The 2015 iPhone 6S Plus takes after its predecessor (iPhone 6 Plus) in terms of its 5.5-inch screen, though this time, the 3D Touch technology, which enables new touch gestures based on the pressure applied, is at the ready. Similar to the 6S (4.7-inch), it upgrades the previous models' primary camera from 8 megapixels on a Full HD capacity to 12 megapixels with a premium-class 4K video option in tow.
The iPhone 6S Plus's frame, which is 0.2mm thicker than the previous one, is a bitter bite out of this Apple release, but at least a more-advanced A9 CPU chip resides within. Speaking of advancement, its selfie shooter is now a 5-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, using the display's 500nit brightness as its own Retina flash.
The 6S Plus also adds Rose Gold to 6 Plus's color palette (+), a coating that only a handful of flagship devices don as of 2015 Q4.
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Coming to the unlocked smartphone market with a 6-inch IPS display, the Polaroid Link A6 packs a rather archetypal specs list as far as entry-level phones go. It is equipped with two cameras: an 8-megapixel sensor at the back, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one for selfies. The A6 offers HSPA connectivity, Bluetooth v4.0, and two SIM card slots as well. Driving it is a starter-class 1.3GHz dual-core processor. It has 8GB of memory on board, but you can expand it by up to 64GB via its microSD slot. The A6 comes in either Black or White.
With specs like a 13-megapixel BSI (for low-light shooting) camera, a zinc-aluminum alloy shell, and an Air-Gestures-supporting 5-inch HD screen, the Nuu Mobile X4 resembles many mid-tier 2015 Androids. It is modestly-powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM alongside a near-average 2250mAh battery, though its 16GB native memory is twice the 8GB capacity offered by many of its rivals. Joining its mass-tier offering are a 5-megapixel selfie camera, dual LTE sim card slots, and freebies like a microfiber cloth and a screen protector.
Closely following the entry-level specifications of its Advance series-mates, the Advance 5.0 banks on a flash-rigged (LED) 2-megapixel selfie camera and a 64GB microSD slot (4GB internal memory). Its 5-inch FWVGA Infinite View interface is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU coupled with 768MB of RAM alongside a low-key 1800mAh battery. Also on board is a 5-megapixel rear-facing primary camera. This basic Android reels in HSPA+ speeds (21Mbps max data rate) and is available in a Gold finish.
One of two June 2015 Galaxy J models from Samsung, the Galaxy J5 is the smaller and less advanced variant, sporting a 5-inch HD screen. It comes with a 2600mAh battery adorned with the Super Power Saving Mode, and offers the Samsung Smart Manager app, which provides visual performance data and clean-up utilities. The J5 sports a 13-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera escorted by a 5-megapixel selfie cam sitting atop its screen. Other specs include a 16GB native storage, a 1.5GB RAM, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It is available in Black, White, and Gold shells.
Entering premium space (by 2015 measures) is Huawei's Mate 8, a 6-inch Full HD (IPS-NEO) Android v6.0 Marshmallow model rigged with a 16nm Hisilicon Kirin octa-core 64-bit processor (4GB maximum RAM) alongside a 4000mAh battery. It sports two relatively high-resolution cameras, offering 16 and 8 megapixels respectively, while a 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable memory serves behind the scenes. Also among its specs are a fingerprint scanner, version 4.2 of Bluetooth (the newest as of its release), and 4G LTE (Cat 6) connectivity, the latter enabling up to 300Mbps download speeds. Wrapping everything up is an aluminum alloy frame in either one of four fancy colors, including Mocha Gold and Moonlight Silver.
Taking after the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge's top-line profile, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 banks on an S-Pen-rigged 5.7-inch Quad HD screen (with Gorilla Glass 4 protection), an Exynos 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz eight-core processing system with 4GB of RAM, as well as 16- and 5-megapixel VDIS cameras. It is also loaded with the Samsung Pay mobile payment system complemented by fingerprint authentication.
Its other high-grade features include a 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS (SSD + eMMC) memory as well as wireless charging (3000mAh battery) and music-playing capabilities.
Described by Cat as no-nonsense tough phone, the 4.5-inch S30 takes on the outdoors with a water, dust, and shock-resistant casing, an anti-scratch screen layer with wet-finger tracking, and a 3000mAh power capacity. Its less gritty specs include 5- and 2-megapixel cameras (Full HD max video capture), a 1.1GHz quad-core CPU, and an 8GB internal memory (expandable). The S30 runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.
A true blue premium-specked Android, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 introduces the Moto ShatterShield architecture via its 5.4-inch (540ppi) AMOLED screen, with the signature water-repellent nano-coating and Moto Maker in place as well. Its CPU is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 2GHz octa-core chip, assisted by Adreno 430 graphics, 3GB of RAM, and two additional single-core processors -- Natural Language and Contextual Computing.
As for its cameras, the primary imager is a 21-megapixel PDAF (phase-detection autofocus) cam with Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash and 4K video capability, while up front sits a 5-megapixel flash-equipped selfie snapper. The Turbo 2 also boasts specs like a 5-microphone system, an up-to-2TB memory expansion support (32GB/64GB native storage), and a 3760mAh TurboPower-charging battery.
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