MWC 2016 Preview: What Smartphones And Other Goodies To Expect

MWC 2016 Preview: What Smartphones and Other Goodies to Expect

Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off in a few days, and that means we're about to get a shitload of smartphone news. Samsung, LG and other popular smartphone-makers use the convention as a launching pad for all their new products. Gadget fiends that we are, we can't wait. While there will definitely be major smartphone releases, there are also likely to be some interesting smaller announcements as well. We sifted through the heaps of rumours surrounding the show to find out exactly what will be happening this year. Here's exactly what you can expect from MWC 2016.

1. Samsung Will Release a New Flagship Smartphone

MWC 2016 Preview: What Smartphones and Other Goodies to Expect

For the last couple of years, Samsung has used MWC to build hype around its newest flagship smartphone. This year probably won't be much different. Samsung will almost definitely release a new 5.5" flagship smartphone dubbed the Galaxy S7. The successor to last year's flagship, the Galaxy S6, the new phone will look nearly identical to its predecessor. We expect it to have a 12-megapixel camera, 2800mAH battery and a micro-SD card slot. Although it's been rumoured for months that the phone would include USB-C charging, the most recent leaked photos show a Galaxy S7 with a standard micro-USB charging cable. Plug right into the past.

2. LG Will Release a New Flagship Smartphone

MWC 2016 Preview: What Smartphones and Other Goodies to Expect

Samsung's greatest Android rival, LG, is also an MWC veteran, and this year, the company will provide details about its latest flagship, the G5. The phone is rumoured to sport a brand new Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM and a smaller battery than before. All of that basically means that the smartphone is mostly a bunch of incremental updates across the board. It will be a little thinner, a little faster and a little zippier all around.

But perhaps the most interesting rumour surrounding the LG G5 is the fact that company will introduce something called a "Magic Slot," which will allow people to upgrade their smartphone using replaceable parts. The Magic Slot is intended to turn the G5 into something of a modular smartphone, meaning that people can plug in new cameras, batteries and other accessories that would extend the life of the phone far into the future — which brings us to our next trend.

3. Dozens of New Smartphone Accessories

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The need to reinvent the smartphone has never been greater, as once booming sales have slowed across almost all manufactures, including Apple. The problem is that rival companies have focused on creating faster processors, better displays and better cameras year after year. Now that the technology has moved far enough along, people are finding it harder and harder to justify buying a new smartphone. So many companies will begin bundling their phones with new accessories like virtual reality headsets, 360-degree cameras that will film content for those headsets and extra batteries. Expect more and more things to plug into the bottom of next-generation smartphones.

4. No New Smartphones With 4K Displays

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When the hell will we finally see more flagship smartphones with 4K displays? Probably not at MWC 2016. We're expecting nicer, brighter displays than ever before — but none of the will reach the same glory that we saw in the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium last year. It's looking like we'll have to wait yet another year to cross this one off our wish list.

5. More Details About 5G Internet

MWC 2016 Preview: What Smartphones and Other Goodies to Expect

There's mounting interest in the fifth generation of wireless broadband data — 5G — which will bring even faster speeds to mobile devices that than ever before. Although the 5G standards haven't been finalised yet, we expect plenty of panels and conversations surrounding the arrival of 5G. We probably won't see 5G internet in 2016, but there should be a very clear roadmap as to when it might arrival after Mobile World Congress. If smartphones are to remain a part of our everyday lives, faster internet is crucial, and we should learn more about how soon faster wireless internet might arrive.

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    First of all 4K screens are useless as android cant natively display in 4k yet. IMO thats what reckon google must be working on.
    Also I'll see of any phones of 2016 can make me want to upgrade from my S4. Far as I'm concerned all phones after the S4 were not good enough to tear me away from my S4 which dies everything I need it to do.

      So you've never seen the sony Z5 premium on things like Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard? or you have but your blocky pixilated S4 is still the best thing and "dies" (haha) everything you need it to do yeh?

      Nice one mate.

      Last edited 20/02/16 4:56 pm

        How do you know what my needs are for a smart phone ? Don't be presumptive mate. I have no need for Samsung VR or google cardboard not the slightest bit interested so it matters not if my S4 can or cannot run it . So don't tell me what I need in a smart phone champ. The Z5P 4K screen can only be used on Sony apps as well so yeah 4K cant be displayed natively on android so I will get back when it happens. My S4 does EVERYTHING I need it to do. Not what you think it needs to do for me. My goodness dvassafor do you upgrade your car every year as well ?

        So yeah nice one mate

        Last edited 20/02/16 7:19 pm

          Yeh righto righto Sheezus. I didn't tell you to do anything, just asked if you'd actually used the frink'n Z5 for what it's 4K screen is designed for as you seem to think they're useless. Guess bloody not then aye...

            I didn't say there were useless I said I would like android to be NATIVE in 4K not having to go through an app to use 4K. All right Ive calmed down now - sorry. ATM android can only display in 1080. Im sure that will change soon. When it does maybe I'll jump to a 4K screen. As you can tell by the leaks Samsung , LG and HTC are not convinced on the 4k display just yet and have gone for a usual 1080. I'm kinda keen on an upgrade but nothing took my fancy last year anyway. I wonder if Sony will release the Z6 later this year.

            Last edited 20/02/16 8:17 pm

              All good mate and you are right, although I have pretty good eye sight and see the difference in the 4K apps it would be would'a been better if they released it in a larger screen size like a new Z-ultra (6.4") but yeh... Ditto bro, my apoligies too. Have a good one. Cheers.

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