Graphed: Flagship Smartphone Announcement Calendar
Almost all the flagship smartphones are already out and announced for this year, except the Nexus if Google does plan on unveiling one. Nevertheless, we took the effort of compiling the announcements of major flagship smartphones from companies across three iterations and we graphed them to give you a better look at when companies announce their best smartphones.
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So as you can see above, a lot of the big players in the Android space announce early while Nokia takes the space right just after a few months into the year. They’ve all probably positioned their announcements this way because Apple takes the stage a few months before the year ends – but of course, Apple does not take the second half of the year for itself – we have Google Nexus announcements & Galaxy Note launches there as well.
- Samsung has announced their past 3 Galaxy S phones at February, March & May.
- HTC: February & March
- Sony: February & September (most likely following a 6-month flagship refresh cycle)
- LG: May & August
- Samsung Galaxy Notes: August & September
- Nokia Lumias: July & October
- Apple iPhones: September
- Google Nexus: October & November
With all of these sketched out, I think there are two best times in a year to upgrade a smartphone to a flagship model – either mid-year or before the year ends, and I think that choice falls heavily on the question if you’re waiting for a Note, a Nexus or an iPhone.