It may sound improbable, given that 2014 has nearly run its course, but this week a Samsung executive claimed that the company is going to be debuting a truly flexible mobile handset before 2015 arrives, according to ZDNet.
Samsung representative, Lee Chang-hoon, is quoted as saying that a smartphone that can bend and flex in the user’s hand is going to appear in public in the next few weeks, although he would not commit to revealing the technical specifications of the device or what form factor it will take.
He went on to say that Samsung is ramping up its ability to produce the flexible displays which are, of course, a critical part of making bendable mobile handsets, with up to 40,000 units a month being the capacity output of its factories in late 2015.
A flexible smartphone would not just be a gimmick, but would be significantly more durable and portable than current rigid handsets. Smashes and unsightly, irreparable bends would become a thing of the past, although you can expect that Samsung’s first truly flexible phone will also be relatively expensive, and this technology will take a while to trickle down to mainstream models.
British mobile users can now place pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic, a phone which harks back to the heyday of the Canadian manufacturer, while still featuring plenty of new technologies.
In the UK, it will be sold SIM free with a price tag of £349, which is quite a big slice of cash to pay for a phone that has a 3.46 inch touchscreen display and a dual core processor.
To keep long time BlackBerry fans happy, the Classic has a physical QWERTY keypad for typing, while more modern features, such as an eight megapixel camera and 4G connectivity, are onboard as well.
BlackBerry has explicitly stated that it created the Classic because many of its long term customers were unhappy with the direction that its other recent handsets were taking. But it could certainly be argued that a phone like this priced at £349, will be a relatively costly consideration for consumers.
The BlackBerry Passport is another modern phone from this firm with a physical keypad, but its bigger screen, more powerful processor and higher native resolution all mark it out as a little more impressive on paper, which for some buyers, will be very important.
Video streaming service, Netflix, has just released a new update for its iOS app which lets users watch movies and TV shows in 1080p full HD. And while previous generations of Apple’s handsets would not have packed enough pixels to take advantage of this capability, the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus in September has finally made the update worthwhile.
You will, of course, need both an iPhone 6 Plus and a Netflix subscription, as well as version 7.0 of the app, to get the benefits of 1080p. And it is worth streaming at this quality over a Wi-Fi connection, as using your network provider’s coverage could result in hefty data charges for this kind of activity.
While the iPhone range has just got its first 1080p handset, Android users are already experiencing QHD resolutions on phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. There may even be 4K Ultra HD handsets around in a year or so, which will leave Apple playing catch-up once more.
Those without Netflix subscriptions can always turn to YouTube to get their 1080p fix on the iPhone 6 Plus, or settle for 720p on the smaller iPhone 6.
Microsoft may have ditched the Nokia brand, but it is still keeping the Lumia nametag for its Windows Phone devices, the first of which is set to launch this week.
The Microsoft Lumia 535 will be an entry level smartphone with a five inch screen, 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM onboard, boasting a dinky 8GB of storage space for apps and media files. It will run Windows Phone 8 and have a five megapixel primary camera on the back, with a basic VGA unit on the front for selfies and video calls.
Although the price of the Lumia 535 has yet to be revealed for UK customers, it should be affordable if you are thinking of getting it as a pay as you go or SIM free device.
The images of the handset which appeared on wmpoweruser.com this week suggest that it will stick with the colourful approach to design favoured by Nokia, but with Microsoft’s branding plastered on the rear.
The first Microsoft Lumia phone may not be the most powerful model on the planet, but the 535 will have broad appeal, thanks to its obvious affordability when it is released.
The Google Nexus 6 went on sale in the USA late last month and the initial shipment of the next-gen smartphone sold out so quickly that many customers are reported to have been disappointed, according to Android Central.
However, the search giant has promised that its USA Play Store will be stocked up with new Nexus 6 models each and every Wednesday for the foreseeable future, until demand is met, meaning that this high end handset will not be in short supply for long.
With a QHD screen, quad core processor and Android Lollipop onboard, the Nexus 6 is a worthy rival to competing phablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
Google will no doubt be pleased that, numerically, its new phone is keeping in step with Apple, since while this denomination is meaningless on a technical level, consumers may consider it as representative of the power of these devices.
The Nexus 6 is currently the best place to experience the new Android operating system and will continue to receive updates as and when they are released by Google, with no waiting around required, as network providers do their own tinkering. However we are not sure that the new Nexus 6 will be able to match the recently launched Huawei Honor 6 in terms of value for money as that is currently available for under £250 SIM free!