While it's fairly obvious that smartphone manufacturers are continually releasing better and better devices, it seems that the days of one major launch a year are far behind us. Sure, HTC might be selling the One as their only flagship but, we're sure that they have plenty more to offer and to keep up the buzz, you need to keep fresh devices hitting shelves. Samsung meanwhile, still have their Galaxy Note line to look after and the Note III is a hotly anticipated device that's sure to be announced this Fall. LG are clearly up to something as well, with there recent press invite that seems poised to be an announcement for the Optimus G2.
What of HTC then, just what could they be up to? Well, it looks like the Taiwanese company is preparing a follow-up to last year's Butterfly device, which we all know went on to become Verizon's Droid DNA. The Butterfly came out of nowhere last fall and brought with it the first 1080p display in a mainstream smartphone. While the Butterfly was pre-dominantly a device popular in the East, Japan and China, it was certainly a success for HTC and with Samsung shipping their Galaxy Note line all over the globe, they could have some fierce competition on their hands.
DigiTimes are reporting some scant details on the Butterfly 2 and the Note III. The Butterfly 2 is said to feature some of the more prominent selling points of the One, such as BlinkFeed, an UltraPixel camera and BoomSound. The Note III meanwhile, is to come with a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display at Full HD and the Exynos 5 Octa CPU. Both devices will be big sellers for HTC and Samsung, so it's going to be interesting to see which device comes out on top, both on paper and in terms of sales.
LG will be joining the fray with their Optimus G2 as well, last year's Optimus G was a successful device for LG, while it might not have sold as many units as they like, it signified a change in LG; they weren't going to be the company known just for Verizon exclusives any more. Google went on to base the Nexus 4 on the Optimus G and the word is that this year we should see a Snapdragon 800 in G2 and possibly even the next Nexus device.
Surely, it's a little early to be thinking of Q3 but, we all know that the major smartphone manufacturers and carriers want something new to sell in the Golden Quarter. What are you looking forward to later this year?