The Mobile World Congress, just like every other year the brings a number of new devices to the limelight and this year is no exception.
From the numerous smartphones that were launched at the MWC 2016, GizBot has handpicked 10 smartphones which brings forward the latest and greatest developments in the area of consumer mobile technology.
Samsung Galaxy S7: The most sought after Flagship of 2016
Samsung has eventually launched the Galaxy S7 smartphone at their Unpacked event in Barcelona. Well, the tipsters were bang of target and most the specs of the smartphone had got leaked weeks before launch.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 packs a 5.1 inch QHD Super AMOLED display upfront. Incidentally the display comes with an 'Always On' feature. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with Mali T880 MP12 GPU. This is further clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of onboard storage. Fortunately, Samsung has made amends having included a MicroSD card slot with support for cards as high as 200GB.
Besides that, the Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a 12MP f/1.7 aperture camera on the rear which makes use of the company's own BRITCELL sensor. To complement the sensor, the Galaxy S7 packs an Optical Image Stabilisation along with a PDAF sensor for faster focusing speeds. Another feature worth mentioning is the much touted Liquid Cooling Technology which helps to keep the heating under control.
LG G5: Time for some 'Modular' action
LG G5 came out as quite a surprise when it was launched at the MWC 2016. The all new flagship from LG was nowhere near what most had expected. Unlike participating in the ongoing spec battle, LG decided to try out something out of the box. Well, what could be better than a modular device?
LG G5 sports a 5.5 inch QHD display protected by Gorilla Glass 4 upfront. Under the hood the flagship device from the Korean smartphone maker makes use of the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC just like the Galaxy S7. This is clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
In terms of cameras the LG G5 comes with a dual rear camera setup of 16MP f/1.8 and 8MP f/2.4. It's worth noting that the rear camera comes equipped with OIS and Laser Autofocus. LG G5 also come with an 8MP front facing selfie snapper. You can find out all the cool features of the LG G5 here.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus: The Pocket Rocket
The latest mid-range smartphone from Lenovo touts an all metal body which incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa core SoC, Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Apparently the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is merely a rebranded Lemon 3 for the global market.
Upfront the device features a 5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS LCD display along with a 5MP front camera and three capacitive keys which sadly, aren't backlit. It runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 with the company's very own Vibe UI on top. Lenovo has however confirmed the Marshmallow update for their all new device.
The best however is the price, as the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus costs just $149 which is roughly Rs 10,200 approx. It can well and truly be the game changer for Lenovo. Wondering why? Here are the 8 Killer Features of the Lenovo K5 Plus that might interested you.
HP Elite X3: Most premium Windows phone ever built
As expected HP Elite X3, the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 powered Windows smartphone made an appearance at the MWC 2016. Sporting a 6 inch QHD display upfront, the Windows 10 powered smartphone has a lot clicking for it. Well, the HP Elite X3 smartphone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage space. Besides that, there is room for memory expansion upto 2TB.
Interestingly the HP Elite X3 smartphone features an Iris Scanner on the top right of the front panel, thereby making it the first ever Windows device to do so. It's worth noting that the phone targeted at business and enterprise users come with an IP67 waterproof and dustproof certification.
Apart from that HP claims that the final device that will go on sale will also feature a Fingerprint Sensor of the back of the device just below the rear camera. In terms of camera the HP Elite X3 features a 16MP rear and an 8MP front facing camera. The smartphone is powered by a 4150mAh battery and also features a Bang & Olufsen speaker at the bottom.
Obi Worldphone MV1: The Bang for the Buck
Obi Worldphone, the company backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley launched a new budget phone at this year MWC. For those unaware the company already sells one of its Worldphone in India namely the Obi Worldphone SF1 in India . The recently launched Obi Worldphone MV1 however sits at a lower price point that the one available in India.
Obi Worldphone MV1 comes in two variants - 1GB RAM and 2GB RAM. Incidentally both the variant will come with same 16GB of internal storage. There is also room for memory expansion upto 64GB via MicroSD card. Obi has announced that their all new Worldphone would soon be launched in Asia followed by entry into Latin America and Europe in March.
The latest budget smartphone from Obi features a 5 inch HD (1280x720p) display upfront with comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. To power the Worldphone MV1 is a quad core Snapdragon 212 SoC coupled with Adreno 304 GPU. It sports an 8MP rear and 2MP rear and front facing cameras. Well here are 6 Reasons why you should wait for the Obi Worldphone MV1 to launch in India.
Acer Liquid Jade 2:
Taiwanese maker Acer launched their latest flagship smartphone dubbed the Liquid Jade 2. Sporting a 5.5 inch FHD display with a 100% NTSC color gamut and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, the Acer Liquid Jade is well and truly a decent flagship device from the Taiwan based brand.
Apart from the hexa core SoC, the Liquid Jade 2 sports 3GB of RAM under the hood along with 32GB of on board storage. There is also room for memory expansion via MicroSD card slot. In terms of camera the Acer Liquid Jade 2 sports a 21MP rear capable of 4K recording and an 8MP front facing selfie snapper.
ZTE Blade V7: Stole a leaf from Apple
The ZTE Blade V7 is crafted entirely of metal and comes with a curved back which is just 3.5mm wide at its slimmest part. Upfront the ZTE Blade V7 sports a 5.2 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) display covered by a 2.5D curved glass. Under the hood the smartphone packs a 1.5GHz octa core Mediatek 6753 SoC coupled with a Mali T720 GPU. This is clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage.
Talking of cameras, the ZTE Blade V7 features a 13MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash and a 5MP front facing selfie snapper. The best is that the 5.2 inch screen up front can behave as a flash while clicking selfies - similar to the 'Live Flash' functionality of the iPhone 6S.
Gionee S8: The iPhone 6S for Android
Gionee S8, the all new flagship from the Chinese smartphone maker come with a much touted 3D display technology - similar to the ones seen in Apple iPhone 6S. Gionee claims that the display can respond to 3 sense of force including touch to select, tap to preview the content of an app and press to run the app.
The Gionee S8 sports a 5.5 inch Full HD AMOLED display and is powered by a octa core Mediatek Helio P10 SoC clubbed with 4GB of RAM. In terms of camera the smartphone packs a f/1.8 aperture 16MP rear camera with Laser and PDAF Autofocus technology. This is complimented by a 8MP front facing selfie snapper. To power the smartphone is a 3000mAH battery which can possibly last through as day of moderate to heavy usage.
HTC One X9 - Chinese flavoured One A9
HTC One X9 is the latest premium offering from the Taiwanese maker. It is essentially a modified form of the One A9 which was launched towards the fag end of last end. Under the One A9 which boasted of Snapdragon powered internals, the HTC One X9 is driven by a Mediatek Helio X10 SoC.
The iPhone like design is carried forward from the One A9. The metal clad smartphone packs a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) Super LCD display upfront protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. Apart from the Helio X10 SoC the internals consist of 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
The HTC One X9 packs a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). Apart from that the device also come with a 5MP selfie snapper. It's worth noting that the rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos.
Xiaomi Mi5: The 'Galaxy S7' for the masses
After much delay Xiaomi eventually unveiled their latest flagship smartphone at the MWC 2016. The Xiaomi Mi5 features a body which the company refer to as '3D Ceramic' design. The high flying Chinese company has managed to make the smartphone markedly slim at 7.25mm despite incorporating a 3000mAh battery which comes with Quick Charge 3.0.
Upfront the Xiaomi Mi5 uses a 5.15 inch FHD display with a peak brightness of 600nits. As expected the smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with either 4GB or 3GB of RAM. In terms of camera the Mi5 sports a 16MP rear camera using a Sony IMX298 sensor with PDAF sensor, Sapphire Glass protection and 4 Axis Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). For those unaware the Apple iPhone 6S Plus utilizes a 2 Axis OIS. Apart from that the Xiaomi Mi5 sports a 4MP front facing selfie snapper which has pixel size as large as 2 microns.