Barcelona is once again playing host to the largest and most important mobile event of the year, the Mobile World Congress. Already, people are on the edge of their seats as we anticipate the year’s most crucial and interesting releases in the mobile market.
By its very nature, this event has plenty of surprises. Smaller producers, or even well known brands that have fallen from grace in recent years, can sweep in with some really cool tech. But there are some coming unveilings that are known, and much anticipated. A few have already been shown off. Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Sticking with the sleek image that they have been known for, Samsung is releasing the exciting Galaxy S6, the latest in their popular flagship series. It will be a metal device, with smooth edges and an ultra thing design. Unlike some of the last couple of releases, they have decided to go minimalist with their operating system and feature list. This is a smartphone made for function and grace, not oversaturated capabilities and a flashy app list.
Possibly the feature that has made this the most attractive to consumers is that it comes with wireless charging. That alone has made it the most spoken about MWC release of the year.
HTC One (M9)
The HTC event was one of the earliest, and so the release is already official. The HTC One (M9) has been shown to the world, and it is an impressive launch.
This is definitely a high powered device. Very similar to the M8, it has been given a boost in performance thanks to 3 GB of RAM, and Octa-core Snapdragon 810 processing chip. This upgrade should make it one of the fastest smartphones on the market. Alongside that performance leap, they have taken advantage for the sake of offering an incredible camera. The M9 has a full 20-megapixel camera with high definition filming for real. It ditches the last 4-MP model that promised “ultrapixel”, which didn’t really mean anything.
With an increase in people who use their phone for media posted online, this will be an attractive choice.
Acer’s Windows 10 Phone
Another one that we have now seen, Acer has released their latest Windows phone, the Liquid M220. Low cost and accessible to the range of entry level buyers out there, the Liquid will cost only $89, and will run Windows 8.1.
It comes with a dual-core processor, 4 GB of on board storage, SIM slot expansion, and a 5-megapixel camera. What makes it bigger news is that it will be upgradable to Windows 10 as soon as Microsoft releases the mobile version later this year.
Acer also launched a couple of Android devices for $99 – $222 a piece, the Liquid Z220 and the Jade Z respectively. While both have slightly higher performance, nothing sets them apart.
Google’s Keynote Address
Finally, we have a coming keynote speech coming up on Monday from Google’s Sundar Pichai, the company’s product head. They have been keeping things close to their chest this year, and there are no real rumors floating about addressing what the keynote may reveal. Other than a 45-minute talk, attendees (and those of us watching from home) are hoping for some revelations about coming products. But that might be hoping for a little bit more than what we will get.
Source: Mobile World Congress