When it is about to choose the best mobile phone, we have an event to look at for advice.
What to expect from MWC 2016?
MWC is the biggest event for smartphones and it is taking place in Barcelona in this very moment. Every year the Congress give us all new brand of information about what mobile technology is working on, and also it bring us new product presentations, lectures from world wide known professionals and some interesting activities to try new devices that makes us want this technological tools as if we were kids again.
Since the MWC is still running while we write, we are going to try to do our best giving you the most updated information we could get about best mobile technology presented in the #MWC16.
Being Apple out of the picture these days in MWC16, Samsung and LG seem to be the ones rolling out the big guns.
Samsung presented in Barcelona the new Galaxy S7 and S7edge. It is a water and dust resistance smartphone. It comes with an screen of 5.1 inches and 5.5 inches on the edge version. Mobile gaming has improved. It has a game control centre and gameplay recording, and with a powerful processor that makes it highly realistic. They both have powerful processors that run smoothly and quickly, handling every bit of the additional data on your microSD card. Samsung also claims that even with the bigger battery, charging’s still fast.
Its launch was on 22 February but release date is 11 March. It will be available in 60 countries in its first release.
Sales expectations of the company are going to surpass shipments of the previous model, the Galaxy S6. Dong-jin Koh, President of Mobile Communication Business at Samsung ElectronicsCompany Ltd. said on the sidelines of the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: around 38 million S6 units were shipped last year.
He also said: “We tried to add as many features as possible (to the Galaxy S7) that were discontinued in the previous models. Although there are still things to overcome in terms of hardware, I believe it is not a big issue.”
The Galaxy S7 costs €699 and the Galaxy S7 edge costs €799, plus there is a pre-order gift of a Gear VR headset.
LG G5 has a new look with a slide-out battery module. Its camera grabs 135° in a shot and zoom out ultra wide (0.5X) for the first time ever on a smartphone. It has a different kind of “Sun” screen with the enhanced IPS Quantum brighter display, more vivid, and clearer even in outdoor day light. Time and date are always on-display, so you won’t have to keep on pressing the button to check the time, date or notifications. Its technical specifications are: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Quad 2.1 GHz) and a display of 5.3″ QHD. Memory of 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM. Android™ 6.01 Marshmallow. It has a front camera of 8MP and the Rear of 16MP when Normal and 8MP in wide angle 135º.
Xiaomi has waited for 2 years to launch its new flagship Xiaomi Mi5 on the market in three different versions. The most affordable version will cost 1999 RMB (≈ € 278) and it has 32 GB of flash memory and back glass, but also be the only one whose clock speed is reduced to 1.8 GHz instead of 2.15 GHz. Another version, with 64 GB of internal storage, will also has a 3D crystal back shell and will cost 2299 RMB (≈ € 319). Finally, its upmarket has 4 GB of RAM, compared to 3GB in the other two versions. It has a ceramic 3D backshell and will cost 2699 RMB (≈ € 375 ).
The Mi5 just weights 129 grams, being lighter than the Galaxy S7 with its 152 grams, or the LG G5 with its 159 grams.
The only problem is that, despite being presented at an event for the international press in Barcelona, the only countries in which has been confirmed that the phone will appear are China and India. However, the chances to have an official release in the European market is quite rare.
Sony Xperia X has a 23MP; its upmarket Sony’s fastest camera. It goes from standby to capture in less than 0.6 seconds. With the quick start up, lightning speed Hybrid Autofocus and faster image processing. It is a seamless metal back with curved glass edges of its display and perfect 5” size. Xperia X boasts Sony’s Smart Battery Management bringing you in its new version an up to two days battery life and longer battery lifespan. It weights 153g. On the inside: Google Android™ M, Qualcomm® Snapdragon 650 Processor, 64-bit capable.
Xperia XA has been designed with a new look and feel. It has a stunning full-width display, a smooth, curved form and a perfect size. Xperia XA comes in four colours: graphite black, white, lime gold or rose gold. The colourway not only covers the back, but also the phone’s front panels and the hue of the screen. Its camera has a super-fast autofocus to capture the instant you want in your pictures and both cameras are prepared to take low-light shots. It only weights 137,4g. On the inside: Google Android™ M, MediaTek MT6755, 64 bit Octa Core processor.
An award-winning tradition continues: 20 MP camera with sapphire camera cover lens to deliver crisp, clear photos. The UltraPixel™ front camera provides photo and imaging control like never before. HTC Eye™ Experience software allows you to create Split Captures, take Voice Selfies, apply Live Makeup and more. Front-facing stereo speakers HTC BoomSound™ with built in amp and Dolby Audio™ surround for the ultimate audio experience.
UH OH™ Protection includes one free replacement within the first 12 months for a cracked screen, water damage or if you decide to switch carriers.
Its technical specs are: Display: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p; Corning® Gorilla® Glass; Weight: 157g, Platform Android: Android™ with HTC Sense™, Memory2: ROM: 32GB / RAM: 3GB; Extended memory: microSD™ up to 2TB.
XPlay 5 will be the world’s first smartphone to come with 6GB RAM. Plus, it will be powered by SD820, and feature dual-curved display. But, how the smartphone will take advantage of all that RAM? Perhaps Vivo has worked out a way to dedicate some of that memory to the graphics unit, but we can’t know for sure at that point. Some people think that the Snapdragon 820 / 6GB RAM announcement only makes it seem more exciting. Vivo will unveil the Vivo Xplay 5 on the 1st of March. Vivo isn’t a known company to many people outside of Asia, but in homeland China, Vivo is very well known as smartphone makers thanks to its quality products.
But of course we have to mention the big guy, iPhone 7
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
If we were betting people we’d say the iPhone 7 will probably arrive in September 2016. Apple tends to stick to a schedule, and the last few iPhones were launched in September.
About its features, we can only throw a wild guess, but if we listen to all rumours are around we can say that it could be even slimmer than the 7.1mm-thick iPhone 6S, that it will have an all-metal design with a bezeless display.
The iPhone 7 could be in for a big resolution jump as Apple seems to be interested in glass-on-glass screens, which in turn opens up the possibility of a QHD or even a 4K display. A jump in resolution might not be the only way the iPhone 7 imitates Android though, it might also switch from an LCD display to an OLED one, much like Samsung uses on most of its phones.
Other smartphones to take a look at are: Blackberry Vienna, ZTE BLADE V7 and BLADE V7 LITE, ACER Liquid Z630S, Liquid Zest and Liquid Zest 4G, Liquid Jade 2, Bq Aquaris X5 Plus, HP Elite X3, Gionee S8. This last one, the company, Gionee for its S8 has brokered an interesting, unique feature with WhatsApp (the popular chat app). The S8 can log into two WhatsApp accounts, so you can keep personal and work communications separate.