2016 world mobile congress

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If you, like me, are wondering why everything is so quiet in the mobile handsets world, it is probably because this is the season (November – February) when smartphone vendors are hibernating. And waiting for the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

2016 world mobile congress
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The 2016 Mobile World Congress would kickstart what is going to be a frenetic mobile season. So from the 22-25 of February, it is going to be four days of dizzying announcements, unveiling and launches of the best mobile handsets of the coming year.

In preparation for the event, we would take a look at some of the phone’s consumers are expecting either to be launched or announced at the event.

Nextbit Robin
The Robin is one smartphone that puts you first. That is according to the makers of the phone, the Kickstarter Project. The phone was anounced five months ago in September with a promise that users would never run out of storage space with this device.

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How is that possible? Cloud storage is what makes it possible. Touted as the first cloud-first smartphone, the smartphone uses technology that would automatically manage your cloud storage for you. For instance, the smart-cloud storage automatically detects when the 32G internal storage of the phone is about full. It then moves apps and contents to your Nextbit cloud storage creating more offline storage on the device for you.

The Robin is an Android Marshmallow smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor. At 5.2 inch, the display size is decent enough. The phone also comes with a RAM of 3GB, 32GB of on board storage, and 2680 mAh battery. Hopefully, the chipset is a low-energy processor which would make the battery last a long time on a single charge.

Other features of the phone include, dual front-facing stereo speakers, a finger print scanner, a 13 and 5MP primary and secondary cameras respectively and support for quick charging.

Samsung Galaxy S7
Much has being said and written about Samsung’s next flagship devices. From all the leaked specs and videos of the phone, I feel as if I already know the phone intimately.

2016 mobile world congress
                    photo: Evan @evleaks Blass

But the fact remains, nobody outside of Samsung has seen the final finished product. Samsung would use the 2016 Mobile World Congress to reveal the Galaxy S7 to the waiting world. It is expected that the Galaxy S7 would come in two variants, S7 and S7 edge like they did with the S6.

The Galaxy S7 is expected to be an Android Marshmallow phone, with some new features like the ClearForce display, a function that is very sensitive to pressure. This is similar to the 3D Touch seen on the iPhone 6s and 6s plus.

Hopefully, Samsung is expected to bring back the microSD card slot which was absence in the S6. Other new features might be the inclusion of USB Type C and water resistance.


2016 mobile world congress
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Recently LG have being experimenting with plastic-case phones, perhaps to safe cost, or to put it another way, to increase profits. The G5, which is going to be unveiled a day before the 2016 Mobile World Congress actually starts, is expected to come in full Metal body. This is likely due to criticisms pointing to the fact that other major flagships are going full Metal while LG was stuck in the plastic rut.

From leaked rumours of the specs, the phone might be powered by a Snapdragon 820 chipset and hopefully a removable battery. There is high expectations that the LG might spot some awesome camera specs in a bit to stay ahead of the game as the OEM with the best mobile camera as was seen last year with the G4 and V10.

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