It’s funny to think that in Mobot’s relatively short lifetime (what do you mean we're in our fifth year?!), the idea of a 1080p Full HD display on a relatively small handset - as opposed to, say, a comparatively massive TV - was described as a “Holy Grail for smartphone makers".
But here we are in space year 2015AD, a time when flagships are laughed out of the building if they don’t have a QHD display; that’s a resolution of 2560 x 1440, or – to look at it another way – 3.7 MILLION pixels in the palm of your hand.
Here we’re looking at five of the best QHD smartphones to date.
Other specs: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 128GB via microSD), 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, LTE connectivity, 3,000mAh battery
Price: £329.99 delivered @ Amazon
Unsurprisingly, China got the jump on the west, firing out not one but two QHD smartphones before the first proper global effort.
The first was the Vivo Xplay3S, and it was followed up – after much hullaballoo – by the Oppo Find 7 (not to be confused with the Find 7a, which comes in at 1080p).
Amazon was selling the Oppo Find 7 for £309.99 earlier this week as its 'Deal of the Day', but it’s only marginally more expensive now at £329.99. Tempting!
Other specs: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage and 2GB of RAM OR 32GB expandable storage and 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, 3,000mAh battery
Price: £320 delivered @ Amazon Germany (32GB 3GB model)
LG was up to its old tricks when it claimed the G3 was the world’s first QHD smartphone. As we mentioned, it was beaten to the punch by the Oppo Find 7 and Vivo Xplay3S, though the LG G3 was – to be fair – the first QHD smartphone to see a proper global launch.
Frustratingly, LG launched the G3 in two flavours, one with 16GB storage and 2GB of RAM, and one with 32GB storage and 3GB of RAM. Needless to say we got shafted (being slightly melodramatic) with the former, though you can import the latter from Amazon Germany for the awesome-o price of around £320 delivered.
Other specs: S Pen, Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB expandable storage (up to 128GB via microSD), 16MP rear camera, 3.7MP front camera, 3,220mAh battery
Price: £568.93 delivered @ Amazon
Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 the best QHD smartphone, or perhaps the best Android smartphone, or even the best smartphone around, period? Some would say so, definitely.
Despite promises from our friend Katy P at Idealo, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 did not shed 34% of its value after three months, a prediction made based - logically - on the performance of the previous three Notes.
Instead, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still stubbornly costs an absolute fortune, but, hey, you get what you pay for. If you want to grab the Note 4 SIM free from Amazon, for example, it’ll set you back £568.93.
Needless to say, if any Samsung Galaxy Note 4 deals do pop up, you can be sure to hear about them on Mobot.
Other specs: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB internal storage (not expandable, being a Nexus device), 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 3,200mAh battery, Android Lollipop
Having sold Motorola off to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, Google gave Moto a big no-hard-feelings hug in the form of the Nexus 6 contract, perhaps to the slight chagrin of LG, which churned out the successful Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.
Despite the recent penchant for relatively modest flagships, Motorola didn’t hold back with the Google Nexus 6. In fact, some reckon it went a little too far with the gargantuan 6in display, though there’s a growing trend for using colossal phones instead of cheapie laptops.
Carphone Warehouse is your best bet for domestic Google Nexus 6 sellers, but you can save around £10 over at Amazon France.
Other specs: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB non-expandable internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 4MP front camera, 3,090mAh battery
Xiaomi kicked 2015 off with a bang, launching the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro, the latter in particular being an absolute beast of a phone. Really the only criticism is the lack of a microSD slot, but with 64GB internal storage as standard, that should be more than enough for the average user.
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro hasn’t been released yet, but it’s one of the first phones announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and one of the first with an outrageous 4GB of RAM. WANT.
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