What can we expect from Mobile World Congress 2016?



The biggest smartphones of the coming year are unveiled at Mobile World Congress later this month – but what can we expect from the likes of Samsung and LG?

The biggest smartphones of the coming year are unveiled at Mobile World Congress later this month – but what can we expect from the likes of Samsung and LG?

If you want to see the next big smartphone or tablet, keep an eye on Mobile World Congress. 

The world’s biggest smartphone and mobile event gets under way in Barcelona on February 21.

Last year saw the launch of a phone with a curved screen, a super-thin tablet and a revolutionary virtual reality headset.

TechTalk will be reporting on the latest news during the show. Here are some of the things we expect to see.

Samsung

Samsung is expected to launch its next flagship phone at Mobile World Congress, the eagerly awaited Galaxy S7.

The firm has already sent out invites to its Galaxy Unpacked event on February 21, and its teaser video on YouTube invites us to #TheNextGalaxy. 

The S7 would be the latest in the line of the hugely popular Galaxy S smartphones – which are traditionally packed with the latest innovative tech.

Last year at Mobile World Congress Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 – featuring a premium metal case, a bright and punchy screen and a powerful camera.

Samsung also launched the Galaxy S6 Edge at MWC 2015, with a flexible screen that curves at both sides of the device. The S6 Edge was named phone of the year in 2015 by several tech magazines.

Will we see an S7 Edge launch alongside the Galaxy S7 at MWC?

The YouTube video also shows Samsung’s VR headset, could that mean we can expect some virtual reality news?

LG

LG too has sent out invites to a press show on February 21. The first invite was cryptic, merely featuring the phrase ‘Play Begins’.

But the follow-up invite made clear that we would indeed be meeting the LG G5 smartphone – with the words LG G5 Day sitting alongside cool animated toys (a robot and plane).

This would follow on from the flagship LG G4, which launched in April rather than at Mobile World Congress. It boasted a sophisticated and powerful camera and a large screen.

Sony

Sony has also sent out invites to its press show at Mobile World Congress. Don’t hold out hopes for a new Sony flagship phone, though – it only launched its top-of-the-range Z5 at IFA Berlin in September.

So what can we expect? One potential launch could be a new Z5 tablet to match the most recent phones.

It would follow the launch of the Xperia Z4 tablet at last year’s MWC. Measuring 6.1mm thick, it’s as thin as the iPad Air 2 but actually lighter than the Apple tablet.

Sony also launched a mid-range smartphone last year, the Sony Xperia Z3, which was waterproof up to depths of 1.5m for 30 minutes.

It’s also been suggested we could see an update of Sony’s smartwatch in Barcelona.

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