Coming soon: five imminent Android flagships – part 1

Coming soon: five imminent Android flagships – part 1With the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 touching down at Mobile World Congress (MWC) a couple of weeks ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Android had shot its proverbial load (pardon my French) and would need a good few months to recover.

But nope, I count at least five more Android flagships that might well arrive in time for your summer holiday. And cue Cliff Richard.

The following five are presented in – you guessed it – no particular order. Actually, maybe it’d make sense to go for at least vaguely chronological. Yeah, let’s do that.

Coming soon: five imminent Android flagships – part 1Oppo Find 7 (March 19)

The Oppo Find 7 has been a long time coming, the Oppo Find 5 having launched way back in September 2012 as the world’s first 1080p smartphone.

For months now, the Chinese manufacturer has been doing its fair share of Oppo Find 7 teasing, with its #AlwaysImprove campaign.

And how does one improve on the 1080p of the Oppo Find 5? That’s right; the Oppo Find 7 will come with a 2K HD display. Actually, more specifically, it’ll come in both 1080p and 2K HD.

Oppo Find 7 specs will supposedly include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP camera and LTE support. That’s for the 5.5in 2K HD model; it’s not clear if the 1080p model will have lesser specs.

At one point there was talk of a 50MP rear camera, but the marketing guys at Red Dot recently quashed that notion, telling us to expect 13MP instead.

We won’t hold our collective Mobo-breath for UK network support, though the Chinese manufacturer has of course been selling its wares SIM free via Oppo Style Europe.

Coming soon: five imminent Android flagships – part 1HTC One Two (March 25)

With the launch event set for March 25, the HTC One Two (or HTC Two or HTC One 2014 or whatever we’re calling it) will touch down more than a year after the HTC One.

All isn’t lost however, as the Taiwanese – crucially – will play their hand before the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 actually go on sale.

Not that there’s much we don’t know already; the HTC One Two is arguably one of the worst kept secrets in mobile at the moment, with countless leaks this year.

For starters, we know that the HTC One Two design won’t stray too drastically from that of the HTC One, which isn’t surprising considering how much acclaim the 2013 flagship garnered.

One of the biggest changes sees a pair of rear camera sensors (at one point the second sensor was thought to be a fingerprint scanner), accommodating enhanced zooming and effects like depth of field (perhaps you want to focus on someone’s lovely face and make the background all blurry).

Another change of note on the HTC One Two is the relocation of the obligatory Android buttons. They’ll now sit on-screen as opposed to below the display.

Other HTC One Two specs will supposedly include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (actually, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was the spanking new QS801), 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (with microSD), KitKat Android 4.4 and Sense 6.

Yesterday we got a glimpse at the HTC One Two's presumably official case, with coloured notifications on the perforations. We were also told to expect a Google Play Edition, while the One Two mini will inevitably make an appearance at some point, too.

There’s obviously more to smartphone life than flagships, but it’s probably fair to say there’s a lot riding on the HTC One Two launch, with the ailing Taiwanese manufacturer recently recording its first ever quarterly loss. Long gone are the halcyon days of the HTC Desire.

Over to you, HTC One Two.

More Android smartphone flagship rambling on Thursday…

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Stelph  Mar. 11, 2014 at 15:43

I'm looking forward to 2015 - the year of the HTC one two three


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