Another day, another Android release, and another leaked image of an even newer device in the works. If you are interested in knowing what’s on the smartphone horizon and you’re looking to pick up something that just hit the shelves, these four designs should certainly be on your wish list:
Nextbit Robin – $399.00
Nextbit is a new crowdfunded company that’s attempting to engage the mid-priced smartphone market by introducing an unlocked Android device. It’s simple on the outside and clever on the inside. Tired of your phone freezing when switching between apps and constantly alerting you that you are running out of storage room? Nextbit aims to solve this problem.
The Nextbit Robin sports an intelligent backup system that learns how frequently you use certain applications and how your data is being utilized. It will then backup apps and personal data to the cloud automatically, freeing up space and improving performance. The phone’s first round of units sold out quickly as tech enthusiasts snatched up the stock.
If you consider yourself the MacGyver of smartphones, then this is the device for you. Nextbit has unlocked the phone completely and will not void your warranty for altering or replacing the OS in any way.
LG G Flex 3 – $600.00
This curved surface Android is set to be released in the second half of 2016. If durability is your thing, then the Flex 3 is your phone. Rumor has it that the phone will not only be bendable, but might actually be able to fold as well.
This will set it apart as one of the most unique phones on the market, making it a must-have for those looking for a truly flexible phablet. Overly concerned with your phone getting scratched in your bag or pocket? The body of the LG Flex 3 is made of polished metal that takes advantage of LG’s self healing technology which allows users to simply rub scratches away. While the Flex 2 suffered from overheating issues, the Flex 3 is loaded with the brand new Snapdragon 820 chipset that will deliver higher performance without overheating.
For those who are a little clumsy with their hand-held devices, yet still want to look like a Bond villain, the LG Flex 3 has got you covered.
HTC One M10 – $750
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest then you might want to hold off on a new cell phone purchase until the HTC One M10 hits the market. Rumored to be release as soon as April, the One M10 will contain the super fast Snapdragon 820 chipset, as well as an Adreno 530 GPU. What this means to you is top of the line speed and performance.
The phone’s camera will take advantage of HTC’s UltraPixel technology that, according to HTC, enables the camera to capture up to 300% more light than a 13MP camera. The full specs on this device are still under wraps, but if it’s anything like the One M9 then users can expect a simple-to-use device with an impressive design. Not to mention, powerful speakers, and a bright, sharp display too.
HTC will be loading it with the latest and greatest technology as they attempt to step up the competition for Samsung and Apple for best phone on the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 / $779.00
Samsung has recently announced that the S7 and S7 Edge will be available in the U.S. as soon as March 7th. The new Galaxy S7 comes with a bigger battery and a faster processor than the S6. It’s also water resistant to the point that T-Mobile did an entire unboxing video for the device underwater.
If you aren’t making phone calls from the bottom of your pool anytime soon, then you will most likely find the S7’s wireless charging capabilities to be more appealing. Samsung is also releasing a new angled wireless charger which is an escape from flat table top chargers. This makes viewing notifications while charging much easier than third-party alternatives.
The S7’s 12MP camera is 4MP smaller than the S6. However, similar to HTC’s UltraPixel technology, Samsung says the S7 can capture more light per megapixel, which in return produces better quality photos in dim environments. Those who preorder the phone will get a free Gear VR, Samsung’s virtual reality headset powered by Oculus.
These four phones are set to be the flagship devices for their respective brands. Security-conscious users rest assured that all of these devices currently ship with fingerprint sensors for added protection. The new chipset provides twice the performance, and is twice as efficient as the Snapdragon 810.
For gamers, this translates to higher quality games with smoother gameplay, while leaving the phone with enough juice to tweet out your virtual accomplishments. All of these Androids are pushing the limits on technology and are impressive devices competing for that high end user’s treasured pocket space.