CES 2015: all new smartphones

Also, read about all the new tablets and new wearables of CES 2015 here.

CES 2015 is off to a traditionally hot start: the show is open for the next few days, but the biggest announcements are happening in the first day when some of the mobile industry's most powerful executives gather in Las Vegas to share their plans for the year.

What we care deeply about is one type of devices in particular: smartphones. Luckily, we have LG, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Asus, and many others showcase new handsets at the Consumer Electronics Show, so variety and abundance of novelty is a must.

What's interesting about the announcements this year, though, is that they are a sign of a bigger change that one can sense coming over the next few years. The wind of change is quickly bringing us futuristic technologies and the flexible screen of the LG G Flex 2 is one brilliant example of the type of innovation we'll see soon. We're also seeing affordable devices picking up a lot of the marquee features of pricier phones. All good things for the consumer. See all those exciting CES 2015 new smartphone announcements right below to get a taste of the future.

LG G Flex 2

Price: N/A
Release date: Q1 2015

The LG G Flex 2 is the first big announcement to come out of CES 2015: after testing the waters with futuristic curved phones in 2014, LG has taken the experiment and concepts to reality with a well-thought out mass-market gadget, the G Flex 2.

After the gigantiasus c, 6-inch original G Flex, LG has taken a more moderate approach and claims to have found the optimal size for the G Flex 2: it’s a 5.5” display. The signature features include the same, 700R (700mm) curvature, plastic OLED display with a 1080p resolution, the new octa-ocre 64-bit Snapdragon 810 system chip, scratch self-healing back cover, and quick charge technology. What’s not to like?

HTC Desire 826

Price: N/A
Release date: N/A

The HTC Desire 826 has the honor of being the first in the series to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box (obviously customized with Sense UI). The new Desire sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and is powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. It’s got LTE connectivity, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 4 MP UltraPixel camera on the front, while benefiting from the Desire EYE suite of camera features. 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2600 mAh battery are also on the specs sheet.

Asus Zenfone 2

Price: $250 (4GB RAM model) / $200 (2GB RAM model)
Release date: March 2015

Asus is focusing on a single Zenfone 2 that will come in two versions, the most notable difference between the two being that one of them will offer the whopping 4GB of RAM, while the other will stick with "just" 2 gigs. Asus is sticking with Intel once again, and has opted for an LTE-enabled, 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor with four cores that can reach frequencies of up to 2.33GHz, and a PowerVR G6430 GPU with OpenGL 3.0 support. The Zenfone 2 comes with a Gorilla Glass 3-protected, 5.5-inch device with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

Asus Zenfone Zoom

Price: $400
Release date: Q2 2015

With 3x optical zoom, the Asus Zenfone Zoom manages to stay fairly compact. It comes with a hearty 5.5" 1080p IPS-LCD display with 400 nits of peak brightness, a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor, and a 3000 mAh battery. The selfie phenomenon is taken care of by a 5 MP wide-angle front camera.

Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro

Price: $500
Release date: April 2015

Besides the design of the Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro, the other noteworthy thing to stand out from our cursory look is its iridescent 5.3-inch FHD IPS display. Running the latest VIBE 2.0 user interface, it’s a minimalist experience that primarily features a personalized lock screen, Instant On camera, elegant transparent icons, and much more. Certainly, the interface has a slick new appeal, but it’s still running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Powering this bundle of joy is an octa-core 1.5GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM.

Lenovo P90

Price: $370
Release date: February 2015

The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro might be device for the lighthearted folks who take pride is snapping selfies of themselves, but the Lenovo P90 is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Rather, it’s the mobile professional’s type of smartphone, as it’s meant to be one serious workhorse that’s going to be long-lasting while on the road. In reaching that, the Lenovo P90 is hoping that its Goliath sized 4000 mAh battery will be ready to tackle the challenge that sometimes makes other smartphones fall short in making them true work horses.

ZTE Grand X Max+

Price: $200
Release date: January 9

The ZTE Grand X Max+ is a 6-inch phone with a 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution, a Snapdragon 400 system chip, 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 13 MP rear camera out of the box. In addition, we get a 5 MP selfie camera at the front, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat as standard. In the US, the Grand X Max+ will be available starting January 9, for $200 from the prepaid carrier, Cricket Wireless.

Kodak IM5

Price: $250
Release date: Q1 2015

The Kodak phone is a respectable, upper mid-range device, with a manageable, 5-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi), an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable internal storage, and a set of 5MP/13MP cameras at the front and back, respectively. The device showcased at the CES floors ran Android 4.4 KitKat, but Kodak is promising an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop later in the year. Speaking of Android, don't expect a stock-looking interface. Rather, Kodak and Bullitt have created a pretty simplistic UI that is obviously aimed at newcomers to smartphones, and has also included a separate (supposedly easier-to-use) app store alongside the Google Play Store.

Alcatel OneTouch Pop 2 Series

Price: N/A
Release date: N/A

Three new phones were introduced under the Alcatel POP 2 name: the Pop 2 5 Premium along with a regular Pop 2 5 version, the Pop 2 4.5, and the Pop 2 4, where the last number represents the screen size. The Alcatel POP 2 5 features a 5" 720p display, it is powered by a 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, and runs Android 5.0. The other two are powered by Android 4.4 KitKat: the 4.5 comes with a 4.5" 480 x 854-pixel screen and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410, while the POP 2 4 comes with a 4" screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 and again the Snapdragon 410.

Archos 50 Diamond

Price: N/A
Release date: N/A

The star of the humble Archos 2015 lineup is the Archos 50 Diamond, a device with a 5-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 system chip, 2 gigs of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, dual SIM connectivity, 4G LTE, and a 2700mAh battery.

Archos Helium series

Prices: N/A
Release date: N/A

The whole new Helium trio from Archos comes with dual SIM card support. Then, the differences kick in.

The Archos 45b Helium 4G sports a 4.5” 480 x 854-pixel display, the Snapdragon 410 system chip, a paltry 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot). The Archos 50b Helium 4G is a higher-end affair with a 5” 720p display, 1 gig of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. Finally, the Archos 50c Helium comes with no 4G connectivity (it only has 3G) and a MediaTek MT6732M chip.

Alcatel PIXI 3 series

Price: N/A
Release date: N/A

The PIXI 3 smartphones will come in 4 different sizes – 3.5”, 4”, 4.5”, and 5”, and all of them will be compatible with 3 different operating systems to install – Firefox, Windows Phone, and Android. Don't get too excited: this is a choice for carriers, while the end user will likely just see those running Android only and with no other fancy options. We're yet to see how this works out, but this OS neutrality from none other but Alcatel is an interesting concept. Keep in mind that all of these upcoming devices are affordable, and not really power-lifters when it comes to specs.

Nokia 215

Price: $30
Release date: Q1 2015

While it's not a true smartphone (far from it), the Nokia 215 does bring a few smart features that granted it a place in this list. At a full off-contract price of $29, the Nokia 215 is a traditional candybar phone with buttons, but what it stands out with is support for Facebook Messenger and a truly long-lasting battery. The Nokia 215 comes with a 2.4” display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (keep in mind that it’s not a touchscreen). Along with Facebook, you can also use Twitter and MSN Weather on it, and the 215 also features the Opera Mini browser with Bing search. This might not seem like much, but you ought to put this in the context of the cheap price of the phone.



1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

they're all huge or poor performers: standard.

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly what everyone wants right? =/

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

A Zenfone 2 for me

3. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Anyone else confused on how that Zenfone2 is so cheap?! With specs like that, minimum price tag should be $650 IMO. Definatley would love to try it

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Probably the on contract price which isn't helpful at all.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

I'd bet it's an off-contract price. It looks like a killer deal, and I smell an Intel subsidy, but hey, it's just my nose. It's also worth remembering that the $200 price is for the 2GB RAM/1.8GHz version, not the 4GB/2.3GHz one.

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

but it's still a $250 price for the more powerful version. i hope that's true and i hope it's about the same price when it comes to our area.

30. newsman

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Once I used this model and it was not very impressed, I prefer to use the old model, where everything works smoothly and without interruption favewallpapers.com/69094-htc%20one-phone-one-andro​id-htc-smartphone-android-smartphone.html

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The next couple days are going to be a porn marathon for all of us.

9. FinallyRegistered

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Let the Fappening Begin!!!

10. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Zenfone 2 is amazing!. 4GB RAM!. Great!. Soon sony, samsung and LG will have 4GB RAM as well :)

11. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Is there any phone with 1080p 5 inches IPS+ or Super AMOLED display in the center, MicroSD slot, speaker NOT on the back, camera NOT protruding? Front stereo speakers, water proof and metal frame is a plus. The Z3 is close but the display sucks. Its touch panel visible electronic patterns kill a supposedly nice phone. Oh well, I guess I have to wait until these idiots come to their senses :-(

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

HTC One M8 has all your requirements except waterproof (but you say that's just a plus). It also includes a crappy camera as a bonus.

17. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I have the m8, its a near perfect phone but the camera is just bad. The 4 ultra pixel and duo camera is pretty much just a marketing bs. Idk how, but the camera from the HTC one m8 is way worse then my last phone which was an nexus 4. The speakers are nice but I rarely found myself using it and it made the phones really big. I compare it with an note 3 and it was about the same size.

31. newsman

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Yes, the technology certainly impressed me. Scientists or programmers have tried to perfect this time. I am delighted, and then painted it as I have already hooked. I want to own such a model favewallpapers.com/69094-htc%20one-phone-one-andro​id-htc-smartphone-android-smartphone.html

18. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I almost got the HTC One M7 but I got the Z3C instead. Two things stopped me from getting the M7: The display is not in the center and no MicroSD slot. The M8 has MicroSD slot but its display is still off centered. I regret getting the Z3C because of its crappy display. I don't think I'm being too picky tho *sigh* I don't need a big phone with unnecessary high specs or crazy pixel density. They won't improve my user experience beside killing the battery. To me, a perfect phone is a balanced one based on current technology allowed. I want a phone to keep but I guess that's not what they want :-( I have some hope on Chinese companies. The Asus PadFone Infinity would be a perfect phone if it has MicroSD slot. Let's wait and see.

16. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I fully agree with the specs you just listed. I did the research and z3 is pretty much the closest thing to a perfect phone in spec and feature wise, but it still got its flaws. Whats more frustrating is that these company know what we want but they go cheap at the improvements.

19. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Imagine the Z3 has - 5 inches Super AMOLED (for indoor users like me) or IPS+ (for outdoor users) - HTC Boom sound - Vanilla Android with unlocked bootloader and rooted Oh! Forget it. What am I kidding? It'll never happen.

22. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Oh sh1t! Forget the Z3. My Z3C has spyware named Baidu embedded in the firmware. I had deleted it but I just found out it has come back. Now I have to figure out how to use ADB to disable it. If you're using an xperia phone, head over to xda-developers forums to search for Z3 spyware Baidu and get some help. This is bad. Some other xperia models are infected as well.

12. HarryWild

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Where is the Bullitt - Kodak Smartphone called the IM5?

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I am shocked Microsoft used the Nokia Brand name for this Nokia 215. I guess it was a past Nokia design that was held back that they are now letting come to the market place. I still think That Microsoft will Continue to make all New Lumia Smart phones have their New Microsoft LOGO on the phones back plate. Kodak i think is known for Photography and Printing machines. I think that this is a big gamble for Kodak to make another Android smart phone to go on the market to compete with the herd of OEM's that make Android smart phones. Nokia I suspect will make an android smart phones in 2016. the question is will it sell well enough to justify Nokia's efforts because it's Android smart phones will be up against the large group of Android OEM's. "Nokia Lumia" smart phones are the king of Windows smart phones. if they make a Windows smart phone. Windows smart phone Fans will BUY IT. Android smart phone fans have more OEM'S Models to pick their smart phone Nokia will be just anther choice to them

15. jhaiystar

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

Asus Zenfone 2

20. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Nah, SONY Walkman NW-ZX2 must be on the top of the page. It has impressive audio quality, such as High-res audio, FLAC compatibility, Noise cancellation and more, and I think ZX2 is strong enough to compete with other high-end smartphones out there. I know that the truth hurts, and sorry fanboys, but ZX2 > Zenfone 2 > G Flex 2

21. bursahandphonesamsung

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

How about Samsung Galaxy S6 ? any news ? bursahpandroid.com

28. MaxnusRex

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Walkman for more than 1000$??? Oh... Sony... Btw. "new" phones on CES are "meh.." no gamechangers

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