CES 2015 has officially ended, but not before setting the tone for a great year ahead. The trade show expo saw lots of new impressive smartphones showering from several major companies including LG, HTC, Asus, Lenovo and from emerging players like Blu and Alcatel. While some of them failed to impress us, there were a plenty of smartphones that seemed worth our time and money. Here s a brief rundown of our five favorite handsets from this year s event. Also Read - Xiaomi smartphones running Android Oreo get LDAC support: ReportAlso Read - Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale day 2 deals: Buy iPhone 6 for Rs 29,990, Xiaomi Mi 5 for Rs 19,999 and more
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One of the much-awaited handset (it was expected to launch last year), LG G Flex 2 finally saw the light of the day at this year s event. LG surprised all of us when it announced that G Flex 2 is powered by Snapdragon 810 processor, the best in class mobile chipset. Other features of the handset includes its improved self healing back, which as the company claims can heal scratches in within 10 seconds, and turbo-charging option.
The handset carries a 5.5-inch curved P-OLED display with 1080p screen. It packs in a 13-megapixel rear-camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop software update out of the box. On the connectivity front, it supports 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.1, NFC, and USB 2.0.
Asus Zenfone 2
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer launched a couple of interesting affordable mid-range specced handsets last year, and was quick to utilize the CES event to showcase its new handset in the same lineup. Called the Zenfone 2, the handset sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080p screen resolution. It comes with narrower bezels helping the handset get 72 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Other features of the handset include Intel s 64-bit Atom Z3580 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, and mammoth 4GB of RAM. The Zenfone 2 also features a 13-megapixel Pixelmaster camera with an f/2.0 aperture, zero shutter lag, and according to the company, the world s best HDR technology. It also boasts a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities, which as the company explains can charge the battery up to 60 percent in under 40 minutes. The handset also supports 4G LTE. It is priced at $199.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3
While specifications of the handsets are still not know, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch announced something that looked really innovative. The company announced Pixi 3 lineup that comes with the same set of hardware, same design, but lets users choose between Android, Firefox OS, and Windows Phone. The company also mentioned that the handsets will be affordable and support LTE connectivity. The handsets will come in screen sizes ranging 3.5 to 5-inches. It is something to look forward to this year.
Lenovo has been trying to increase its presence in the affordable and mid-range category of smartphones, and the P90 is its latest attempt on that front. Priced at $370 off-contract, the handset carries 5.5-inch 1080p display. It is powered by 64-bit Intel Atom silicon with the 5-mode XMM 7262 modem capable of LTE-Advanced connectivity in global markets. Other features include 13-megapixel camera, and mammoth 4,000battery.
At the sidelines of premium P90, Lenovo also announced its most affordable LTE-capable handset. Called the A6000, the handset features 8GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, twin-speakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology and a 2,300mAh battery. It is powered by a 64-bit capable 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The dual-SIM capable smartphone supports dual-Mode LTE support (both TD-LTE Band 40 and FD-LTE Band 20), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
On the software front, the A6000 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat wrapped under Vibe UI 2.0, and also comes preloaded with Guvera music app. Launched at $169 (Rs 10,500 approximately), the handset is expected to be launched in India on January 16.
From a smartphone manufacturer you probably never heard of, comes Saygus V2, a handset that can give you as much as 320GB storage. It comes with 64 internal storage with two MicroSDXC slots that support up to 128GB microSD cards each, bringing the total storage to a whopping 320GB. Other features of the handset include a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor paired with 3GB of RAM. On the camera front, it flaunts a 21-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and a 13-megapixel front-facing shooter. No word on pricing just yet, but the company says V2 will have a competitive price tag and will launch in the first quarter this year.