Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) starts tomorrow in Barcelona, where top smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, etc are expected to showcase their latest devices. Samsung Galaxy S7 launches today, along with LG G5 a day before the official conference starts.
But these are not the only big launches expected at the event. Xiaomi Mi 5, the new flagship from the Chinese start-up is also expected at the event, along with a new Lenovo smartphone which is promised to be all-metal.
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We take a look at some of the biggest announcements expected from MWC 2016.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are finally out, and yes they look exactly as the leaked photos had predicted.
Samsung hasn’t changed the design at all and has not revealed whether it is using the Snapdragon 820 processor in these new phones. The Galaxy S7, S7 edge do comes with a new feature Samsung is calling ‘Dual Pixel’ technology, which the company says will help deliver brighter pictures, even in low-light and ensures a faster auto-focus and shutter speed for the camera.
With the Galaxy S7, Samsung has also re-introduced the micro-SD slot feature in the smartphone and the new series supports up to 200 GB of extra space.
Samsung is also giving Gear VR headsets free with the Galaxy S7, S7 edge for sometime. The smartphones will be available in March. Read our full story here.
LG G5 Modular smartphone announced
As expected, MWC kicks off with the launch of the LG G5 modular smartphone. Now the new G5 has a lot of cool features, and challenges the notion of what an Android flagship should be like.
The LG G5 has a slim, uni-body metal design, but what has gained a lot of attention is the Slid-out battery feature, where users can just swap the battery of the smartphone in seconds.
Second the LG G5 has a Modular Type design which gives it ability to transform into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more all while keeping its traditional removable battery in a full metal uni-body design for the first time ever.
LG CAM Plus is a camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera; it has buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator and comfortable grip. Essentially you can slap on this extra module and turn your smartphone into a full fledged digital camera.
LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY is a portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed by LG in collaboration with B&O PLAY to provide high-end audio quality on the smartphone.
LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view, says the company.
Read full story on LG G5 here: LG G5 is a modular smartphone with a Slide-out battery
Samsung Galaxy S7: One of the most awaited and expected announcements ahead of MWC 2016, the Galaxy S7 launch takes place tonight at 7 pm CET, which is 11.30 pm IST. Samsung has introduced a special app to watch the launch event in a 360-degree VR-style view.
The Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge are expected to feature a 2K display, 4GB RAM, either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC or Samsung’s own Exynos chipset, along with a 3,600mAh battery.
Samsung could introduce Force Touch style technology in their new Galaxy S7, S7 edge series smartphones, and according to one video the S7 series will be waterproof.
LG G5: LG will also launch its flagship G5 smartphone today. @Evleaks aka Evan Blass has already posted a new picture of the upcoming LG G5 on his Twitter handle, which can be seen here.
Based on the leaked picture, the LG G5 appears to ditch the leather back over we saw in the LG G4 and it is stated that the G5 will also have a secondary screen as well as dual-camera set-up that the company has introduced in its X series smartphones.
I think it looks better here. If you disagree, please do so tactfully. Those who can’t, should probably unfollow me pic.twitter.com/qjVRowuQxV
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 19, 2016
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 19, 2016
Xiaomi Mi 5: The Xiaomi Mi 5 launch takes on February 24 in Barcelona and so far we’ve seen the company execs like co-founder Lin Bin and global VP Hugo Barra put out some stunning camera samples highlighting what the Mi 5 is capable of.
According to rumours, Xiaomi Mi 5 will feature a 5.2-inch display with either full HD or Quad HD resolution. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset. Xiaomi Mi 5 is likely to launch in two variants – 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. Xiaomi Mi 5 will also be the showcase device for company’s highly customisable MIUI ROM based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Lenovo’s all metal smartphone: Lenovo is also expected to launch a new smartphone at MWC. Lenovo India handle tweeted pictures of an all-metal smartphone powered by Dolby Atmos sound and a screen with 2 million pixels for the picture quality. Given that not much is known about the specs, we’ll have to wait and see what this smartphone is called.
Based on the design and looks, the phone has been dubbed as a big-screen version of the recently launched Lemon 3 smartphone, that was introduced in China. Lemon 3 had a 5-inch full HD display, but comes with a plastic polycarbonate body.
Last year Lenovo launched the Vibe Shot and the A7000 at MWC. Some reports say the new phone will be an all-metal successor to the A7000. We’ll have to wait and see what Lenovo announces on February 22. The Lenovo anouncement is at 12 noon CET, which is around 4:30 PM IST.
Sony: Leaks from Evan Blass’ Twitter account indicate a new device from Sony called “Xperia PP10” and a Sony Smart Ear. Rumours have also indicate a VR headset from Sony at the event, although no new flagship smartphone is expected.
Sony’s expect takes place on February 22, 2016.
HTC: New pictures of the HTC One M10, HTC A16 have been put out by Evan Blass on his twitter handle @evleaks. We’ll have to wait and see what HTC announces at MWC.