The long awaited Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC 2016) will be upon us next week and everyone will be eagerly looking forward to the anticipated unveiling of the new models from world’s leading tech brands. This annual event takes places in Barcelona and gives us the first glimpse of new tech which will be on sale later this year.
The MWC is the place where the greats of the mobile industry gather, discuss ideas for the future and of course most importantly conduct their business.
There are also keynote speeches, exhibitions by more than 2000 companies all looking to display their cutting edge technology and products and of course at the end their will be annual awards ceremony.
If this year’s rumours are to be believed tech fans can expect new flagship devices from the likes of Samsung and LG, HTC and Sony, as well as from a whole host of other manufacturers. If you’re thinking of buying a new smartphone, you may want to wait to see what devices are unveiled at this year’s event.
ThaiTech will bring you all the latest news from this year’s event, which will take place from 22-25 February.
Here’s a closer look at some of the devices expected to be unveiled at MWC 2016.
Samsung Galaxy S7
This is the big one. Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship devices at the last two MWC events and all eyes are on the South Korean tech giant once again with the widely expected unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Internet has been awash with the Galaxy S7 rumours for months with talk of a sleek new design, a 25MP camera, USB-C, much improved battery life compared to the Galaxy S6 and a powerful new Snapdragon processor. Samsung also all but confirmed that the Galaxy S7 Edge will be waterproof, which is another interesting development.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 will likely be the flagship Android device of 2016 and is expected to be unveiled at a pre-MWC event held on Feb 21st.
Whilst Samsung is yet to officially confirm the release of the Galaxy S7 at this year’s event, LG has confirmed its new flagship, the LG G5, will be unveiled at a press conference in Barcelona on February 21st.
Rumours suggest the LG G5 will very much pick up where the excellent LG G4, rated as one of the standout Android devices of 2015, left off.
The LG G5 is expected to have a new all metal body, 5.7 inch full QHD screen and a mighty Snapdragon 820 processor. There is also talk of the device having a removable battery.
A press invite to the unveiling of the LG G5 reads “come meet new friends on the playground” which suggests the company will also unveil other devices.
Sony Xperia Z6
Sony certainly isn’t the big player it once was when it comes to mobile phones. The days when we used to rush to get our hands on the latest Sony-Ericsson device are long gone.
Despite last year’s Sony Xperia Z5 being fairly well received, the company has failed to keep up with the likes of LG, HTC, Huawei and Xiaomi, all of which could be said to offer just all round better devices than any of the ones in the current Sony lineup.
So will the Xperia Z6 be Sony’s saving grace? It’s hard to say, given that details of the new device are few and far between. It’s also relatively unknown if the Xperia Z6 smartphone will be unveiled at MWC. What we do know is that Sony has a press conference scheduled for the morning of February 22nd where it is expected to unveil at least one of three devices: the Xperia Z6, the Xperia Z6 tablet or the Z6 tablet compact.
With the exception of the new Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, its Windows 10 lineup is looking a little thin at present so you would expect that the Redmond company uses MWC unveil a few mid-range and budget devices to its lineup in the form of a new Lumia 750 and 850.
What else to expect at MWC 2016?
Apart from the (slight) possibility of pretty much every major player in the Android smartphone market releasing a new flagship device, there are few other interesting bits and pieces worth keeping your eye out for at this year’s event.
First up, expect there to be big improvements in the smartwatch market this year. As many smartwatches are already playing catch up to the Apple Watch, manufacturers have been forced to improve design and functionality as a result. While you may never be convinced by the idea of smartwatch, you can expect all the big manufacturers to release new smartwatches at this year.
Smartwatches are also unlikely to be the only form of wearable tech to make a big impression at MWC 2016, with virtual reality likely to feature heavily at the event. Rumour has it that Sony, HTC and even Google will unveil all new VR headsets.
As well as smartwatches and VR headsets, you can expect more devices related to the Internet of Things to feature at MWC 2016.
MWC isn’t just about what’s happening right now in tech, the event also gives us a glimpse of some of the technology we can expect in the years to come. Intel, for example, will use the event to outline its plan for the development of 5G and there will also be a panel discussion hosted by The European Commission on what 5G will do for the society and the economy.
One thing you won’t see is anything from Apple as the company famously does not attend the event.