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The 7 best phones to expect in the first half of 2015

The 7 best phones to expect in the first half of 2015
Competition was really ramping up this year, forcing Samsung's operating profit margin to tumble, propping up LG and Sony, and easing the pressure on HTC. The biggest winners, however, were the Chinese companies like Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo and Oppo, which managed to churn out excellent value-for-money proposition, paving the way for their handsets not only in China, but attracting some global spotlight, too.

Given this trend of increased competition, we can reasonably expect great handsets from the first half of next year as well, when the big phone makers, save for Apple, are traditionally introducing their flagships. From the CES expo in January, to the MWC one in the spring, and everything further, we are awaiting for Sony, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Xiaomi and more to chip in, that's why we are rounding up five of the best smartphones that can be expected with reasonable certainty based on rumors and leaks in H1. Check them out below.

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posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:22 3

1. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It should be a great year to buy a smartphone.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 07:06 3

9. sgodsell (Posts: 4858; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


They forgot about Motorola's project Ara. That is the one I am getting for sure when they release it.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:24

17. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I think Project Ara won't come out until 2nd half.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:33 1

24. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


You may be right, but I'm hoping they have a product out sooner than later.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 18:46

32. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 845; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Sooner would be nice, they've been working on it for quite a while now. I'm more excited about the G4 though.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:38 3

18. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


When Google sold Motorola to Lenovo they kept Ara and the people working on it, so it actually has nothing to do with Motorola any more. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not though, Motorola does have a rich history of mobile innovation and I think are perhaps more suited to mass producing such a device.

Still, either way it'll be interesting to see what gets released next year and perhaps more importantly how the platform expands over the following year. A modular system is a great idea, but pointless if there isn't a wide enough selection of modules.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:58

20. frederick333123 (Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


exactly

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:15 1

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yep it is....waiting for Lumia 1030....!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:28 3

2. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


For me it is Galaxy S6 (snapdragon 810 version) vs LG G4

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:33 4

3. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 348; Member since: 30 May 2014)


waiting for z4's 21 mp phase-detection camera.
waiting in s6 also with metal frame :)

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:37 2

4. poptart (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 Nov 2014)


Waiting for my Vivo xplay 5s myself.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:39 1

5. Rajanvir (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


HTC VS LUMIA KING vs KING

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:40

6. Oğuzhan_77 (Posts: 90; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


I waiting for mi5 . I wil buy a mi5

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:46 1

7. Predator1701 (Posts: 110; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


Thats what i've been waiting for.Personally I still use Nexus 4, because what was the point of getting a newer device with marginal upgrades, the real evolution will be 64-bit. I think google should do what apple has done, give a deadline of 6 months for every developer to make 64-bit compatible apps.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 06:48 1

8. pmugghc (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 May 2014)


Why do you call it Nokia Lumia? Shouldn't it be Microsoft Lumia?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 07:23

11. Spedez (Posts: 514; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Or "Lumia stolen from Nokia by Microsoft continuing the badly went WP story".

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:39 1

25. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL...true story...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 07:12 1

10. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Specs and specs and specs :D

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 07:26

12. youlookfoolish (Posts: 180; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


They're all way too big.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 07:32 1

13. DavvyGhotra (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


htc one m9

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:10 8

14. Amir1 (unregistered)


xperia z4>rest.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:14 1

15. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 216; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Might have to go back to WP if the 1030 is launched on T-Mo!

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:20 8

16. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Z4 king of BEASTLY SPECS

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 08:49 1

19. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


More excited for Z4 compact.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 09:44 2

21. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


LG, LG.... What does anyone gain from a 4K UHD screen? Because that's where they seem to be heading. They jumped the gun this year with an underpowered 801 when they went QHD. Maybe the 810 can support it, but at what cost to speed and battery life?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 17:55

28. Micah007 (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


"Maybe the 810 can support it, but at what cost to speed and battery life?"

Gotta make sacrifices......as much as we want to can't have everything.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:41

22. KinqElessaR (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


Note 5 will be the best. Before that Galaxy S6 probably.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:41 3

26. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Give me an unlocked Nexus 6, I'm good...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:52 2

27. Phooey506 (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


HTC One M9 is weaker than this year's Droid Turbo, HTC should just quit. Even Xiaomi, LG, Huawei are challenging the Droid Turbo. I can't understand why HTC would be content with releasing a flagship all around weaker than phones available now.

#TheNextBB

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 18:31

29. Venkatramanan (Posts: 320; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


MS Lumia 1030 for me.. I am exited to see the unified Win 10 and that awesome camera.

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