Best smartphones to look forward to in 2014

With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing.

We've rounded up the best smartphones for 2014, those we consider to be the best across all platforms, and we've regularly updated that list as the smartphone world has evolved over the last year from 2013 in to 2014. You can find those in our Best smartphones 2014 feature.

READ: Best smartphones 2014: The best phones available to buy today

Here we're looking at those phones that haven't yet launched, those we know are coming, or are anticipated. Some will be rumour, some will be fact, but here we'll cut through the speculation to highlight those phones we really want to see.

We'll be updating this list on a regular basis, with those device rumours we think are credible and exciting, and devices just announced but yet to hit the shelves. 

Samsung Galaxy S5

So many of the rumours weren't true. There's no bump in resolution, no metal body, no radical change in the UI. Instead there's a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate sensor, with Samsung eyeing-up fitness.

But the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still going to be one of the hottest phones of the year. It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and there's no lack of power with a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset.

Speed is on the agenda with a 16-megapixel camera that will focus fast, as well as a Download Booster offering to pull in files over Wi-Fi and 4G simultaneously.

There's a whole collection of smart camera and software features, as well as a new focus on battery life, with the SGS5 offering a low power mode to make sure you stay connected for longer. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available globally on 11 April, although pre-orders are now open for Samsung's superphone.

READ MORE Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Sony Xperia Z2

The talk of Mobile World Congress was the Sony Xperia Z2. It takes the Xperia Z1 - launched only 6 months previously - and refines it. The screen expands to 5.2-inches and it gets itself a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, so it could be one of the fastest phones around.

It's large though, as the previous model was, but it's definitely better. With added software refinement and Android 4.4 KitKat, it's more polished and offers more features than the previous device.

Most of the rumours were true: there are front-facing speakers to boost the sound quality, but also noise cancellation through the supplied headphones. There's 4K video, as well as stabilisation.

The new Sony handset will be available from 10 April, and the phone is on pre-order for £599.

READ MORE Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 review

LG G3

LG has seen a return to form in 2013, with the LG G2 doing a lot to restore faith in the company's smartphone ambitions. That, and the new Nexus 5, see growing anticipation for LG's next flagship device, the LG G3.

The LG G3 is said to land with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution display, with a slight increase in size. One of the strengths of the G2 is packing a larger 5.2-inch display into a handset that's smaller than some rivals (like the Xperia Z1), so we'd expect to see the same again: more display without the bulk.

There's talk of LG using it's octa-core Odin chipset to power the G3, as well as looking at a fingerprint scanner for security and perhaps adding waterproofing to compete with the likes of the SGS5 and Xperia Z2. We're looking at a rumoured launch date in May for LG's next big thing.

READ MORE LG G3 news

Nokia Lumia 630/635

Looking to bring a great experience to the budget end of the market is the Nokia Lumia 630/635. The 635 is the 4G LTE model and the 630 will be a 3G/dual SIM version.

The new models offer a 4.5-inch display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and 5-megapixel camera on the rear. Both will launch with Windows Phone 8.1.

Starting at €119 for a single SIM Lumia 630, this model will be available in May, the 4G Lumia 635 will be available for €149 in July.

READ MORE Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia Lumia 930

There's a new Nokia kid on the block called the Lumia 930, offering a global model of the Lumia Icon. It has a 5-inch display, in a premium design, pitched at the high end and announced at Build 2014.

There's a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM at the heart, meaning this should be slick and fast, no matter what you ask it to do.

There's a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the rear and you'll also get Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.

It's expected to arrive in June and promises to be the hottest Windows Phone yet.

READ MORE Nokia Lumia 930 rumours

Apple iPhone 6

There's little to nothing that we know about the iPhone 6, except that there will be one. Following Apple's patterns of iPhone naming, the next iteration of device should take the name up to iPhone 6, and we should be looking at a new design to move beyond that of the iPhone 5 family.

The iPhone 6 launch is likely to be in September or October 2014 if Apple sticks to its release cycle and we're likely to see some of the new software ideas at WWDC 2014, probably being held in June. But unlike other manufacturers, Apple tends to stay on top of leaks, so you're likely to be in for a long wait before there's anything solid to go on.