The CES tradeshow is typically focused on televisions and home audio with little time for mobiles. But at CES 2015, we've seen plenty of smartphone announcements worth getting excited about.

Undoubtedly there will be more phones appearing at Mobile World Congress in March but there have been some pretty cool handsets announced already from Las Vegas.

Acer has announced a successor to the Liquid Jade - the Liquid Jade S - but it has more than just a letter added.

The Acer Liquid Jade S comes with a 5-inch display, 64-bit MediaTek octa-core innards, 4G LTE and a 7.78mm slim design this handset is certainly impressive. Acer claims that processor makes it up to 2.5 times faster than "traditional quad-core smartphones".

On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera and selfies benefit from a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper that offers voice controls such as "cheese" to snap the picture. The phone also comes with hybrid microSD or dual nano-SIM functionality.

The Acer Liquid Jade S will be €299 which is about £235 and will be available in Cosmic Black and Luna White this month.

READ: Acer Liquid Jade review: Functional but not fantastic

Asus has announced its latest members to the ZenFone family with the ZenFone 2 and ZenFone Zoom.


The ZenFone 2 starts at just $199 and offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Intel Atom Z3580 paired with 4GB RAM, as well as the new NewUI. The New UI features SnapView for both work and personal accounts via a different swipe login; ZenMotion and its tap/shake gestures to make various tasks happen; and the customisable launcher to choose themes, colours, icons and so forth to make the phone your own. It also features a 13-megapixel camera with zero shutter lag and dual colour flash.

The ZenFone Zoom features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display making it a direct competitor to the mighty Apple iPhone 6 Plus. It features up to 3x optical zoom for a total 12x zoom with stability, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front snapper for selfies.

The camera comes with OIS and laser auto-focus for sharp photos and shake-free videos. It is also capable of quality macro photos as close as 50mm from the subject. Then there is Manual Mode for those wishing to use professional level options to vary their photos and there is also a Low-Light Mode for up to 400 per cent brighter shots in the dark.

READ: Asus ZenFone Zoom announced with 3x optical zoom camera

We never expected HTC to announce its One M9 flagship from CES so we were pleasantly surprised to see the new Desire 320 and Desire 826 make an appearance.


The HTC Desire 320, successor to the 310, is coming to the UK with mid-range specs and likely a price to match. Expect a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 4.5-inch 854 x 480 resolution screen and 5-megapixel rear camera, Android 4.4, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable by up to a further 32GB through microSD) and a 2,100mAh battery.

The HTC Desire 826 is the next generation of 8 Series and brings flagship specs at a mid-range price. It comes with an UltraPixel front-facing camera for low light selfies, 13-megapixel rear snapper and BoomSound with Dolby Audio. There is also a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a 2600mAh battery on board too.

It will be available in both vanilla white and dark grey colour schemes.

READ: HTC Desire 826 hands-on

Lenovo announced two smartphones at CES 2015, both of which run on 64-bit hardware, one on Intel and the other on Qualcomm.


The Lenovo P90 is the Intel device and it features a 1.83GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, huge 4000mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper.

The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro is an update of the handset launched at IFA 2014 and it comes with a 1.5GHz octa-core chip, 5.3-inch Full HD display, 13-megapixel front and rear cameras and a lovely tri-layer design. But one of it's most exciting features is the Selfie Flash accessory that you can get for it.

It's unlikely the P90 or Vibe X2 Pro will come to the UK or the US, but with a bit of luck, the Selfie Flash might.

LG has chosen to reveal the second generation of it's curved and flexible smartphone at CES 2015. The LG G Flex 2 looks very similar to its predecessor but there's plenty of new tech crammed into this slither of brilliance.


The LG G Flex 2 features the latest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor at 2GHz capable of next gen 4G LTE-A, Adreno 430 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch P-OLED 1080p display and an enhanced self-healing back that regenerates faster than the previous model.

The screen glass is 20 per cent stronger and can be flexed to flat without breaking. There's also a 13-megapixel camera and 3,000mAh battery plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Pricing and release date have not been announced.

READ: LG G Flex 2: Smaller, more powerful, more compelling (hands-on)

Despite rumours suggesting Samsung would launch the Galaxy S6 at CES 2015, this turned out not to be the case and instead the company unveiled the Galaxy E7 and Galaxy E5, aimed at the younger market.


The two devices feature large display and good selfie cameras, which is what the youth of today is said to be interested in. The Galaxy E7 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front snapper, all within a 7.3mm body.

The Galaxy E5 offers a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz quad-core chip, 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, also within a 7.3mm frame. You'll find 16GB of internal storage on both devices, along with microSD support for up to 64GB storage expansion.

Pricing and release dates have yet to be announced.