Best smartphones of MWC 2015: PhoneArena Awards

Like they say, time flies when you're having fun. This couldn't be more valid for the few days we spent at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As much as we wish it wasn't so, we now have to pack our gear and leave Nerdland behind. Before we do that, however, we think we should wrap up our coverage with a list of the best phones we saw at MWC 2015. And if you've been following our coverage, you surely know that we saw dozens of new handsets on display during the show. Nevertheless, it took us just a few moments to pick our favorites.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

No surprises at the top spot, folks. Without a doubt, the most exciting smartphones announced at MWC were the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge – Samsung's new flagship Android phones. And why would they not deserve to be ranked numero uno? Built of glass and metal, the two phones grab your attention the moment you see them. At that, the S6 edge is even better than its counterpart thanks to its dual-curved display – a truly outstanding design feature. But what's inside them also counts. Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge stand on the top of the Android food chain. With their QHD displays, octa-core Exynos SoCs, ultra-fast storage, 3GB of energy-efficient RAM, and, no less importantly, their 16MP optically stabilized cameras, these are the new Android phones to beat.

Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on

HTC One M9

On one hand, the HTC One M9 does not differ all that much from its predecessor, the One M8. But on the other, perhaps is doesn't have to – after all, HTC's 2014 flagship was one of last year's best phones. Although it did leave room for improvement, especially in the camera department. Well, perhaps HTC has taken note of that as the HTC One M9 sports an upgraded 20MP camera, while the UltraPixel cam now resides at the front. Under the hood we find hardware worthy of a flagship smartphone, including a Snapdragon 810 chip, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, and 32GB of storage. And if that's not enough, a pair of front-facing stereo speakers with dedicated amps get the party started.

Lenovo Vibe Shot

Surprised to see a Lenovo smartphone in a pick of this kind? Well, you better get used to it as the company's product should not be underestimated. At MWC, we had the chance to get our hands on the Lenovo Vibe Shot, and while the phone isn't a flagship, it is one of the better mid-rangers we've come across lately. Its main selling point – the 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, tri-color LED flash, and IR-assisted autofocus. Meanwhile, there's a trendy 8 MP camera on the front for presentable selfies. The Snapdragon 615 chipset, 32GB of storage, and high-grade build materials complete the whole package. Not bad for a 350-dollar smartphone, don't you think?

Gionee Elife S7

While Gionee is far from a household name, the phones it makes do need to get more exposure. Take a look at the Gionee Elife S7 and you'll probably agree. At 5.5 millimeters, it is one of the thinnest smartphones in existence, which makes it an impressive feat of engineering. But thinness does not translate to hardware weakness in this case. Quite the contrary – inside the Elife S7 you'll find a MediaTek 6752 octa-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2750mAh battery – quite large for a phone of this caliber. In addition, you get a 13MP camera with no bits sticking out and an 8MP front-facing shooter. All in all, this is probably one of the better mid-range phones that you've never heard of. 

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1. Biernot unregistered

I want the regular s6 in emerald green ^^

4. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Sorry to tell you but green is only available for S6 Edge. I so want black sapphire edge.

5. Biernot unregistered

yes i know..but i also like the black one. Looks great =)

8. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i wanted black but now im debating between the black and gold... the gold looks chrome to me

9. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was actually leaning towards getting the Green Edge, i also felt that the Gold is way to flashy. Then I saw bunch of an S6 gold indoor hands on videos and i am going for it when it's released. The lightning in the MWC made the S6 and the Edge look more reflective than they really are.

14. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Black Shappire regular S6 is nice too, combination of black and blue

2. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

S6 is the best! :)

3. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Between Sammy And HTC , Both are great , but Galaxy S6 And Edge were more exciting !

6. tdslam720

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Um so basically every phone at MWC?

7. AnilTech

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

HTC M9 looks same as HTC M8 should have worked on the design part like screen-to-body ratio.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

What's the deal with every Phone Arena article combining the S6 and S6 edge? They're not the same phone...

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

FOLKS there were awards given and acknowledgements give to the Microsoft 640 & 640 XL smart phones from at least 3 different groups. why didn't phone arena staff give out this news. I guess they only consider certain groups worth mentioning but for Windows smart phone fans this is some good news. plus the MS Surface Pro 3 got best tablet award.

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

So what is the big new feature of these WP phones that make them among the best? Frankly I do not see any of these phones as being innovative.

12. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I think many people buy Samsung for the removable battery and microSD card slot. Maybe Samsung will gain some customers with this premium design but they may lose more by removing features that people like.

15. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

and the winner is : IPHONE 6 PLUS !

16. sonam17

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

Such a sensational look this Gionee Elife S7 has! This handset promises to be a thinnest phone in existence. Can't wait for it to launch soon! Cheers Gionee Team!

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