Google unveiled latest version of its mobile operating system, Android Lollipop, in October last year along with the Nexus 6 smartphone. Android 5.0 Lollipop version brings a smorgasbord of new features, and a totally refreshed UI based on a new design language, something called Google’s Material Design.
A handful of devices from various manufacturers have already received Android Lollipop update. In addition, multiple brands have adopted the new OS pretty quickly for their latest devices.
Apart from the Google Nexus 6, there are a handful of choices available for those looking for latest Android user experience in their next smartphone. The five latest Android phones running 5.0 Lollipop version out-of-the boxes are discussed in the post, so you can choose one wisely.
Google Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 along with the Nexus 9 tablet brought us the latest Android version. It’s the latest-gen flagship Nexus designed by Lenovo-owned Motorola, and influenced by the Moto X 2nd-gen. The smartphone’s stock Android software experience is one of the best reasons to buy it. The device doesn’t come loaded with unnecessary third-party apps or overlays, resulting in a clean and simple user experience. Apart from decent software experience, the Nexus 6 is loaded with everything you expect from a flagship.
It flaunts a 5.96-inch display (biggest on a Nexus yet) with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, resulting in a whopping 493ppi of pixel density. The phone packs in a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, aided by an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
It sports a 13MP optically stabilized rear camera assisted by ring flash with dual LEDs, and a 2MP front-facing snapper. The handset also offers 4G LTE, 32GB/64GB memory, a 3,220mAh battery that supports Turbo Charging, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi.
HTC Desire 826
Unveiled at this year’s CES earlier this month, the HTC Desire 826 is the first smartphone from the Taiwanese tech giant to offer Android Lollipop out-of-the box. The device runs the latest Android version with HTC’s Sense UI on top, which is among one of the best custom Android skins. The smartphone takes the photography experience to a new level for a mid-range device via HTC Eye Experience camera software. It houses a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash at the rear and a 4-UltraPixel shooter on the front, which delivers quality self-portraits in low light conditions as well. Other main highlights of the Desire 826 include a powerful 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch FHD display and 4G LTE.
ASUS ZenFone 2
At CES 2015, ASUS unveiled the next-gen ZenFone series smartphone, the ZenFone 2. In addition to holding the title of the first smartphone with 4GB of RAM, the ZenFone 2 also comes loaded with the latest Android experience available. The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on top of the feature-laden ASUS ZenUI, which allows users to customize the appearance of the phone from a rich set of themes and more. Coming to the other specs, the ZenFone 2 boasts a stylish and detailed design. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, and is fuelled by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Camera wise it offers a 13MP rear shooter with a five-element autofocus lens and dual-colour flash. There’s a 5MP front snapper with an 85-degree wide-angle lens for self-portraits. It also comes with a beefy 3,000mAh battery, 4G LTE, and NFC. ASUS is also having another Lollipop-powered phone in its stable, the ZenFone Zoom. The brand is touting it as the world’s thinnest smartphone to offer 3X Optical Zoom.
Alcatel Pop 2 (5) Premium
Alcatel also joined the Android Lollipop bandwagon at CES 2014 with the launch of the OneTouch Pop 2(5) Premium. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD IPS display, and is backed by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM. The mid-range handset offers an 8MP auto-focus rear camera with an LED flash and a 2MP front shooter. Other features include 4G LTE support, 8GB of expandable memory, NFC and a 2,500mAh battery.
ZTE Blade S6
ZTE recently unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the Blade S6, which it is touting as the world’s first Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 backed device running Lollipop version. The device brings a layer of the company’s custom skin called MiFavor 3 on top of Android Lollipop. The new custom interface brings a handful of new features. Apart from that, the Blade S6 is loaded with Hi-Fi Sound with a dedicated audio processor, smart gestures, a 5-inch HD screen and a sleek 7.7mm body. The device offers an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP/5MP cameras, 16GB of expandable memory, 4G LTE, and a 2,400mAh battery.
The Google Nexus 6 has been available in India from quite a while for Rs 44,000. The HTC Desire 826 is listed on the company’s website in the country, and is expected to go on sale soon for around Rs 23,000. The ZTE Blade S6 will be available to order on AliExpress with global shipping for approx. Rs 15,300 on February 27th. There’s no word on the availability and price of the ASUS ZenFone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Pop 2(5) Premium in India yet.
More Android Lollipop-flavored devices are expected to launch soon. The upcoming flagship phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One (M9), and Sony Xperia Z4 are rumored to feature the latest Android version. These devices are expected to be officially unwrapped at MWC 2015 in early March.