Four mobile phones you haven’t heard of!

For me 2014 is turning out to be interesting year like no other. There has been a stream of new smartphones hitting the market.

 

This in itself is not very remarkable until we consider that there are 4 mobile phones within those releases that you will not have heard of.

 

Forget those big brand names that we know are associated with phones such as Samsung, Apple and HTC and say hello to the Oppo Find 7, OnePlus One, BlackPhone and Amazon Fire Phone.

 

If you love the unusual then these will certainly make that statement, so let’s take a look at what is on offer.

Oppo Find 7

 

The Oppo Find 7 is made in China and is available on pre-order now. Fitting well into the big screen end of the smartphone market, users will enjoy an experience that is broadcast onto a 5.5” IPS display, which will be perfect for web browsing, gaming and media.

 

Oppo Find 7

 

Under the hood, so to speak, I am impressed to find a quad-core 2.5GHz processor with 3GB RAM, which pretty much matches anything we have seen from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

 

Oppe Find 7 profile

 

The design looks really sleek and incorporates a 13 megapixel camera and even more impressive is the 5 megapixel forward facing camera that will give you the edge over your friends and family when it comes to taking a selfie.

 

Price – SIM free this smartphone comes in at £380.

 

OnePlus One

 

The OnePlus One is a little harder to get hold of. You first need to register your interest and then wait, hopefully for an invitation to buy one through the post!

 

OnePlus One

 

One again we see a great spec that includes a 5.5” full high-definition display and a 13 megapixel snapper.

 

The hardware is pretty respectable too with a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB RAM. There have been problems with the CyanogenMod OS so you may need to be a little brave if the OnePlus One catches your eye.

 

OnePlus One images

 

Price – SIM free this smartphone is pretty cheap at £269, if you have an invite of course!

 

BlackPhone

 

The BlackPhone sees the mobile phone industry tackle the spying issues that haven’t been out of the news for several years now.

 

Maybe you are a secret agent and need a phone that cannot be hacked by the NSA, MI5 or MI6 or simply the head of a global company whose secrets are invaluable. But whatever the reason your data is safe and even the manufacturer cannot access it.

 

BlackPhone

 

Spec wise this smartphone is smaller than the Oppo and OnePlus One with a 4.7” display at 720p quality. The quad-core processor is again right up there with the big boys at 2GHz and runs on a more familiar customised version of the Android OS.

 

Price – SIM free this smartphone will set you back £370.

 

Amazon Fire Phone

 

With a release date scheduled for the end of July, the Amazon brand is well-known and so the Amazon Fire Phone will probably have the most credibility of the four.

 

Amazon Fire Phone

 

There is also much to be excited by with four infrared sensor situated one in each corner to track the movement of your eyes. Yes, it does what the Samsung Galaxy eye-tracking phones do but WAIT there is something new and exciting about to happen!

 

The information from these sensors is used to change the image on the screen slightly to trick your eyes into seeing a 3D visual. The 3D dynamic perspective UI will change the way you see Amazon Maps, games, wallpapers and apps.

 

The spec also includes a 13 megapixel camera, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM and a 4.7” IPS LCD HD display.

 

Amazon Fire Phone Interface

 

There are many other features you can read about in the Amazon Fire Press Release including Mayday and the Firefly button.

 

Price – SIM free the Amazon Fire will lighten your bank account by around £400.

 

Opinion

 

You will have to be brave to purchase one of these four smartphones but if any will become a success it is most likely to be the Amazon Fire Phone.

 

Made by Taiwanese company Foxconn Technology the Amazon Fire shares manufacturing space with the Apple iPhone so maybe this will be the start of something interesting in the world of smartphones.

 

Written by Michael Brown

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