Ahead of any major presentation of innovative products or much-anticipated technologies, the tech world gets filled with rumors about what’s to come. CES is among the biggest ones in the world, so it’s normal that the most leaks appear before this event each year. For 2015 we expect to see lots of new products, from smartphones to bent TVs and super fast tablets. Some of these are already “known” – leaked online by well-informed individuals or the manufacturers themselves, who knows. But we’re not here to discuss who is responsible for the leaks – let’s get down to business, shall we?
1. HTC One M9 (Hima)
The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is said to prepare two major smartphones for the CES 2015 – the HTC Hima or the HTC One (M9), among the most anticipated Android smartphones of the year. It’s not clear whether the Hima is an internal code name or the manufacturer wishes to abandon the One, but I guess we’ll see very soon (as the company has announced a major press event for this week).
The new HTC flagship’s design is similar to the previous version, with no major changes revealed – the same rounded corners and metallic back – but there is some serious evolution expected under the hood: according to reports, the Hima (M9) will have a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel front camera and a 20.7 megapixel back camera (beat that, iPhone 6), and a stunning QHD display with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. The new handset is said to be released running Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop.
On the wearables front, HTC might surprise its fans with the release of the HTC One Wear – a new line of smart devices and accessories – at the CES 2015.
This Chinese manufacturer has become a well known presence on the smartphone world, becoming one of the largest smartphone manufacturers of the market. It dominates the Asian market with its affordable handsets, but its flagship products make it desirable in other markets as well.
For the CES 2015 Xiaomi is expected to launch its Mi 5 handset, which will surely make a sensation at Las Vegas. Let’s take a look at its specs (at least what has already been leaked): a quadHD 5.5″ bezel-less screen, a Snapdragon 805 or 810 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7 megapixel back camera and a price point that puts its competitors to shame.
Xiaomi is expected to reveal another handset in January, most likely called Mi 4S – a mid-range business smartphone. Some rumors suggest that the Chinese manufacturer will change its policy a bit – instead of releasing a premium handset with a mid-range price it will launch two phones with similar designs: the 4S being a mid-range phone with an attractive (and affordable) price, while the Mi 5 being a premium handset.
LG is expected to release a series of new products at the 2015 CES, with at least one of them being its latest flagship handset, the G Flex 2. The new handset is said to be a major upgrade to its predecessor, with a high resolution OLED screen (probably full HD) with a self-healing coating that will make small scratches disappear. Specification-wise, even with leaks appearing all over the place, the new LG handset is scarce: Qualcomm has hinted that it will have a Snapdragon 800-family processor, but other than that it’s surrounded by secrecy.
Those who expect the South Korean giant to launch a new flagship phone at the CES 2015 might be disappointed: Samsung usually releases its new premium handsets once a year, in the spring – at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year’s MWC happens between 2-5 March, so we might have to wait a bit more for the Galaxy S6. Still, the manufacturer might release the new handset early, considering the disappointing sales of its previous generation. We’ll see in a few days, I guess.
Still, there are things to expect from Samsung for the CES 2015. The manufacturer has released some really interesting concepts at the previous editions – like the Youm flexible displays in 2013 or the Smart Window a year before. Although we might not see a new Samsung smartphone at this time, the manufacturer will surely have something yummy for us at this year’s CES – like some new, powerful tablets or an innovative take on virtual reality.