Technology / Technology Now
- By: Maktoub Magazine
- June 11, 2016
What are the best new smartphones to drool over this year – from Android phones to iPhones, Samsung, LG, Windows, Sony, HTC, Huawei phones? PC Advisor previews a gallery of new mobile temptations just released into the market or due for release in the last quarter of 2016. Say ‘hello’ to the future.
Apple iPhone SE
Apple’s iPhone went on sale this April in the UK for £359. Although it looks very much like an iPhone 5s, it comes with matt chamfered edges and a shiny stainless steel Apple logo. But on the inside it’s very much iPhone 6s.
Its headline features include the Apple A9 processor and M9 motion co-processor, plus a 12Mp iSight camera that can also capture 4K video.
Google Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 will be the launch vehicle for the new Android OS, Android N, and it will most likely arrive in October. This will be a large-screen phablet and with support for USB-C now built into Android it will use that format for data transfer and charging.
Once again, the new Google phone will be engineered by Huawei, and will feature a Snapdragon 820 chip, which is more powerful and energy efficient, and builds in support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
HTC 10, scheduled to go on sale mid-May, is successor to the HTC One M9. It is priced in line with the Galaxy S7 at £569.
HTC continues to major on sound, but the BoomSound stereo speaker setup looks a little different at the front, with the tweeter at the top and woofer on the bottom edge of the phone.
In common with the LG G5 it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone with 4GB of RAM, but it’s slightly faster-clocked at 2.2GHz. HTC has also upgraded the screen to a 5.2in Quad-HD Super LCD 5 screen, and implemented a fingerprint scanner.
Not long after we’ve welcomed the LG G4, the LG G5 was announced by the company on 21 February. It’s the company’s first modular-design smartphone, which can be transformed into a digital camera or Hi-Fi player. It features a sleek aluminium unibody with a slide-out battery.
In common with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge the LG G5 has an always-on screen (here 5.3in), which makes it easier to check the time or notifications at a glance. Another innovative feature is the two cameras on the rear – one with an extra-wide 135-degree lens.
Key specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with MicroSD up to 200GB), a 2800mAh removable battery and Android Marshmallow.
The LG G5 costs £529 and went on sale on April 8.
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