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This Week's Chitter Chatter - the First Microsoft Branded Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9
Microsoft are first up this week as they've unveiled their first handset without the Nokia branding, the Microsoft Lumia 535. The Lumia 535 is an excellent budget smartphone with a good sized 5-inch 960 x 540 IPS LCD display. One of the best features of the Lumia 535 is its 5-megapixel front-facing camera which has a wide-angle lens and there's also a 5-megapixel camera on the rear complete with an LED flash.
The Lumia 535 comes in a great choice of vibrant colours which include orange, green, cyan, black and white. Microsoft are also bringing out some matching flip covers for additional protection for your handset. Inside the 535 there's a quad-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1905mAh battery. The onboard storage comes in at 8GB which can be increased up to 128GB with a microSD card. The Lumia 535 will launch at the end of November in Asia before being released in Africa and Europe.
Whilst we're on the subject of new phones, apparently Samsung are planning on launching yet another range of smartphones. Not content with their new A-series of metal-bodied handsets, we could be seeing an even newer collection of smartphones which will also bear a single-letter name. The rumours are still in their infancy so we'll keep you updated when we have further details.
Also on the way from Samsung in the new year will be their next premium flagship handset, the Galaxy S6. The S6 is expected to come with 2560 x 1440 QHD 5.2-inch display, a decent 20-megapixel rear camera as well as a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and a UV sensor.
The S6 isn't the only new flagship smartphone expected in early 2015 - we're also likely to see the new HTC One M9. Successor to the One M8, the M9 is rumoured to feature some premium specs as well as a high-end design. We could see 5.2-inch QHD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 which gives it an impressive 564ppi. There's speculation that the M9 will run on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system and will boast a powerful processor, possibly a new Snapdragon 810 CPU and a decent 3GB of RAM. There's no news on the cameras as yet but there's likely to be plenty of onboard storage with 64GB and 128GB models being released.
And finally, the quest for bendable and foldable smartphone screen is a continuing challenge for smartphone manufacturers. It's been reported that we could see more bendable displays on devices from 2015 onwards. LG have apparently released details of their plans for the next few years and it looks like we could see a bendable display on an LG tablet sometime in 2015 and a laptop with a folding screen in addition to a device which features a rollable display by 2017. LG have so far given us the LG G Flex smartphone with its innovative curved OLED screen so we can't wait to see what the next couple of years bring.