For the past few years, the smartphone world has been generally dominated by two forces; Apple and Samsung. But that could all be about to change again with a host of manufacturers announcing new artillery this week.in bid to take on the market leaders. Garnell took a look at the new competition.
First up to unveil a new device this week was the once-supreme Nokia. A recent resurgence in the smartphone market has culminated in the Nokia 8, a sleek new smartphone packed with features and looks to match. After parting ways with Windows mobile last year, the 8 is one of the company’s first Android devices, a move that will please many business users. Under the hood, a Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform promises excellent battery life and superior performance. With 64GB of internal storage and expandable up to 256GB, running out of space shouldn’t be an issue either. Add to that, a sleek new look and the Nokia 8 certainly won’t look out of place in the company of iPhone’s and Galaxies.
Also coming to the fore this week was Sony with their new flagship handset, the Xperia XZ2. The Xperia range has long been popular choice with business users thanks to its good battery life and strong build quality. The XZ2 is no different, boasting a tempered glass structure and the introduction of Quick Charge technology. From a 15 minute charge, you can expect around 5 hours of battery life, ideal for those scenarios when you’re dashing out of the office. Following in the footsteps of Apple, Sony have also done away with the headphone-jack on the XZ2, but with more affordable Bluetooth headphones constantly hitting the market, we don’t think this will be much of an issue for most. Like the Nokia 8, the Sony XZ2 runs on Android’s new Oreo operating system.
Finally, Samsung have pulled no punches in their battle for smartphone supremacy, with the unveiling of the anticipated Galaxy S9 this week. The latest in their incredibly popular Galaxy S range, the S9 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, making it one of the fastest devices on the market. For the photography enthusiast, a 12MP telephoto lens promises DSLR-style shots whilst also allowing you to record super slow-motion at 960fps. As with previous models, Samsung bring their DeX technology to the S9, transforming your device into a PC with the addition of their dock and a monitor. The phone device also doubles up as a track pad making it ideal for those who like to travel light.
There is little to separate the S9 and its closest competitor, the iPhone X. However, in a week of impressive device launches across the smartphone world, both manufacturers will no doubt be looking over their shoulder a little harder than before.
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