Quad HD display? Check. 3GB RAM? Check. Snapdragon 810 processor? Check. 16 Megapixel camera? Check. Today most flagship phones boast of the latest specs that they could put in a phone. The next year they will up this further. 4GB RAM will become the norm, and Snapdragon 820 will replace the Snapdragon 810.
But recognition is due for some manufacturers that dare to experiment with something really different in their smartphones. Here are 5 phones that are doing much more than just evolutionary spec upgrades and are pushing the boundaries of innovation.
LG G Flex 2
The LG G Flex 2 sports a 5.5 inch display but the best part about it is that it’s bendable. You can afford to keep the phone in your back pocket without the fear of it bending. Also, when used for calling it’s comfortable as its curvature fits well with the curvature of the human face. Lastly, however gimmicky it may seem, it will be hard to resist showing off its ability to your peers. Besides that the phone sports high-end specs like a Snapdragon 810 processor, Full HD display, etc. So you won’t miss out on features that a flagship phone is expected to have either.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung launched two new phones as the successor to the Galaxy S5. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the primary upgrade, the Edge variant is a little more, albeit with some sacrifices. The Edge concept was introduced by Samsung with the Note 4. But in the Note 4, only the right-hand side of the device had a curved screen. The S6 Edge is curved from both sides. This helps in easier swiping and also enhances the grip one has on the phone. It also enables gimmicky features like animating colors on the edges when you get a call from a favorite contact, or showing a clock & notifications on the edge. Besides that the phone has top the line specs, including the Quad HD display, Exynos 7420 chip, 3GB RAM, fingerprint scanner etc.
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Lenovo Vibe Shot
The Lenovo Vibe Shot was launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The device is a crossover of a camera and a phone. From the back, the phone looks very much like a camera. In terms of the camera, the device has a 16 Megapixel BSI sensor on its rear camera. It has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a triple LED flash. It also has an Infrared sensor for focusing and Lenovo has given a physical shutter button on the phone. There’s even a manual switch next to the shutter button that seemingly shifts the camera mode from auto to manual.
Project Area is being developed by Google in which a user can customize his/her device. One can buy the modules made by partner companies. These modules can be easily replaced. For example, your phone could have a camera sensor from Sony, the processor from Qualcomm and a battery from Samsung. If you wish to upgrade a specific part of a phone, you can do so with a new module, instead of upgrading the entire phone. So instead of buying a new phone every now and then, you can just upgrade to the most recent modules that are available
Yotaphone is a phone with screens on both sides. The first model has a 4.3-inch screen with a 720p display while the secondary display is an e-paper display. The e-paper display does not consume as much battery as the traditional display at the front. The company is also going to launch Yotaphone 2 soon and it will most likely get spec upgrades from its predecessor. The device may not have made big sales but who knows if other companies too would try launching a phone with a two-sided display.
It’s great that companies are innovating with phones because for how long can specifications be a parameter to judge one better than the other. Phones have reached a saturation point and this will only continue if companies do not innovate. Like the recently Asus ZenFone 2 has a variant with 4GB of RAM and this is as much laptops are shipped with. The question is — does a user need this much RAM in a smartphone? Heck, even 2GB does the job so this is a thing to gloat on paper. Mobile phones need to do much more. They are the primary device for most people and they need to become smarter day by day.
We’re turning over this place today to a guest post from Criselle Lobo. Criselle is an Associate Editor at PriceBaba.com. She is an IT graduate who spends most of her time writing on technology and remaining to watch movies. You can follow her on Twitter @criselle4.