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The CM1 is an Android smartphone with optics on par with high-end point and shoots. It shoots 4k video, has a 1″ 20mp image sensor, an f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual focus ring. Drops in Europe first for ~$1,200.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have the new 64-bit A8 CPU, an improved 8MP camera and NFC, which is required for Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ 1334×750 display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5″ 1920×1080 display.
The second generation Moto X has a 5.2″ 1080p display, a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a customizable voice prompt, a metal frame and even more back plate designs, including new leather options.
The Note 4 has a 5.7″ 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 16mp rear camera and a (real) metal frame. It also lets you resize and minimize app windows and drag-and-drop content between apps.
A variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge has a narrow, curved display bar that provides quick access to notifications, shortcuts and widgets. But it can also be personalized, and developers will be able to add to its functions.
The exact same HTC flagship model that was released earlier this year for Android, but with Windows Phone 8.1. The HTC One M8 still has its beloved metal unibody, 5″ 1080p display and dual front speakers. Exclusive to Verizon.
The Aquos Crystal has a nearly edge-to-edge 5.5″ 720p screen. The Sprint exclusive has a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage and a microSD slot. We hope its high-end variant makes its way outside Japan as well.
Powered by a Snapdragon 801, the Fire Phone’s dynamic perspective lets you interact by tilting your head or the phone. It also identifies objects or barcodes for ease of purchase or rental. Has a 4.7″ 720p display and a 13MP f2.0 camera.
The crazy Transformer Book V concept has an Android smartphone that docks into a Windows 8.1 tablet, which has a keyboard attachment. It can switch between Android and Windows while in tablet and laptop mode. More here.
Like the Galaxy S5, the S5 Active is dust-and waterproof, but it also has a shock-resistant case. It also has a shortcut button for activity apps and has an ultra power saving mode. Available in camo green or titanium gray.
The LG G3 has a crazy 5.5″ 2560×1440 screen. It also has a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, 2GB-3GB RAM, 16GB-32GB storage, a microSD card slot, a removable 3,000mAh battery and a 13mp rear camera with quick laser auto focus.
A wearable smartphone designed for children. Tinitell lets kids call and answer calls simply by pressing its large button and saying the name of the person they want to call. It also has a GPS module so its wearer can be tracked.
The OnePlus One has a quad-core 2.5Ghz CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB or 64GB storage, 5.5″ 1080p screen, 3100mAh battery and CyanogenMod, the highly customizable Android offshoot. It will sell for just $299 to $349 unlocked.
The HTC One (M8) has a 5″ 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and microSD slot. It still has its “ultrapixel” 4mp rear camera, but a new depth sensor lets you change focus on images after they’re taken.
An audio news app for iOS and Android. Newsbeat lets you pick from a variety of newspapers and other news sources and will read article summaries to you using text-to-speech. It also supports voice commands. More here.
A multipurpose dock for mobile devices. It has a 10W Bluetooth speaker and voice input, a Qi wireless charging surface, a USB charging port, clock, weather and notifications display, as well as programmable LED underlighting.
The Find 7 Android phone has a crazy 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 display, a camera that can shoot 10 images in succession and stitch them into a single 50mp image, and a removable 3,000mAh battery that charges to 75% in just 30 min.
Google presented a non-functioning prototype of the Project Ara modular smartphone at This Week in Startups. The bare bones model could cost as low as $50 and will come in three sizes. Skip to around 6:00 for the demo.
The Toughpad 5 is protected from shock, dust and water. It has a 5″ 720p screen, an 8mp rear camera, 32GB storage, a microSD slot and a huge 6,200mAh hot-swappable battery. It will have Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 variants.
The dual-screened Android smartphone is now available for pre-order in Russia and select European countries. Its 4.7″ rear touchscreen uses E-ink, allowing it to display images and other data with little to no battery consumption.
Samsung’s new flagship phone has a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor to go with its fitness apps. The Galaxy S5 also has a MIMO Wi-Fi antenna, a 16.7mp rear camera with fast autofocus and is waterproof and dust-resistant.
Motion designer Amrit Pal Singh made this animated timeline showing some of the notable cellular phones in the past 40 years, from Motorola’s monstrous 1.8lb brick to the light and powerful smartphones we have today.
Sony’s upcoming Android flagship phone. The Xperia Z2 has a 5.2″ 1080p IPS screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM, a 20.7mp rear camera that can shoot 4K video and the now customary dust-resistant and waterproof case.
Verizon’s upcoming flagship Windows phone, the Nokia Lumia Icon has a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen, a 20mp rear camera with dual LED flash, a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Drops 02/20 for $200 on contract.
A mobile robot capable of turning any surface into a screen, KEECKER is controlled via smartphone to run apps, browse the web, play games and music or capture 360° video. It also provides home analytics and security.
The Xperia Z1 Compact runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and has a 4.3″ 720p display, 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, LTE, NFC, a 20.7mp 1/2.3″ Exmor RS image sensor and a dedicated camera button. It’s also waterproof and dust-resistant.
Further proof that virtually everything that was ever made that was worth a damn stole and repurposed earlier ideas. Case in point, Apple’s iPhone – which took numerous ideas previously executed and just made them more accessible.
Formerly exclusive to iPhones, Studio Neat’s handy tripod mount and stand now works with most smartphones, with phablets being the main exception. It comes with a hex key that you can use to adjust its height.
Nokia enters the growing phablet market with the Lumia 1520, a Windows Phone with a 6″ 1080p display. It also has a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, microSD slot, NFC, LTE and a 20mp rear camera.
These impressive demonstrations of the self-healing coating and durability of LG’s G Flex smartphone with a curved display will probably make you as sad as we were to find out it’s only being released in South Korea for now.