, HTC hits the right note on the scale.
It was recently reported that the iPhone 6 will be available in 2 variants – one with a 4.7 inch display and the other with a screensize of 5.5 inches. The devices will be powered by a much faster A8 chipset and will be out in stores by the fall of 2014. Moreover, the new iPhone is most likely to feature a tough sapphire screen.
HTC One (M8)
The successor to the HTC One was recently unveiled with a 5 inch display shielded with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the device packs in a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor along with a 2 GB RAM. What sets it apart from the rest is the new Duo Camera technology that gives your images stunning effects post-production. Overall, in terms of features, the new HTC One (M8) is a step ahead of it’s predecessor.
Sony Xperia M2
Lastly, we have the Xperia M2, a mid-range Android smartphone priced at around Rs. 21990. Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the handset turns out to be a perfect alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. You can also expect an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, which brings it in line with the Moto X.