Best launches of MWC 2016

Best launches of MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress (MWC) was already among the famous events in the world of consumer technology. But this year’s trade show emerged as the biggest and the most innovative one. GSMA, the association behind the exhibition, revealed that footfall at the MWC 2016 surpassed the mark of 100,000 visitors. Apart from the record number of visitors, there were over 2,200 exhibiting companies. These include some big entities such as Samsung and Sony as well as some youngest ones like Xiaomi and Zopo. All these exhibitors tried to bring out something unique and notable to the public. But just a few succeeded at the end. Here, we are covering all those to highlight the best launches from the MWC this year.

Best of MWC 2016

Best launches of MWC 2016

Here are the best launches of MWC 2016

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung was anticipated to bring its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at this MWC. Both the flagships were unveiled as per the schedule. But interestingly, the Gear 360 became the showstopper. This is the company’s first solution that aimed to bolster the growth of virtual reality.

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

The Samsung Gear 360 sports dual fisheye lenses with 15-megapixel image sensors to enable 360-degree video recording. Video content recorded through this new camera can be finished as a VR movie using a Galaxy series flagship such as the Galaxy S7 or the last year’s Galaxy S6. After that, the content can be watched on the Gear VR or any standard VR headset. All this makes the Gear 360 a simple device to support the ongoing development of VR. It isn’t a game changer but an early innovation by the Korean giant to let its users themselves take VR to the next level.

Xiaomi Mi 5

This year’s MWC was the first one for Xiaomi, the company that often called Apple of China in the media. Although Beijing-based Xiaomi already debuted in markets like India and Brazil, its arrival at the MWC suggests some massive efforts for the future. The company joined the trade show with its Mi 5 flagship.

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is the company’s answer to Samsung Galaxy S7, with high-end specs and an all-new design. The smartphone features a 3D ceramic design that makes it a premium offering. However, its starting price of 1,999 yuan (approximately Rs. 21,000) is enough to take on some popular mid-range models. It is also one of the first few Android flagships that ship with the powerful 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.

LG G5

Unlike Xiaomi, LG is one of the oldest exhibitors at MWC. But this time, it brought the G5 that might set some new records and make things difficult for competitors, especially Samsung.

LG G5

LG G5

The LG G5 comes with a modular design that helped the company to grab some eyeballs at this year’s MWC, despite the existence of many other premium smartphones. The concept of modular design on the G5 is apparently adopted from Google’s Project Ara. It offers not just a removable battery pack but also lets users upgrade its camera hardware as well as add Hi-Fi Plus audio. The smartphone itself has a QHD always-on display and a Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Zopo Speed 8

Zopo is one of the emerging Chinese companies that are set to mark their presence in the worldwide markets. At the MWC 2016, it brought the Zopo Speed 8 as its new flagship, which is touted as the “world’s first deca-core smartphone”.

Zopo Speed 8

Zopo Speed 8

Yes, the Zopo Speed 8 is the first smartphone with a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X20 chipset that has a deca-core processing unit. This new chipset is claimed to enable the smartphone to “handle anything” without any lag. Shenzhen-based Zopo is appeared to compete with Xiaomi as its Speed 8 will be available at a price of $300 (approximately Rs. 21,000).

Alcatel Plus 10

Alcatel joined the MWC this year with its Plus 10 hybrid. The 2-in-1 device runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. It has a detachable keyboard with 4G connectivity as its USP.

Alcatel Plus 10

Alcatel Plus 10

The Alcatel Plus 10 offers high-speed data access on the go, using built-in 4G LTE technology on the keyboard. It also has Wi-Fi hotspot function to let users share their 4G connection with other devices.

Oral-B Genius

Despite the mass number of smartphones, Oral-B gained some attraction at the MWC 2016 with its newest smart toothbrush called the Oral-B Genius. This new toothbrush features a motion sensor and comes with Bluetooth connectivity.

Oral-B Genius

Oral-B Genius

The Oral-B Genius is designed to improve brushing habits. Parent company P&G has developed a mobile app that uses video recognition to provide feedback and help make sparkling white teeth. The toothbrush additionally comes with proprietary technologies such as position detection and oscillating-rotating-pulsating to remove decay and protect gums.

HTC Vive

HTC chose this year’s MWC to showcase not its latest flagship but to launch the Vive. The VR headset was unveiled last year, but at the trade show earlier this week, the Taiwanese giant announced its consumer edition.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

The HTC Vive consumer version comes with haptic feedback support to deliver a mesmerising gaming experience. In addition, it comes bundled with dual-stage triggers and offers an improved visual system.

Epson Moverio BT-300

Epson isn’t a mobile phone maker. But still, it reached at the MWC 2016 with its Moverio BT-300. This is the latest version of the smart glasses that the company developed under its Moverio brand.

Epson Moverio BT-300

Epson Moverio BT-300

Similar to Google Glass, the Epson Moverio BT-300 features a transparent Si-OLED microdisplay that enables augmented reality experience. The glasses have Android Lollipop operating system and come with a frontal 5-megapixel camera sensor to recognise objects. It works for remote assistance as well as enables data visualisation in addition to traditional AR experience and video entertainment.

Although MWC was initially a place for new mobile phones, it now became a one-stop destination for most of the emerging tech developments. Whether it is VR or AR or even a smart toothbrush, this year’s MWC was full of innovations. Companies like Xiaomi and Zopo additionally made MWC a place to showcase some Asian talent.

Well, that’s an end of the MWC for 2016. But as the technology will evolve, we hope something more interesting will be featured next year. Meanwhile, you could wait for all the new launches to arrive at your places.

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