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Will any flagship smartphones surprise us in 2014?

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

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: 1888; 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: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

As long as there were 2 iterations of the phone

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:39

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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: 305; 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."


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)


posted on 26 Mar 2014, 13:23 4

44. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; 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: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

yeah if there is no leaks

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:33 5

2. NoFanboy (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

Tl;dr There will be no surprises

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:00 4

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; 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: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

knowledge OR skills

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:07

80. slyhounddog (Posts: 22; 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: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)

A phone that breaths fire.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 11:41

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Thats not a bad idea, good for smokers

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:34 4

4. HTCOE (Posts: 635; 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: 14; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:52

15. HTCOE (Posts: 635; 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: 539; 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: 562; 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: 3698; 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: 1070; 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 (unregistered)

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 (banned) (Posts: 4562; 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: 457; 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: 635; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

last year seemed more innovative i agree.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:40

10. DerryAhmad (Posts: 287; 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: 3535; 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 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

we must wait 5 years

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 10:51 1

13. mr2009 (Posts: 34; 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: 635; 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: 23; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)

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

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