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Superphones are smartphones with high-end features to make them more capable than basic smartphones. The term was introduced when Google launched the Nexus One.

It implies high-end functionality beyond the basic criteria for a smartphone, such as the ability to be more tailored to a users needs than just being able to extend a selected set of software ("mobile apps"). A Superphone also implies newer technology, and newer software. For example, having the newest SoC chip made from OEM's such as Qualcomm or Intel.

An example of a Superphone is the LG G Flex 2. The phone sports a body that is curved horizontally, this makes the phone much less likely to break when bent or in a scenario where one sits on the phone by accident. The back of the G Flex 2 is coated with a material that 'self-heals' within minutes when scratched.

Many flagship smartphones from various OEM's (Samsung, LG, HTC) are considered to be Superphones, as the term flagship refers to the OEM's most high-end offering.

Plausible criteria for Superphones in 2016 include:

  • Minimum of 1080p (Full-HD) display, 1440p (Quad-HD) displays are more preferable. 4K-screens are anticipated.
  • Screen display larger than 5-inches (125 mm) (may overlap with phablet).
  • USB Type-C port, instead of the older Micro-USB 2.0
  • Supports NFC.
  • Supports Qi Wireless Charging.
  • Supports Quick Charging.
  • Ability to replace system software and user-interface of the phone using 3rd party software.
  • Multi-core processor and dedicated 3D-graphics, minimum of 1.5 GHz.
  • At least 3GB of RAM.
  • Large capacity battery, larger than 2500mAh.
  • High-speed internet 100Mbit/s WWAN capabilities or higher.
  • Has Hi-Fi audio capabilities built into the phone.


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  • [4] mashable 2013-08-08
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  • [8] Definition of a flagship phone
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