If there is one thing we love about smartphones, it's that there is always something awesome just around the corner. No matter how good you thought last year's phone were, this year's phones are bound to be better again.
This list is a mix of the phones we know about, the phones we'll soon learn about, and phones we'd love to see in the future. Some are certainties, like a new iPhone in September, and others are wishful thinking.
So, peer into the crystal ball with us as we take a look at the best new phones money can't buy (yet).
Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
We're into the final holding pattern before Google announces these phones, but as you'd expect, the internet already knows everything about them.
The larger, phablet-sized 6P will be manufactured by Chinese firm Huawei, and will sport a giant 6-inch Quad-HD resolution, a powerful processor and 3GB RAM and come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options.
Huawei might be the last name you'd have guessed to be working on the new super-secret Google Nexus phone, but with leaks already leaking, it seems like the Chinese manufacturer is ready for its time in the Google limelight.
LG is behind the 'regular sized' Nexus 5X, the company's second crack at a Google branded phone. Less of the specifics are known about the 5x, compared with the 6P, it is shaping up to be similar special. Expect the same powerful hardware under the hood, and a similarly crisp Quad HD screen.
Both phones are expected to come with a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, as you can see above, and both will ship with the latest Google OS, Android Marshmallow.
Sony Xperia Z4 and Z4 Compact
The Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact were a good team. It’s understandable to assume that the upcoming Z4 will also sport a plucky little sidekick. And wouldn’t you know, they’ve both turned up in leaks. The Z4 was expected as early as January 5 2015 with the Compact may be delayed until as late as Q2. This is no longer the case.
The Z4 gossip now slates it for a Q4 release, possibly in September, with no mention of a Z4 Compact.
The full-sized Z4 has been said to boast both a 5.2 inch 1080p display and a 5.4 inch 2K one. A Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. Storage is expected to have been doubled to 32GB with a microSD slot for optional expansion.
The smaller of the two, the Compact, is slated to have a 4.7 inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. This, along with the predicted 32GB of storage and 20.7MP/5MP front/rear camera combo would definitely make it the best Android phone of its size on the market. This rumor is now a little old, so don't wait up based only on these specs.
OnePlus is a small Chinese company that made waves with its first phone in 2014: the OnePlus One. It was a high-end phone for a very low price (less than half that of the Galaxy S5) that came running Android via Cyanogen, making it highly customizable.
The problem with the OnePlus One, and why you probably haven't heard of it, is that its manufacturer is so small that it could only sell phones by invite. The capacity to churn out devices en masse simply wasn't there.
This year that's expected to be less of a problem, although don't expect massive availability. While OnePlus has reportedly decided to ditch the invite system in 2015, it's unlikely we'll see huge global availability.
Right now everything is rumor. Sources tend to agree that it will come running a powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, putting it in line with other flagships. It's also expected to sport a new user interface called Oxygen, severing ties with Cyanogen.
Microsoft Surface Phone
OK, this way is waaay out there in rumour land, but what a great idea it would be for Microsoft. You take the success Microsoft has had with its Surface range of tablets, you add in the fact that it needs a win in the smartphone space, and the rest is a no-brainer.
A Surface-styled phone would address one of the major problems Microsoft has had with handsets since penning its now infamous partnership with Nokia -- childish looking phones. Not, that all of the Lumia handsets looked like toys, but there was enough fluoro colors in that range to decorate a warehouse rave party.
What Microsoft needs is something sleek that will appeal to C-level executives as much as to trendy college students. Of course, there is a fine line between cool and drab, as BlackBerry discovered, but it is essential that Microsoft get this right in its next phone release.
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