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MWC

  • MWC: Is a Nokia smart speaker coming this year?

    This week saw HMD reveal its latest range of Nokia phones, in the form of the new Nokia 8110, Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. But smart speakers are quickly becoming a big money sector too, so will we see a Nokia speaker soon? "Stay tuned," PR representative Ben Wilsker told us during an interview at Mobile World Congress. In an attempt to get a definite answer, we asked HMD CEO Florian Seiche whether he had any information to share on a Nokia smart home speaker. Seiche chuckled before answering: "I can't comment (on that)." Could we see a Nokia smart speaker, powered...

  • LG V30s ThinQ now official: is it same as V30?

    Earlier this year, we got confirmation that LG will be launching an upgraded V30 smartphone at MWC 2018. Now, on day zero of the expo, the company has revealed the LG V30s ThinQ. We already got some of the details, including the AI-powered camera stuff, but LG has laid out all the specs now. The firm revealed that the device will still have the same Snapdragon 835 processor as last year's model, but packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. So those hoping for a huge power boost due to new silicon will be disappointed. In fact, we also...

  • Gallery: This is the Land Rover Explore Phone

    We've seen beverage giant Pepsi release a smartphone, why not a car company? Answering that question this week is Land Rover. The Land Rover Explorer Phone -- to give it its full title -- is a phone inspired by a car and co-developed by Bullitt Group. It may not have wheels, or a gearbox or seating for seven, but it does carry a name many will align with adventures involving some form of mud. "Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating...

  • MWC 2018: what to expect from world’s biggest mobile expo

    It's almost time for the annual smartphone extravaganza that is Mobile World Congress (MWC), as everyone from Alcatel to ZTE gets in on the action. There's a lot of information and rumours to sift through, so we did the legwork and show you what to expect from the major brands. Alcatel The firm already made an appearance at CES 2018, showing off the 1, 3 and 5 series of phones. But we didn't get much information, bar a TENAA listing for one of the devices. In any event, we can expect more details at MWC, ranging from specs and model names to supported regions, pricing...

  • 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...