Smartphones for the business environments are typically a notch higher than the devices that are churned out for mass consumption. They are definitely hi-tech, loaded with a myriad of top-end security, usability, connectivity and productivity features, and in select cases, so competitively priced that it makes it quite confusing for shoppers to choose the right product. Let’s take a closer look at some of the new business phones due for release over the next 12 months.
This new iPhone, to be driven by iOS 8, is expected to be available for the public sometime this September, priced on the expensive side as usual. Going by rumours, consumers may be in for a product with a bigger screen, Retina+ IGZO display, an unbreakable display panel, an anti-smudge and self-healing screen coating, fingerprint technology, NFC, health monitors, a 13 MP camera, wireless charging facility, and possibly a pixel-tripling display offering a resolution of 1704 x 960, although the wishlist includes a QHD resolution (2560 x 1600). The unit possibly will be powered by an A8 or an updated A7 quad-core processor, along with 1 GB RAM.
Among Android phones that have hit the markets this year, the following are worth noting:
HTC ONE M8
Striking design, 5” display, dual high-end rear cameras, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage space, NFC and a range of connectivity options has made the M8, running on Android KitKat, the best phone of the year till date.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5
The Galaxy S5 with a 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16/ 32 GB of memory (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD), a 2800 mAh (removable) battery, 5.1” display, biometrics capabilities, 16 MP camera, seamless integration with Samsung Gear 2, etc. promises a great mobile experience. An upgraded option of S5 Prime and a budget version of S5 Mini are also in the offing.
LG G3 with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution on a 5.5” display panel, 2.5 GHz quad-core 801 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP rear camera and a 2.1 MP front snapper is expected to make the choice challenging.
Nokia is right back into competition after having teamed up with Microsoft, churning out budget and high-end Lumia models
NOKIA LUMIA 630/635
These budget models look to pack in the standard set of features running on Windows Phone 8.1, apart from sporting a 4.5” display, 5 MP rear camera, and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. The 630 supports dual SIM and operates on 3G network, while the 635 is on 4G LTE.
NOKIA LUMIA 930
The Lumia 930 is as best Windows phones can get for now. An impressive 5” display, powered by Windows Phone 8.1 on 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB RAM, latest versions of Microsoft software, live tiles across multiple devices, 7 GB of free cloud storage, HERE maps for smooth navigation, and a 20 MP PureView camera supported by 4 high-end microphones, make this model something to look forward to.
Blackberry has since bounced back from oblivion with its recent releases, such as Q10 and Z10. The latest model due for release is the Q20.
Recently renamed as BlackBerry Classic, this phone on BlackBerry 10 and slated for release in November 2014, sports the signature QWERTY keyboard, the standard keys for menu, back, end and send functions and a trackpad, which has been a hit with Blackberry users. A 3.5-inch touchscreen with enhanced web browsing and multimedia capabilities is a valuable addition. It is rumoured that this model may be exclusive for regulated use in medicine, law and defense sectors.