It's that time of year again, where the new flagships are announced and we get to see a sneak peak at them and all the goodies we have coming our way in the coming year.
What is MWC?
MWC or Mobile World Congress is the biggest event for smartphones, it's an annual gathering for the mobile and related industries, organised by the GSMA, and held in Barcelona, Spain, the Mobile World Capital.
We we're spoiled last year so last hope we get more of the same, here is just a few of things that got announced last year HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones but it's not just about phones, expext to see all new tablets, VR headsets & more from world of Technology.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge yesterday, and they did half of the launch in VR (The same VR headsets, that will be coming with the handset when pre-ordered)
- The new S7 range takes design cues from its predecessor, which won plaudits for its full aluminium body and qHD screen
- The screen is 5.1 inches with super-AMOLED technology which Samsung claims makes it more vibrant.
- It is powered by an octa-core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad), 64 bit processor with 4G of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The battery also includes both fast-charging and wireless charging technology.
- It packs 32GB of built-in memory but this year the Korean manufacturer opted to include a microSD card.
- A new 12MP dual-pixed snapper on the rear gives super quick, accurate focus for photos. It also packs a 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front.
- It's now water and dust resistant to a IP68 certification
LG has unveiled its anticipated G5 flagship smartphone, as well as a number of other compatible modular devices.
The G5 is cased in a metal body and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.The 2,800mAh battery can be removed at the bottom of the G5, which we think is a pretty awesome idea!
- 5.3-inch ‘Quad HD IPS Quantum’ touchscreen made from ‘3D Arc Glass’ and includes ‘Always-On-Display’, meaning the time and date are continuously visible, using just 0.8 per cent of the battery per hour.
- The 6 megapixel rear camera has a built-in 135 degree wide angle lens, which LG said is approximately 1.7 times wider than those on existing smartphone cameras. There is also an 8 megapixel front-facing camera.
- Other features include the ability to capture and playback video in 4K,
- 4GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by up to 2TB with a microSD card.
A number of other attachable and compatible modules have also been announced alongside the G5.
- LG Cam Plus can be attached through the battery slot to provide a grip and effectively turn the handset into an standalone camera. It provides buttons for power, the shutter, record and zoom, and adds 1,200mAh to the battery.
- LG have teamed up with Bang & Olufsen for Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY, a portable DAC audio player that can be used either as a module with the G5 or separately by connecting to any smartphone or PC.
Not a mobile but something we're all looking forward to is HTC Vive.
HTC has revealed that its Vive virtual reality system will cost around £550 - that includes the headset, room sensors, controllers, and two bundled games. It will be available for pre-order starting February 29, with shipping to start April 1.
It's a lot of money, and £150 more than the Oculus Rift, but still a smidge cheaper than we were expecting. Remember, this is high-end VR.
Sony Xperia X Range
The latest Sony smartphones are the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA, besides being good looking device, has focused heavily on improvements to the camera, which will even predict where the subject in your snaps will move to and adjust its focus accordingly.
It’s a technique the Japanese firm calls “hybrid autofocus”, and early impressions have been very positive. Sony has also improved its battery tech, and claim that the batteries will last longer the competition at “up to 2 days”. Without any major leap forwards in battery technology in recent years, anything that keeps your phone going longer is definitely welcome…
- 13 MP camera with Hybrid Autofocus
- 8 MP front camera for low-light selfies
- Up to 2 days* battery life
- 64-bit Octa-core
- 5” HD curved display