Published on February 21st, 2016 | by Shiva Singh1
MWC 2016 – What to expect
Hello from sunny Barcelona! For years, Mobile World Congress has been the perfect Launchpad for smartphone & mobile device manufacturers to reveal their latest products. As MWC officially kicks off tomorrow, after a bunch of announcements in line for today, here’s our take on what to expect from this year’s MWC.
Probably one of the bigger announcements this year is coming from Samsung. Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 & S6 edge at MWC 2015, and this year they’re expected to launch the successor to their flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. We’ve all seen the leaks, and it looks like the S7 will feature a much bigger battery, a similar form factor, this time adding the Micro SD card slot back. Expect a much better camera for low light conditions, and hopefully a larger S7 edge+ model.
At the #TheNextGalaxy launch, we’re also expecting some updates on the Gear VR, along with hopefully Galaxy S7 + Gear VR bundles in local markets.
Last February, HTC announced it’s current flagship smartphone, the HTC One M9 at MWC 2015. This year though, we’re told there won’t be a launch event for HTC, so we most likely won’t be seeing an HTC One M10 just yet, but we can definitely expect some news on their Vive VR headset.
LG have just announced the LG G5, their first modular smartphone. The G5 comes in with a metal uni-body, an always on 5.3” Quad HD IPS display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, a removable 2,800 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. More on that during our hands on later this week.
Earlier this year, Huawei had announced their flagship large screen smartphone – the Huawei Mate 8. This MWC, we’re expecting to see Huawei launch the successor to the P8 smartphone – the Huawei P9.
Our local carriers
Along with new mobile devices being announced at MWC 2016, we’ll also get to see operators like Ooredoo, Etisalat, STC and more at MWC showcasing the latest in home entertainment, network technology & connectivity and more on 4G+ & 5G announcements.