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Lots of nice new phones at Mobile World Congress 2016

More than 90,000 lucky people attended the 2016 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain and reading the reviews, they mostly got what they expected.

The new phones look stunning, telling from the pics and videos, with the LG G5 leading the rave score. It runs on Android Marshmallow and features a 5.3-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD screen, 16MP camera, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD slot that can handle a whopping 2 terabyte card.

LG G5

The best feature of the G5, however, is, according to Gizmodo and others, the new slot at the bottom of the phone which accommodates the removable battery and can host gadget modules such as Hi-Fi DAC or a camera grip.

Lots of nice new phones! Lovely!

Nowadays one can’t talk about new phones without mentioning the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. Well, the new iPhone 7 is rumoured to be available only in a few months time but apparently there were loads of Chinese-made iPhone look-alikes at the MWC. Samsung did, however, launch their attractive new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Here are other launches (in alphabetical order) –

Alcatel: Idol 4, Idol 4S and Plus 10.

Acer: Liquid Jade 2 and Liquid Zest.

Caterpillar: Cat S60

Gionee:  S8

HP: Elite x3 Windows 10 phablet.

HTC: Desire 530, Desire 630, Desire 825 line and One X9.

Lenovo: Vibe K5 and Vibe K5 Plus.

Obi: MV1.

Panasonic: Toughpad FZ-F1 (Windows 10) and FZ-N1 (Android).

Sony: Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA range, discussed on The Verge.

Vaio: Phone Biz (Windows 10).

ZTE: Blade V7 and Blade V7 Light.

Most of the new phones run on the Android platform. And most featured the new quad-core Snapdragon 820 with the Andreno 530 GPU that is capable to run native 4K display at 60 fps with 120 Hz. Thus said, the S7 will also be available outside the United States and China with the octa-core Exynos 8890 CPU.

Keep in mind, though, if you’re looking for the phone with fastest CPU, that crown currently belongs to the Huawei Mate 8 – which was launched in October 2015 – with the HiSilicon Kirin 950 chip. See the GSM Arena benchmark test.

Cat S60

Virtual Reality… on phones

It wasn’t just all about phones, of course. VR vendors made a big splash too. Reviews on the VR gadgets were less enthusiastic than for the phones but the VR future does look promising.

In their coverage of the congress, Pocket-Lint reports that Mark Zuckerberg reiterated Facebook support for the Samsung Gear VR (which is partly powered by the Facebook-owned Oculus).

Virtual reality on your phone is not too far off… perhaps as soon as 5G arrives. Thus, in just a few years. Coincidentally, probably in time for all the “S” model names to fall in line with “V” and “VR.”

23/02/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

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