Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress, a biggest tradeshow privately focused on mobile, kicks off in only over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a discerning outline of some of a large hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during a best partial of a week of entirely mobile-focused news…


The large exhibit for Samsung will be glossy new additions to a Galaxy flagship smartphone choice — with a new S7 and S7 Edge (its curved-edge shade variant) expected. Leaks advise a new flagships will have vigour supportive screens — a la Apple’s 3D Touch addition — and faster charging around a new USB Type-C port, camera enhancements and beefier chipset hardware. It’s probable a company might also have a rethink on final year’s (unpopular) preference to mislay a microSD label container from a flagship. Android fans will certainly wish so.

In addition, a teaser entice to Samsung’s pre-MWC press discussion places copiousness of importance on VR. So we’re awaiting some estimable news around a Gear VR height too, expected related to a new flagships — so maybe some new VR capabilities baked into a new flagship phone hardware to give buyers an inducement to collect adult not one though twin new pieces of Samsung pack this year. 2016 is a year of a good VR reboot so Samsung will be aiming to gain on a hype. And while full-fat gaming VR headsets such as the stirring Oculus Rift are going to be too costly to be mass market, Samsung’s Gear VR height offers a mid-priced choice that repurposes existent smartphone hardware to broach a grade of digital soak — vouchsafing people drop their toes in a VR waters though upending their piggybank to do so.


South Korea’s LG has had to play second fiddle to Samsung for years though that doesn’t meant it’s not going large on MWC announcements. The association will be unboxing a latest flagship, a LG G5, during an eventuality on Sunday afternoon — admittedly a few hours before Samsung’s large exhibit so that the LG G5 can have a possess impulse in a limelight.

We already know the G5 will embody a touch-enabled box — interjection to LG PRing this tidbit already. The case will let users take calls, check a time/date and notifications though carrying to flip it open to get to a screen, interjection to a phone carrying an always on display. The box is suggestive of HTC’s Dot View case, expelled with a flagship HTC One M8 smartphone behind in open 2014. As they say, fabrication is a sincerest form of flattery….

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What else do we know about a LG G5? Rumors advise a steel unibody design, that would be a step adult from LG’s standard cosmetic design; a fingerprint scanner (and presumably iris scanning tech); and twin camera lenses on a rear, that would be another ‘inspired by HTC’ moment.


Unlike in MWCs past we’re not awaiting most in a proceed of new flagship smartphone hardware from Taiwan’s HTC, that is not holding a entirely fledged press eventuality during this year’s show. Given how most a association has struggled to spin a phone fortunes around in new years this is not a large surprise. Last month CEO Cher Wang even pronounced that VR is now “more important” for a association than phones. So HTC’s MWC announcements are going to be focused on a stirring Vive VR headset, that it’s building in partnership with games developer Valve.

We already know a Vive headset is due to boat from April, with pre-orders starting after this month, but we’re awaiting a association to take time during MWC strength out a few more sum about what will be in a Vive box — and privately divulge a very key bit of intel: a price.



China’s Huawei might not have a code glorious of Samsung though it’s been creation some solid marketshare gains in new times, according to analysts. At MWC a association has a press eventuality scheduled for a Sunday afternoon where it says it will be unveiling “a code new Huawei device that will accommodate a final of a subsequent era of mobile innovation”. It’s probable this will be a new flagship smartphone — aka a Huawei P9, inheritor to final year’s P8. The association also has a line of mid-tier devices, and creates smartwatches too. So copiousness of hardware options here.


Ah who doesn’t adore a wildcard. In years past a Nokia press discussion was a tack of a pre-MWC hardware press discussion circuit, given a association was a inaugural force in mobile for mixed years. But since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile creation multiplication normal use has been disrupted. However, from this year, Nokia regains a ability to hang a possess code name on smartphones again — so it’s probable we could get a hardware-related proclamation during its MWC presser again this year.

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Or it could betray a new 5G basestation (or similar) — given networks is a core multiplication of a remaining company. Nokia has already announced it’s rising a network confidence government core for operators during a uncover this year, for example.

Albeit last summer Nokia’s CEO Rajeev Suri reliable a company’s intention to pattern and permit handsets in 2016 — presumption it can find a right partners to power a lapse to a phone market. And it has already worked with Foxconn to put out an Android inscription (the N1), that it was display off during MWC final year. So we’ll shortly find out whether it’s stretched that plan to smartphones now too. If it has, it’s unequivocally holding a longhorn by a horns by directly contrary with Samsung’s Sunday dusk press eventuality timing. So it will possibly be a really bullish lapse to smartphones for a former universe series one mobile maker. Or a ‘nothing to see here’ networks-related presser… Either way, TC will be on a belligerent in Barcelona to find out.


China’s smartphone pretender Xiaomi will be holding a press preview of its forthcoming Mi 5 flagship smartphone during MWC on a Wednesday, on a same day as it binds a launch eventuality in Beijing. It’s not being decorous about this, with its invite to a eventuality categorically saying a Mi 5 name…


What else do we know about a Mi 5? Xiaomi tellurian VP Hugo Barra reliable final month in a chatter that it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

He’s also tweeted a hide look during a homescreen — that includes what looks like support for twin SIM with twin vigilance bars adult top, and NFC support:


As with many an Android OEM Sony has had a flattering tough time station out in a swarming smartphone space. So while it will be holding a press discussion during MWC it’s some-more of a low pivotal affair, scheduled for a Monday morning like last year (when it had a inscription with a bluetooth keyboard and a new mid-range handset to uncover off). Expectations for Sony’s 2016 MWC announcements are a squeeze bag of guesses during this point. Perhaps some new Xperia tablets. Or an refurbish to a wearables line. A severely slicing corner flagship Sony smartphone is far reduction expected during this point.

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We’re not awaiting any vital news from Redmond during this year’s uncover given it’s all though retrenching from smartphones, with continued pursuit cuts to a mobile creation multiplication underneath CEO Satya Nadella. In a latest earning report, Microsoft remarkable it sold only 4.5 million Windows Phone in a Q2, down from 10.5 million in a year before quarter, with phone formed income disappearing 49 per cent in consistent currency… Ouch. So expect a really low pivotal participation from Microsoft this year during a world’s biggest mobile show.


Another former mobile hulk that’s been cut to ribbons by a dominance of Android is BlackBerry. The association before famous as RIM released a initial Android powered smartphone, a Priv, final fall. A touchscreen slider that took a cake-and-eat it proceed to smartphone submit options. There are rumors it has a non-slider follow adult in a works; i.e. a full Qwerty-plus-touchscreen handset, code-named Vienna. So it will be engaging to see either a association takes a thrust and launches a second Android device during MWC this year. The company is not holding an central press discussion that suggests it’s not going to be creation any flagship hardware launches. Which maybe also suggest a Priv has not been offered good adequate to remonstrate CEO John Chen that BlackBerry needs to stay in a hardware creation business. Time will tell on that one.

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