Welcome back to another edition of the HOA Weekly Wrap! As 2015 winds down, we’ll of course be taking a look at all of our favorite phones, smartwatches, accessories, and devices of the past year. Before we could even get to that, the 2016 flagships rumors started pouring in over the past week. We heard rumors regarding Xiaomi’s Mi5, HTC’s Perfume (possibly the M10 or a different flagship line), and the entire lineup for the Galaxy S7. Before we dive deeper into the biggest rumors and stories this week, have a look at our excellent video coverage from the past 7 days:
The Xiaomi Mi5 should be one of the first phones to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. Originally the device was expected to bring a 5.2″ QHD display, but leaks this past week have shown those plans may have changed to a 5″ 1080p display. We still expect 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16mp rear camera, and 8mp front facing camera, USB Type-C port, and the latest version of MIUI over Android 5.1.1. It is pretty disappointing if the device indeed launches with Lollipop this far into the Marshmallow release cycle. I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on a device with the 820 inside so I hope Xiaomi will launch the Mi5 soon.
It was reported this week that HTC has sold a decent number of A9 smartphones and it has turned around there Q4 profits as a result. While this is certainly good for the struggling OEM, they are going to need a big flagship hit in 2016 to truly make a comeback in the Android space. We heard earlier this week that the original HTC O2 flagship with a 6″ display had been scrapped, and replaced with a device with codename Perfume. There was not a lot of information immediately available about Perfume, but it is said to release with Android 6.1 on board. This means likely that the device will not see a release until Mobile World Congress. I personally hope that HTC releases a large phablet device in 2016 as I was a fan of the original One Max. One thing is certain, HTC needs at least one big hit for its flagship lineup in 2016.
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