The MWC 2016 event is currently under way, having started on Monday 22 and ending on Thursday 25.
As of now, most of the major names in the industry have already spilled out their long-hidden secrets, among them Samsung, LG as well as Sony. However, as the event draws closer to the end, other players such as Xiaomi are also adding to the list of devices already unveiled during the event.
Sony dominated the MWC 2916 event with a new line of smartphones dubbed Xperia X series. The three phones – Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance – are mid-range devices boasting some of the latest features, including Android M as well as fingerprint scanners.
All three devices have a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution; however, the Xperia X Performance will feature the flagship Snapdragon 820 chipset. In essence, the X Performance seems to be the best of the three, and it could cost about $650. It features 23MP rear and 13MP front-facing snappers, which are actually among its USPs. The lower end Xperia X will cost about $330, but this phone’s USP lies in its great design.
Alcatel came in with two smartphones -launching the Idol 4 and Idol 4S smartphones. Both devices are powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow and have VR content as well. Alcatel installed a 5.2-inch 1080p screen on the Idol 4, a Snapdragon 617 CPU with 8 cores and a RAM of 3GB. On the rear is a 13MP snapper while the front has an 8MP camera. Though not confirmed, the price of the Idol 4 could be somewhere around $300.
On the other hand, the Idol 4S has a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED screen with 2K resolution. The phone is powered by a slightly less capable Snapdragon 652 CPU that has 8 cores and a similar RAM of 3GB. The main snapper is 16MP while the front one stands at 8MP. Just like the Idol 4, the new Idol 4S’ price has yet to be confirmed, although Alcatel says that the phone includes a Google VR headset.
Rather than come in with the much anticipated HTC One M10, HTC has unveiled two new phones designed for the midrange earners. There is a new HTC Desire 825 and another HTC Desire 530.
The latter will be available in classic colors Solid Stratus White and Graphite Gray and will cost about $240. On the other hand, the former will be available in Stratus White Remix or Graphite Gray Remix and it will cost about $420.
Samsung and LG
Just before the MWC 2016 event began, Samsung and LG already did their part. The two companies came in with this year’s flagships as it had been rumored – with the former unveiling Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge whereas the latter unveiled LG G5. These are top gadgets that will for sure make other companies in the handset industry sweat for their money in 2016. However, it is still too early to start taking sides as both devices seem to be equally impressive, although Samsung’s devices seem to be less revolutionary as compared to LG’s, especially when looking at last year’s models.
Other companies such as Huawei, Oppo and Google, among others have yet to announce anything new, but there is still some time for them. Who knows, they might be saving the best for last.
Xiaomi is a top Chinese smartphone maker that has actually been dubbed the “Chinese Apple.” The company has also unveiled a new phone, Xiaomi Mi5, at the MWC 2016 – its first ever MWC event to attend. The flagship will come in three variants differentiated mainly by onboard storage and RAM.
For the base models, Xiaomi Mi5 will carry a 32GB memory and 3GB RAM. The same RAM will be available for the 64GB model, but the 128GB model will include a RAM of 4GB. As far as the CPU is concerned, all three devices will feature Qualcomm’s latest chipset – Snapdragon 820, a rear snapper of 16MP and a 5.15-inch Full HD display.
The base model will cost about $306 whereas the top-end model will cost about $413.