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MWC 2016 Round-Up – List of Smartphones, Tablets & Wearables Announced



There are three events every year that every tech enthusiast/geek looks out for, while first two happens in just two months timeline, the third event makes us wait quite the months. We are talking about the CES (Consumer Electronics Show), MWC (Mobile World Congress) and IFA. One (CES) of these events have been conducted earlier in January and now that MWC 2016 has finished too. Here in this post, we revisit some of the interesting smartphones, tablets and wearables that were announced at the stage set in Barcelona.

Day 1

LG G5: LG had raised the bar this time when the company revealed their flagship smartphone. LG’s motto this year was to offer a radical reinvention of a premium specced device with options for a lot of connectivity. With a modular design and giving room to play around with other LG, Friends introduced at the event made LG everyone’s favorite.

Huawei MateBook: This was the first time that Huawei executives took the stage not to present the smartphone, but their first hybrid tablet, the MateBook. The company practically launched the rival to Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Apple iPad Pro. Its metal build, sleek and probably the most powerful and stylish hybrid in the market right now.

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge: The much awaited Next Galaxy was introduced, and it was what expected of it, microSD card and waterproof features are reintroduced. And the camera is better than ever, although, with less megapixel resolution. The screen size is an increase, and you see a far better design with little tweaks on edges and overall construction. But it still has same aesthetics as the previous iteration, some like that some didn’t, and well we did like it.

Lenovo Vibe K5 & K5 Plus: The company more invested in empowering mid-range smartphone buyers has introduced yet another set of handsets with pretty impressive specifications. These metal handsets are the new entrant to mid-segment and have the ability to woo even premium consumers and make them pay less and get more. Starting at just $129, these are your ideal smartphone for daily use and sometimes even for flaunting as well, since they have metal construction.

Day 2

HP Elite X3: Hewlett-Packard has introduced their Windows phone, which even beats the Microsoft’s flagship phone, the Lumia 950 XL. Compatible with Continuum, the Elite X3 is more than just a smartphone, it can be your tablet, laptop or a full blown computer as the company is throwing in a keyboard and a mouse with it.

Sony Xperia X Series: The Xperia Z series is dead now; Sony has a new series in town, and it’s called X. That’s right. The Japanese brand is moving on from its iconic series and has launched three new models; X, XA and X Performance. I know the last name is too long, but it’s worth it, as it sports a Snapdragon 820 processor and is most powerful among three devices in the series. So, that’s why it has that name, I guess.

ZTE Blade V7 and V7 Lite: This Chinese brand is more popular in Europe than any other local brand. They have launched two mid-range handsets, both metal build, priced affordably. Running on the latest Android Marshmallow OS, they are being targeted at the young audience.

Freetel Rei: Another Japanese brand that has launched their smartphone at MWC, but it was the first time that Freetel has showcased their handset at this platform. The Rei was first introduced at CES, now seeks its audience in Europe. Design inspiration taken from iPhone 6S, it would be available for purchase in Q2 2016.

Acer Liquid Jade 2 & Liquid Zest: The Taiwanese brand announced their latest flagship smartphone, the Liquid Jade 2 and it is pretty nice. Though, might not powerful as other flagships launched this year at MWC, but the combination of Hexa-core chipset and Android Marshmallow 6.0 should be a total game changer for the company. There was a second handset that was announced alongside; it’s called Liquid Zest. The mid-range smartphone with Quad-core chipset and Android Marshmallow with an audio technology is a decent offering.

Haier Watch:
The Chinese consumer brand has revealed what may be the first Android Marshmallow powered smartwatch. The Haier Watch is a stylish smartwatch with tons of features including an impressive 400 x 400 pixel resolution 1.4-inch LCD. Comes in a stainless steel casing, it has a lot to offer. With IP56 rating, it is a waterproof ready, microphone enabled smartwatch, which when paired with your smartphone can be a totally awesome wearable, as it also lets you track your smartphone in case of if its stolen or lost.

Day 3

Garmin Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: The popular GPS equipment manufacturer has launched their two new wearables; Vivoactive HR and Vivofit 3. These are the upgrades to previous iterations of their respective sets. Vivoactive HR is completely redesigned and has been made quite sleeker and comfortable to wear; it promises great battery life. Whereas the Vivofit 3 is a much affordable fitness tracker and comes with lots of bands options and backlit display.

Panasonic Toughpads FZ-F1 & FZ-N1:
The brand has been known to offer rugged equipment like tablets and smartphones. But these new Toughpads are more like handheld tablets with a screen size of a smartphone. Sporting industry grade specifications and to be used by the enterprise in manufacturing, retail, warehouses and emergency services. Comes in two variants, Windows 10 IoT and Android for Work operating systems.

BQ Aquaris X5 Plus: The Spanish company, BQ, launched their new mid-ranger, Aquaris X5 Plus, it is a beautiful design handset and is powered by Snapdragon 652, which is Qualcomm’s latest in the 600 Series of the processor. Running on the latest Android Marshmallow and sporting an acclaimed 16MP Sony sensor makes it quite a powerful mid-ranger.

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition: The Chinese mobile company in partnership with Canonical, the firm behind the Ubuntu OS has announced PRO 5 Ubuntu edition smartphone at MWC. It was available for pre-order right from its announcement at the event. Sporting premium features like Exynos 7420 chipset and 21MP camera, it is the most powerful Ubuntu phone yet. This is fifth smartphone coming with the Linux-based mobile OS.

Cubot CheetahPhone: We saw another partnership resulting a fruitful output; it was between the Cheetah Mobile and Cubot. Their joint venture was the new CheetahPhone, which announced for the European audience and can be purchased from March 20 on Amazon’s website. It deeply integrates the Cheetah Mobile apps like Clean Master and CM Security. Sporting full HD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage; also, it has a metal construction, which you can give it a premium quality.

Day 4

Xiaomi Mi 5 & Mi 5 Pro: Xiaomi unveiled their latest flagship devices; the Mi 5 and Mi 5 Pro at MWC this year. It is the first appearance hosted by the company and of course, you know who was there; Hugo Barra, the Global VP of Xiaomi. The world was wooed by the company as they showcased their latest offering. But unfortunately only China and selected regions would be getting this handset.

General Mobile GM5 Plus: Turkey’s second Android One handset and the Android One product we all deserved. When compared to handsets launched in India, Indonesia, and few other countries, it is a premium product priced around $300. It packs a Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space. Most of all it had a metal frame design and textured back, which will make you, feel like holding a premium handset.

Zopo Speed 8 & 7C: There are two handsets that were launched by the Zopo Mobile, Speed 8 and Speed 7C. The company has launched first Helios X20 processor powered a smartphone; it’s Speed 8. With the support of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, 5.5-inch full HD display, 21MP camera and large 3600mAh battery, it is quite a handset for just $299 pricing. While the second handset, Speed 7C seems like a toned down version of Speed 7. But nonetheless, with four swappable back covers like Bamboo, Ebony, Black Apricot and Phoenix Leather, it is an amazing mid-range smartphone.

Intex Aqua Fish: The Indian smartphone vendor revealed their first smartphone powered by a Sailfish OS. In partnership with Jolla, the brand has launched Aqua Fish smartphone with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Priced budget friendly, it gives a great opportunity to experience a SailFish 2.0 OS, which is the latest version of the mobile OS. What’s interesting is that it also smoothly runs the Android application as compatibility level is increased.

This was our round-up of the Mobile World Congress 2016; hope you had a great time catching up with the world’s largest mobile event. If you have any queries, we are happy to address in the comments section below.


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