Some leading manufacturers are all set to release their new line of flagship handsets next month. Here are some of the most expected launches:
Samsung Galaxy Note 5:
Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, confirmed early this week that it will host the launch of second edition of "Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015" on 13 August in New York City. In all probability, Galaxy Note 5 is expected to be unveiled in the second week of the month.
This is the first time that the company has strayed off the September launch schedule for Galaxy Note series since 2011. It has been reported that Samsung has advanced the devices' launch date to August so that Galaxy Note 5 reaches stores early and get a head-start over arch-rival Apple's 2015 iPhone editions, which are slated to be unveiled in September. Samsung is reportedly planning to release the phablet on 21 August in select markets, just a week after the unveiling.
Expected features of Samsung Galaxy Note 5:
As per recent reports, Galaxy Note 5, internally known as "Project Noble, is expected to flaunt a 5.67-inch super AMOLED QHD (2560x1440p) display and house the company's proprietary Exynos 7422 SoC (System on Chip) backed by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 4GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage with option for expansion via microSD card slot.
Galaxy Note 5 is also expected to come with new stylus - 'S-Pen', which is said to resemble an actual pen and come with matching phablet colours - gold, white, black and silver.
Rumours are also rife that Samsung will unveil new device dubbed as Galaxy S6 Edge Plus along with flagship fifth generation Galaxy Note next month.
Expected specifications of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus:
Word on the street is that the 5.67-inch Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, or "Project Zen", will look like an stretched version of the original Galaxy S6 Edge (5.1-inch) with dual-edge display.
Under the hood, it is said to ship with 32GB inbuilt memory, 16mp camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), 4K video recording ability, a 5mp snapper on the front and a 3000 mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe:
Asus has confirmed to host Zenfestival 2015 on 6 August in New Delhi, wherein the company has confirmed to unveil new global product on coming Thursday.
Asus India conducted a special media preview event on 30 July revealing that it will showcase new Zenfone 2 variant "Deluxe". It is expected to flaunt reflective crystal like cover similar to Oppo Mirror 5. On the front, it features 5.5-inch full HD display and runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop backed by 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage capacity (expandable via microSD card).
It also features a 13mp camera on the back, a 5mp snapper on the front and a 3,000 mAh battery inside.
Besides Zenfone 2 Deluxe, Asus is also expected to launch Zenfone 2 Laser and Zenfone Selfie, which were were originally unveiled in Computex 2015 in Taipei last month.
Asus Zenfone Laser:
It sports a 5.0-inch display and houses Snapdragon 410 series chipset, 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB memory.
The key attribute of the new Asus Zenfone model is that it boasts a 13mp camera with an advanced value-added Laser auto-focus feature.
For the uninitiated, this laser-based auto-focus feature measures the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam enabling quick capture of good quality photos even under low light conditions. LG G3 (2014) and G4 (2015) are the only tier-1 branded smartphones in the industry to house this feature.
Asus Zenfone Selfie:
As the name suggests, Zenfone Selfie's USP is its front camera. It boasts a 13mp camera with f/2.2, 24mm wide angle, five-prism Largan lens, Toshiba 1/3.2-inch sensor, Dual LED real-tone flash, HDR and low-light selfie feature.
On the rear-side, it comes equipped with equally superior 13mp camera with Laser auto-focus feature like we see in Zenfone Laser device. It also features a 64-bit class Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU, 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB inbuilt memory and a 3,000 mAh battery.
OnePlus 2 was officially unveiled on 27 July and is now all set to release on 11 August across 11 regions of US, Canada, India, EU (Europe Union), China and later it will be rolled out in Southeast Asia in Q4 of 2015.
OnePlus 2 boasts top-of-the-line features like premium magnesium-aluminum metal alloy chassis, pure steel accents on home button and camera module. It also comes packed with new generation LPDDR 4 series 4GB RAM, 13mp camera dual-Led flash with laser-auto focus, USB Type C, finger-print based biometric technology, which is said to be faster and secured than the Touch ID system seen in Apple iPhone 6 (& Plus) series.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra:
Just a day ago, Sony began teasing the new smartphone launch slated for next week. The company has hinted unveiling a camera-centric phone capable of taking split-second shots.
Many believe it to be the Xperia C5 Ultra to make its debut on 3 August, since it is rumoured to house 13mp cameras with dedicated LED flash on both front and rear sides. Xperia C5 Ultra is expected to feature 5.5-inch full HD bezel-free display and run on the latest Android OS backed by MediaTek (MT6752) Octa-core processor and 2GB RAM.