Which phones from MWC 2015 did you like the most?
Not to be outdone, though, Microsoft, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, and many others, used the stage in Barcelona to unveil their upcoming 2015 phones - most of them in the midrange category that is all the rage now. Granted, the Galaxy S6 and One M9 took the spotlight, but there were hidden gems like the amazing Lenovo Vibe Shot that offers premium metal body and 16 MP OIS camera, too, but for half the flagship's price.
Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 Edge
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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")
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.