The Mobile World Congress is one of the world’s biggest mobile and technology events and usually features each year’s big players in the mobile and tech markets. The event is currently underway in Barcelona, Spain and there have been some pretty awesome moments during the last two days. So, we’ve chosen some of our favourite and most exciting moments at the congress so far:
The Mobile World Congress Winner (So Far)
Samsung has chosen one of the world’s biggest mobile events to introduce its new flagship smartphone to its consumers. The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 was revealed with a 5.1″ screen that has a 2 650 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, 3GB RAM, Exynos Octocore processor and a 16MP rear-facing camera as well as a 5MP front-facing camera, both with HDR capabilities. The S6 also ships with the same fingerprint-reader that the S5 and Aplha models already have. Users will be able to choose between a 23GB, 64GB or massive 128GB model.
Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy S6 Edge, a bigger version with curved edges that will create more display space.
The big noticeable improvement from previous Galaxy models is that both the new phones have metal bodies, instead of the traditional plastic. Samsung has long preferred plastic bodies, because it claimed it made its phones more durable and also allowed the back to be removable to allow users to replace their batteries or add more flash memory.
Other big improvements the S6 range brings is wireless charging, Samsung’s new mobile payment feature and amazing camera technology that allows for great photo editing, especially with the bigger display.
The World Mobile Congress Biggest Surprise
HTC and Valve revealed its hopes to release the world’s coolest virtual reality headset, called the HTC RE Vive. What makes this headset so unique is that it’s not a typical smartphone-powered virtual reality headset. The RE Vive will be a computer-based virtual reality system that will ship with HTC designed visors and controllers that Valve is promising will give users a “full-room scale 360 degree resolution”.
The headset will be powered by HTC’s Stream VR that will pull virtual reality off your computer and will project it into your surroundings. It sport two 1 200 x 1 080 screens with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The high refresh rate aims to reduce motion sickness that some virtual reality headsets give users.
This video shows what HTC and Valve hope the RE Vive will be able to achieve:
BlackBerry’s Leap of Faith
BlackBerry has experienced a steady decline in popularity in the smartphone market, but it hopes to improve that with the BlackBerry Leap, its new flagship device.
The BlackBerry Leap moves away from BlackBerry’s signature QWERTY keyboard and features a brand new all-touch touch 5″, 1 2 80 x 720 pixel display. The device will also ship with an 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. The new BlackBerry will have 16GB internal storage and apparently 25 hours of heavy-use battery life.
The company also teased another BlackBerry that will have a curved display and a slide-out keyboard, which has been dubbed “The Slider”. BlackBerry will also be releasing another classic QWERTY keyboard smartphone as well as a second BlackBerry Porsche edition.
New Nokia Lumia
Nokia was purchased nearly a year ago by Microsoft and now the company has revealed two new Nokia Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 640 and the bigger Lumia 640 XL. Both Lumia’s will obviously run the Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
The Lumia 640 has a 5″ display and a 8MP rear-facing camera. The bigger XL has a 5.7″ display and comes with a better 13MP rear-facing camera. Users will be able to choose between black, white, blue and orange colour options.
Another magnificent Microsoft reveal at this year’s World Mobile Congress is the Universal Foldable Keyboard. This portable keyboard is designed to be universally compatible, with Microsoft claiming that it will be able to work with (obviously) Microsoft, iOS and Android devices.
The new Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, the sequel to the Z2, is a super-slim and light device, but is amazingly powerful and durable with dust and water resistance.
At only 6.1 mm thick, the new Z4 is one the world’s thinnest tablet, measuring the same as the 6.1 mm iPad Air 2. The Z4 also sports some impressive specs like a 10.1″, 2 560 x 1 600 pixel display (beating the iPad Air 2 that has a1 536 x 2 048 pixel display), which Sony claims is “the world’s brightest tablet display”.