Mobile World Congress is an annual gathering of all things smartphone (and more!) in Barcelona. The 2015 event has just finished, let’s check out the biggest news from Spain.
Samsung’s New Smartphones
Samsung has been talking up its new smartphones for months now and they went big with their announcement of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. And rightly so, because they look amazing.
Both phones feature aluminium and glass bodies for that premium look Samsung has sometimes been missing. They’ve got glorious 5.1 inch AMOLED screens and super-fast specs as well as fast charging and a faster 16 megapixel camera.
The S6 looks great but the Edge has the… edge. With a gently curved screen it not only feels better in the hand but presents notifications and information in an innovative way. Look for these handsets in Carphone Warehouse at Harvey Norman in April 2015.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
Sony didn’t bring a brand new flagship to MWC but they did have a brand new tablet to announce in the form of the gorgeous Z4.
It’s another waterproof model from Sony with a slate like body and newly rounded edges that make it even more comfortable to hold. The 10.1 inch screen has a resolution of 2K – yes that’s probably bigger than your television!
Best of all, the entire unit is only 6.1mm thick and weighs 389 grams, that really is light as a feather and still contains competition beating specs for gaming, movies and even productivity. Also available with a Bluetooth keyboard/cover for maximum efficiency.
Available from June 2015.
HTC One M9
HTC continues to impress with its One series of phones. The M9 takes the best of its predecessor, including stunning looks, and ups the ante for stylish smartphones.
The slim metal body is back, tapered at the edges to make it easier to hold. It’s an iconic look that shows off the dazzling 5 inch, 1080p screen to great effect. HTC has dropped the Ultrapixels on the back camera to offer a massive 20 megapixel shooter protected by durable Sapphire glass.
You’ll also find front facing speakers (still surprisingly uncommon) and an elegant twist on Android. Available
HP Spectre x360
2 in 1 laptop/tablet solutions are all the rage, and HP has a new superstar in the form of the Spectre x360.
It’s a 13.3 inch laptop which transforms into a tablet in a moment’s notice, thanks to the flexible keyboard/cover. This also works as a stand when it tablet mode and comes with a complete, full sized QWERTY layout and a responsive touchpad.
It’s slim and light and works in every position you’ll need, and also promises up to 12 and a half hours of battery life, despite having a resolution up to Quad HD. It’s beautiful and versatile and available very soon.
HTC Re Vive
In case you haven’t noticed, Virtual Reality is back in a big way. And unlike the attempt at the tech in the 1990s, this time it’s here for good.
The latest device to aim to transport us to virtual worlds is HTC’s Re Vive. It’s being developed in collaboration with Valve – who are one of the biggest games companys in the world and created a little thing called Half Life and the Steam service.
Together, they’ve created an incredibly responsive headset which tracks the room you’re in for more immersion as well as unique and innovative controllers which will let you touch and feel and explore the virtual realm. This new technology is incredibly exciting, and it will be here sooner than you think.
The HTC Re Vive developers kit will be available in Spring 2015.
In Short: Mobile World Congress 2015 is over and there were plenty of major announcements, here are a few of the biggest and best