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Plan to Go Smartphone Shopping This Year? Four Phones You Should Consider

2014 will be an exciting year for smartphones, with some new products underway from leading handset makers. The latest news and teasers on the upcoming phones have dropped hints on what we can expect  and how we can plan our purchase.

With businesses now increasingly investing in mobile customer engagement, there’s so much more you can do with your smartphone, including redeeming mobile coupons at your local department, grocery and clothing stores. You’ll be joining an estimated 30 million U.S smartphone owners who use digital coupons, according to the latest numbers from Business Insider (“Smartphone Coupons Are Going Mainstream, Driving Dollars And Foot Traffic To Bricks-And-Mortar Retailers”, Sep 24′ 13). If you have plans to buy a smartphone this year, you may want to put these phones on your shortlist.

1. Samsung Galaxy S5:  Finally, Samsung launched its latest smartphone—Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.  At 5.1-inches the Galaxy S5 is slightly larger than its predecessor the Galaxy S4.  The dust and water-proof phone  has 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM  with a battery capacity of 2800 mAh. It features a 16 MP camera.

2. Apple iPhone 6: Industry experts believe that Apple has a lot riding on its shoulders with the iPhone 6, given that the 5C and 5S were but simple updates to previous models, and criticized for being poorly recycled phones by some. But Apple fans far outnumber Apple detractors, and the iPhone 6 can put the spotlight firmly back on the Cupertino manufacturer, for better or worse. In true Apple style, the rumors have been few and far between. The strongest one points to a bigger screen, with 4.7, 5.7 and 6 inches being some of the numbers thrown around. The phone may feature more premium metal and the most slender chassis yet. It is expected to run on the iOS 8 and a quad-core A8 or updated A7 processor.

3. Sony Xperia Z2: With this new smartphone, Sony wants to go for innovative hardware. The 5.2-inch Z2 features the same 20.7 megapixel camera that was found in its predecessors, the Z1 and the Z1s. It is also water-proof.

4. HTC One+ (codename M8): The One+ is expected to feature a 5-inch 1920×1080 pixel resolution display. Rumors suggest that HTC may not tamper much with the impressive metal body construction of the 2013 HTC One in designing the new phone. The phone may not depart from the One’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2.26GHz and 2GB of RAM. The latest version of the Android KitKat 4.4 should make the phone a powerhouse under the hood. As for the camera, in all likelihood, it may share the One’s front and rear cameras, though there are rumors of HTC incorporating twin sensors for enhanced depth and focus.

Watch this space for more smartphones arriving this year.