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All posts tagged "MWC"

  • 4 big smartphone surprises of MWC 2016

    Samsung greatly improved the Samsung Galaxy formula with the S7. LG took a bold new leap into the modular unknown with the LG G5. And arguably, those two devices stole the MWC 2016 show, right? Wrong. In fact, this year's event showcased some of the biggest surprises coming from other manufacturers. Thanks to the price of premium hardware steadily dropping, and manufacturers becoming more aware of niches in the market, the smartphone space has never been more interesting, or more competitive, than it is right now. Below are four of the biggest smartphone surprises of MWC 2016. Alcatel Idol 4S: basement VR...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: cheap as chips, gorgeous design

    Don't look now, but that "Made In China" tag just got a brand new look. At MWC 2016, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled its latest smartphone to take the fight to LG, Samsung and Apple -- the Xiaomi Mi 5. And while the majority of the specifications were leaked beforehand, it was the actual phone in the flesh that popped. Hugo Barra was responsible for talking up the phone, and he did an impressive job. Ultimately, a major portion of screen time was dedicated to its design. Barra explained that Xiaomi drew inspiration from the Mi Note, and aimed to make...

  • MWC 2016 live blog: the best MWC ever?

    Barcelona is this week the epicenter of the world's mobile technology enthusiasts as MWC 2016 slowly awakes from its near-year slumber. And what a lineup of live launches we have this year. LG, Huawei, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi have all announced that they will host live launches in and around the city in the days to come, which means there's a lot to get through in a short space of time. Combine this with new Internet of Things announcements, the advent of 5G and other mobile-centric news, we're in for another long but exciting week. So stay tuned to our live...

  • Sony Xperia X series sports flagship-killing specs, ‘that’ 23MP camera

    It's raining smartphones in Barcelona this week, but we haven't seen too much wearable tech. Well, Sony changed that emphatically at its conference today, announcing three new wearable and smart home accessories. The company's vision is clear: it aims to provide tech to enrich the human experience rather than detract from it, so all of it's new devices have that theme running through them. The Sony Xperia Ear is the first of the bunch, and what was rumoured to be a Bluetooth headset before launch is a little more intricate than that. Sony bills it as a smartphone improvement device, which allows...

  • Special Podcast #13: we talk Mobile World Congress 2016

    This week we bring you yet another edition of  Special Podcast, as the Garburn team discusses the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona. Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker about this year's announcements, including launches from Samsung, LG and Huawei, to name but three. MWC is the world’s biggest and arguably most influential mobile event, and this year it runs from 22-25 February. It's where big and small companies in the tech space showcase their newest devices and technologies, from the smart home space to smartphones and tablets. Have a listen to the podcast below, and...

  • Lenovo debuts dirt-cheap, impressive Vibe K5, K5 Plus smartphones

    Lenovo, or more accurately, the fourth most prolific smartphone manufacturer of 2015 (according to Gartner), has announced its two new budget smartphones -- the Lenovo Vibe K5 and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. Vibe is the company's younger brand, aimed at the trendy crowd, so features are good enough to appease the average user but tight enough to appeal to the budget minded. With that noted, both phones feature 5.0-inch screens (which now seems like the customary figure for 2016), while the K5 boasts a 1280x720 screen resolution. The K5 Plus sports a 1920x1080 display. Both phones are powered courtesy of Qualcomm, but...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: everything the S6 should’ve been

    In a kiss-and-make-up session in Barcelona, Samsung practically remedied all that was wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, announcing the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new S series is undoubtedly one of the company's most important devices ever, competing against stiff competition in the form of the LG G5 (announced earlier today) and September's iPhone 7. So what do these two devices do to impress? Well, for one, both feature a microSD card slot for data expansion, both feature water and dust protection with an ingress rating of 67, and the S7 and the S7 Edge are now...

  • HP Elite X3: a feature-rich phablet running Windows 10

    It's not often that you hear the words "exciting smartphone" in the same sentence as "HP", so take heed. The new HP Elite X3 is the company's most exciting smartphone probably ever. In its bid to revive its ailing revenue streams and shrinking household name, HP is looking to restablish itself in the smartphone scene, and where better to punt its wares than in the market it knows -- the enterprise. "Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale," HP's CEO Dion Wiesler explains in a press release. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile...

  • LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision

    The first big MWC 2016 device launch is over, and LG has drawn first blood. The company officially unveiled it's LG G5 smartphone in Barcelona, which boasts an incredible swathe of design improvements and new features. A stark departure from the plastic and leather LG G4, the LG G5 is now almost entirely metal, with a removable battery slot at its bottom. Alongside the battery, the previously leaked Magic Slot lurks, which allegedly adds functionality to the device's established components. Some Magic Slot modules can increase battery life, improve audio quality and even improve the camera quality. The latter module, dubbed...

  • MWC 2016 preview: here’s what you can expect

    Update: We can expect the likes of Alcatel to unveil it's new OneTouch Idol 4, and other devices at the conference too. Read the full story here. Update 2: Please see the revised times below. Our initial times denoted CET time and not South African Standard Time. This issue has now been rectified and reflects time in SAST. It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So...