MWC 2016 is just around the corner and Chinese OEMs are expected to rule the roost at the Mecca of the mobile world. This time around, a lot of new Chinese and Indian brands have some promising smartphones slated for launch in Barcelona.
While established players like Lenovo, Xiaomi and Gionee will be there to display their prowess, other lesser-known brands like Doogee, Zopo and Bluboo have been teasing a lot of devices that will arrive this year at the MWC. Here is a list of the expected smartphones that are all set to roll out from the Chinese enterprises.
Making a big impact at MWC 2015 - with the Doogee Ibizia F2 and Ironbone smartphones - Doogee is back at the carnival with some more promising smartphone launches expected next week. Equipped with the latest Mediatek Helio X20 processor, the Diogee F7 is the company's big announcement for 2016. Packing in a quad-HD display and 4GB of RAM, this is going to be a blockbuster announcement if the pricing is done right. The company is also expected to launch the Titan S7 with a clamshell design and a compact 5.2-inch display.
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Another underdog of the populated Chinese smartphone market is Zopo. After making its mark in India - with the launch of the Zopo Speed 7 in August 2015 - Zopo is aiming to gain traction in the international market by making a debut at MWC 2016. Zopo will be launching its 2016 flagship, the Zopo Speed 8, at the event and the smartphone is expected to be topnotch when it comes to specs and build quality. It will sport a fingerprint scanner, an all-metal unibody and a huge 21-Megapixel camera sensor. The Speed 8 also has powerful internals, the Helio X20 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM.
After numerous ‘leaks' and rumors teased by Bluboo themselves, we are now waiting to see the devices that the company will be displaying at this year's Mobile World Congress. The company will release not one, but three devices at the event, the Bluboo XWatch, the Bluboo Picasso and the Bluboo XTouch Plus. Out of the lot, the XTouch Plus is their flagship smartphone for this year and a great one at that. Boasting of features like a USB Type-C port, fingerprint sensor and a notifications switch, the smartphone is something to look out for in the premium segment this time.
Bezel-less smartphone displays have been a reality since 2015 but you haven't seen anything like this before. The Ulefone Future is the company's offering for MWC 2016 and it has a sleek design. It also has the 2.0 GHz Mediatek Helio P10 processor, 4GB of RAM and the latest 20MP Sony IMX230 rear camera sensor. Along with these killer specs, the user will apparently have an option of choosing the software, between Cyanogen and Android 6.0.
Chinese smartphones are making their mark at MWC 2016 but there is one Indian OEM that doesn't want to remain in the dark. One of the leading smartphone brands in India, Intex is yet to make a mark in the international markets. This is all set to change, as the company will be making some big announcements at this year's Mobile World Conference. Starting with the launch of their new UI, the Sailfish 2.0, Intex will also debut the first-ever smartphone to run on the OS. Called the Aqua Fish, the smartphone is a resultant of the partnership between Jolla and Intex. It has decent specs - Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage.