Mobile World Congress: Day 1 Roundup

Mobile World Congress has just started today in Barcelona, and in spite of that fact, there are already plenty of announcements spreading like wildfire, as the biggest companies have revealed their newest high-end devices. This year’s theme for the Congress is “Mobile is Everything”, and as such, we’re going to see a lot of amazing announcements over the next few days. Let’s see what happened on the first day.

Transportation strike

Here’s a bit of bad luck for the event goers, as the transport employees in Barcelona have announced a strike during 22-25 February, which are the days of Mobile World Congress. Therefore, the transportation options are limited to the strict minimum for the metro and bus systems, while taxis will be operating normally, because the event organizers have created a plan to fix this situation.

Samsung meets expectations

As expected by everyone, Samsung has revealed its new top-tier smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, both which will offer “refined design,more advanced camera,streamlined software functionalityand unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services and experiences”.

The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch screen, while its Edge counterpart has a 5.5-inch one. The new phones also feature an “always-on display”, which offers access to important information without having to touch the screen. Along with this new technology also comes the first Dual Pixel camera on a smartphone, delivering brighter and sharper images, even in low light. This isalso said to deliver a faster shutterspeed and more accurate autofocus even in low-light conditions.

Gamers will also have an amazing experience with the South Korean company’s new phones, as there will be a new add-on, called “Game Launcher”, which enables battery management. Game Launcher will also allow gamers to record gameplay on their screens and disable notifications during gameplay.

LG launches flagship smartphone

Once again, as predicted by online leaks, LG unveiled their new flagship G5 smartphone, giving it a huge push, hoping that it will take its place among the best-selling smartphones. “Is the era of the smartphone over? We think the best days are still ahead,” Juno Cho, CEO of LG’s mobile business stated. “This is the most exciting new phone that you will see at MWC,” he added confidently.

The phone will have a detachable chin, which will contain a swappable battery, making this one of the first step towards a modular future for smartphones. There will also be a set of companion devices released, called LG Friends, such as the LG 360 Cam, which enables 360-degree images to be captured, which can then be viewed with LG’s new VR headset, titled “LG 360 VR”.

Huawei MateBook – two in one

Huawei has announced MateBook, which is a two-in-one device, combining ““the mobility of a smartphone with the power and productivity of a laptop”, being aimed at enterprise, rather than consumer buyers.

The device is meant to be a competitor to Microsoft’s Surface and Apple’s iPad Pro, although it is said to be lighter, with a higher screen-to-body ratio than the others. Huawei MateBook will run on Windows 10, and it supports the brilliant digital assistant, Cortana.

This two-in-one device has a 12 inch screen and ranges in price from $699 to $1,599, being powered by a sixth generation Intel Core m-series processor. Accessories will also be available for the MateBook, with a spill resistant and detachable keyboard being sold separately for $129.

5G Internet taking off

Although some parts of the world are still using 3G networks, the biggest network providers in the United States are already planning to test 5G Internet and deploy it commercially in 2017. Verizon has announced today that they are trying to be the first ones to make these plans work, which has drawn some criticism from its rivals, saying that they are rushing the process.


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s roundup of the second day of Mobile World Congress!