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    The 2016 Mobile World Congress may have technically wrapped up last Thursday, already awarding its best exhibitors in addition to the industry’s overall 2015 standouts, but our exclusive coverage of the Barcelona trade fair isn’t done yet. Blogger, reviewer and YouTube personality Erica Griffin collaborated with our website on a hands-on video and a quick demonstration of the Sony Xperia Projector Concept and Xperia Ear. These obviously played second fiddle to the Z family-replacing Xperia X, XA and X Performance phones, though at least the former has the potential to rock the entire ...

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    The Mobile World Congress is often about quality rather than quantity, so although we didn’t exactly see as many new gadgets unveiled in Barcelona this week as Las Vegas back in early January during CES, two of MWC 2016’s stars shine bright like diamonds. Much brighter than all your Jade Primos, Honor 5Xs, Alcatel Fierce XLs, Fitbit Blazes, Galaxy TabPro Ss, and so on and so forth. We mean, of course, the LG G5 (and its “Friends”), as well as the Samsung Galaxy S7 (alongside its jumbo-sized “edgy” sibling). Leveraging its stronger global brand and bigger marketing bucks, ...

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    Effectively over since Monday, this year’s Mobile World Congress crammed a bunch of high-profile product announcements into the space of just a few hours on Sunday, including the LG G5 and its “Friends”, and the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and their own compatible accessories. Our tireless team on the Barcelona ground could only keep up with so many 360-degree action cams, photography-enhancing modules and tools, and device comparison videos. Naturally, a couple of lower-key MWC rookies slipped through the cracks, like the Samsung Charm. Billed as “a new type of wearable”, the ...

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    Aside from boosting its domestic sales to unprecedented levels, Huawei proved over the course of last year you can also achieve (moderate) Western success even when hailing from China. Xiaomi should really be next in pursuing its American and European dream, the first step being made yesterday in Barcelona, where the flagship-grade but relatively affordable Mi 5 took MWC 2016 audiences by storm. Still, the “Apple of China” remains fearful of trumpeting a truly global expansion effort, merely confirming the Mi 5 for a March 1 commercial debut in the company’s homeland, followed ...

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    There’s no more denying Huawei was the absolute top performer of the global smartphone landscape in 2015, boosting its sales units to exceed 100 million for the first time, as essentially all the other big brands either reached a stagnation point or saw their shipments decline after many years of constant growth. In 2016, the Nexus 6P, P8, Mate 8 and Honor 5X producers are again expected to defy all trends, eyeing 120 million handheld copies distributed around the world. Check that, 140 mil, according to new forecasts revealed by CEO Richard Yu at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. ...

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    How could you not love the LG G5? It’s entirely made of metal, not too small, not too large, as powerful as Android flagships get nowadays, it’s got phenomenal cameras on deck, great sound, a removable battery, microSD card slot and, best of all, it supports various “modules” for seamless audio or photography improvements. Still, haters gonna hate, and Android forums, as well as comment sections dedicated to the phone’s announcement, were flooded with dissatisfied remarks on cell capacity, screen size and certain proprietary software tweaks mere hours after G5’s MWC debut. But ...

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    No, it’s not the world’s first smartphone with 6GB RAM, and it doesn’t follow the Quad HD display trend either. But the highly anticipated, long overdue Xiaomi Mi 5 is pretty much as high-end as it could have been while keeping the price tag way lower than Samsung, LG and Sony’s newest flagships. Let’s start with the retail cost aspect, as it was always up for contention. The cheapest Mi 5 configuration will go for 2,000 RMB in China, which converts to roughly $305. That one is the “Standard” edition, powered by an underclocked Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM and merely ...

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    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 ...

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    As if it wasn’t already difficult enough to distinguish between Cyanogen Inc., the commercial enterprise derived from Steve Kondik’s vision of a completely tinkerer-friendly mobile OS, and CyanogenMod, the enduring independent platform based on Android and developed by an open-source community, there’s now also a Cyanogen MOD. It’s no joke, and it’s a pretty big deal too, so be prepared to have to educate all your casually tech-savvy friends on what separates Cyanogen from CyanogenMod from MOD. The latter is a new “integrated mobile platform” devised by Cyanogen Inc. to ...

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    Up-and-coming Chinese device manufacturer OPPO curiously elected to unveil the F1 “selfie expert” more than a month ahead of the now ongoing Mobile World Congress, instead traveling to Barcelona to announce a couple of things that look less glamorous at a first glance, but are actually way more important for the industry’s evolution. Yes, the industry as a whole must benefit from the introduction of Super VOOC Flash Charge technology, as well as something called SmartSensor Image Stabilization, though in all probability, OPPO won’t share its two latest innovations with rival OEMs. ...

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    As device slimness and elegance remains a key focus area for many of today’s industry-leading smartphone manufacturers, the easiest way to improve battery life to a substantial extent is probably keep reducing charging times rather than pointlessly try to increase cell capacity. In case you filed OPPO’s pre-MWC “world-wowing” teaser under empty marketing propaganda, the fast-rising Chinese OEM is now here to prove you completely wrong, taking the wraps off its new Super VOOC Flash Charge standard in Barcelona. This is obviously a continuation of the VOOC Flash Charge technology ...

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    If it perhaps felt like Nokia’s own executives and spokespersons weren’t very certain about the company’s future in the consumer hardware-manufacturing field, that’s because the slowly recovering Finnish tech outfit is still focused mainly on the network segment. Meanwhile, CEO Rajeev Suri at MWC 2016 in Barcelona once again confirmed an interest in designing, then outsourcing actual production and distribution of new Nokia-branded smartphones. But apparently, “there doesn’t need to be a rush”, and the end product(s) must “feel like Nokia, what Nokia was known for.” ...

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    You can run but you can’t hide from the onslaught of Galaxy S7-related news in the past 24 hours. Perhaps pressed by LG’s innovations, the company’s recent disappointing financial reports or the overall smartphone market’s stagnation, Samsung already laid all its cards on the table, looking to accept pre-orders for the two new Galaxy flagships as soon as tomorrow, February 23. The main things to consider, including detailed specifications, pricing and differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge on one hand and S6, S6 Edge, and iPhone 6s on the other are public knowledge. ...

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    As always, trade shows like CES and MWC are great endorsements for equal opportunity, allowing low-profile tech companies such as Haier to share the same stage with juggernauts Samsung, Sony or LG. But just because most gadget-loving Westerners haven’t heard about Haier before, it doesn’t mean the brand is completely unknown in its China homeland. In fact, it’s one of the world’s top white goods manufacturers, so it’s no wonder it’s now also looking to dabble in wearable devices. Not just any type of wearable, a full-blown, fancy and high-end smartwatch powered by a proprietary ...

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    Although it’s definitely learning and growing in the smartphone landscape, Acer wasn’t able to surprise us at the Mobile World Congress quite like LG or Sony, let alone capture the spotlight in a Samsung way, despite there being no secrets in anticipation of the Galaxy S7 announcement. Well, there weren’t any substantial question marks regarding the Liquid Jade 2, aka Marshmallow take on the Windows 10 Mobile-based Jade Primo, which is why today’s low-profile Barcelona introduction might pass largely unnoticed. Striking family resemblance and repetitive specs aside however, the ...

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    Forging new niches and growing them seems to be the only card left to play for most tablet manufacturers, particularly those specialized in low-cost Android products, where profit margins are razor thin. The number of kid-friendly slates is clearly on the rise, and the same goes for enterprise-centric 10+ inchers. But it’s perhaps even smarter to target these small market segments while maintaining as much of a gadget’s mass appeal as possible. Enter the MWC 2016-announced Lenovo Tab3 roster, including ultra-affordable 7 and 8-inch models for families as opposed to just children, and a ...

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    The highly anticipated Galaxy S7 pair appears to have what it takes to make Apple’s latest “s” upgrade feel like an even poorer business decision than financial reports start to hint at, while the S7 Edge version by itself probably holds up better than expected in a comparison against the S6 Edge+. It holds up so well in fact that Samsung may only look to launch a Galaxy Note 6 in the fall, including on European shores. But that’s still a long way down the line, and for the moment, it’s important to highlight the similarities and differences between the S7 Edge and S6 Edge. The ...

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    Well, this pretty much came out of nowhere. Not truly, as Sony timidly teased its MWC 2016 presence a while back, then a few leaks tackled a couple of prospective non-flagship phones. Still, we weren’t expecting very flashy new products from the financially struggling Japanese OEM, since the Xperia Z6 definitely needs more time and behind-the-scenes work. But at least the Xperia X Performance sounds quite remarkable for a “super premium mid-ranger”, as it was billed on the Barcelona stage, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with, get this, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. Sure ...

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    Alcatel just turned over a new leaf by ditching the convoluted “OneTouch” branding suffix and taking the wraps off a pair of high-end Android phones, as well as its very first 2-in-1 Windows tablet, but old habits die hard, so you shouldn’t be shocked to see a few sub-flagship handhelds from the TCL subsidiary also unveiled at MWC 2016. These are confusingly dubbed Pop 4, Pop 4+, and Pop 4S (there’s already a Pop 2 in various screen sizes), and while pricing remains under wraps, we’re pretty sure you won’t be charged a small fortune. How could you when the Alcatel Pop 4 offers ...

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    Just as suspected, Lenovo today goes international with the impressively affordable, remarkably powerful 5-inch Lemon 3 smartphone. Even better, the “advanced multimedia” Vibe K5 comes in two configurations, including a $150 Plus that’s almost too good (and cheap) to be true. But it is, and it’s headed for “select countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold” (so, no United States) in March, delivering an “immersive, fast and undisrupted multimedia experience, whenever you want.” Meaningless marketing propaganda aside, the nicest thing about the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is ...

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    Now that you’re relatively well acquainted with LG’s first ever modular smartphone, catching a glimpse of the G5 in action at Barcelona, it’s time to delve into exactly what makes this full-metal beast so special. In short, it’s not (only) about what the LG G5 itself can do, but what its “Friends” bring to the table once attached to the ingenious new battery slot. You know, the one that does the impossible, appeasing both fans of user-replaceable cells and aluminum unibody aficionados. More than half a dozen LG G5 Friends just went official at the Mobile World Congress, but the ...

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    The big day has finally arrived, and the highly anticipated LG G5 is official mere hours before the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also break cover. Of course, the rumor bonanza and leak avalanche of the past few weeks, and especially the past couple of days, ruined most of the surprises, but we’re still in awe of the many upgrades and innovations brought to the table here. First and foremost, the G5 is billed as a “modular” smartphone, despite not exactly allowing for Project Ara-grade customization. The battery can seamlessly slide out when depleted, and you’re able to replace it ...

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    You probably don’t remember this, but Sony announced with relatively little fanfare it was going to swing by Barcelona for MWC 2016 more than a month ago. The reason you have no memory of the conference “teaser” is it contained absolutely no hints regarding what was coming, and the ensuing buildup, well, never took place. It’s crystal clear the Xperia Z6 will sit on the sidelines a while longer, whereas the Xperia C6 may or may not be real, and it may or may not go official just six months after the C5 Ultra. Adding to the intrigue and mystery, Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has a new ...

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    This is a little unusual, not to mention unexpected, but more than 24 hours in advance of Samsung’s big pre-MWC Unpacked event, the company has come out with an anticipated update on its mobile payment app’s approaching global expansion. We’re guessing it’s a way of removing distractions out of Galaxy S7’s path to stores, or simply insurance of Samsung Pay media attention in Barcelona. Whatever the case, we finally have a slightly more specific ETA for the digital wallet service in China, and it’s indeed in “early 2016.” Granted, Apple Pay already got its head start in the ...

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    Can’t get enough of those seductive new Galaxy flagships Samsung’s yet to officially make public, despite them looking awfully similar to their predecessors? Then you’re in luck, because we have a bunch of fresh S7 images to show you today. Specifically, a full-frontal Galaxy S7 Edge live pic, a side-by-side photo of the two upcoming Android high-enders, a crisp, press-friendly render of the flat version in silver, and one more render exhibiting the rear cover of the gold GS7 next to the S7 Edge’s semi-obscured face. It goes without saying that at this point not even Samsung can ...

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