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Mobile World Congress 2016 is all set to take off starting next Monday and the next four days in Barcelona are expected to be power-packed, in the world of mobile technology. Samsung is one of the brands that make a big impression each year at MWC..
This year will be no different with a wide variety of exciting products in the pipeline for the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event, just before the first day of MWC. We have curated a list of all the probable launches that Samsung is expected to announce at MWC in Barcelona next week.
The most certain out of the lot of products expected from Samsung, are the 2016 flagship smartphones, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both these smartphones are confirmed to launch at the Galaxy Unpacked event this year. With rumors pointing towards the addition of the Snapdragon 820 chipset, a 4K display and an Iris scanner, this is one spectacle smartphone enthusiasts will not want to miss out on.
Other rumors suggest 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB in onboard storage (without expansion options) and a reduced 12MP camera sensor but with improved picture clarity and contrast.
Along with the obvious Galaxy smartphone launch, a lot of speculation is in the air regarding the fact that Samsung is also releasing a 360-degree camera, focused on the VR platform. With Samsung's Gear VR getting rare acclaim, the company is looking to strengthen their division in order to overthrow the likes of the Oculus and HTC Vive.
Described as a ‘compact spherical camera', the Gear 360 is expected to sport two 180-degree fisheye lenses. Software will be available to connect the camera to Samsung's latest flagship, the S7, and possibly last year's S6 as well.
Successor to the fairly successful Tab S2 and, further the Tab S, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is expected to launch sometime in 2016. That it will be at MWC is something that we are quite skeptical about. With the last two versions launched in July 2014 and June 2015 respectively, we can't really expect Samsung to surprise us with an early tablet PC launch. But you never really know with these guys.
Rumors regarding the Galaxy Tab S3 suggest that Samsung is trying to put the ‘edge' into their tablet series, literally. Borrowing features from the S6 Edge and Note Edge, this new tablet will possibly sport an additional screen on the corner, for higher functionality during use.
Announced back in 2015, Samsung Pay has been seen as a big alternative to Apple Pay, in the Android ecosystem. While the company has since been silent regarding the update for this service, analysts predict a major announcement concerned with the expansion plans for Samsung Pay. Planned for launch in international markets, Samsung Pay is compatible with the company's Galaxy, Note and even Gear smartwatch series.
Samsung recently launched a fresh new range of luxury straps for its latest Gear S2 Classic smartwatch so it seems that the company isn't exactly ready to launch another wearable device just yet, not at MWC 2016 that is. While no new hardware is expected in this division, a software upgrade along with the integration of above-mentioned Samsung Pay is going to be something to look out for this time.