Apple iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime vs. LG G3 vs. Sony Xperia Z2 vs. Nokia Lumia 930 : Which Upcoming 2014 Flagship Smartphone Are You Most Excited About?

June and August 2014 should be totally exciting months for all gadget fans across the world as the biggest handset makers are then slated to announce and release some of the most anticipated flagship devices this year. TP Friends, let's take a look at five of the much awaited top-of-the-line smartphones of 2014.

Apple iPhone 6 - Expected to be Announced in August 2014

Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Philippines

Although Apple usually unveils the refresh to its iPhone line around September every year, a number of insiders are saying that the Cupertino company will formally announce its latest handset a month earlier this year to be in a better position to compete with its main rivals in the market. According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 6 could very well launch in two sizes - 4.7 (dubbed iPhone 6C) and 5.7 inch (called iPhone 6S by some Apple fans) models. Anonymous Foxconn executives have likewise disclosed that the new iPhone - specifically the larger phablet variant - will also have the same Touch ID sensor of its predecessor but will sport a more powerful processor, more RAM, and higher resolution front and back cameras with improved optics.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime - Expected to be Released in June 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Philippines

Samsung has obviously developed a rather nasty habit of releasing improved models not all too long after the initial or the regular model hits the market. For the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S5, this will come in the form of its Prime variant also known as Samsung Galaxy S5 KQ. Industry insiders say that SGS5 Prime will have almost the same dimensions and similar 5.1 inch screen size as the current SGS5. However, it will come with a metal shell - making it look and feel more elegant, durable, and sturdy - and will have improved technical specifications including the 2560 x 1440 pixels display from the initial version's 1920 x 1080 resolution and the new 64-bit Octa Core Exynos 5430 system on chip if not Snapdragon 805 by Qualcomm.

LG G3 - Expected to be Released in June 2014

LG G3, LG G3 Philippines

As I've shared in a previous post, LG G3 will still feature the patented Rear Key, which we first saw in LG G2 and is now present in LG G Pro 2 and LG G2 Mini. Interestingly, though, the one on LG G3 appears to have been redesigned with the power button now rounder and made of real metal, which I think - as an owner of LG G2 - is a great thing. Also, there is some sort of sensor next to the camera module of the LG G3 - I believe it's for infrared - and there are now two LED flash bulbs for better low to zero light camera performance.

LG G3, LG G3 Philippines

Rumored to be announced in June 2014, LTE-enabled LG G3 is believed to feature a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 pixels IPS OGS display, 16 MegaPixel main camera, 2.1 MegaPixel front cam, UltraHD video recorder with optical image stabilization, and 3,000 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery pack. Inside the shell, the phone will run its UX-skinned Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with its Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 - if not 805 - SoC, handle multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and have 32 GB of internal storage.

Sony Xperia Z2 - Official Release Will Be in June 2014

Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z2 Philippines

Officially superseding the very popular and best-selling 2013 TechPinas Badge of Excellence Awardee Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia Z2 is the company's 2014 flagship smartphone. Compared to its predecessor, the fresh release dons a larger, brighter, and more vibrant 5.2 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels Triluminos IPS IGZO LCD, a faster Quad Core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801, more RAM, a larger 3,200 mAh battery pack, and a more powerful 4K video recorder. The two handsets nonetheless share the same water-proof construction and Omnibalance glass-metal-glass-sandwich design identity with Z2 having the "exposed" or bare aluminum accent in the inner part of the metal rim versus the outer part on the Sony Xperia Z1.

Nokia Lumia 930 - Global Release in June 2014

Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 930 Philippines

The true follow-up to the 2012 TechPinas Favorite Nokia Lumia 920, which one of the absolute best daily phones I've used, and the international version of the US-only Nokia Icon for Verizon, Nokia Lumia 930 runs Windows Phone 8.1 operating system with its Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 SoC, handles multitasking with 2 GB of RAM, and has 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage. Flaunting gorgeous enclosure replete with real metal side frame and polycarbonate back plate, Nokia Lumia 930 is equipped with a brilliant 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display and a powerhouse 20 MegaPixel autofocus main camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, 1/2.5" sensor size, and PureView imaging technology.

TP Friends, given all of these key information about the upcoming 2014 flagship devices, which of these handsets are you most excited to hold, play with, and purchase? Join our poll or leave a comment below.

As you all know, I own the predecessors to each of these models, namely, the Apple iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1, and Nokia Lumia 920. Frankly, I'm having a hard time answering this TP Poll because I think all of the above-mentioned smartphones have something cool and unique about them that's worth checking out. I like the tight iOS ecosystem and maturity of games and apps for the platform; Samsung always comes up with the best screen and internal specifications; LG's Knock On (now called Knock Code) as well as other software enhancements are very innovative; flagship Sony Xperia releases these days tend to have the best design, build, and imaging capabilities of all handsets in the Android smartphone market; And of course, Nokia makes the most durable and the best cameraphones in the world. But let's see! Right now, I'm just looking forward to giving these new ones a test run and making them part of my flagship-level collection.