Although it’s technically set to run for a couple more days, the 2016 Mobile World Congress pretty much concluded before it actually started, as Samsung and LG completely stole the show on Sunday, unveiling the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, plus the LG G5 and its “Friends.”
Tradition now calls for the GSM Association (GSMA) to honor the gadgets and technologies that shaped and transformed the industry last year, in order to smooth the path for the next generation of mobile innovators.
After a presumably fierce battle with the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and LG G4, among others, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge prevails in the overall 2015 best smartphone category, while the Xiaomi Redmi 2 earns top honors in the low-cost (sub-$100) section.
It’s interesting to note the S6 Edge brings Samsung back in the winner fold, following a year that saw Apple and LG share the big trophy, with their iPhone 6 and G3 respectively. Meanwhile, Xiaomi receives the budget-friendly baton from Motorola, and unsurprisingly, Microsoft retains the best tablet title.
Yes, the Surface Pro 3 took the gold medal for 2014, and the Pro 4 stayed in first place for 2015. Last but not least, the global mobile award for best connected consumer electronic device goes to the Samsung Gear S2. Back at MWC 2015, this category didn’t exist, the Motorola Moto 360 instead coming out on top in the best wearable mobile technology division.