Mobile World Congress (MWC) has always been a hub for new releases. The 2016 show was no different.
In the 2016 MWC, HP released Elite X3, a 6-inch Phablet, featuring an AMOLED screen and a Windows 10. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4GB RAM and a huge 4,150mAH battery, it can be converted to a pocket-sized PC. Alongside, HP also unveiled Mobile Extender, a 12.5ins ultra-lightweight laptop add-on.
From HTC, there were three releases to HTC Desire series – Desire 530, 630, and 825. Although the specifications of the phones are not high-end, they featured an exclusive design element, a ‘Micro Splash’ finish with a splatter of color added to the back cases of the phones. With the new design twist, the phone targets at fashion conscious smartphone users. Another launch of HTC at MWC was Vive virtual reality headset.
LG made a serious head-turning at the event with the launch of a flagship phone G5. With stunning specifications such as a 5.3-inch screen, Marshmallow OS, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo CPU, 32GB internal storage expandable up to 200GB, 16 MP camera etc., LG G5 captured the hearts at MWC 2016. The revamped stainless steel design too made its statement.
Samsung Galaxy S7 was another launch at MWC 2016. Addressed as a revamped model of the predecessor S6, the phone adds up a few features like MicroSD card, waterproofing etc.
Sony had two launches – Sony Xperia X and XA, both running on Snapdragon 650 processor. The prices of these mid-range phones are not revealed yet.
Xiaomi, which lost its target last year presented eye-catching new launches, Mi5 and Mi5 Pro at MWC 2016. With its 5.1-inch display, Sony-sourced 16 MP camera with 4-axis optical image stabilization, lighter weight than Apple iPhone 6s, and a 3D ceramic body, Xiaomi Mi5 Pro is definitely worth watching.