Which phones from MWC 2015 did you like the most?

Which phones from MWC 2015 did you like the most?
The 2015 Mobile World Congress gave its closing arguments already, bringing heaps of new devices to our divided attention, 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.

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.

This is why we wanted to ask you which phone from the MWC 2015 you liked the most. We separated them into flagships, midrangers and entry level phones by price as, naturally, everyone would vote for one of those is we didn't, so take your pick in the polls below, and chime into the comments section.

Which flagship from MWC did you like the most?

HTC One M9
27.68%
Samsung Galaxy S6
18.77%
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
53.55%

Which MWC midranger did you like the most?

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
56.12%
Lenovo Vibe Shot
31.22%
Gionee Elife S7
8%
ZTE Grand S3
4.66%

Which MWC entry level phone did you like the most?

Lenovo A7000
24.46%
Microsoft Lumia 640
24.81%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
32.79%
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
17.94%

Samsung Galaxy S6 | S6 Edge

Hands-on (Galaxy S6 | Galaxy 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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33 Comments

1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1757; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I voted S6, but I'm also really curious to see how real world testing goes with the M9. The S6 edge is just a gimmick right now (maybe Sammy will open the APIs and let 3rd party developers have at it), and will most likely lag behind the S6 in terms of updates.

15. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung's focal point was the Edge during MWC, and i don't think Samsung will give it any less importance than the S6 when it comes to updates. Not to mention, history has proven over and over that Samsung is the fastest of update their phones, and are the only ones that still updates 2+ year old phones. S5 and S4 were treated to lollipop before the Note 4 by 2 weeks, and that says a lot about them.

27. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Galaxy s4 isn't 2yrs old it will be somewhere this month. The xperia z is the only 1 that is more than 2yrs old which will be updated sooner or later (probably later)

2. AndreaWijayanti

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Voted s6 edge and lumia 640 xl

32. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft smart phones got at least 4 endorsements from noted parties at the MWC 2015 event. These groups realized that a lot of folks cannot afford to spend 600 to 750 dollars for a smart phone no matter how great the specs are and that 640 and 640XL are good alternatives to People who do not want to spend 600 to 750 dollars for high end smart phones. however a "Microsoft brand" flagship based on the OLD Nokia Lumia 1020 with it's 41 pixel pure vue camera with a Metal case instead of a Lumia polycarbonate case would have been a nice device for microsoft to have had at MWC 2015 Microsoft I think is making a mistake to wait for Windows phone 10 to debut before they introduce a NEW flagship. a long wait may make their smart phones look unworthy & unnoticed!

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1439; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

After the S6 and M9 those other phones don't matter specially WP.

4. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

S6 and s6 edge 'cause of new design, exynos and display. I like the m4 aqua too, waterproof and snap 615 is a combo for $300

5. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The M9 wasn't satisfying enough for me so i voted the S6.M4 aqua for the mid range

6. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

There you go, MWC sucked badly. So few new devices and almost nothing interesting. And that's also the case with watches and much worse with tablets. Hell , when it comes to Android tablets it seems nobody can even be bothered anymore, almost nothing at CES and almost nothing at MWC. It's like nobody has any desire to make money anymore. No ideas, no desire to make the slightest effort , they are all just flatlining...

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1439; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Preach brotha... +1 to you.

9. Derekjeter

Posts: 1439; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The problem is not that they dont want to make money cuz everyone wnats to make money is just that every OEM sees that making tablets cost money and if they dont bring some thing that catches comsumers eye they will always loose to the iPad. Now for phones, everyone is out of ideas, i think all that samsung and HTC did was just improve things that we already had like the turbo charging, wireless charging, Samsung Pay, double Edge screen, these are things that we already had in the market they just made it better but no one brought something new and revolutionary.I do have to say that S6 egde in platinum looks bad ass! My Nexus will keep up with any phone out in the next 6 months.

16. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Tech world is going bananas over the S6 edge and Huwaei watch, yet there wasn't anything interesting for you? What about the Iris scanner? Or the new Steroid's rapid charging? I bet you were hoping a lot from your favorite OEM(remains unknown) and they didn't deliver, that's why tou are hating on this year's MWC.

8. cosimonh

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

I'm a loyal HTC fan, but I'm very disappointed with the M9. I don't like how the top and bottom speaker grills are different length. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a very novel design and is more eye-catching. Anyway, I think most Phonearena readers are big phone enthusiast and doesn't really care that much about mid-range or low tier phones (unless the midrange is like Moto X etc..) The products reveiled at MWC wasn't as good as I expected.

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I found all of them to be disappointments, especially the M9 and S6. The m9 barely changed in design, and was really just an internal boost, almost nothing more. The S6 has a glass back and metal sides, like the Xperia Z3. But at the same time, they took away the SD card slot, the removable battery and the water/dust resistance. So, in my opinion a step back. Especially since the z3 has quite a similar design, with an SD card slot and full water/ dist proofing

17. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The S6 and Z3 looks nothing like each other. Just because they have metal band and glass back doesn't mean they look alike, unless you do believe that the Z3 also looks like an iPhone 4 and Optimus G.

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Are you kidding me? It looks so alike. And as I said, they both have the same type of aesthetics, it's just that Sony can design a good looking phone with features, and Samsung can't. Samsung sacrificed features for looks. That's a lamely designed phone.

11. .KRATOS.

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I wanted to try the pure android and get the nexus 6, now I'm really confused which one to get the nexus6 or the S6.

18. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Note 4 lollipop was faster than the Nexus 6, so imagine what will the S6 be able to do to the Nexus 6. And now, with theme manager, you ll be able to turn TW into stock android in less than 5 seconds, all that while keeping the goodies found on TW.

12. Biernot unregistered

i voted s6

13. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So Z4 Tablet has no competition on the tablet segment on the MWC?

14. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I voted s6, vibe shot, lumia 640

19. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

One M9 M4 Aqua Idol 3

21. TypicalGeek

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

S6 Edge M4 640XL

22. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

S6 Edge Vibe Shot M4 Aqua (dat pricing)

23. OmarKS

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

M4 Aqua. Though I wished for a dual sim version :(

26. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

They're is a dual sim version

24. wsoul1

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Vibe shot stomps the m4.

25. Simona unregistered

Htc lacks fingerprint and design is same .. samsung phones its camera protruding is horrible .. I wud ask for 8 mpx just to get that camera flush with back !!

28. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Im very interested in the edge of the note edge and s6 edge. I want to know what kind of "edge"(lol) the edges will have. But for now I'd choose the m9 as my favorite the normal s6 as a really close 2nd

29. PhotoPixel

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Lenovo Vibe Shot - the BEST !

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