Every year the world’s top tech companies try and outdo each other with their mobile devices. And more often than not, each new model includes some surprising new features that aim to grab the headlines.
Despite the Xperia Z3+ not setting the world alight as its makers Sony might have expected, the news and rumours surrounding the upcoming Z5 model look to be providing a little more interest.
In particular, when the new model is launched later this September, it is expected to feature a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Whilst the majority of the design of the device will feature the tried-and-tested ergonomic clarity that we’ve come to expect from Sony, the addition of the fingerprint sensor will see the company taking on efforts made by their more established competitors.
And as always, Apple are keen to stay in front of the competition. With anticipation reaching fever-pitch levels ahead of the brand’s next release – the iPhone 6s – in September, the rumours surrounding the device are getting wilder and wilder.
But the most tantalising rumour is the supposed inclusion of a retina-scanner that would enable the user to quickly and easily unlock the phone. And with a host of tried-and-tested features that allow users to enjoy more traditional pleasures such as through accessing top games, apps and websites like Angry Birds, Facebook, or Spin Palace, it looks like Apple will further enhance their already-fearsome technological reputation.
And although our technology is capable of taking ever-smaller forms, some companies are keen to see how large they can make their mobile devices.
These include the likes of the Samsung Galaxy 5 that manages to provide some serious power and great features in a device that is still small enough to be considered mobile. Its 5.7 inch QuadHD screen is razor-sharp with 518 PPI, and is perfectly sized to play games and watch streamed content on.
The device also takes full advantage of NFC technology to allow the user to implement Samsung’s latest payment methods. This means that rather than worry about cash or credit cards, the user can simply pay for a product by tapping their device on the checkout terminal. And with the addition of the handy S-Pen which acts as a traditional ballpoint pen, it offers a fantastically ergonomic and practical addition to the great range of mobile devices currently available.
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