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Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

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Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?
What was the last flagship smartphone announcement that really surprised you? Maybe last year's HTC One, or the Nokia Lumia 1020? The LG G Flex and its self-healing back was somewhat surprising, but it's hard to call that a flagship device. Similarly, the HTC J Butterfly in 2011 was the first device with a 1080p display, but that was definitely not a flagship. Maybe it would be the Nexus 4 in 2012, because of its extremely low price tag, but if you're just considering hardware, would you have to go all the way back to the iPhone 4 in 2010?

It's a much more difficult question than you'd expect once you stop to think about it. Obviously, those of us who pay attention to the daily rumors and speculation are not the most easily surprised group. If you pay enough attention, you can essentially guess what to expect for every device that is coming out. We knew basically what to expect from the HTC One (M8) yesterday. Maybe the most surprising part of the announcement was that HTC would cover the cost of any damage to your display for the first 6 months, but that doesn't have anything to do with the hardware or software inherent in the device itself. The Duo camera could have been surprising, had the Internet not existed.

The same thing happened with the Samsung Galaxy S5 announcement last month. There was essentially nothing surprising about the Samsung Galaxy S5 itself, or of the Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo. The most surprising part of the entire event was the existence of the Samsung Gear Fit, which we somehow had not heard anything about before that day. Even if we were to go back to Samsung's fall flagship announcement of the Galaxy Note 3, nothing surprising comes to mind.

The Nexus 5 was basically the incremental upgrade that was expected, as was the iPhone 5s. All of this to say that we are in a relatively long string of flagship device announcements that were... less than impressive. Don't get me wrong, the devices that have been announced and released have been exceptional devices, and have been some of the best mobile devices that have ever been released. But, each is better than its predecessor because of incremental updates, and nothing truly major. There is always the trouble with each announcement that there is something disappointing, something that doesn't quite live up to expectations, and really nothing that can be said to be surprising. 

Culture


Of course, a lot of this problem stems from the 24-hour news and Internet culture in which we live, and a lot of the following discussion will hearken back to the conversation about the endless disappointment of the rumor mill. In that discussion, I talked more about how you all, the readers, don't tend to have much interest in the actual news like device announcements. For the most part, you are all in the game of consuming news about potential and speculation. If there were to be an article with wild rumors about the Nexus 6 having a 4K display and tactile haptic feedback in the screen that could mimic the texture of sand or cotton, it would be an article that would get a huge number of views. But, an article comparing the factual spec sheets of the Galaxy S5 with the HTC One (M8) and the Sony Xperia Z2 would be lucky to pull in a fraction of that number. 

However, a corollary to that idea would say that the reason readers tend to be disappointed with actual release news is because they are more interested in fantastical rumors, and put more hope into those being true than in setting expectations properly. If you combine that theory with the fact that the simple bombardment of news that we all encounter prepares us for the inevitable, and you have a situation where nothing really surprises us when it comes to mobile device announcements. 

Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

For example, imagine that there were no mass Internet community, and no 24-hour news cycle. In this world (which actually existed circa 1998), the only real news that most of you would get would be from dedicated magazines that were released once a month. In that world, if a device were released that allowed you to customize the color of the front, the back, the button colors, and the pre-installed wallpaper, and that device could be shipped in about 4 days? People would have been floored by the possibility of such a device. But, last August, when that device was announced, the comment section population declared it a bust because the spec numbers weren't big enough, and the rumors about being able to customize processor speed and RAM turned out to be untrue. There was something more, which despite being quite unrealistic, was preferable to the reality that was delivered.

Sure, the press and tech reviewers generally thought that the Moto X was a phenomenal device (and many of us still swear by the handset), but it's impossible to say that we were surprised by what was announced. Before the August unveiling, I can remember writing multiple articles trying to set expectations for the device, because it was known well in advance exactly what the device would feature as far as specs. Still, just because you pay attention to rumors and have high expectations of what is to come shouldn't necessarily preclude the possibility of being surprised. 

Surprise, surprise


Sometimes, though not often, we know what to expect, but can still be surprised. In terms of hardware, this could be a matter of execution. I would point to the HTC One announcement from last year. We knew that it would feature an aluminum unibody and stereo speakers, but even so, getting to see and use the device was wonderful. No Android phone had build quality like that before, and no smartphone at all had the front-facing stereo speakers (which really should become standard on all smartphones and tablets). It was a truly exceptional device from HTC, but somehow that magic was diminished because it didn't have the absolute best camera available (and history seems to be repeating this year on that front).

And, it should be noted that being surprised doesn't necessarily mean that something good caused the reaction. I would say that iOS 7 was a surprising change for Apple. There had been rumors of a flatter and simpler design, but no one quite expected the garish color scheme (which seems to have been toned down a bit with iOS 7.1. iOS 7 was a huge change for a platform that had seen very little as far as UI changes over the course of 6 years. But, the combination of the mixed reaction to the changes, and the fact that we got a look at the software well before the majority of us could actually use it, tempered the surprise. Similarly, the iPad Air was a significant change, and an impressive one, but again the Internet took the wind out of that surprise. 

Likely the most surprising software unveiling in recent memory that garnered mostly positive reviews was Google Now, which was shown off with the Android 4.1 announcement in July of 2011. There had been rumors about a voice command system, and we expected something in terms of intelligent push, when Google unified its privacy policy, but there was no indication of just how much Google Now would be able to offer. But, just like iOS 7, the fact that most users didn't get access to Google Now right away took the power out of that reveal. 

Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

In terms of a unified package, though, it's hard to think of the last time a device was surprising both in terms of hardware and software. The Apple iPhone 4 would certainly be a contender in this race, because it was a big departure from the hardware design of the iPhone 3Gs, bringing the metal and glass housing to the iPhone. It was also the first iPhone to be released on Verizon's CDMA network. And, while the additions sound mundane now, at the time the updates for multitasking, folders, and custom wallpapers were pretty big for iOS 4. There was the whole Antennagate issue, but the news of that filtered out slowly enough to allow the device to still surprise us and let us relish that feeling a bit.

Of course, that was almost four years ago. In the recent past, nothing in terms of smartphones or tablets comes to mind as being specifically surprising, but the tag could be placed on the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. There had been rumors that Google Now would be the main interface for Android's wearable products, but no one could have guessed quite how good Android Wear would look, especially since we were all expecting the hardware to follow along the lines set out by the Pebble, the Samsung Gear, and the Sony SmartWatch, which is what we saw from the LG G Watch. Instead, Motorola aimed more for the realm of Rolex, which was certainly surprising. Unfortunately, it's hard to fully count that for the same reason as Google Now, because the device hasn't had its proper announcement yet, just what amounts to a teaser, and there are still so many unknowns around it. 

Iteration


It has become a common theme in the mobile space recently, but the high end of devices is hitting something of a plateau. Smartphones and tablets have been iterating so fast for so long that we've come to expect it, and it is nearly impossible for hardware makers to push beyond what we expect. The Oppo Find 7 tried to do that with its quad-HD display, but at this point, every attempt to excel in one area causes an equal and opposite reaction in another. While we haven't seen the actual device yet, the quad-HD display has already been shown to not have the same color reproduction as the 1080p display on the Find 7a, and the higher-resolution display requires so much power that the 7a's lesser processor is able to beat out the Find 7 on benchmarks. We don't yet know about the effect on the battery life, but there is no doubt that we will see one. 

Similarly, there are devices that have begun to offer 4K video recording like the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and LG G Pro 2, which is an impressive feature, but a somewhat useless one right now. Almost no one has a display that can playback 4K video in its native resolution, even on a TV or computer monitor, so being able to capture that video doesn't really amount to much right now. Ultimately, many of these features seem to be building for the future rather than offering something useful right now. 

Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

At this point, most manufacturers have realized that the best option is for steady incremental iteration. The first three flagships of the year - the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and HTC One (M8) - have stuck with 1080p displays, brought in the same top-of-the-line processors, and kept the overall design of the devices relatively similar to what we've seen in the past. While it leads to less than exciting reveals for those of us paying attention, it makes the most sense for hardware providers and their design teams. 

Incremental iteration is far easier to accomplish than something massive, and it is impossible to surprise the world every year, no matter what the rumor mill may promise. Even looking ahead in 2014, we fully expect to see a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 at some point, along with iOS 8 and its focus on health, and maybe even an iWatch and an iPhablet. None of that would be too surprising based on the endless rumors concerning each. As of right now, the overall design of the iPhone 6 could surprise us, because we haven't seen any leaks yet, but we will undoubtedly see leaks before the actual announcement comes. 

We also know that the Motorola Moto X2 will be coming out this summer, the Google Nexus 6 in the fall, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the fall as well. But, even saying the names of each device right now will likely conjure up guesses as to what to expect from each that may not be too far off the mark. When you hear "Moto X2", you likely imagine a device with solid ergonomics, a multitude of customization options, and maybe not the most high-end specs, but definitely high-end performance. The Nexus 6 is imagined as high-specs at a low price, with the hope that the camera will be much improved. And, the Note 4 brings higher expectations with around a 6-inch quad-HD display, and maybe a 64-bit processor. Of course, even that would constitute an incremental update compared to what we've already seen. 

What would surprise you?


That brings us right back around to the beginning. We know essentially what to expect (or at least we think we do), which means we're unlikely to be surprised. So, that begs a new question: what would actually surprise you? Would a newly-built $200 unlocked iPhone be enough to surprise you? How about a smartphone that somehow finds a way to offer optical zoom with a built-in camera that doesn't add the bulk of a Samsung Galaxy Zoom?

And, let's try to keep it in the realm of possibility. We would all be surprised by a smartphone with a 4K display, 10GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage, because such a device is impossible with today's technology. So, what would surprise you? And, what 2014 flagship do you think has the best chance of surprising you with its hardware or software?

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:31 3

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1268; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It will surprise me if I can wear my phone like Pipboy 3000 from Fallout

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:37 1

7. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


As long as there were 2 iterations of the phone

Premium - Fat Man
Standard - Fat Boy

:)

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:39

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 1926; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well, Tape it around your wrist... :p
I think, this time surprising thing will be an unexpected messed up feature from a major phone

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:03 1

30. HildyJ (Posts: 118; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It exists (or will if they can raise enough money) - "The Rufus Cuff is the world’s first wrist communicator. Web, messaging, voice or video calls and full apps from the Google Play store… all on your wrist."

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-rufus-cuff-more-than-a-smartwatch-a-wrist-communicator

For me, I want a Google Glass phone.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:42 2

34. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


QUICK. SOMEONE CALL BEYONCÉ AND HER TEAM. THEY KNOW HOW TO DELIVER A SURPRISE!!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:23 4

44. akki20892 (Posts: 3434; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm waiting for Nokia. I feel positive from nokia, and I know Nokia will wow us.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 20:25 1

65. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


yeah if there is no leaks

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:33 5

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Tl;dr There will be no surprises

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:00 4

19. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


what a superb editorial by MICHAEL H, and you dont read.

i dont think you have the knowledge and skills to write an essay like him

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:18

49. true1984 (Posts: 588; Member since: 23 May 2012)


knowledge OR skills

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:07

80. slyhounddog (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


It would surprise me if a phone screen took up 85% of the phone. ONE PLUS ONE!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:33 1

3. hboy857 (Posts: 182; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


A phone that breaths fire.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:41

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 1926; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Thats not a bad idea, good for smokers

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:34 4

4. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


none but the HTC One had a chance if it lost the front logo...has ois with the tech still provided with the 2 cameras, at least 3GB of RAM but that's not a make or break, and if it at least had an Ultrapixel that made it equal out 8-10 mp without compromising the design it would of been ideal but i guess complaints for consumers will have it something to make it better for next year which technically wouldn't or shouldn't be a surprise. i don't even know what's considered perfect...heck the iPhone 6 maybe cool this year who knows

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:34 3

5. moorjani (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


LG G3

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:52

15. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


doubt it...in one way its going to lack in the overall design aspect and UI...im sure its going to be bright, aw-dropping fast, and have a good camera just going to lack on a great experience end

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:37 1

24. freebee269 (Posts: 521; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


If it has the user experience my g2 has then it won't be lacking.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 17:56 1

60. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I think the user experience on the G2 is overrated. It seems I'm the only owner of a G2 that thinks this. I wanted to get the Nexus 5 but the battery scared me, but now getting the G2, the UI is so ugly (but not lacking) I wish I got the Nexus. I've tried everything to make it look like stock android (google keyboard, hangouts, google now launcher) but it still doesnt feel like it :( I wish LG would stick to Stock android or make a Google edition G2 because their UI is just downright ugly.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:14

62. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I know of you an your posts in the elemental thread.
That's good food for thought, as some N5 owners I'm sure think about the bigger battery an slightly bigger screen a bit too.
Grass is greener,... if we knock down the fence, would everyone be happy then?
Rhetorically said.

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 04:49

74. refillable (Posts: 631; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Totally Subjective. While being not the best UI, Optimus UI Is not that bad actually. It's not far from TouchWiz at all. Also, If you dislike it, you can root and change it's ROM... Easy Peasy. I really have high hopes for the G3.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:19 2

32. Amir1 (Posts: 262; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


g3 with QHD that will work against it - bad battery life and hardware not strong enough to handle it. major turn off. in 2015 hardware and battery will be able to handle QHD better. in 2014? not worth it.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:34 1

6. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


OPPO7 with caron fibre stainless steel and UHD display, and a superb design by OPPO

LG3 and z2 oppo7is the 2014 winner

htcm8 s5 was a big let down

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:37 6

8. bossmt_2 (Posts: 430; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Really, iphone4? Last years HTC One was a big surprise, the Moto X was a big surprise. Last year we saw 3 brand new flagships, all metal HTC One, built in America custom design Moto X, and the knock on back power button G2. All feature major design changes and software changes, whether the software is active listening, blinkfeed, or knockon.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:47 2

11. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


last year seemed more innovative i agree.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:40

10. DerryAhmad (Posts: 243; Member since: 05 May 2012)


What would surprise me? Nokia releasing Flagship Android with 1020 camera.
The,Nokia X was quite surprising as well with the mixed UI of WP, Android and. Asha.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:49 1

12. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I want a phone that transforms into a fighter jet.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:37

23. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


we must wait 5 years

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:51 1

13. mr2009 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Final bet would be nokia for now. WMC and HTC announcement doesnt excite me at all. HTC came close with the dual cam(refocus thingy) but still 4 s***ty microPixel. others just meh... phone tech innovation going downhill it seems. now is the rise of wearable s***ty tech.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:55

17. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


if they used the Ubuntu design to create a surface design phone with good enough specs and able to add it's camera tech without making the lens huge in the rear....nokia or microsoft may have a chance

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:51 2

14. djmuzi (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)


The iPhone 6 will ne a surprise ( I hope so )

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:53

16. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


hope so

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:39 2

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 1926; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I dont hope so :p

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 07:33

75. djmuzi (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)


damn there is no dislike button...
There are 2 type of people:
iPhone fans and iPhone hater.
If you read carefully, iPhone fans don't hate anything, even Android :)

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:56 1

18. Federated (Posts: 227; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Smartphone battery with 24 hours talktime, 24 hours Web browsing, 20 hours continuous video playback on HD, 48 hours continuous music playback, and 60 days standby time.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:07

21. HTCOE (Posts: 468; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


that could be fixed iif they managed to equip a cheap way to incorporate better solar technology into phones

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:01

20. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1583; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


An HTC One Max (OG or 2) in black available in the US. That would surprise the hell out of me

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:33 3

22. antonioli (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Two options: LG G3 or Moto X2.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:43 2

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 1926; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Or a launch of lg g4 before g3 and moto y3 :p

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:48 1

28. Andrewtst (Posts: 314; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


It will surprise me if new battery get announced which charge fast and 3x last longer battery life than current battery status.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:52

29. kanagadeepan (Posts: 667; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Phone with size and features of S4 but with 5000mAh battery and a week of battery life using software optimisations...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:04

31. tasior (Posts: 211; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


I am still waiting for a big screen in a small body (smaller than the screen). That means I'm waiting for foldable screens technology to take off. I doubt it will be in 2014 though.

As to previous phones that suprised me, it was Nokia 808 PV, everything else since 2007 is just evolution...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:38

33. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


The Nokia Lumia 920 is the only phone I can think of that impresses me since the rise of Android. So i doubt we'll see anything shocking.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:43

35. Irad123 (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I'd really be surprised if some company will finally drop the gauntlet and hand over a hybrid phone that can be a completely functional work station. A phone that could be connected to any external display, by WiFi or by HDMI, and that would mark the forming of android as a desktop OS, not only mobile. Maybe others will follow. And another thing that would actually surprise me is a flagship that can surpass and outlast other batteries by a long shot. Like, a phone that can marathon a 4-5 day course of use.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:46 1

37. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Thats called a tablet with a carrier wireless card.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:45 2

36. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Note 4. That is all.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:15 1

56. sergiobr (Posts: 416; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


+1 Note 4

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:55

38. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


I completely agree with you Michael especially the display craze. I hope LG G3 will do wonders!
I want an Android phone the size less or equal to 140*72*10mm that has almost no bezels like some new LG and Samsung TVs with a matte plastic/polycarbonate or glass or brushed metal or carbon fiber or..., xenon flash, 10+ MP with OIS camera, micro sd slot, full hd screen,1080p@60fps,720p@120fps, no 4K for me as it'll take all space and I still think 720p@30/60fps video recording is still the best for phone, always has full network signal due to extremely efficient and advanced antennas, shatterproof display/glass with no reflection like Nokia Clearblack or better and no breaking when dropped flat on the screen, mp3 or wav format stereo sound recording, 2500mAh new tech battery for at least 2 days normal usage, waterproof, IR blaster dual speakers on front or bottom, radio, less than $700 with latest snapdragon and full support from xda and fast updates. Easy to root/unroot. And with no exaggerated sensors (fingerprint, heart rate), with good compass, speedometer, and cheap to repair, 2GB RAM minimum and 32GB internal storage.And high quality bluetooth ear phones, fast battery charger, scratch resistant protector, dot display casing like HTC, USB on the go cable, mhl to hdmi cable, Bluetooth speaker, stickers all included for free in phone box!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 18:02

61. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


The LG G2 has most of those. What're you on about :D

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:00

39. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


From my above post, I realized that I want more free goodies like Bluetooth earphones, cables, free premium apps on Play Store after purchase because we humans like gifts! Gifts ftw!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:01

40. surethom (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


The only phone that might suprise me might be the Moto x2 but please release the 32gb version in the UK.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:01

41. LikeMyself (Posts: 270; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


From my above post, I realized that I want more free goodies like Bluetooth earphones, cables, free premium apps on Play Store after purchase because we humans like gifts! Gifts ftw!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:34

46. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)


*scoff* Keep dreaming

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:04

42. jckc92 (Posts: 25; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


A phone with a Nokia camera and zenon flash, a battery life of the Maxx, and 32 gb with micro SD slot, Wireless charging and something at 4.7".

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:07

43. Beijendorf (Posts: 309; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


If Nokia manages to bring us a plenoptic camera with a decent resolution and OIS, I'd be surprised and a bit impressed.

Imagine a 1030 with a light-field camera and some 8-20 MP with Zeiss optics and PureView 1 and 2!

It's not impossible, but considering Nokia has a tight lid on its operations since the Microsoft takeover, we only know a 930 and 1030 are in the works. We have no idea what either are capable of.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:32 1

45. SonyPS4 (Posts: 250; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Xperia Z1 Compact. i thought Sony would follow Samsung, HTC, LG releasing mini version of their flagship model with lower specs.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:49 2

47. seanwhat (Posts: 105; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


What would surprise me is a good all-round phone. The technology exists to have a phone which excels in every aspect, yet no manufacturer has done it yet. For example, the htc m8 just came out, but it's really big for it's screen size, they stuck with their poor camera, no fingerprint scanner etc. The galaxy s5 has terrible speakers, no OIS etc. If one company could just take all of today's tech and put it in a phone (and cut out all the gimmicky extras like adding a heart rate monitor), i'd be excited. Even better if they could do it in a ~4.3 inch.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:13

48. mickeygosselin (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


2014 dream phone includes; latest version of android, snapdragon 805, quad core 2500 mhz krait 400, adreno 330, 3gb ram, 32 gb internal, SD card, 5mp front camera, 16+ rear camera, xenon flash, non-protruding camera, 5.1-5.3 inch display, 1080p resolution, front facing stereo speakers, premium build(glass or metal), reasonable bezels, not bezeless because of ease of cracking, 8mm thickness, waterproof, dust proof, wireless charging, magnetic charging, wide array of color choices, a 3500-4000 mah battery, 4g capable, phone dock and Bluetooth in-ear phones out of the box, mmanufacturer doesn't matter as long as its available in the US.....one can dream :)

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:28 1

50. true1984 (Posts: 588; Member since: 23 May 2012)


805 uses adreno 420

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:35

51. Furbal (Posts: 293; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Android phone that connects to a dock and boots to Chrome os

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:45

52. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Goldfinger :)

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