Mobile World Congress was not just about smartphones this year. Apart from smartphones, there were cameras, tablets, VRs and of course, Mark Zuckerberg. Google was omnipresent everywhere with its Android OS. Here are all things that happened in Barcelona, as Mobile world congress 2016 concludes yesterday.
Samsung launched two new high-end smartphones, namely Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. The devices come with QUALCOMM Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM. Both the devices run on Android OS V6.0 (Marshmallow). The only thing different in these are the display screens. Galaxy S7 has 5.1” super AMOLED screen whereas Galaxy S7 edge has 5.5” super AMOLED curvy display embedded in it. Price and availability in India is not yet confirmed.
LG came with a modular smartphone LG G5, which is a 5.3” phone with removable battery. LG revamped the design to give premium look as well as removable battery in LG G5 and they have succeeded in that to an extent. The device is not likely to be available before June 2016.
Xioami Mi5 is another premium device announced at MWC 2016. Xiaomi has been famous for launching high-end devices at very low prices. Mi5 carries Qualcomm snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM and 5.15” LCD display. The phone expected to lunch by March.
Sony launched an array of devices that includes three new smartphones. Sony Xperia XA is low segment phone with 720p display and Mediatek processor, Xperia X is a mid-segment device with 1080p display and Snapdragon 650 processor and Xperia X Performance is the high-end device with specifications similar to that of LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7. The company promises better camera and great battery and availability of it in India has not been confirmed.
HTC released a set of mid-range devices, which are Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825. All the three devices run on Android OS V6.0 Marshmallow. Desire 530 comes with 5” screen and features snapdragon 201 SoC with 1.5GB RAM. Desire 630 and Desire 825 have snapdragon 400 SoC with 2GB RAM. The phone differentiates by their screen sizes, as the former has 5” screen and the latter has 5.5”.
Tablets and Laptops
Huawei launched a hybrid laptop with detachable keyboard named Matebook. Matebook is Huawei’s answer to Apple iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The Windows 10 device comes with intel processor and 12 inches 2K display. The tablet is 6.9mm thick and weighs only 640 grams. Price and availability in india is not declared but we expect it to start from INR 60,000.
Lenovo launched three tablets Tab3 7, Tab3 8 and Tab3 10 Business for budget conscious buyers, two convertible laptops Yoga 510 and Yoga 710 and one hybrid laptop Ideapad MIIX 310. The three tablets run on Android but the laptops are powered with Windows 10. Lenovo Ideapad MIIX 310 has detachable keyboard and Yoga 510 and Yoga 710 have rotatable screens.
VR Headsets, Cameras and Other Accessories
There was no big announcement on phones by HTC but they launched their first ever self efficient VR Headset HTC Vive. HTC co-produced Vive along with Valve Corp. (developers of Steam) and is made with the sole purpose of Gaming. LG too launched LG 360 VR headset which needs LG G5 for being operated. Mark Zuckerberg was present at the launch of Samsung Galaxy phones with his VR Team , signifying social networking by Virtual Reality.
Samsung, LG and Sony launched action cameras as well namely, Gear 360, LG 360 Cam and Xperia Eye respectively. All the three cameras are capable of recording VR compatible videos . Apart for camera, sony also launched bluetooth ear piece Xperia Ear, a voice-assistant bot Xperia Agent and an image projector Xperia Projector(obvious one).
LG too launched few Bolt-in accessories for LG G5. LG HiFi plus is a module to provide you with high end music experience and LG Cam Plus is an accessory that give separate controls for LG G5 camera.
This was all of MWC 2016 in short, should you have anything to add to the story, feel free to use the comment section below.