Android is set for a pretty big year for sure, with have an absolute ton of smartphones heading for our pockets with four flagships hitting the high streets sooner rather than later.
The Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, HTC One+ and Sony Xperia Z2 are all set to be revealed this spring, but which one will become the best Android smartphone of 2014?
We take a look at each phone individually, offering all the good and bad points for each handset, judging entirely from rumours of course!
The LG G3 is lined up for a release date alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is likely to overshadow LG’s impressive flagship launch. However, with the G3′s alleged set of specs and features, here’s why it sits at the top of our list…
The G3 will be featuring a 5.5” QHD 1440p display (one step up from 1080p) LG’s very own Odin chipset and a massive 16 megapixel camera, putting it light years ahead of its predecessor.
One feature that the G3 is heavily expected to offer is a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint scanner is a feature that was initially ushered in by the iPhone 5s last year, and based on its success, it looks like LG is set to jump on the same bandwagon with the G3.
It is also alleged that the G3 with sport the G2′s set of navigation buttons on the rear of the handset, making it stand out from any other Android hitting the market in 2014.
So, if the LG G2 is anything to go by, we can expect the device to blow all other Android handsets out of the water.
Sony Xperia Z2
We will be the first to admit that we didn’t see the Sony Xperia Z2 coming so soon after the Z1 model was launched only a matter of months ago. However, it looks as though the guys and girls over at Sony are working overtime, with the Z2 set to make an appearance later on this month.
*Update* – Sony unveiled the Xperia Z2 at MWC.
The Xperia Z2 will offer a very elegant and professional design, using glass on both the front and back side of the handset. Sony is also improving the Z2 from its predecessor by using Sapphire Glass instead of the Z1′s tempered glass, increasing durability and scratch resistance.
On the other side of the glass we’ll be seeing a 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 805 processor and improvements to the 20.7 megapixel camera, putting itself in the very top bracket for specs on paper.
Sony isn’t cheaping out on the screen either, upgrading to a 5.2” Triluminos display capable of packing in 506 pixels per inch at a full HD level, making for a stunning, vivid display.
Top all of this with the ability to go underwater and take pictures and you’ve got a durable, yet sophisticated smartphone with some top-notch specs.
With all the success the Z1 has seen, it would be no surprise to see the Z2 become the breakout phone of 2014.
The original HTC One was by far the surprise of 2013, bringing out a user friendly design alongside classy style and performance.
The One+ is looking to improve on its predecessor by building on the stellar qualities the One already offers.
We can expect a 5-inch full HD display with 440ppi and 4 megapixel, Ultrapixel camera.
Whilst on paper this doesn’t look all that, HTC has a way of pulling it out the bag with the full package smartphone that’s more than capable of facing the likes of the Z2, S5 and G3.
HTC is also relying on a brand new Sense 6.0 user interface to impress, and leaked images suggest that the One+ could really offer something unique amongst the sea of Android smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Whilst the S5 might be the most familiar phone in our line-up today, its name alone won’t win this battle; we have to see some major moves from Samsung to top the HTC One+, Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G3.
A premium style metal case is on the way for the S5, which will be accompanied by a breath-taking 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display packing in 432ppi.
Under the hood we find a 2GB RAM and a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor, pushing the speed and power of the phone through the roof.
This is all fronted by a brand new Touchwiz user interface, giving the device a fresh look and feel compared to the hugely successful S4 model.
All of this adds up to make a truly amazing smartphone that has improved on every facet of its predecessor, and will definitely be a phone worth purchasing.
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So, that’s our look at the best Android smartphones of 2014. All in all, each of these handsets is in a position to blow our smartphone socks off this year, packing enough specs to really separate them from the chasing pack.
Whilst on paper some of them haven’t altered every aspect of their design, the likes of all of these handsets could make some serious waves ahead of the release of the iPhone 6 later on this year.