Today marks the one week count down to this year’s Mobile World Congress, the biggest tech showcase of the year. Many folks – OEM’s, tech journalists, tech reporters, tech Youtubers and so on- are now packing their bags and getting ready to jet down to Barcelona, Spain for this massive convocation. Up until now, the mobile tech world has been just bombarded with an untold amount of rumors, leaks, and news about what OEM’s and other companies will be revealing to the world at the MWC 2016. Now the clock is ticking and the hour is approaching. This is my “One Week Wrap” for MWC 2016, a recap of some of the hottest news surrounding this event.
The Galaxy S7 is one of, if not THE, hottest device set to launch next week. While technically not going to be unveiled during MWC, the Galaxy S7 is definitely going to be associated with it. Being revealed in the same city, but one day earlier, the Galaxy S7 is going turn some heads. It will have a similar design to its predecessor, sporting a metal and glass body, though it will be a tad rounder. It will share the Note 5’s rounded curved back and that, coupled with the edge on the edge variant, will make for slightly ovular device. It will have the screen technology present in the S6: a 5.1 inch, QHD (1440×2560) AMOLED screen (5.5 inches for the edge version). The battery will be boosted with a 3,000 mAh battery for the standard S7, and a generous 3,600 mAh battery for the edge version. Other features include the extremely welcome addition of micro SD card support, and a further refined version of TouchWiz.
Like the S7, the LG G5 is not going to launch during MWC, but one day earlier. Following the trend of modern smartphones, the G5 will have a full Metal body. Other alterations to the design include the volume buttons moving from the back to the side, though the power button will remain on the back, housing a fingerprint sensor. LG will stay true to their IPS LCD technology with a 5.3 inch, QHD LCD panel. LCD or not, LG is definitely not slouch in the screen department. The subtle curves present in the G4 will be killed off to offer a flatter device. The G5 will have the latest and greatest processor package, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with the Adreno 530 GPU with 3 gigabytes of RAM. One of the biggest rumors surrounding the G5 is the fact that it’ll have a modular design, which will make the battery replaceable.
XIAOMI MI 5 AND XIAOMI’S LAUNCHING OUTSIDE OF CHINA
The first product on this list to ACTUALLY launch during MWC is the Xiaomi Mi 5, the long awaited handset from the Chinese OEM, Xiaomi. This is also exciting because this will be Xiaomi’s first time launching a product outside of it’s home country, though there will be a launching of the Mi 5 in Beijing on the same date. There have been a number of rumored specs surrounding the Mi 5: a 5.1 Full HD or QHD display, The Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3/4 gigabytes of RAM, 32 and 64 gigabyte storage options, a 16 megapixel rear shooter with an 8 megapixel front shooter and that’s about it for what’s solid. Xiaomi’s attending MWC may foreshadow it’s launching to markets outside of China. Let’s just hope it makes it to your country.
LG’S NEW “X” SERIES PHONES
In more recent news, LG is planning on releasing a pair of budget smartphones under the name “X”. The launch of these phones will differ from the G5, as they will launch during the actual event (Feb. 22) The first two devices will be unveiled, and they are named the “X Cam” and the “X Screen.” Each phone will have mid ranged specs in general, but one aspect will be premium; and judging by the names, it won’t be too hard to guess what those premium aspects are. The X Cam will have a 13 megapixel rear shooter, which LG boasts is the most advanced camera in the mid-tier market. The other offering is the LG X Screen. The selling point of this device is the fact that it’s going to have the LG V10’s secondary “Ticker” display. The other specs for these devices are generally mid ranged: 5.2-(ish) 1080p LCD displays, mid-ranged processors (jury is still out on what exactly will be powering these phones. It’s likely that they will have the Snapdragon 652 or somewhere near there.) somewhat decent batteries and respectable RAM (2/3 gigs) Come MWC, we’ll see if this method of mid-ranged phones with one premium feature pays off.
There you go, my One Week Wrap for MWC 2016!In one week’s time, covers will pulled off of shiny new devices and showcased to the masses. Samsung will show the world its nest baby, LG will prove that the power of the V10 was not a one time thing, Xiaomi will trek new territory in unveiling outside of China and much much more. Stay tuned for more information and coverage for MWC as, when next Monday arrives, everything will happen fast.