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Mobile World Congress 2016: Best Devices

Mobile World Congress 2016 Review

With a record 100,000 attendees, Mobile World Congress 2016 has wrapped up for another year and, as expected, it didn’t disappoint.  The event gave mobile giants such as LG, Samsung, Huawei and HTC the chance to showcase their eagerly upcoming wares and provided an insight into tomorrow’s technology.

So what were the highlights?

Huawei MateBook

Huawei MateBook 

As predicted in our Mobile World Congress 216 preview, Huawei did not unveil their new flagship smartphone. They did, however, announce the MateBook – a 12-inch, super-slim tablet that includes a removable keyboard and digital stylus.

Built to rival the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, the 2-in-1 is Huawei’s first venture into the world of Windows, and we think it’s going to be a hit. Although tipped to be a trifle more expensive than the brand’s usual releases, the tablet-cum-netbook promises to provide a lot of bang for your buck.

Despite not boasting a microSD card slot, the MateBook comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models, which is pretty impressive considering Apple’s top iPad Pro is provided with only 128GB of storage. Huawei are also giving users the choice of 4GB or 8GB of RAM

LG G5

LG G5 

As forecasted, LG unveiled its latest flagship smartphone device – the fifth iteration of the G fraternity. As numerous reports predicted, LG announced features such as an always-on display, a sleek aluminium design and removable battery. What the tech-loving masses weren’t expecting, however, was a ground-breaking game-changer from a company that has always lived in the shadow of Samsung. But a game-changing modular smartphone is exactly what LG unveiled in Barcelona.

The notion of modular smartphones is nothing new, but it seems LG are the first to unleash this concept for the commercial market. The LG Cam Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus are two modules that replace the G5’s standard undercarriage for improved photography and audio respectively. LG will also offer a bigger battery module, which, in these power-hungry devices, is more than welcome.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

Although there’s nothing ground-breaking here, Samsung have improved the camera, battery and processor for the Galaxy S7. The seventh in the Galaxy series will sport a stylish glass and metal body, sharp display, always-on dsiplay and a curved Edge alternative.

Samsung has also listened to its fans and brought back waterproofing and expandable storage for the S7, two much-loved features previously removed from the S6.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive 

Virtual reality made big waves at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and it was HTC that stole the show.

Despite rolling out top-of-the-range smartphones every year without fail, HTC have never really made a huge impact in the consumer market. The HTC Vive could change all that, however, with its virtual reality breakthrough into the consumer market.

Simply put the headset on and be taken to many different rooms and environments, the highlight of which is being able to climb Mount Everest.

HP Elite X3

HP Elite X3 

As the surprise package of the event, HP’s impressive-looking 5.9-inch all-metal smartphone caught the attention of many tech-lovers at Mobile world Congress 2016.

The device fully embraces Continuum, which is a Microsoft Windows 10 invention that allows users to transform their handsets into desktop computers. Aimed at business-focussed users, this unique feature could popularise a much maligned Windows operating system.

Mobile World Congress 2016 Review

With a record 100,000 attendees, Mobile World Congress 2016 has wrapped up for another year and, as expected, it didn’t disappoint.  The event gave mobile giants such as LG, Samsung, Huawei and HTC the chance to showcase their eagerly upcoming wares and provided an insight into tomorrow’s technology.


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