The 5.5-inch CGS (WQHD resolution) ZTE Axon sends a flagship-level impulse to the Android market, with specs like a dual-lens 4K-enabled back camera (13-megapixel + 2-megapixel), a 2GHz eight-core CPU chip, and a 4GB RAM. ZTE also slaps an 8-megapixel selfie cam onto its facade, with a Hi-Fi sound system (with free JLB earphones) rocking from under the hood. Supporting its high-class feature set is a 3000mAh battery adorned with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. The Axon is pretty much limited to a 32GB memory, as it has no microSD card slot on board. It is available in Ion Gold, Phthalo Blue, and Chromium Silver.
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The Huawei P8 packs a 5.2-inch 424DPI of 424DPI display and an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 930 (64bit) 2Ghz processor with 3GB of RAM. The 13-megapixel main camera comes with a dual-temperature flash and records videos at 1080p while the selfie one offers eight megapixels. All of this sits in a 6.4mm-thick casing, which is among the thinnest smartphones currently available. Put aside a rather meager 2680mAh battery (considering the ambitious 5.2-inch display and octa-core processor), the rest of the Huawei P8 specs are pretty typical of flagship-grade phones for 2015.
Shortly after several Android-run flagships were unveiled during the IFA 2014, Apple reveals the follow-up to the 4-inch iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 sports a larger 4.7-inch Retina HD display, lining up with most premium Androids from other brands. Along with its 5.5-inch big brother, it introduces Apple Play - a digital payment system based on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
Looking under the hood, its A8 processing chip and iOS 8 makes it one of the first 64-bit devices from Apple. They also re-engineered the classic iPhone design with its outward flowing iron-strengthened glass, blending seamlessly with the 6.9mm aluminum casing. Camera detail is also a classic ring for iPhone fans, as the iPhone 6's 8-megapixel camera comes with perks like Focus Pixels and Cinematic Video Stabilization. A fingerprint-dependent TouchID also adds a nice touch of security to it.
Unveiled a day before the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, HTC's 5-inch One M9 is bound to be of flagship stature with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor, 20-megapixel sapphire-protected 4K-recording camera, and Sense UI v7.0. Its premium-class specs also include an UltraPixel selfie cam, a 3GB RAM, as well as a blend of HTC BoomSound and Dolby 5.1 on the audio front.
We found a 32GB on-board memory and a 2840mAh battery on this ultra high-end Android, which is crafted with a dual-tone metal (single colors are also available) unibody design. The One M9 is the first HTC phone to wear the second edition of the brand's Dot View Smart flip case.
Officially entering the flagship market in April 2015, the 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD LG G4 is the brand's sequel to the G3. This Android 5.1 Lollipop model is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU chip running at 1.8GHz with 3GB's worth of RAM helping it along. It comes with a 32GB internal memory that can be expanded to a whopping 2TB through its microSD slot.
The G4 brings back LG's laser autofocus technology via its 16-megapixel 4K rear camera and 8-megapixel soft-light-equipped selfie cam. It also introduces new case options -- Brown or Black leather.
Huawei's IFA unveiling comes with several previously seen features, but might still serve the phablet market well with its focus on performance. The Mate7's 4100mAh battery supports roughly 8 CPU cores of Huawei's Kirin 925 processor, with Mali-T628 graphics as well. It also borrows from the iPhone, coming in with its own security features built around a fingerprint sensor. Other high-end specs include the 6-inch FHD display, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Emotion UI 3.0 also promises to keep its high-end experience simple.
As far as smartphones go, the Xperia Z2a's 20.7-megapixel snapper has one of the highest resolutions out there. It also comes with 4K video recording (roughly four times FHD), an 8x digital zoom and a pulsed LED flash. Like many other Xperias from Sony, the Z2a is geared towards multimedia with its PlayStation certification and 3D graphics, running on a quad-core 2.3GHz processor and a 3GB RAM. In addition, its 16GB native memory is expandable to up to 64GB via microSD. It includes the classic Xperia feature set, including the TRILUMINOS display and LTE connection.
The Xperia Z3 is the third installment in Sony's Z-series, crafted with an IP65/68-certified (waterproof and dust-tight) 7.3-inch casing. Sticking to its multimedia-oriented roots, the Z3 comes with PS4 support, enabling you to use a standard PS4 controller when playing games -- with PlayStation certification to boot. It sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera equipped with Sony's Exmor image sensor, enabled for 4K video recording. The Z3's performance also skirts the premiums, running on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, Adreno 330 graphics, a 3GB RAM and a pretty hefty 3100mAh battery power.
LG's G Flex series makes a 2015 comeback with the 5.5-inch G Flex2, a 64-bit 2GHz octa-core-powered model whose ultra high-end specs are sandwiched inside a curved P-OLED Full HD display and a self-healing back cover. The meat in between includes an LTE Cat9 adapter with a 450Mbps maximum data rate, a 2GB RAM capacity, and a whopping up-to-2TB support for external storage. It sports a 13-megapixel laser autofocus rear camera that records 4K videos, and packs a 3000mAh battery that promises to charge up to 50% in just 40 minutes of charging.
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