MWC 2015: all new phones


The 2015 Mobile World Congress brings heaps tons of new devices, and good news is that among them we have some of the most anticipated phones this year: the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9.

It’s not just that, though: Microsoft, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, and many others are using the stage in Barcelona to unveil their upcoming 2015 phones, tablets, and smartwatches.

We know that you want to learn about all the newly unveiled devices at MWC 2015, and to save you the effort, we’re rounding up all the new announcements right here. Take a look and don’t hesitate to tell us which device (or devices) grabbed your attention the most.

Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 Edge

Price and release date: $649 / $749 off-contract ($199 / $299 w/ 2-year contract), April 10th
System chip: 64-bit octa-core (likely Exynos 7420)
Display: 5.1-inch Quad HD
Camera: 16-megapixel main cam with OIS, 5MP selfie cam

The Galaxy S6 is a lot about a renewed focus on design: it’s slim and lightweight, and it’s made of fine quality materials (metal for the frame and glass on both front and back). The Galaxy S6 edge is nearly identical save for the slight curvature of the screen, the so-called dual edge design.

Both are also very powerful devices with a 64-bit octa-core chip running Android 5.0 Lollipop with an improved and simplified TouchWiz user interface, a 16-megapixel camera that now boasts OIS and a larger camera sensor, 32GB of internal storage, and other improvements.


HTC One M9

Price and release date: likely $649 off-contract ($199 w/ 2-year contract), planned for mid-March 
System chip: Snapdragon 810
Display: 5" 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD
Camera: 20-megapixel main camera, 4MP "UltraPixel" selfie cam

With a premium all-metal unibody, the beautiful One M9 doesn't stray away from HTC's gorgeous design tradition for its flagship line. For the first time in recent memory, we are also getting a high-res rear camera on an HTC finest - a 20 MP shooter - while the UltraPixel camera is moved at the front for perfect selfies. Add a scorching Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB of DDR4 RAM, and 32GB of storage out of the box, and the One M9 quickly elevates HTC to competitive status with any other phone thrown at it, and we didn't even mention the new BoomSound speakers with Dolby surround sound at the front.


Lenovo Vibe Shot

Price and release date: $349 off-contract, planned for June
System chip: Snapdragon 615
Display: 5" 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD
Camera: 16MP main camera with 3-color LED flash, 8MP selfie cam

The Lenovo Vibe Shot is a stylish, affordable, and, from the looks of it, truly capable camera-centric Android phone. If a 16MP BSI sensor with optical image stabilization, tri-color LED flash, and six-element lens with sapphire coating doesn't make a camera-oriented handset, we don't know what does, but the kicker is that Lenovo managed to stuff all that jazz in a premium 7.3mm thin chassis that is built of aluminum, with Gorilla Glass 3 front and rear surface. The Vibe Shot has a 5" 1080p display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and the generous 32 GB of storage.


Lenovo A7000

Price and release date: $170 off-contract, March
System chip: 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek chip
Display: 5.5-inch 720p
Camera: 8MP main cam with dual LED flash, 5MP front shooter

The specs of the Lenovo A7000 include a brilliant 5.5" HD display with wide viewing angles, a 1.5 GHz MediaTek "true" octa-core processor paired with 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage plus memory card slot for more. Being a dual SIM device, the A7000 is equipped with two micro SIM slots, and offers 4G LTE connectivity, too.


Microsoft Lumia 640 | 640 XL

Hands-on (Lumia 640 | Lumia 640 XL)
Price and release date: $170 - $250 off-contract
System chip: Snapdragon 400
Display: 5" 720p | 5.7" 720p
Camera: 8MP | 13MP main cam, 5MP selfie cam

The Microsoft Lumia 640 features a 5-inch HD display, comes in a range of vivid colors, and runs on Windows Phone 8.1 (it's set to get upgraded to Windows 10 in the not too distant future). The Lumia 640 XL is nearly identical, but with a larger, 5.7-inch HD display and a beefier battery.


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Price and release date: $330 off-contract, Spring
System chip: Snapdragon 615
Display: 5" 720p LCD
Camera: 13MP main camera with f/2.0 lens, 5MP selfie cam

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is an IP68-certified Android phone with protection from the elements. It features an 1.7GHz, 64-bit octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel main camera, 5 megapixels front shooter and supports 4G LTE connectivity.


ZTE Grand S3

Price and release date: N/A
System chip: 2.5GHz Snapdragon 810
Display: 5.5" 1080p LCD
Camera: 16MP main cam, 8MP selfie cam

The ZTE Grand S3 was unveiled Sunday at MWC after being launched domestically in China on January 17th. Its unique feature is an iris scanner that you can use to unlock the phone. The ZTE Grand S3 features a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. Under the hood is a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB of RAM inside. The phone is equipped with 16GB of native storage and a 64GB microSD card is available for those who require additional memory. A 16MP camera is on back and an 8MP "super selfie snapper" adorns the front of the model. The 3100mAh battery keeps the lights on and Android 4.4 is pre-installed. The phone does support LTE connectivity.


Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (4.7" | 5.5")

Price and release date: N/A
System chip: Snapdragon 4xx | 6xx
Camera: 13MP main cam

These two sleek-looking new Alcatel OneTouch phones come in an iPhone-esque 4.7” and 5.5” screen sizes, but the price is much more affordable. Regardless, the IDOL 3 smartphones go beyond mirroring the iPhone 6 with the addition of JBL front-facing speakers, Harman Cardon Clari-Fi tech, 13-megapixel cameras, and something rather odd and unique - these phones are reversible.

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13 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The title,'The EDGE of Innovation' says it all ;)

6. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

until LG G4's double EDGES comes!

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

In case you didn't notice S6 Edge has edge on both the sides. So, yeah, S6 Edge has edges.

10. TheHitman1982

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Those Edges do nothing, its just a curved screen, if they would've made the edges function like on the note edge then it would be something to talk about, all it is, is a 5.1 in screen with curved sides. Yawn.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

They do a lot of stuff. It shows a running news ticker and notifications. You can also customize to colour code it for upto 5 contacts so that the next time they call, their chosen colour will be highlighted on the edge of the screen.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S6 Edge is hands down the best phone announced at MWC.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh and PA, there's a mistake under the ZTE Grand S3 with the processor it runs. In case you didn't proofread correctly.

4. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

About 4 years we just same the same - they're upgrading only same components. S6 Edge is something new, but not worth the upgrade, if you need more than just fashion. I think we need something new in phone industry - new sensors, new functions and new materials for components.

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Works for apple and no one seems to care.

5. GeekMovement unregistered

Samsung definitely brought the thunder to the show this year.

7. Dj_Yawar

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Samsung could have done better. Any how, final conclusion can be made after using it in real...

12. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

That Lenovo phone is intriguing except for the fact that's it's a Lenovo phone.

13. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Vibe x3 or vibe max ?

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