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Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2014, 10:25 posted on

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 was somewhat surprising, but it's hard to call that a flagship device. Similarly, the HTC J Butterfly was the first device with a 1080p display, but that was definitely not a flagship. Would you have to go all the way back to the iPhone 4 in 2010?...

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:31 3

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1205; 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: 1268; 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: 92; 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: 3296; 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: 581; Member since: 07 May 2012)


yeah if there is no leaks

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:33 5

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 206; 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: 4039; 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: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


knowledge OR skills

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:07

80. slyhounddog (Posts: 16; 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: 153; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


A phone that breaths fire.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:41

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 1268; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Thats not a bad idea, good for smokers

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:34 4

4. HTCOE (Posts: 421; 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: 10; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


LG G3

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:52

15. HTCOE (Posts: 421; 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: 517; 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: 236; 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: 2530; 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: 591; 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: 253; 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: 4039; 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: 421; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


last year seemed more innovative i agree.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:40

10. DerryAhmad (Posts: 242; 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 (Posts: 2414; 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: 4039; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


we must wait 5 years

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:51 1

13. mr2009 (Posts: 25; 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: 421; 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: 421; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


hope so

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:39 2

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 1268; 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: 169; 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: 421; 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: 1560; 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: 170; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Two options: LG G3 or Moto X2.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:43 2

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 1268; 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: 301; 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: 638; 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: 185; 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: 504; 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: 504; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Note 4. That is all.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 16:15 1

56. sergiobr (Posts: 399; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


+1 Note 4

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 12:55

38. LikeMyself (Posts: 231; 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: 236; 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: 231; 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: 231; 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: 231; 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: 504; 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: 287; 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: 248; 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: 86; 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: 13; 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: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


805 uses adreno 420

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 14:35

51. Furbal (Posts: 256; 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: 283; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Goldfinger :)

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