MWC is the event where the mobile magic happens and it’s the show where most of the hottest mobile devices of the year are seen first or launched. The event held at the beginning of this month, as usual in Barcelona in Spain, with several flagship devices announced, as OEMs jostle for the mobile market. Here are some of the major devices released in 2015.
Sony xperia M4 Aqua
THE Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has a wonderful waterproof long life battery along with Octacore Qualcomn Snapdragon 615 processor. It has capacity to detect 52 different types of scenes.
Xperia M2 Aqua brings you exclusive waterproofing at a price you’ll enjoy. It can be immersed down to 1.5 meters in freshwater, for up to 30 minutes. So jump in the pool with the 8MP camera and continue snapping underwater. Use the dedicated camera key for easy camera access, or switch to video to capture the fun in motion. It features Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor, 4G/LTE, a 2330 mAh battery.
Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL
MICROSOFT presented new smartphones, both handsets run with Windows Phone 8.1 as the OS (with a promised upgrade to Windows 10 down the line). They’re both fitted with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, alongside microSD card readers for expandability up to 128 GB.
Lumia 640 which is 5 inch which comes out to a very mid-ranged 294 pixels per inch (PPI) and another is 5.7 inch Lumia 640 XL of 259 PPI both with the same 720p resolution. The amazing factor is it has multi-platform operating system with 3G and 4G version.
HTC One M9
THE fancy, lightweight & sleek design with metal finish body has gained extra marks than the previous ones. It has a 20 mega pixel primary shooter but ultrapixels live-on in the front-facing camera, and runs the latest version of android (Lollypop).
One M9 features a number of enhancements around the key use cases – pictures and video, and sound. New on the audio front is Dolby sound processing for both the integrated speakers and headphones. The device has a 5-inch full-HD display, compared with quad-HD on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 line. In terms of software, the device runs a new version of HTC’s Sense user interface, Sense 7, which has a focus on user customisation and personalisation.
ZTE Grand S3
THE first smartphone which has eye print ID. It is 5.5-inch with android 4.4 kitkat. It is mainly available in china but end of 2015 it may be in US and Europe at the end of 2015.
It is powered by a quad-core CPU running at 2.5 GHz and packs 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built in memory, with support for microSD cards up to 64 GB. Running Android 4.4, the device has a 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, with a 16-MP shooter on the rear and the 8-MP camera on the front for scanning those peepers.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
BOTH handsets have 5.1-in Quad HD, Super AMOLED displays but with a big jump in resolution of 577 pixels per inch and both are compatible with Qi wireless chargers out of the box. They also have fast-changing technology, juicing up for about four hours of use in just 10 minutes of charge
As far as specs, both phones run octa-core Samsung Exynos 64-bit processor, which combines a low-power 1.5 GHz quad core with a faster 2.1 GHz quad-core processor and have 3 GB of RAM along with 32/64/128 GB storage options. They have 16 MP rear cameras and 5 MP front cameras, along with 2,550 mAh (GS6) and 2,600 mAh (GS6 edge) batteries. Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
Huawei MediaPad X2
THE dual-SIM-packing Huawei gadget houses a powerful 2GHz Kirin 930 chipset with a 64-bit eight-core CPU and Mali-T628 GPU. It comes in two versions: a model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage that dons silver aluminium back, and a gold version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage
The 7-inch IPS screen features a crisp 1,200×1, 920-pixel resolution with 323 pixels per inch and wide 178-degree viewing angles. According to Huawei, its 5,000mAh battery lasts an entire day with heavy use.
There’s even an impressive pair of cameras on the MediaPad X2, the 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera sound promising. Both attempt to better tackle low-lighting situations with a f/2.4 aperture and the front-facing camera rocks a 22mm wide angle that’ll give your selfie stick a run for its money.
THE new BlackBerry Leap LTE smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD touchscreen, the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 and a 2,800mAh to support up to 25 hours of heavy use. BlackBerry said the Leap was designed for “mobile professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications at all times”.
The smartphone is equipped with support for encryption, plus built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore. It also comes with BlackBerry’s features such as Blend for integrated messaging across devices and the voice- and text-controlled Assistant. Leap users will also have access to both BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore for BlackBerry and Android apps.
The company did not provide details on pricing or availability of the Leap. According to a report from Recode, the phone is expected to launch this spring for around USD 275. BlackBerry’s President of Devices Ron Louks said at a press conference at Mobile World Congress that the company plans to introduce three other devices this year, including a new keyboard-based model and another that is a curved-screen device with a slide-out physical keyboard. In 2014, the company launched four phones. BlackBerry also announced that the BlackBerry Classic phone will be available soon in blue, white and bronze versions, in addition to the existing black.