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Pulse VIP Blogger 6 smartphones to look forward to in 2015 - Sanusi Ismaila

CES 2015 had a few really interesting things on display, including a couple of the smartphones which I have deliberately skipped here so as not to have duplications.

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It's a little over three weeks into the new year and already, the buzz about the several devices in the works by various OEMs is already noticeable.

CES 2015 had a few really interesting things on display, including a couple of the smartphones which I have deliberately skipped here so as not to have duplications.

So asides the ones already on my list of coolest things from CES 2015 which you will find here, here are the 6 (kinds of) smartphones I am looking forward to this year:

  1. The HTC M9: With the HTC One M7, HTC redefined what a smartphone should look like in this day and age. Since 2013 when the phone first debuted, HTC hasn’t looked back in terms of hardware. However, three issues have plagued HTC’s line of premium smartphones since – Battery, Performance and Camera. The Battery got majorly improved with the HTC One M8 and rumour has it that it’s getting even better with the M9. There are also rumours about massive bumps to the camera and processor on the M9. With these three things in place, the M9 might just be the greatest android device ever made.

  2. The Samsung Galaxy S6: Samsung has had a relatively bad year, mostly tied to the slump in sales of its Galaxy S5 devices. Samsung knows that to get back to the past heights, it needs to reinvent the Galaxy S line with the next iteration of devices. You can already bet that the Galaxy S6 will be thinner and lighter and have a bigger battery and more processing power (though a new report claims, that Samsung might for the first time be skipping Qualcomm's new chip citing overheating as the reason). Also going by the Note 4 and the Galaxy A series, the S6 will most likely get a metal chassis too. So what other tricks can Samsung possibly have up it's sleeves? I am eager to find out.

  3. The iPhone 6s: iPhones have defied almost every sort of logic with their runaway success which is showing little sign of abating soon. Most people tend to refer to the "s" range as an incremental update with not much new to offer, quickly forgetting a lot of the new features (e.g the 64bit OS and fingerprint reader) came to the "s" range first before getting to the next gen iPhone. So what does Apple have planned out for the iPhone 6s? And would there be an iPhone 6s Plus?

  4. BlackBerry: BlackBerry had a tough year business-wise, but for the first time in a while, the company has started moving in the right direction. A critical question that remains unanswered is how much of this "right direction" involves their handset business. Last year, the BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic hit the market, with the first having lukewarm reception and the others released not long enough to gauge what the reaction will be like. They shocked us with how far they were willing to stray from the norm with the Passport and how far they were willing to go back with the Classic, so what will they do next? We wait.

  5. Cheap android smartphones: Last year, devices like the Innjoo i1s and the Infinix Hot were the real winners in this part of the world. At a time when Google is still trying to get its sub-$100 android One devices to the market, good quality, sub-$100 devices are already the norm here. Before last year, it seemed almost impossible to dream of any android device worth looking at twice that didn't cost a bundle, but that’s changed. So what else is going to change in the next 11 or so months of the year left? a $50 android 5.0 device maybe?

  6. Windows Phone 10 devices: My biggest personal issue with Windows Phone as a platform is the monotony. After a few days, all the visual glitz and glamour starts to bore me. It doesn’t help that the OS confines my need to tinker under the hood every now and then. In a few hours, Microsoft will be demoing its next take on its OS, and maybe the most critical one yet. Windows 10 is designed to be one OS to rule all devices. The idea of running the same thing on your computer on one of these cheap Lumias for example enough to keep me excited for the next range of Windows Phone hardware.

Sanusi Ismaila is the Editor-in-chief of Techsuplex.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @supersanusi.

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