We’ve already reviewed some massive phones this year, including Samsung’s best mobile in years – the fantastic Galaxy S6 – and the leather-backed LG G4. But there’s still plenty of sexy smartphone tech to look forward to in the second half of 2015.
At the end of July we’ll finally see the sequel to last year’s surprise hit handset. The original OnePlus phone impressed us with its stunning value for money, but was tougher to find than a tiny Osama Bin Laden. Here’s hoping the OnePlus 2, which is launching in the wee hours of July 28th via a special VR ceremony, will be less tricky to get a hold of.
And OnePlus’ boast that the new phone packs an even better fingerprint sensor than Apple’s latest iPhones is one we can’t wait to test out.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
After a couple of years of churning out plasticky phones packed with pointless features, Samsung finally pulled its shit together at the end of 2014. The Galaxy Note 4 was a glimpse of what was yet to come – the glorious and gorgeous Galaxy S6 – and we already can’t wait to fiddle with this year’s phablet refresh.
There’s rumours of a 4k screen, which could make Samsung the first company to pack the super-high-res tech into a mobile phone. And of course we’re expecting the very latest specs, making this one of, or maybe the, most powerful handset of 2015. And we might even see a new curvy-edged model too.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus
Samsung is also reportedly readying another phablet, the Galaxy S6 Plus, for launch later in 2015. Unlike the Note 5, this handset shouldn’t come packing the S Pen Stylus – but we are expecting a sharp and colourful 5.5-inch screen that’s geared towards entertainment, for enjoying movies and games on the move.
Samsung Galaxy A8 – and Galaxy S7?
Still on a Samsung tip, we’re expecting a new mid-range mobile from the Korean contingency this year, the Galaxy A8. The Galaxy A8 should still pack a solid-yet-slender frame, a mighty 5.7-inch screen (thus making it even bigger than the Galaxy S6 Plus) with Full HD visuals and a 16-meg snapper – all despite a reduced price tag.
There are also rumours that Samsung could launch its next flagship, the Galaxy S7, a tad earlier than expected. We’d personally be very surprised to see it by the year’s end, however, especially given Samsung’s already-packed launch schedule.
Apple iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus?)
While the iPhone 6s is expected to rock a very similar design to last year’s iPhone 6, it should come packing all-new internals for an even smoother experience. One of the big new features we’re expecting is a Force Touch display, which can accurately measure pressure – great news for creative types who want to scribble on their screen.
And of course you’ll get all of Apple’s big new iOS 9 features, including much-improved Maps, a low power mode to stretch out battery life and plenty more besides. Do we really need to say more? It’s a bloody iPhone, it’s gonna sell through the roof, alright?
Motorola Moto X (2015)
Motorola’s next flagship phone has already leaked online, revealing two differently-sized models, just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We’re expecting a super-sharp Quad HD screen from both handsets, plus a fingerprint scanner, a great variety of customisable designs and a much-needed overhaul of the camera tech.
Motorola Moto G (2015)
Can Motorola retain its crown as king of the budget blower with this year’s Moto G refresh? Well, it’s got a tough job thanks to strong rivals, such as Voda’s Smart Ultra 6, but we’re expecting big things from this year’s G unit.
For a start, the Moto G needs to sport a Full HD panel, throwing super-sharp visuals at our eyeballs. And we’re hoping that the rumoured 13-megapixel snapper is a solid all-rounder, dependable under pretty much any conditions. C’mon Motorola, we don’t ask for much…
Microsoft Lumia 940XL
The next flagship Windows Phone handset packs some seriously eyebrow-raising specs, considering Microsoft’s mobile platform is fantastically power-efficient. Here’s hoping the Snapdragon 810 processor stays relatively cool while we’re kicking back and enjoying movies on the 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, or shooting our lives with the 20-megapixel PureView camera.
Google’s next Nexus phones
Google is reportedly bringing two new Nexus phones to stores in 2015, with size thankfully reducing from the pointlessly-huge Nexus 6. So far there’s quite a few rumours about what to expect, but we’ve got no idea when the Nexuses (Nexi?) will make an appearance.
Got any other phones that you can’t wait for? Let us know in the comments below.