Alcatel's MWC lineup includes a glowing-back smartphone, Windows tablet

Today, on the showfloor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Alcatel has revealed its latest lineup of mobile devices, which includes three phones and a tablet. While the company was never known for offering high-end devices, the new reveals are still somewhat interesting...

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See the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera and its blazing fast autofocus in action

While testing the new Samsung Galaxy S7, we took out our trusty Galaxy S6 and did a quick, impromptu comparison to see how much faster the model's camera was. The difference was clear as day. While the Galaxy S7 shifted the focus almost instantaneously, the Galaxy S6 needed quite a few more moments to do so...

Feb 29, 2016, 6:41 AM,  by Nick T.,  46 comments
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4 new, cool smartphone features that debuted at MWC 2016

LG, Samsung, and Oppo unveiled some very nice new smartphone features at Mobile World Congress 2016...

Feb 28, 2016, 11:56 PM,  by Florin T.,  27 comments
Best value phones of MWC 2016: PhoneArena Awards

Not all phones are made equal. Some are made to impress with specs, design, and user experience, even if that translates to a steep price. Others are made to be as affordable as possible, which is achieved primarily by using lower quality components and build materials. Then there are the phones aiming to nail the perfect balance between price and features. These are the phones we'll focus on today...

Feb 26, 2016, 1:07 PM,  by Nick T.,  8 comments
Best innovation of MWC 2016: PhoneArena Awards

All in all, we didn't see any earth-shattering new tech announced this year, but the show wasn't short on nice surprises either. For instance, we had Oppo announce the next evolution in its VOOC battery charging technology, Sony unveiled a smarter Bluetooth headset, and Samsung brought fast, Dual Pixel focusing to mobile cameras. But these, in our opinion, were the best innovations of MWC 2016...

Feb 26, 2016, 11:58 AM,  by Nick T.,  15 comments
featured Best wearable of MWC 2016

Unfortunately for all fans of mobile, MWC 2016 is over. The major trade show held in Barcelona, Spain, once again marked the debut of numerous smartphones, gadgets, devices, accessories, wearables, proofs of concept, and all sorts of interesting tech. The majority of these got us very excited, especially Samsung's Galaxy S7 and LG's modular G5, but let's not forget that smartphones are definitely not the only thing to get our attention...

Feb 26, 2016, 9:27 AM,  by Peter K.,  9 comments
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: Edge UX demo and features

There are several very good reasons why one might want to get the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge instead of the Galaxy S7. First of all, the phone is bigger and carries a larger screen. Secondly, the dual-curved edge display is quite fancy and draws attention from afar. And thirdly, there's the new and enhanced Edge UX, which takes what we had on the Galaxy S6 edge and improves it dramatically...

Feb 26, 2016, 3:33 AM,  by Nick T.,  33 comments

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Both handsets look identical, so it’s honestly tough to tell them apart besides looking at their display. The reason is that the K5 Plus comes with a 1080p display, whereas the K5 sports a 720p one.

Feb 25, 2016, 1:37 PM,  by John V.,  10 comments
Always On Display demo on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

On the outside, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge look familiar. The two aren't very different from last year's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge+. But under the hood, you get a ton of new goodies, including a faster processor and a better camera. And on the software side of things, the S7 and S7 edge have gained a few neat abilities. One of them is called Always On Display. In a nutshell, the idea behind Always On Display is to have the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge show basic information on the screen while in stand-by...

Feb 25, 2016, 10:16 AM,  by Nick T.,  47 comments
featured Galaxy S7 vs G5 vs Xperia X Performance: triple threat match

An unusually strong Mobile World Congress brought us not one or two, but a whole bunch of superphones this year. Among them, the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, and Sony Xperia X Performance are shaping up as the biggest trend-setters for 2016...

Feb 25, 2016, 9:28 AM,  by Ray S.,  56 comments
Hands-on with the LG G5's dedicated CAM Plus module

By now, most of you will know that LG has officially outed the long-awaited G5, and that it's completely unique in that its bottom is removable, allowing for you to play around with interchangeable modules. One great example of the kind of functionality this allows for is the CAM Plus accessory...

Feb 25, 2016, 9:08 AM,  by Chris P.,  32 comments
Poll: which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

This year's MWC was the best one in a while, with the industry's top dogs bringing nothing short of their A-game to the fair! We're pretty sure that even the most sceptical among you have chosen their favorite among the high-profile announcements that happened...

Feb 25, 2016, 4:26 AM,  by Luis D.,  68 comments
featured Xiaomi Mi 5 specs review: coming of age

The Mi 5 is the first Snapdragon 820-powered device to ship, but it's not just Qualcomm's cutting-edge chipset and low price that makes the Mi 5 a very competent and competitive smartphone. Xiaomi took its time and produced a true hardware powerhouse. Let's dig a little deeper into what makes this fledging success tick...

Feb 24, 2016, 9:54 AM,  by Luis D.,  32 comments
Low light camera performance test: Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 edge+

Well, folks, as expected, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are now a reality and chock-full of the latest and greatest smartphone hardware. Some may be surprised by this, but Sammy actually knocked down the resolution of its flagships' cameras to 12 MP from 16 MP in their predecessors. However, contrary to a belief that is still somewhat popular, it's not all about the megapixels. Sensor, aperture, and pixel size are also pretty important factors that determine how much light the camera is able to capture in the short period of time that a snap is taken. For the price of reducing the camera's resolution by 4 MP, Samsung gained individual pixels sized at 1.4 μm — a substantial upgrade over the 1.12 μm pixels of the Galaxy S7. The aperture and sensor have also grown to F1.7 and 1/2.5", from F1.9 and 1/2.6" on the older flagship.

Feb 24, 2016, 9:00 AM,  by Paul K.,  67 comments
A closer look at the LG G5's always on display feature

With the hot, new G5, LG introduced a feature, which is a first for IPS LCD displays – the always on screen. Much like we've seen on the LG V10's secondary screen, the G5's display can keep a backlight on for about 30% of its normal brightness and have a small area of the screen display a few items, such as time, a personal message, and pending chat notifications.

Feb 24, 2016, 7:55 AM,  by Paul K.,  36 comments
featured Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s Plus optical image stabilization video comparison

Both the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge boast optical image stabilization to accompany the brand new 12 MP camera inside that this time has eschewed the megapixel race for 56% larger pixels than what we have on the S6. Between the new sensor, and the wider f/1.7 aperture, Samsung said that the S7 unit would collect 95% more light than the S6 in the same scenario, but that's not all there is to it. Besides a new lens/sensor combo, Samsung also equipped the camera on the S7 with a Dual Pixel focusing system for the first time in a phone, which uses all of the pixels for focusing, instead of just 5-10% of them, making continuous autofocus switch in video almost seamless...

Feb 24, 2016, 5:38 AM,  by Daniel P.,  53 comments
Camera Lens cases for Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge hands-on

The obligatory Galaxy S series entourage has swelled enough to include just about all kinds of official accessories for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, but for the most part, it's just old faces made for the new gadgets. Two cases, however, stand out, for they are no ordinary cases at all—the so-called Lens Cover...

Feb 23, 2016, 12:58 PM,  by Chris P.,  50 comments
Microsoft Lumia 650 hands-on: well that's a nice entry-level device!

Just a week ago, Microsoft announced the Lumia 650 – a $200 smartphone with lowly specs, but the core Windows 10 package – Office, OneDrive, and Cortana (no Continuum at that price point, though!). The phone is currently only available in select European markets and we were able to get a quick hands-on with it here, at the MWC 2016 show floor. Let's take a close look!

Feb 23, 2016, 12:55 PM,  by John V.,  21 comments
ZTE Blade V7 hands-on

Boasting a full-metal body, the Blade V7 is of decent build quality, although we find its appearance a bit toy-like, and also blatantly similar to that of the iPhone 6. Still, the smartphone is comfortable for one-handed use, despite its sizable display...

Feb 23, 2016, 12:54 PM,  by John V.,  2 comments
Sony Xperia X Performance vs Apple iPhone 6s: first look

While we came into this year's MWC thinking that we have a pretty good idea of what's in store for us, Sony somehow managed to sneak not one but three entirely new devices under the rumor mill's radar. It's the new Xperia X line – the imagining of the Sony flagship handset, and a new direction for the company's mobile branch... or so Sony says.

Feb 23, 2016, 12:42 PM,  by John V.,  30 comments
Sony Xperia X Performance vs Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: first look

Everyone likes pleasant surprises, but Sony's utter bombshell at the MWC expo found us salivating over a brand new line of phones it unveiled, the X-series. Sony Xperia X, XA and X Performance entered the fray to very little fanfare, yet they are among the most interesting phones announced here, especially the X Performance, which is Sony's first phone powered by the latest Snapdragon 820. It's a cute but powerful 5-incher, that is why we took our time to pit it against Samsung's 5.1"Galaxy S6 edge to help you find out how Sony's new design stacks up against Samsung's current concept...

Feb 23, 2016, 12:41 PM,  by John V.,  14 comments
ZTE Blade V7 Lite hands-on

The Blade V7 Lite is predictably smaller than the Blade V7 and has a 5-inch, 720p-resolution display. Its build quality is decent, but the design is a bit toy-like, which is in line with the smartphone's target audience, we guess...

Feb 23, 2016, 12:40 PM,  by John V.,  1 comment
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia Z5: first look

The new Galaxy S7 is here and it's potentially the best Android device you can't get yet. Its stylish, its powerful, and comes with a camera that is might be a game-changer. Undoubtedly, it is among the hotter topics in the industry right now, as everyone is pretty curious whether the S7 is as flawless as it looks at first sight. But how does it stack up against the current top-shelf Sony device, the Xperia Z5? We are about to put them against one another and check out for ourselves!...

Feb 23, 2016, 11:37 AM,  by Peter K.,  21 comments
Sony Xperia X vs Xperia Z5: first look

It's time for a reboot at Sony: the Xperia Z series are getting replaced by the brand new Xperia X line that introduce evolved design, and a renewed focus on camera and battery longevity...

Feb 23, 2016, 11:20 AM,  by Victor H.,  4 comments
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge vs Galaxy S6: first look comparison

Samsung did a very smart move this year, introducing the 5.5" Galaxy S7 edge in its high-end portfolio. Unlike the 5.1" S6/S6 edge and 5.7" Edge+/Note 5 combos that were launched together last year, this time around there will be a very distinctive difference between its handset with flexible dual-edge display, and its more orthodox S7 sibling with the flat screen. This way, the upgrader's dilemma of Galaxy S6 owners is becoming much easier when it comes to the Galaxy S7 edge as an option, as they will be moving not only to a phone with a flexible screen, but also to one with a much larger display diagonal this time, yet not a huge phone like the S6 edge+. That is why we pitted last year's S6 against the S7 edge at the MWC show floor in Barcelona, to ease your potential choice even further. Shall we?

Feb 23, 2016, 10:27 AM,  by Daniel P.,  17 comments
All the official Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge accessories up close and personal

As with any previous flagship release from Samsung, this year's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are not without company. Indeed, a cubic ton worth of official accessories were on display at the company's booth here at MWC in Barcelona, and we thought it's a good idea to get up close and personal with each in turn. Beats scrolling through renders, that's for sure...

Feb 23, 2016, 10:22 AM,  by Chris P.,  6 comments
LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: first look

Samsung and LG's rivalry feels more intense than ever, because the playing field between the two arch-rivals hasn't felt this even in a long time. Samsung refined their best, while LG brought their best...

Feb 23, 2016, 10:02 AM,  by John V.,  19 comments
MWC 2016: all new phones, tablets and mobile devices

The world's biggest event for phones - Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona - brings us a flurry of new announcements and exciting devices to look forward to for the rest of the year...

Feb 23, 2016, 9:04 AM,  by Victor H.,  21 comments
Oppo introduces Super VOOC tech that charges smartphones in 15 minutes, sensor-based image stabilisation

Oppo claims it's able to charge an empty 2,500mAh battery to 100% in just 15 minutes over MicroUSB and USB Type-C cables. That's pretty crazy, considering high-profile competing solutions, such as Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0, take up to 35 minutes to fill up a battery to 80 percent...

Feb 23, 2016, 6:49 AM,  by Luis D.,  30 comments
Galaxy S7 is the first phone with Dual Pixel autofocus, here's what it means

So, why did Samsung move from the already blazing fast phase-detection autofocus to a brand new Dual Pixel technology on the newly-announced Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Not only is the 12 MP camera sensor a radical departure from the megapixel rat race we've seen on flagship phones for a few years now, but the whole camera module is brand new, with much bigger individual pixels, and a Dual Pixel focusing tech for the first time in a phone...

Feb 23, 2016, 3:46 AM,  by Daniel P.,  61 comments
AT&T's strategy chief says that thanks to DirecTV purchase, it has the edge in 5G

AT&T strategy chief John Donovan said at MWC today that when it comes to 5G, the carrier has some advantages over rival Verizon. The latter, and partner Samsung, announced today that it has started trials of 5G technology. But AT&T says that promises it made to build out fixed high-speed Internet services puts it in a better position than Verizon because of its fixed-line proposition...

Feb 22, 2016, 9:31 PM,  by Alan F.,  7 comments
The Galaxy S7/S7 edge's powerful Game Launcher app explained

Ever the enemy of high frame rate and therefore smooth gameplay, a high resolution is the number one reason your games stutter—whether we're talking about conventional computers or smartphones. And with Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) displays becoming more and more common, chip makers need to deliver increasingly powerful silicon whilst balancing the load on the battery. As you can imagine, there's only so much that can be done...

Feb 22, 2016, 5:10 PM,  by Chris P.,  25 comments
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge feature spam detection and caller identification services from Whitepages

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in March. Both handsets will offer spam detection and caller identification out of the box...

Feb 22, 2016, 12:34 PM,  by Florin T.,  71 comments
LG G5 vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus: first look

Ever one for experimentation, LG didn't bat an eyelash when introducing the G5. Life is good when you play, the message on the giant screen reads, as LG execs talk through the features of the new flagship, and if nothing else, we've gotta commend the seemingly reinvigorated company's nerve...

Feb 22, 2016, 12:14 PM,  by Chris P.,  12 comments
LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: first look

Let's say that you're torn between getting an LG G5 or a Galaxy S6. Or perhaps your Galaxy S6 is starting to feel a little old by now, and the adventurer inside you is ready to jump onto something different, such the LG G5. Either way, choosing to go with the latest LG flagship seems like a no-brainer. It is the newer model, after all, packed with a faster processor, a bigger display, and a fancy wide-angle camera. But ultimately, could the Galaxy S6 be worth sticking with?...

Feb 22, 2016, 11:09 AM,  by John V.,  14 comments
LG G5 vs LG G4: first look

With the LG G5, it feels like LG has finally unleashed the killer flagship smartphone we always knew it was capable of pulling off. With a radically redesigned body full of mainstream appeal, an uncompromising spec sheet, and an innovative ecosystem of accessories, the LG G5 has a lot going for it. Few things can showcase that than comparing it directly with its warmly regarded predecessor...

Feb 22, 2016, 11:00 AM,  by John V.,  9 comments
HTC Desire 825 first look

Amidst yesterday's major smartphone announcements, HTC found a way to sneak in and host a surprise party in our yard. It announced a flurry of unexpected devices—HTC Desire 530, 630, and 825—that certainly surprised us with their arrival. So, curious to see what the fuss is all about, we headed to the demo areas with the idea of fondling the HTC Desire 825 in particular...

Feb 22, 2016, 10:58 AM,  by John V.,  7 comments
HTC One X9 hands-on

The HTC One X9 was officially announced months ago, but now, as HTC is preparing to roll it out to a wider audience, it has brought the phone to MWC 2016...

Feb 22, 2016, 10:50 AM,  by John V.,  13 comments
HTC Desire 530 & 630 hands-on

Albeit not via a flashy event, HTC also introduced a set of new smartphones at the MWC superevent. The company obviously managed to keep a secret almost until the very end, as we only just got a couple of leaks regarding the mystery devices a day or two before their unveiling. And here they are – a trio of affordable Desire handsets. Let's take a look at the Desire 530 and 630!

Feb 22, 2016, 10:38 AM,  by John V.,  15 comments
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