Tuesday 25 October 2016

Top five devices from Mobile World Congress 2016

Daniel Anderson

Published 25/02/2016 | 16:15

MWC 2016
MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 is coming to a close so we've rounded up the best tech and gadgets from the show floor

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Mobile World Congress 2016 is drawing to a close, with the biggest smartphone show of the year finishing its run in Barcelona, Spain.

It’s a time when major manufacturers from around the world come to show off their latest wares, with all manner of phones, accessories and super strange concepts battle for attention in press conferences and at stalls among the thousands of attendees.

We’ve been keeping a careful eye on everything from the show and have compiled a list of the top 5 products to look out for in the months ahead.

LG G5 and Friends LG made a huge impression with their conference, showing off one of the most exciting new flaghship phones in years with a new modular design.

With most companies sticking to tried and tested designs it’s really refreshing to see a move like this from a major player. A compartment at the bottom of the phone slides out, letting you install other components like expanded camera controls or an audio decoder.

LG has more in the pipeline including a VR headset and a handy 360 degree camera as well as the very cute Rolling Bot which you can control from anywhere. And it doesn’t hurt that the phone itself looks great and has impressive specs, including dual cameras on the back.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge It was always a sure thing that Samsung would be revealing its latest high end device and the Galaxy S7 delivered as promised.

It’s a gorgeous looking device with a large 5.1 inch screen and high quality specs, including the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. And there’s a new camera too, with a 12 megapixel shooter on the back that’s features larger pixels for better low light performance and plenty of other tricks.

The S7 is joined by the S7 Edge with similar specs and a larger 5.5 inch curved screen and a bigger battery. We love the look of the edge and it’s bound to turn some heads. Both phones are waterproof and there’s also dinky 360 degree camera in the works called the Gear 360.

Huawei Matebook Chinese company Huawei may be associated more with phones in recent years but they went out big at Mobile World Congress with a major new 2 in 1 tablet release.

The Huawei Matebook is a 12 inch tablet that easily converts into a very capable notebook computer. It’s slim and light and has a massive screen resolution of 2160 x 1400, which should make it perfect for work or play.

The gizmo is powered by Windows 10 and has a keyboard/cover for those laptop moments. There’s also a stylus, called the MatePen, which can work as a laser pointer and presenter remote. There are lots of different configurations available, with pricing starting at $699.

Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA Sony Mobile tried something different at Mobile World Congress this year, introducing a new Xperia X range of smartphones.

There’s word that the Z brand has been discontinued but no official confirmation as yet. In the meantime the Xperia X and Xperia XA will be point of focus for the near future. They’re both 5 inch devices with neat designs – the X is a higher spec model and the XA moves into the upper end of the mid range.

The X has a class leading 23 megapixel camera with new tech that can track a moving object to eliminate blur while there’s a 13 MP shooter on the XA. Sony is also introducing new smart products including the Xperia Ear which combines a Bluetooth headset with voice search functionality.

Xiaomi Mi 5 Another Chinese company with another impressive device, a sleek and svelte 5.15 inch offering in the form of the Mi 5.

With almost no bezel and premium glass materials, the Mi 5 looks great and it has the specs to match – including a Snapdragon 820 processor and up to 4 gigs of RAM. It’s a very speedy animal indeed, and also includes high quality features like a lightning fast 16 megapixel camera with advanced image stabilisation.

The best news is that the phone could start at as little as $260 and $350 for the faster model, half the price of many flagship phones. That’s a real statement of intent from Xiaomi, with the only disappointment being that a European release has yet to be confirmed.

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