One of the biggest tech-related events this year, Mobile World Congress 2016 is about to start in Barcelona, and it will be the place where the newest top-tier smartphones will be unveiled. This year’s theme is “Mobile is Everything”, and at the same time, another event will take place, organized by the same people responsible for Mobile World Congress. The event, a Ministerial Programme, is supposed to be a platform for discussing “the most pressing issues affecting the future of the mobile industry.”
While many reveals were supposed to be kept secret, the Internet always finds a way to leak the newest inventions to the public. That being said, here are some rumors about what we’re going to see this week:
Samsung’s new flagship phone – the Galaxy S7
Earlier this month, new details have surfaced about Samsung’s newest entry in their flagship series, the Galaxy S7. Reportedly, the phone will have 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 processor, and will feature Android V6.0 Marshmallow. There will also be a premium model, called the S7 Edge, which will have better specifications and will bring back the Edge features found in the S6 Edge, but improved: there are now 4 Edge modes (Edge Immersive, Edge Single Mode, Edge Feeds and Edge Single Plus).
If you want to check out more about the S7, you can do so by following this link.
LG’s new smartphone and payment system
Another expected reveal at this year’s Mobile World Congress is the LG G5, which is a 5.3 inch smartphone, capable of directly competing against the Galaxy S7, as it also boasts a Snapdragon 820 processor, along with two rear cameras. The phone will also have an interesting feature – a modular battery, which is easily swapped so that you can keep using your phone without having to keep it plugged in once its battery is out of juice. This battery is found in the phone’s chin, which can be completely detached from the rest of the phone.
LG is also supposed to give more details about their LG Pay system, which is meant to rival Apple Pay and Google Wallet. We do not have more information on their system at the moment, but they’ll need something extremely good in order to rival the bigger brand names.
HP releasing a Windows 10 premium device
Popular tech manufacturer Hewlett-Packard is also expected to reveal their new, premium-class smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows 10. This handset is codenamed “Falcon”, and it is said to be one of the most powerful Windows 10 mobile devices.
In the meanwhile, Microsoft will not have any big announcements at Mobile World Congress 2016, as the company has just announced their new mobile device, the Lumia 650, in a blog post last week.
While new details about the premium-class virtual reality headset will be given this week, HTC has just revealed that the Vive will be released on April 1, 2016, and will cost $799. While that price is extremely high for the average tech user, it is the best headset on the market, with the best technology available, and the fact that it was developed with the help of software developer and publisher Valve only gives the Vive more justification for its price.
While some countries are only just getting a taste of 4G Internet, it seems that at this year’s Mobile World Congress, companies will talk about 5G Internet. This technology is expected to be beta tested by AT&T in the United States, and is expected to be between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G. If this technology will get a lot of support, we might actually have 5G Internet in the United States for all clients before the end of 2017.
For news from the Mobile World Congress 2016, watch this space, as we’ll be uploading daily reports with the newest reveals, fresh from Barcelona.