Most Anticipated Smartphones of 2015

By Ryan Koss

With each new year comes a long list of new smartphones, features and upgrades…and this year is no different. The smartphone market is one of the most competitive tech industries and with the Mobile World Congress (or MWC, as it’s better known) right around the corner and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers getting ready to unveil their latest mobile devices, rumors are flying about the most anticipated phones of 2015.

LG G4

Screen: 3K (2880 x 1620) 5.5-inch display
Camera: 16 megapixels
Memory: 3 GB RAM
LG G4
LG is back with its latest pixel-packing flagship device, the G4.

While its predecessor was the first smartphone to feature a Quad HD display, the G4 is set to include an even higher resolution 3K display.

The G4’s camera will include laser autofocus and will be upgraded to 16 megapixels, an improvement over the G3’s 13-megapixel shooter. The G4’s edge-to-edge display and 3,500-mAH battery also help to separate it from the rest of the pack. Due to the G4’s bezel-less design, LG has managed to stuff a 5.7-inch screen into a relatively compact device. Be sure to check out LG’s G4 when it is released in May, just in time for summer.

iPhone 6s

Screen: Full HD (1920 x 1080) 4.7-inch & 5-inch displays (estimated)
Camera: 8 megapixels (estimated)
Memory: 2 GB RAM (estimated)
iPhone 6S
The iPhone 6s, the follow-up to Apple’s most popular device, should be hitting store shelves this fall.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+ are expected to keep their current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes while adding new and improved security features.

With Apple Pay and Touch ID, mobile phones now store more personal information than ever before. Because of this, Apple is focusing on security with its upcoming iOS 9 software update. Apple is also placing an emphasis on speed with the introduction of the new A9 processor, promising a boost in Web browsing, gaming and multitasking. Although we can’t tell if it will be worth the upgrade from the current model, the iPhone 6s is shaping up to be the best iPhone yet.

HTC One (M9)

Screen: Full HD (1920 x 1080) 5-inch display
Camera: 20.7 megapixels
Memory: 3 GB RAM
HTC One (M9)
When the first HTC One (M7) was released in 2013, reporters and users praised the device for its build quality, style and zippy performance. Never before had a mobile phone matched the aesthetic appeal of Apple’s iPhone, until the HTC’s One.

Today, HTC is looking to take over with the One (M9), the latest model in the One series. A longtime favorite among Android users, the One (M9) is expected to sport an upgraded 20.7 megapixel camera with a dual flash and front-facing speakers, powered by Dolby 5.1 audio technology.

HTC’s flagship is also expected to be powered by a blazing-fast Snapdragon 810 processor, allowing the device to multitask without a hitch. Be on the lookout for the HTC One (M9) when it hits stores March 1.

Sony Xperia Z4

Screen: QHD (2560 x 1440) 5.5-inch display
Camera: 20.7 megapixels
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Sony Xperia Z4
Sony loves to updates its products, even when they are still relatively new.

Following its typical 6-month, device-refresh cycle, Sony is set to release the Xperia Z4 during the coming months. Physically, the Xperia Z4 looks very similar to its older brother, the Z3, but Sony is betting that the changes under the hood will lure consumers this year.

Expected to pack 4 GB RAM, this powerhouse carries as much memory as most fully-fledged laptops and desktops. Combine this with an excellent 20.7-megapixel camera and water-resistant design, and the Sony Xperia Z4 looks like the perfect all-in-one device for your favorite techie. Look out for the Xperia Z4 when it is expected hit shelves on March 1.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Screen: QHD (2560 x 1440) 5.0-inch display
Camera: 20 megapixels
Memory: 3 GB RAM
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung may not have the same prominence that it once had in the mobile world, but that may soon change with the introduction of its newest flagship device.

The Galaxy S6 marks a change in Samsung’s design language, with the addition of a metal frame and a glass front and back.

The S6 is also expected to be remarkably thinner than its 7.6-mm predecessor, measuring in at 6.91 mm – the same thickness as the iPhone 6. Samsung has also chosen to power the phone using Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos processors, rather than rely on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.

The S6 is also expected to pack a 20-megapixel camera, as well as a Quad HD screen, delivering a pixel-dense 2,560 x 1,440 display. Samsung thinks that these upgrades will be enough to breathe life back into the Galaxy line, but we will see when it launches on March 1.

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