2013’s M7 edition of the HTC One hit on a winning formula and by and large the Taiwanese company has stuck to its guns ever since.
That means the same all metal design which saw the M7 and M8 win plaudits, with a new 20-megapixel camera that finally ditches the Ultra Pixel tech which saw the snapper lag behind on older editions.
HTC reckons it’ll take better pics in low light. Its new Sense UI looks sharp and now has context aware apps which should put it in the same category as the excellent, if under utilised, Google Now.
3 Sony M4 Aqua
Sony has confirmed to us that it’s no longer going to release a flagship phone every six months.
That means MWC 2015 has been relatively quiet for the Big S in the phone stakes.
However, the new Xperia M4 Aqua is not to be sniffed at.
This mid–ranger is only set to cost €299 SIM free but packs an octacore processor, 13 megapixel camera and can withstand a soaking too. Sony may not be selling as many phones as it would like, but it’s still making impressive devices.
Differentiating yourself with hardware is hard work these days, so kudos to Sammy for trying. However, it’s really hard not to see the Galaxy S6 Edge as little more than a gimmick.
The curved screens are cool, sure, but are they worth paying extra for? For us, at this early stage, no.
The best things about the Galaxy S6 Edge can be found in its regular stablemate: the same impressive, eyeball–stroking display, the fast processor, the improved UI and the top notch camera. Save your pennies.
5 Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Microsoft hardly grabbed headlines at this year’s MWC. However, its Lumia 640 XL deserves a special mention.
The Big M has continued the recent Nokia tradition of wheeling out decent devices for not a lot of cash.
The 5.7–inch screen on this device packs a 1080p resolution. Not up there with the best, but then only true tech nerds can see the difference.
There’s a quad core chip, eight megapixel camera and a promise of an upgrade to Windows 10 later in the year.
The price? €189 up front. That works out at around £135. It may lag behind Android and iOS, but Microsoft can’t be accused of resting on its laurels.
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