For smartphone lovers, 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty boring year in terms of real innovation. That said, we will still see plenty of great new smartphones launch in 2014 that are faster, thinner, more powerful and sleeker than anything we’ve seen before.
Huawei Ascend P7
Smartphone users in the U.S. are likely out of luck with this one, but the Ascend P7 is easily one of the most exciting and unexpected Android phones of the year.
Huawei just unveiled the P7 on Wednesday but it won’t begin launching until next week. When it does, it could very well be the thinnest and sexiest Android phone on the market. The new Ascend P7 might make its way to the U.S. unofficially if importers start to pick it up. If that’s the case, Android fans should definitely go out of their way to check it out.
Galaxy Note 4
Phablet fans, you’ll likely have a few solid options this year. Somewhere near the top of the list is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.
The Note 3 is easily one of the best phablets that has ever existed at this point, and Samsung’s next flagship phablet will likely best it in every way. With things heating up so much in the phablet space, its pioneer has to make a solid showing in 2014.
It’s still a bit to early for us to know what to expect with the Galaxy Note 4, but one rumor suggested that we could be looking at a 2K display, a 64-bit processor, a 20.1 megapixel camera and Android 4.5.
HTC One (M8) Prime
The other big Android phablet launch we can look forward to in 2014 is the HTC One (M8) Prime.
HTC’s new phablet’s name will apparently be a mouthful, and the device itself will likely be a handful considering how gigantic the One max is. Recent rumors suggest that the One (M8) Prime’s specs will include a 5.5-inch quad HD display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, a USB 3.0 port and a new and improved version of HTC’s Duo Camera.
Also set to debut this year is the latest and greatest from Google and its hardware partner du jour.
Google’s Nexus 5 was a terrific phone available at a terrific price and word is the Nexus 6 will be even better. It will likely be built by LG and based on its flagship G3 smartphone, but nothing is confirmed at this point.
Last but certainly not least is Amazon’s smartphone, which might just be the only widely available smartphone of the year that features any new technology that is truly innovative. Whether or not those innovative new features will help Amazon sell phones remains to be seen.