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MWC 2016: what smartphones to expect from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and other companies

MWC 2016: what smartphones to expect from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and other companies
Mobile World Congress 2016 is just around the corner and we can't get any more excited! Just like any other year, MWC will be the single most grandiose and important mobile tech show... at least for the first half of 2016. 

Traditionally held in Barcelona, Spain, this year's MWC kicks off on Monday, February 22 and end on Thursday, February 25. That's more than enough time for the attending OEMs to put their newest products on display. Of course, we will be there, catering all the important news to you.

While we are less than three weeks away, we already seem to know quite a lot about what devices and gadgets to expect at the trade show. Things like Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG's high-end device are seemingly set in stone, but we also have a vast flurry of expectations from the other attending manufacturers. 

We've summarized all we know about MWC 2016 down below in order to sate your anticipation to some extent. 

Contents:

Samsung  |  LG  |  HTC  |  Huawei  |  Sony  |  Microsoft  |  Xiaomi


Samsung


Samsung has confirmed that it will introduce its next Galaxy flagship, the S7, during an Unpacked event on February 21. As you most likely know, the S7 is expected to house a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, a Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chipsets depending on the version, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 12MP BriteCell camera unit on the back, and a 3,000mAh juicer the keep the show going. Check out all the rumors around the anticipated Samsung flagship in our extensive rumor review



Alongside the Galaxy S7, we should most certainly witness the debut of the Galaxy S7 edge. This one supposedly boasts a 5.5-inch display up front and shares the same hardware setup as the Galaxy S7 save for the battery, which is said to have a capacity of 3,600mAh. According to some fresh leaks, developers will be allowed to utilize the curved edge panels of the phone thanks to the Look SDK. 


Last, but not least, there's a pretty high chance that Samsung will show us its newest toy, a 360-degree VR camera that will enable devs to create virtual reality experiences for the Samsung Gear VR headset. The device is said to be a "compact spherical camera" making use of two 180-degree fisheye lenses that together create 360-degree imagery. Here's is some more info on this intriguing VR camera.



LG


LG's MWC 2016 invitation does not reveal much

LG's MWC 2016 invitation does not reveal much

LG will be not only attending MWC 2016, it will also be lifting the veil off of a major new smartphone. No surprises here - it will be the LG G5, the anticipated 2016 flagship of the South Korea-based OEM. Earlier today, a rather interesting and playful invitation confirmed that the phone will be announced on February 21.

We heard that the G5 might come with an intriguing new mechanism that will allow the phone's rumored battery to coexist with its supposedly metal build. Apart from this, we are convinced that the flagship phone will arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, a 5.3 to 5.6-inch Quad HD display, and a dual rear camera setup (16MP + 8MP). Here's everything we know about the LG G5 so far.

Of course, there's always the chance that the G5 doesn't make the cut in Barcelona. After all, LG's invitation for the event is pretty vague - it features a picture of a music box, accompanied by "PLAY Begins". While it leaves a lot to the imagination, the invitation doesn't exactly fuel our expectations for the LG G5.




HTC


To say that Taiwan-based HTC has not been in the greatest shape in 2015 will be a major understatement. Regardless, we are always looking forward to see what the once-domineering Android OEM has been prepping for us. While we are certainly hoping for a flagship, whether it will roll under the HTC M10 or another name, the rumor mill claims that we might not see said device in Barcelona. HTC is said to be prepping a dedicated March event for its next hero device.

But hey, let's not think of the worst possible scenario. There's a pretty high chance that the HTC M10 might see the light of day at MWC 2016. If it does, it might feature a Snapdragon 820 chipset in its European version, while a MediaTek one might make the cut in the Asian one. There's a whole lot of other rumors regarding the phone, too - you can check them out in our extensive rumor review.



Huawei


What do we expect on Huawei's part? Although the major China-based OEM is expected to unveil not one, not two, but a whole lot of four versions of the Huawei P9 this year, one can easily deduce that at least one of them will be announced at MWC 2016, right? Wrong! It seems that Huawei is planning to hold its own event in March and announce some of its upcoming product(s) then.

Huawei P9 leaked schematics

Huawei P9 leaked schematics

What to expect from the Huawei P9? We heard that it might sport a 5.2-inch display and rely on the Kirin 950 chipset, paired with 4 gigs of RAM. A 3,000mAh battery is said to keep the lights running, but the highlight of the handset might turn out to be its dual rear camera setup. Supposedly, the main one will be a 12MP snapper, while the secondary shooter might (or might not) capture depth information. Oh, and the P9 might pack a front-facing fingerprint scanner, too.

Does this mean that we are not sure whether Huawei will unveil a new device in Barcelona? Well, for the most part, yes - we've heard nothing certain about its plans for the trade show, but this totally doesn't mean we should lower our guard. Huawei is one of those smartphone makers that can always come up with a surprise announcement. But we wound't count on it, as the large Mate 8 got introduced merely a month ago, so we will probably have to wait a bit before we see a new Huawei device.



Sony


With Sony, one never knows. The Japanese have proven that they are able to cook a surprise as easy as pie, but we don't expect to see the Xperia Z6 at MWC 2016. Instead, we feel that a tablet might be on the way. Whether this will be the Xperia Z5 Tablet or another slate, we can't say at this point. We've heard nothing compelling so far, though Sony certainly has a thing for announcing tablets during MWC. Back at MWC 2014, the Xperia Tablet Z2 was introduced, while at MWC 2015 Sony announced the Z4 Tablet. 

MWC 2016: what smartphones to expect from Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei, and other companies

Microsoft


Microsoft's phone division is not doing great. While this is true, new devices with Windows on board should be expected in the future and that's inevitable. Although we have heard nada about a phone that Redmond is readying up itself to announce in the following weeks, we are always open for surprises. Who know, that leaked and seemingly scrapped Lumia 850 might turn out to be real, though we are not counting on it.


Xiaomi


Err, no, you did not read that wrong - it seems that Xiaomi will indeed be present at MWC 2016. The expo will be the perfect forum to show the Xiaomi Mi 5. The flagship of the China-based phone maker is bound to arrive roughly two years after its predecessor was introduced, which is quite the lengthy period in such a dynamic industry.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 has leaked extensively with time and the numerous leaks painted a pretty reliable picture of what we can expect from the "hero" phone. You can check some believable design leaks right below, showing us that the device will arrive with a physical home button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, as well as what seems to be a glass-metal design. Under the hood, we'd be surprised if the Mi 5 doesn't come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and at least 3 gigs of RAM. A 5.2-inch 1080p or 5.3-inch Quad HD display complete the rumored specs sheet of the handset.

You can check out everything we know about the Mi 5 so far in our lengthy rumor review.

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posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:08 1

1. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Force Touch. Everywhere.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:29 3

2. vincelongman (Posts: 4445; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Good.

Pressure sensitive touchscreens are going to replace normal capacitive touchscreens
Like how capacitive touchscreens replaced resistive touchscreens

Apple beat Android OEMs to the punch, good on them, but who cares

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:50 13

3. TerryTerius (Posts: 1791; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Pretty much this. Who gives a damn where new, reinvented, or freshly recycled ideas come from so long as they're bringing something to the table? I'll never understand why people bandwagon enormous multibillion-dollar multinational corporation's of huge power and political influence like they're sports teams. Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, or anyone else you want to name. Everyone copies everyone else just as much as they invent, tweak, or refine. That's how literally all progress in the history of mankind was made.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:54 2

4. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


Who cares?

Every true fan of technology, because Apple's power within the market forced Android manufacturers to provide this technology.

So yea, I'd say a lot of people care.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:02 13

6. realjjj (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


You are incredibly clueles, Apple hasn't even created the term "Force Touch" , yet alone the tech. And they haven't done anything relevant with it yet.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:25 4

8. TerryTerius (Posts: 1791; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


The point is that you as the end-user benefit no matter who brings a technology to the market that is widely adopted wholesale or refined. Being a supposed fan of technology is only a mental state, not a quantifiable real world metric affected by the implementation of ideas.

A couple hundred (or to be gratuitous a couple thousand) people who frequently comment on tech sites pale in comparison to the billions of smart phone owners around the world at large. Who most likely don't really give a damn.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:40 3

10. another1 (Posts: 157; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)


That wasn't my point. My point is that you still should provide credit to the company who markets a new piece of technology well enough for every company within the industry to adopt.

Credit should be given to Apple. No other company except for maybe Samsung can pull that off.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:49

11. TerryTerius (Posts: 1791; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Ah, my apologies for misreading your post. I agree with you wholeheartedly on that. That is one of the benefits of sheer size and mental cachet. That, and some people don't seem to understand the difference between invention and popularizing. The latter of the two can only really be done by the bigger fish in the pond. Ultimately, having a great idea isn't really useful if you never hear about it or get to use it.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 00:04

20. Furbal (Posts: 985; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


except the company that actually makes it.

Synaptic is the one that will get it to the masses with clearforce

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:41

36. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Apple set the stepping stone and because it's Apple were talking about, They are trend setter with many followers. Huawei might try to introduce FT on smartphone ahead of Apple but in the end no one cares...

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 17:04 3

12. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Why would people, even true fans care who did it first? Wether its Apple, Samsung or my grandma we will not get free money or a free phone out of it. Who ever did it first, good on them but who cares who did it first?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 17:52 1

14. TerryTerius (Posts: 1791; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


To a certain degree it's important when companies don't get credit for what they've done. Mental cachet in the public consciousness, and of course the obvious legal side. But in the material sense… As a customer it isn't really all that relevant.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 10:57

30. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


As I have said on. Many posts taking that big battery with the that full end on it with you is a joke, when you can easy buy a wiresless battery pack for the s7 edge and also get a bigger starting battery and the normal better battery life for a Samsung phone, the samsung as the win there, I just hope that Samsung make more of the battery case this year to remove the only thing that buyers may go and get the g5

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 02:24

16. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Why everybody copies samsungs home button and why e erybody doing it?? I HATE physical pressing crap button! They all look now like galaxies..

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 02:26

17. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Why everybody copies samsungs home button and why e erybody doing it?? I HATE physical pressing crap button! They all look now like galaxies..

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 15:59

5. realjjj (Posts: 371; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


the biggest news by far could be Magic Leap but nothing is certain, we'll have to wait and see.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:14 2

7. rick_mobile (Posts: 277; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


I just recently started to REALLY appreciate how valuable and convenient it is to have removable batteries, is one of the things I miss the most about my note 4. Instead of pluging in to a power bank on a busy day.

Any manufacturer that offers a flagship with top specs AND removable battery will be on my top list this year. Can't way to see what everyone offers!

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 16:26 3

9. TerryTerius (Posts: 1791; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Your list basically begins and ends with LG.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 17:35 1

13. rick_mobile (Posts: 277; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


yep, looks like it. Unless the next Samsung of Nexus flagship comes with a 3500+ mAh battery in one of their phones; else my options will be limited.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 11:02

32. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The s7 edge as 3600 battery and also a wiresless battery case, why the lg G5 comes with a smaller battery and will use more battery and then make you have to take with you a very big long battery that as a big lg end on it with you on the go, hm

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 04:48

21. Xelief (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Removable batteries are nice for a variety of reasons. Being able to remove it without taking the phone apart is nice if and when the batterie craps out but the rest of the phone works perfectly fine. Also, when I drained the battery to 0% on my Nexus 5 it wouldn't turn back on again. I read that pulling the battery helps with this issue and, after taking the phone apart and pulling the battery, it did indeed fix my problem. The N5 does not have a removable battery though and it was REALLY inconvenient.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 11:04

34. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


You can easy just put on your wiresless battery case with the he s7 edge that comes with a way bigger battery to start with and will use less power, why are you going to take a big crap long battery with a big lg end on it, you need to think about it?

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 05:15

37. Xelief (Posts: 52; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


What the actual f**k does anything you said have to do with what I said?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 22:21

15. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2501; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Idk about you but I like benchmark scores and I can't wait to see what the none QHD Mi5 scores in a handful of test. Theoretically it should score the highest out of all Q1 Sd820 powered devices, hopefully its optimized good or it won't score what it should.

I know benchmarks don't mean much(2 of them actually do) but I still like them.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 08:06

28. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


The real life performance will be the same as QHD phones, so whatever. On-screen benchmarks are pretty much irrelevant.

For example, HTC M9 will give you less frame-rate in games compared to S6 or Nexus 6P, despite crushing them both in on-screen tests.

Proof:

https://www.gamebench.net/en/blog/iphone-6s-gaming-ranked-against-android-rivals

Heck, even the iPhone 6S with its 3x more on-screen fps isn't much faster than S6. The scores on iPhone is higher as devs usually optimise games better on iOS. Also there's metal on iOS and most android games are capped at 30 fps, for reasons I don't know.

The reason, 1440p screens don't usually render the game in 1440p. In fact, it's closer to 720p. So a 720p screen will have almost the same fps as a 1440p screen in a real life game.

Benchmarks are different as they actually render a 1440p game. But in real life, it will never happen.

Source:
https://www.gamebench.net/en/blog/screenshot-comparisons-galaxy-s6-vs-iphone-6-vs-iphone-6-plus

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 11:05

35. j2001m (Posts: 2943; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung also as a tool to change the res in games as needed

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 03:01

18. Bondurant (Posts: 426; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


hope Huawei doesn't screw up an otherwise nice P9 by not using the Kirin 950 and using kirin 935 instead.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 06:58

19. yann (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


You can be sure that P9 will be with Kirin 950 under the hood.
935 is history and was used in some series of P8, but didn't come to USA or Europe. It was only available in China.
I also expect P9 with huge interest to jump windows phone ship. I'm tired of waiting for stable w10m version and the app gap is too serious for me. Not for games, but hell - even Booking scrap their app for windows 10 mobile. Not to mention bank apps etc.

posted on 13 Feb 2016, 14:50 1

23. bassembm (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Dec 2015)


LGG5 any day

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 08:05

27. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


lg and Samsung

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 09:07

29. Anonymuse (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


Megapixel and mAH not important for me
Did u know:
Apple iphone 6s have 1640 mAH. Battery
But samsung and others have 3000+
But apple in real life usage enduarence higher

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 10:58

31. jeroome86 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Expect PA to fix this site.

Hey phone arena. I can't post over LTE. Fix this crap already. Either you are incompetent or just a** h****. Given you the benefit of the doubt your not a** h****.

May just have to stick with Android Central. A great group of tech people who know their stuff.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 11:02

33. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


To be honest the Xiaomi mi5 is the best looking handset among all of them to me.. It's OK meturements feel right. Width, length and depth feels very natural and futuristic. Not biased. Honest opinion.

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