It is safe to say that half of 2014 has passed by and we have seen some amazing mobile devices. We have seen Xiaomi launch its flagship phone, the Mi3, in India which was received well by the Indian consumers. We also witnessed the release of some amazing Samsung gear which added a whole new level of convenience for Samsung Note III users. This year has been awesome up till now for the smartphone market. But the best is always saved for the last!
Check out the top 5 upcoming smartphones and tablets of 2014 which will simply blow your mind away.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would be the 4th instalment in the Galaxy Note series and this new flagship phablet is expected to take on some of the best business phones around. The company has taken things to a whole new level with the first ever curved screen concept which gives you an additional menu on the side bar and there is no need to configure things by being restricted to the screen space. However, this feature is available for a new variant of the Note 4 called Note Edge.
The Note 4 is the first mobile device ever to feature a UV sensor which is a part of the health management system in the phone. This features warns you if you are exposed to excessive sunlight. The fingerprint scanner in this device has been improved which have been integrated in Screen Lock, Private Mode, Samsung Account Verification and PayPal Payments.
Features for Note 4 include
- Display: 5.7-inch Quad HD display with 2560×1440 p resolution on a Super AMOLED screen. Pixel density is 515 ppi. The screen is offered greater protection with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.
- Processor: 2.7 GHz quad-core (Snapdragon 805 chipset) and 1.9 GHz Octa-core processor (Exynos 5433 chipset)
- Memory: 3 GB RAM
- Storage: 32 GB internal (expandable upto 64 GB with micoSD card).
- OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- UI: Latest Version of Samsung’s TouchWiz
- Battery: li-ion battery with capacity of 3220 mAh
The Note 4 and Note Edge were released yesterday and already it has captivated the global smartphone user population.
Apple iPhone 6
The Apple iPhone 6 is probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014 and the excitement among the people may be gauged from the fact that a lot of tech experts and critics have tried to come up with their own guesses with respect to the specs and design of the new iPhone. As of now, no specs or design features have been confirmed by the company but the reports that have come out indicate the following possibilities:
- Display: 4.7-inch (12 cm) screen size
- Processor: A8 processor
- OS: Latest iOS version
- Miscellaneous Features: TouchID fingerprint reader which would be embedded in the Home Button. This should add some more security to the phone.
These are the changes that are expected from the new version. Apart from that, the new iPhone 6 should have all of the basic components and features that have become characteristic to this Smartphone.
iPad Air (2nd Generation)
As of now, there is no official statement or confirmation about the release of the second generation of the iconic iPad air which launched last year. But reports suggest that this could be launched in the market a few months from now. Apple has been known for making remarkable improvements with every generation of its products. So rumours have it that it could have the following features:
- Display: 9.7-inch (25 cm) screen size (12 or 13 inch versions are also possible)
- Processor: A8 processor
- OS: Latest iOS version
- Miscellaneous Features: TouchID fingerprint reader which would be embedded in the Home Button.
The new tablet would be thinner and more powerful than its predecessors and could redefine processing capabilities and speed for tablets.
I am sure that you are as surprised as all of us upon reading Blackberry’s involvement in the tablet domain. The all new uniquely designed BlackBerry Passport is scheduled for release this month. Some of the features on this device are such that you won’t find anything remotely similar on any other phone. For example, the BlackBerry Passport has a big, square screen that offers better dimensions for viewing documents and spreadsheets.
According to BlackBerry, phones that have a rectangular design restrict viewing to landscape mode (wider viewing angle but restricted viewing of vertical rows) and portrait mode (all the data is crammed into a narrow column). Apparently, the company believes that its quadrangular shaped screen could offer greater viewing experience by eliminating viewing restrictions. This would only be proved once the phone is released in the market.
All BlackBerry users would breathe a sigh of relief as the Qwerty Keyboard is retained on this device. This is one feature which made BlackBerry such a popular phone amongst consumers, especially those involved in business. Other features that would be retained include the standard security measures such as built-in encryption for email and messaging, and device management tools (excellent for deploying company owned devices to employees). This should garner adequate sales and market share for BlackBerry again.
Windows 9 Tablets
The market is already filled with speculations about the successor of Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform and this new OS would target businesses primarily. The company is expected to reveal it soon enough with a downloadable version of Windows 9 being made available to users. Windows based tablets and smartphones could be expected to launch in the market by the end of this year. However, Microsoft has not made any statements regarding the time of release for the full-fledged consumer version of the OS.
As per speculations, the new version would mark the return of the classic start menu and the colourful full screen start menu could be replaced. One of the biggest complications with Windows 8 was that people were not familiar with the new interface and organizations had the option of either trying to train their employees in the new environment or they could opt to stick with previous versions in order to save training costs.
Another remarkable improvement in the new OS would be the inclusion of Cortana, the personal virtual assistant that has been designed for the company’s mobile OS. However, Cortana would be integrated with desktop functionalities for ensuring better performance for PCs.
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