The smartphone has taken the world by storm in the last few years. One in five people now own one across the globe, and that number is only increasing. It’s been a golden 2013 for most companies. Apple exceeded 50 billion downloads in the App Store, whilst the likes of the Nokia Lumia 1020 took the camera phone to a new level.
But what lies ahead for the smartphone is even more exciting. With a range of upgrades, new devices and revolutionary ideas set for 2014, we look at the best new devices that are ready to hit the market.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The latest Samsung model will be one of the most hotly anticipated devices of the year, with many wondering where the South Korean brand can actually take it.
Rumour hasit, the resolution will be bumped up to 2560 x 1440, alongside matching the Note 3’s SD800 and 3GB of RAM, giving it a superb amount of power.
Expected to be released around April 2014, it will not feature a flexible display, which will be left for a model later in the year.
LG G Flex
The release of the LG G Flex is almost imminent and is one of the first devices to be released with a curved display. A Snapdragon 800 chipset gives the model plenty of power, whilst a 6-inch display will make the phone one of the leading products on the market, if not one of the most exciting.
Scheduled for a February arrival, the face-hugging smartphone’s innovative design will no doubt see it fly off the shelves, but whether its concept will just be a fad is yet to be seen.
Nokia Lumia 929
Expected to pick up from where the Lumia 1520 left off, the display resolution is the best a Windows Phone has seen, and is expected to have a 1080p screen alongside a 20MP PureView camera.
It’s unsure when this device will be released, although for the first time it will include three columns compared to two on previous Windows devices.
A SnapDragon 800 chipset will mean it’s as powerful as any on the market, and is expected in the first quarter of the year.
The iPhone 6 is set to send Apple fans crazy again in May 2014, and will include significant changes to the iPhone 5. According to sources, the new model will feature a 5-inch screen and use sapphire glass, which Apple have reportedly spent $578 million to develop.
Performance-wise, expect it to be even better than the 5s, with faster processors meaning gameplay on titles ranging from Real Racing to the Royal Vegas Online Casino will be effortlessly smooth.
Sony Xperia Z1S
The Z1S has been on the horizon for some time now and is expected to be a continuation of the Z1F released last year. A Snapdragon 800 processor will keep it up there with its competitors whilst a 20.1-megapixel G Lens camera will ensure Sony’s latest device is one of the leading camera phones powered by Android.
Unlike other major brands who are going bigger this year, the Z1S carries a much smaller screen at 4.3 inches, and is perfect for those less enthusiastic about the ‘phablet’ phenomenon that is currently prominent.