The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world’s biggest tech show. And this year we’ve seen some fascinating new phones that are pushing the limits of technology. So here’s a roundup of our favourite smartphones that bring something new to mobiles.
LG G FLEX 2
LG has stolen this year’s show in Las Vegas with the unveiling of the LG G Flex 2. It’s a slightly smaller version of theoriginal LG G Flexwith much more power. It’s the first phone with a Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful chip, the 13MP camera now has LG’s laser autofocus system for faster photos, and the 5.5” flexible screen is now Full HD.
Along with the state of the art mobile technology, the G Flex 2 has a special coating on its screen that makes it 20% tougher. And the self-healing back cover has been improved so scratches will disappear in just 10 seconds instead of 3 minutes.
ASUS ZENFONE ZOOM
LG wasn’t the only one to release an unusual phone. The Asus ZenFone Zoom has 3x optical zoom, following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom without having too big an impact on the looks. It also has a 5.5” Full HD screen, putting it alongside iPhone 6 Plus.
But this huge phone is all about the camera. Along with optical zoom, it has optical image stabilisation to keep the camera steady even if you’re moving and laser autofocus so you can take photos much faster. Asus also managed to get a macro mode that’ll let you take photos from as close as 5cm (2 inches) and a Low-Light Mode for photos that are four times brighter.
ASUS ZENFONE 2
Asus had another trick up its sleeve at this year’s CES. The ZenFone 2 is the first phone with 4GB RAM. That’s a third more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and should let it run more apps in the background without the phone slowing down at all.
Aside from the headline multitasking, the ZenFone 2 has a 5.5” Full HD screen, Intel Atom processor and great new software. That software lets you have personal and work accounts that appear when you use different gestures on the lock screen, and various taps and shakes can activate different features.
HTC DESIRE 826
We hadn’t expected to see a new phone fromHTCat CES, which made the impressiveHTC Desire 826even more surprising. Its big claim to fame is that it’s the first phone with that uses HTC’s UltraPixel technology in its front facing camera. That means it should let in 300% more light for brighter photos and more detail.
It’s also got BoomSound stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, a 5.5” screen and an impressive 64-bit octa core processor. That 64-bit processor will be handy because its HTC’s first phone to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is also 64-bit for faster performance and better efficiency.
Lenovo turned up to CES with an impressive world first. The Lenovo P90 is the first smartphone with a 64-bit Intel processor, and as it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop it should have faster performance and better efficiency. It’ll be interesting to see how Intel’s new processor performs up against the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 in the LG G Flex 2.
But efficiency shouldn’t be that critical to the P90 as Lenovo has squeezed in a massive 4,000mAh battery. That’s pretty impressive as its 5.5 inch Full HD screen size would normally have a battery around 3,500mAh under it.
SAMSUNG GALAXY E5 & E7
Samsung hasn’t turned up to CES with any quirky new wearable or major new phone, instead its unveiled two very good looking mid-range phones – the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. They’ve got big HD screens (5” and 5.5” respectively), 64-bit quad core processors and good-sized batteries all for around £200.
We’ve seen plenty of interesting new phones at CES 2015, and we hope at least some of them will make it to the UK market. Which ones would you like to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below.