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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38 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It should be a great year to buy a smartphone.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

24. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

32. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

18. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

20. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

exactly

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

2. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

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

3. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

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

4. poptart

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2014

Waiting for my Vivo xplay 5s myself.

5. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

HTC VS LUMIA KING vs KING

6. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

I waiting for mi5 . I wil buy a mi5

7. Predator1701

Posts: 130; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

8. pmugghc

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

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

11. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

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

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...true story...

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Specs and specs and specs :D

12. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

They're all way too big.

13. DavvyGhotra

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

htc one m9

14. Amir1 unregistered

xperia z4>rest.

15. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Z4 king of BEASTLY SPECS

19. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

More excited for Z4 compact.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

28. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

22. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

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

26. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

27. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 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

29. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

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

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