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Poll: which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

Poll: which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

The Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is officially over... for the most part, anyway. This is the world's biggest event for mobile devices, after all, and there's so much more happening there than just exciting announcements! But, being a website called PhoneArena, we're mostly fascinated with the smartphones, and it's a blessing! 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 skeptical among you have chosen their favorite among the high-profile announcements that happened. So we're asking you – which one is it? Is it the refined, improved Galaxy S7 / s7 edge with their bigger batteries, water resistance, and microSD card support? Or the stylish and innovative LG G5 which stands out with its modular design? Maybe Sony's new Xperia X line-up is the best you've seen from the Japanese company in a while, or the Xiaomi Mi 5 has lulled you in with its gorgeous looks and high-end hardware?

We already have four fantastic announcements to consider, and that's not nearly the end of the line! Out of the blue, HP treated Windows fans to the Elite x3, a supercharged phablet for business users running Windows 10 Mobile and ready to double as your computer when connected to an external display. HTC decided to postpone its flagship smartphone announcement for later, but still reminded of itself with the metal One X9 and a bunch of Desire handsets. And last but not least, Alcatel's bargain handsets are growing more impressive each year, with the Idol 4 and 4s standing out with gorgeous looks and well thought-out spec sheets.

We know for sure that these are our personal highlights from this year's MWC, so we're quite eager to learn which one of these is our readers' favorite. Vote, debate, and tell us everything you want about your favorite smartphone in the comments below!

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Which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?
The Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge 31.01% (919 votes) (919 votes)
The LG G5 38.29% (1135 votes) (1135 votes)
The new Sony Xperia X line-up 7.29% (216 votes) (216 votes)
The Xiaomi Mi 5 17.38% (515 votes) (515 votes)
The HP Elite x3 4.55% (135 votes) (135 votes)
The HTC One X9 0.74% (22 votes) (22 votes)
The Alcatel Idol 4S and Idol 4 0.74% (22 votes) (22 votes)

2964 votes

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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:29 8

1. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

In the mean time, lament, mourn and cut. Both G5 and S7 won't... adopt Marshmallow's "adaptable storage" feature for SD cards because it encrypts and makes them incompatible with other devices. People should press companies for bigger internal storage, cince both will come with only 32GB in Europe and US this year (better profit margin)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:34 11

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 1230; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

I don't care about the poll results. The Mi5 is the clear winner for me....

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:03 8

20. adecvat (Posts: 322; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Yeah, Mi5 > S7 with outdated specs.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:50 7

29. bossman (Posts: 245; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)

How does the S7 have outdated specs. The only thing you could consider outdated is the micro usb (which is really not).

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:55

30. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)

the snapdragon 820 doesn´t support the features of usb 3.1.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:51 3

37. ananthu07 (unregistered)

SD810 and 808 does, so why not 820. Lumia 950/XL has USB 3.1

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:30

54. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Hm, nope they do not, only USB 3.0

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 23:29

69. ananthu07 (unregistered)

PA and GSMArena says USB 3.1

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 17:12

66. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (unregistered)

The XiaoMi Mi 5 is a poor man's choice instead of an iPhone, S7, G5, Xperia XP.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:29 20

2. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)

Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:16 2

49. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

How S7 and S7 edge? there is nothing unique or extra ordinary in these phones. All phones are typical as previous year, with upgraded specs only.

Only G5 is a unique device which has at least something unique to talk about. So winner of the show should be G5. You can put S7 and S7 edge in the winner of sales category. Bcoz both will out sell G5 easily.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:31

55. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Samsung done more r and d to ip68 there phones and make that cam tech, they got 3 1sts in phone cams and the r and d that gone I tot he edge desig is big time with the he way this now removes the edge problems now making it so users ther did not like it before now like it in the hand, then than anything lg come up within the G5

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:00 1

63. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

whatever samsung has done, was done before as well. ip68 is not a new thing in phones. Camera is an improvement, just like it was improved in every generation, so not a new thing. Samsung made edge last year as well, so its nothing new. Edge was spectacular in last year's MWC but this year, it is a repeat of previous year.

LG come up with totally unique idea, so G5 is the show winner. I think your hormones are boiling little high with fan boyism??? Apologies, but you are sounding like that.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:42 1

56. phonearenarocks (Posts: 553; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)

Looking at the way the things have transpired over the past couple of days from MWC, Samsung seems to be getting doomed(and I don't like this), when that happens the whole android bandwagon will be either just breaking even or in losses making Apple the single player in the market which could eventually be a problem to consumers.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:30 18

3. Totse2k15 (Posts: 470; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

S7 edge.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:31 14

4. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Sony Xperia X Performance for me. Always loved the Sony design but hated the glass back.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:49 1

28. turk_az (Posts: 54; Member since: 11 May 2012)

you mean Lumia 820?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 17:13 1

67. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (unregistered)

Is the Lumia meant to look like the Xperia? Was that your point??

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:33 22

5. Shubham1221 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

LG G5:)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:34 9

8. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 437; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:17 5

33. thunderc8 (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

i agree.
Prenium design,dual camera,removable battery,micro sd, extra modules,ir blaster... must i continue?
The removable battery it self along with the sd820/4gb ram gives this phone a 5 year run for those who keep their phones for as long as they work well and run everything fast.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:35

41. Boybawang (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

In addition to that, if you wanna keep a phone for a very long time then AMOLED should be avoided because of the burn-in short life span of the screen.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:33 1

59. iushnt (Posts: 2272; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:26

50. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 1010; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)

Dual camera is sounding gimmick to me bcoz secondary 8mp camera doesnt have OIS and even doesnt have auto focus function. LG cheap out on this and chose to fool ppl for sale. Average joe dont know the importance of auto focus and OIS, they will only see two cameras and probably will say, "wow this phone has dual camera".

I hate the trend of cheaping out on components. Samsung cheap out by putting 1/2.5" rather 1/2" and LG cheap out by putting same old 16mp of G4 instead of improving it further.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:33 15

6. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 533; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

S7. Waterproof, bigger battery, improved low light camera, Microsd, fast wireless charging, premium build, it's almost everything I want in a phone

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:48

35. NonFanBoy (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 May 2015)

If only they hadn't removed the IR blaster and gone with USB type C. It would have been almost perfect.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:01 1

38. readreadz (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)

Who said that S7 don't have IR blaster? Check your info again. S7 have IR blaster

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:45

61. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Sources? It clearly doesn't have an IR window at the top like every other IR-equipped Samsung device according to images of the top I've seen.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:58

44. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)

wait until techrax doing drop test and jerryrigeverything doing bend test and screen burn test as well!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:35

10. NIK01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

Non of them won, but Cubertino.
Too bad....

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