Like every year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) attracted a huge crowd and participation from major mobile device makers in Barcelona, Spain. (Except Apple of course; they are smug about holding their own annual congregation.) While most the event this year revolved around the latest innovation in Virtual Reality (VR), Internet of Things (IoT), and the upcoming thrill about 5G network, smartphone manufacturers flaunted their best products that wooed the critics and buyers alike. Among them, we took a pick of the 5 mobile devices that got all the attention.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung phones were the frontrunners in the event, with all eyeballs on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Though they are an enhancement to Samsung’s flagship S6 phones, the S7 and S7 Edge come with a 5.1 inch screen and VR presentation capabilities. Also, the manufacturers revived the phones water-resistance feature and the availability of microSD card slot.
2. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 Smartphone
Panasonic exhibited a phone that is exactly what it sounds like – tough! The sturdy built of the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 is handy for professionals who have to rough it out in harsh outdoors or challenging work environments. In essence, it’s a Windows 10 smartphone with a 4.7 inch screen guarded with rugged side-bumpers and comes with a IP67 guarantee – meaning it can withstand the drop from 3.3 foot. It’s expected to hit the market in late 2016.
3. Sony Xperia X Series
Although Sony has been going through rough times in terms of sales in the past few years, it hasn’t stopped the Japanese phone maker from releasing awe-inspiring smartphones, such as the Sony Xperia X and Xperix X Performance, which the company showcased in the 2016 MWC. A 23-megapixel camera is the best foot forward for both these phones, and their distinction lies in the CPU they use. While Xperia runs on a 1.8 GHz CPU powered by Snapdragon 650, its brethren Xperix uses 2.2 GHz CPU and operates on Snapdragon 820.
4. LG G5
The new G5 smartphone from LG offers a one-of-its-kind modular customization; users can add extra accessories such advanced camera, stereo system, or other peripherals to the mobile gadget. The modular capabilities that G5 offers are at a nascent stage, but LG has pioneered this as a promise for the smartphone future. The phone comes with a 5.3 inch screen, two rear cameras, and removable battery.
5. HTC Vive Pre
Coming from a well-known smartphone brand HTC, Vive Pre is an exception to the aforementioned list – it’s not a smartphone, it’s a Virtual Reality (VR) set. Nevertheless, it was one of the stellar products in the exhibition that had everyone talking and crowding the HTC booth. The Vive Pre is only available on pre-sales at present, and critics are already praising it as one of the serious contenders against the industry’s leading VR set – the Oculus Rift. For a brand that’s slowly loosing its sheen in the smartphone market, Vive VR could help HTC bounce back in the game.
After their release by mid-2016, these gadgets are expected to be adopted largely by business professionals in corporations all over the globe that encourage the practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) work culture. This also means that enterprises will have to scramble to upgrade their mobile device management capabilities to prevent the threats that could make in roads into a corporate network through employee endpoints.