The countdown for the Mobile World Congress has already begun. It is the most anticipated time of the year where the tech affectionados gather in the magnificent city of Barcelona and prepare themselves to be amazed by the astounding technology on display. The Mobile World Congress acts like a curtain raiser for what we can expect from the world of mobile devices and is the birth spot of several Android flagships. This is no different in the year 2016, though there is life beyond MWC and a lot more to look forward to in the Q1. Here are the phones we believe, you must watch out for in the Q1 of the year 2016.
Samsung is releasing its two flagship phones: Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on 21st February – a day before MWC begins, which is going to be held in Barcelona.
Samsung announced the date in its teaser trailer named “Unpacked”. One of the rumors which spread like fire is Samsung’s pressure-sensitive screens which will act just like iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch. Another rumor doing rounds is that Samsung has found a way to make their phones waterproof whilst keeping it’s strong metal body intact. It will bring back the IP67-rated dust and water resistance from the Galaxy S5. Along with it, you can expand the phone’s storage upto 200GB. The S7 might also come with a USB-C port for faster charging and transferring data. A lot may change, but as of now, this is what we are expecting from the Galaxy S7.
LG is all set to unveil it’s 2016 flagship smartphone at a press event on Feb. 21. According to the leaks and the rumors, the phone is going to be dynamic in terms of performance because of the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 processor along with a 4GB of RAM. It is going to be a 5.6” device having 20MP primary camera along with a 8 MP secondary camera. The phone is also said to have iris eye recognition technology. IRIENCE, a south korean company is manufacturing the scanner which will be able to recognize one’s retina from up to 50 meters distance which would be ideal for daily use. Also, this feature will be used to turn on the phone. The phone will also have fast wireless charging which will reportedly charge the phone in 2 hours. Riding high on the success of devices like LG Nexus 5X, LG G4 and LG V10, a lot is expected from LG and at least on paper, the G5 sounds like the device to beat this year.
The HTC M9 which was the flagship phone by HTC for the year of 2015, was widely criticised for the lack of innovative design and poorly optimised chipset. Well, we hope so HTC has learned from its mistakes and will be back with a bang! The flagship which uses the codename of ‘Perfume’ is rumored to have an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and with a RAM of 4GB. The phone will also have a 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded upto 200GB via microSD card slot. It is rumored that it will come with a fresh design, strongly resembling to the HTC A9, released recently.
It’s been a year and a half since Xiaomi launched its last flagship phone, the Mi4 and the wait for the latest one has been killing. There have been a few launches, the likes of Xiaomi RedMi 3, Mi4c among others, but they have not been the devices that promise to blow the roof away from the hut. There are still speculations about the specifications of Mi5 but they’ll soon come to rest on February 24, at its official launch.
According to the rumors, the Mi 5 will have a metal body and a 5.2- inch 1080 P panel, as confirmed by Hugo Barra, in a post on Facebook. The flagship will boast the Snapdragon 820 processor and reportedly will come with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space in at least one configuration. Another configuration would possibly come with 32 GB and along with 3 GB of RAM. The phone could have a 16 MP camera on its rear along with a 13 MP selfie camera. When it comes to battery, the phone is rumored to have a 3,030 mAh capacity.
It’s in the grapevine that Apple is going to unveil the new 4-inch device named iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3 and the new strap options of the Apple Watch at an event on Tuesday, March 15. The iPhone 5se, where se stands for special edition, is rumored to sport an A9 processor coupled with M9 coprocessor which is used in the iPhone 6s. The camera will remain same as that of the iPhone 5s, although it will have a new NFC chip for Apple Pay. It seems like that the phone may not come with a 3D touch display, as Apple looks to cut corners in order to keep the pricing of the phone affordable.
While some phones above have been confirmed for a launch, the others are still very much making the gossip columns only. What is for certain is that Quarter 1 is going to set the song for the rest of the year and give us a direction where the mobile industry is headed. It would also be interesting what differentiating factors, these mobile players bring in otherwise a space, that has become very specifications driven.