Mobile World Congress took place last week in Barcelona, and it was home to a huge number of mobile tech reveals – if you are a big mobile company, you had something to announce. That being said, the event was not without its troubles – right before the beginning of the event, public transport and taxi service employees announced a strike, thus limiting the transport options for event attendees.
Now that the Congress is over, let’s look over the biggest announcements made in Barcelona this year:
Samsung announces new entry in flagship series
The tech titan, Samsung, has announced their new flagship phone models, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which will have 5.1, respectively 5.5-inch screens, with “Always-On Display” technology, which allows users to check important notifications without having to touch their screens. With a curved glass back, waterproofing and the first Dual Pixel camera on a mobile phone (helps with taking better pictures in environments with poor lighting), the Galaxy S7 and its bigger brother are sure to impress.
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’s new top-tier weapons: G5 and VR
The battle for this market’s supremacy isn’t one sided at all: a lot of big manufacturers have also announced their competitors for the Galaxy S7, and they are not to be taken lightly. One such manufacturer is LG, which has announced their newest flagship smartphone: the LG G5. This phone features a detachable chin, which contains the phone’s replaceable battery. This is the first time a high-tier modular smartphone is released, so we should expect smartphones to be modular in the future.
Given that Samsung also aggressively pushes their Gear VR with the Galaxy S7, LG has also announced their entry in the VR business with their LG 360 VR Headset and LG 360 Cam. From the impressions of show attendees, the LG 360 VR Headset is quite poor in its immersion and weight department, with the headset having light leaks.
Sony releases a new line
This week, Sony has officially retired their flagship Z series for the newer X series, which was announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Their new smartphones are titled Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Performance, and Sony Xperia XA, which will be the line’s mid-range smartphone. Among this new line, the Xperia X Performance is the chosen competitor against Samsung’s S7, as it features the same processor: a Snapdragon 820.
Construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, also known as CAT, has also announced their first smartphone, which impressed people worldwide. Although the CAT S60, as it is named, may not be exactly pretty, it sports an amazing feature: a FLIR thermal imaging camera.
The phone has a die cast frame, a 4.7-inch screen, gorilla glass, wet finger and glove support, an underwater main camera boasting 13MP, and a 5MP frontal camera. As for its internals, it has 32GB of storage, 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor.
Tablets were a no-show
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, absolutely no tablet was present. Weren’t they supposed to be the next step towards innovation? Have we progressed so far with our phones that there is no longer room for tablets in our daily lives? We will have to wait and see whether or not Apple will still support their iPad brand. If they drop it in the following years, the tablet market will continue to be dominated by mass-producing Chinese brands, selling cheap devices.