If we were living in the US, this here would be a rumor roundup and we’d be chewing gum while taking the trash out to the sidewalk and contemplating our favorite colors. Just a thought.
But here we are in Cameron’s Britain, with rubbish on the pavement, eagerly anticipating the next smartphone flagship assault. Rumour roundup? You got it.
The next few months will see several big-name arrivals in the world of smartphone flagships, some mysterious, some not so much.
Shall we go for vaguely chronological order? Yeah, that’d make sense.
Launching one week from today, there’s not a great deal we don’t know about the LG G3. The South Koreans have already been teasing their latest flagship by name, and they’ve even confirmed the presence of a 2560 x 1440 resolution.
Other rumoured LG G3 specs include a meaty 3GB of RAM, 13MP/2MP cameras, and of course KitKat Android 4.4.something.
There’s still a bit of a question mark over the LG G3’s processor, with some saying Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, and others claiming that’s just for the prototype; what we’ll actually see on the finished product is the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.
Again, it’s May 27 for the LG G3 launch date. Only seven days to go…
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime
There’s no love lost between Samsung and fellow South Korean manufacturer LG, and as such there’s no way in hell JK Shin & Co were going to sit back and let the Good Doctor, Jong-seok Park, have all the QHD fun.
Seemingly being developed as a direct response to the LG G3, Samsung is reportedly prepping a super-specced Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, for release as early as next month.
That news might irk some of the 11 million plus Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, the current flagship having been released on April 11 – just over five weeks ago. However, it’s suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime might receive a limited and comparatively low-key release in Korea/Asia only.
In any case, rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime specs include a 5.2in QHD display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP/2MP cameras, and KitKat Android 4.4.3 – all wrapped up in an aluminium body. Er, with those S5-style perforations on the rear.
HTC One M8 Prime
To be honest, last year’s HTC One Max (right) was just too freakin’ big to gain much traction, with its gargantuan 5.9in display, while the rear fingerprint scanner wasn’t quite as revolutionary as HTC had seemingly hoped.
And heck, spec fiends would’ve likely scoffed at the notion of a giant phone being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 when the Snapdragon 800 was – at that time – top of the range.
This year’s HTC One M8 Prime sounds significantly more promising. A spate of recent tweets from @evleaks promise a 5.5in QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a waterproof body comprised of a “composite of aluminum and liquid silicone”.
Oh, and to top it all off, the One M8 Prime is tipped to be the first HTC handset with Cat 6 LTE compatibility.
All in all, not too shabby, right?
Apple iPhone 6
Likely being the furthest away, and being an Apple product, the iPhone 6 is definitely the most mysterious device on our list.
The big news here is that the iPhone 6 will supposedly see the flagship’s display move beyond 4in for the first time ever, with numerous rumours suggesting we’ll in fact see two larger models: one around 4.7-4.8in, and a second in the region of 5.5-5.7in.
Further iPhone 6 specs remain entirely unknown, but we’ll inevitably see a faster processor, enhanced camera, and possibly some sort of sapphire crystal display. Meanwhile, iOS 8 will likely see the iPhone 6 and much-discussed iWatch integrate closely through apps like Healthbook.
iPhone 6 launch date? Probably September.