My ability to keep features constrained to one singular article is clearly waning, but who the hell am I to edit my own work? Not me.
Last time, on Coming soon: five imminent Android flagships – part 1, I warned of a tidal wave of 1H14 Android flagships, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress (MWC); encompassing the Oppo Find 7 and HTC One Two in March; and including the following three chaps.
Brilliantly, I’ve just realised that next to nothing is known about these three Android flagships beyond the names, so you can look forward to lots of rambling sentences and paragraphs that serve no purpose. Like this one.
Fug it, let’s crack on.
LG G3 (May? June?)
We’ve been told that the LG G3 might land in May or June, but in either case, the consensus seems to be that the South Koreans won’t wait for the LG G2 (right) to turn 1 before giving birth to its younger, more powerful brother.
The LG G2 is certainly no slouch, with a 5.2in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 13MP rear camera.
Of course, come June, LG might be in a position to crank it up a notch to 2K HD, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (or at least the QS801) and 3GB of RAM, while including LG G Pro 2-style camera smarts.
Being a bitter rival of Samsung’s, we wouldn’t be surprised to see LG start the G3-related teasing on or around April 11 (the Samsung Galaxy S5’s global release date).
Huawei Ascend D3 (June?)
The Huawei Ascend D2 (left) was launched waaaay back at CES 2013 as the “world’s most powerful smartphone”, and its successor, the inevitable Ascend D3, was tipped by many to make its debut at MWC last month.
Alas, it failed to materialise, and we’ve still supposedly another few months to wait before it shows up in China.
On the plus side, Huawei Ascend D3 specs are said to include the Chinese manufacturer’s own Kirin 920 processor, which recently pipped the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in a benchmark listing – the latter of course powering the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2.
The Kirin 920 adopts a big.LITTLE formation with two pairs of four cores. Cluster migration means only one pair is active at a time, with the power-hungry big boys only coming into play when necessary.
Other Huawei Ascend D3 specs are relatively scarce, with a 1080p display (probably around 5in) and LTE compatibility being the only whispers we’re hearing at this stage.
Oddly, the Huawei Ascend D3 is tipped to be followed by a 2K HD model as little as three months after the 1080p version. Which brings me nicely to...
Samsung Galaxy S5 Premium/Samsung Galaxy F (???)
With Oppo, Huawei, LG and Vivo all tipped to be among the first manufacturers in the world to release 2K HD smartphones, I’ll be damned if the world’s numero uno, Samsung, is going to sit idly by and let everyone else have the fun.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 (right) was of course widely expected to launch at MWC in two flavours: one with a 1080p display, the other with 2K HD. The latter, surprisingly (considering how much chat there was about it beforehand), didn’t turn up.
The problem Samsung has here is that it’ll inevitably upset consumers if it lets the April 11 Galaxy S5 release date pass without mention of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Premium/Prime, only to launch it shortly thereafter.
Conversely, as I suggested above, it probably doesn’t want to sit around and potentially lose sales to 2K HD-rockin’ rivals in the summer months.
Calling the 2K HD smartphone the Samsung Galaxy F might soften the blow somewhat, while the addition of an HTC One-style metal body would certainly warrant a whole new category of Galaxy smartphone.
Of course, it might not happen at all; we might have to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 before Samsung goes 2K on us.