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Every new year means we can be excited about all the new Android phones & tablets that are going to be released over the months. While 2014 saw some great devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and other manufacturers, 2015 is going to be a great year for flagship fans looking forward to the next iterations of their favorite Android phones. Let’s take a look at what’s to come this year!
#1. Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 or “Project Zero” is one of the most anticipated upcoming phones in 2015 and is expected to be revealed at the next Samsung Unpacked event on the first of March. With the S6, Samsung is believed to be going for both hardware supremacy and design excellence (we hope that’s true). Variants of the phone are also expected like an S6 Active and possibly and S6 Edge (inspired by the Galaxy Note Edge).
Rumored specs for the Galaxy S6 include a qHD display, a 20 MP camera sensor and a Snapdragon 810 chip (with a Exynos 7420 variant in some markets). Internal storage capacity is also expected at a hefty 128 GBs, while the phone will be running a 64-bit processor with 3 GBs of RAM.
It is also believed that Samsung may finally move away from the removable back designs and opt for a full metal uni-body chassis this time around – if that does happen, there are going to be people on both sides of the fence, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see.
#2. HTC One M9
Update: The HTC One M9 was announced at the MWC 2015 and you can check out our HTC One M9 Review for more details, specs, new features and changes.
The HTC One M8 was a beautiful phone and it’s successor is believed to be even more stunning with a 7 mm thick (rather thin) chassis. The leaked specs are nothing to scoff at either, placing the One M9 (mine?) up there with the Galaxy S6. It is expected to come with a Snapdragon 810 chipset, a full-HD 5.5 inch display, 3 GBs of RAM and 20 MP rear camera sensor. The front camera for the M9 is probably going to be a 13 MP sensor for those super selfies.
HTC may also be looking for a new partner to replace Beats Audio (which was bought by Apple) and rumors hint towards a collaboration with Bose.
#3. Sony Xperia Z4
While the Xperia Z3 was released just a few months ago, Sony is expected to come out with the new Xperia Z4 in March at IFA. Moreover, there are rumours that the Z4’s launch may be linked with the next James Bond movie, and the phone may very well be endorsed by Mr. Bond himself (Daniel Craig).
Despite all the marketing hype, the Z4 isn’t lacking on the hardware front either, with expected specifications to include a Snapdragon 810 chip, 4 GBs of RAM, a 5.2 inch qHD display, IP68 certification and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
#4. OnePlus Two
The “flagship killer” is going to get a successor this year and according to the co-founder, it is going to try and match this year’s flagship phones in terms of looks and design (along with hardware specs). The aptly named OnePlus Two is expected to be released in June 2015 with a Snapdragon 810 chip, 4 GBs of RAM and a 5.5. inch 2K supporting display. Another thing to look forward to with the OnePlus Two’s release is the OxygenOS, a custom-made Android variant – however, we also believe the OnePlus Two won’t be priced as low as the original.
#5. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Samsung Galaxy Note has proved to be a resounding success, and the series’ latest iteration, the Note 4, continues to hold strong. However, it is believed that the launch date for the Galaxy Note 5 would be somewhere in September 2015, before the IFA tradeshow. As far as specs are considered, there is nothing concrete, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Note 5 comes with 4 GBs of RAM, a Snapdragon 810 (and a Exynos octa-core variant) and an improved s-pen with more sensitivity and precision. The major rumor however pertains to the display, which may just be Samsung’s first 4K AMOLED outing – which if true, would mean the Note 5 would boast of a screen resolution around 2160 × 3840 (that’s a lot).
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#6. LG G4
The LG G3 was one of the top Android phones of 2014 and the G4 is expected to be nothing less. While there aren’t many details regarding it, we expect it to come out some time between June and August 2015. As for the rumored specs, the LG G4 is likely to sport a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip like the LG G Flex 2, but there is a possibility that LG go for their own Nuclun (octa-core) processor. The biggest rumor however is that the G4 may come with a stylus, just like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phones, which if true, could mean that the Note may finally have some real competition. Since the G3 came with a qHD, 2K display, we can at least expect the same from its successor, but LG may just up the ante.
Are you looking forward to one of these new Android phones expected to be released this year? Tell us which one you feel is worth the wait!