MWC 2015 Highlights

MWC 2015 was as exciting as ever and gave us a sneak peak at what is coming in the year ahead. Last week, we passionately headed to MWC 2015 and weren’t disappointed by what manufacturers presented. India is an important market for everyone these days and thus, you can expect most of what was showcased to show up in coming months. Here are some of the highlights .

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge – Beautiful Design

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Apple obliterated Android competition in later part of 2014 with record iPhone sales and Samsung has now upped his game and presented two variants of Galaxy S6, staggeringly beautiful and amazingly powerful.

The new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will demand a premium price and will represent Android at the highest level. Take a look at the hardware specs below.

Key Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Display 5.1 inch, Quad HD 5.1 inch, Quad HD
Processor Octa Core Exynos 7420 Octa Core Exynos 7420
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
Internal Storage 32 GB/ 64 GB/ 128 GB, Non-Expandable 32 GB/ 64 GB/ 128 GB, Non-Expandable
OS Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Camera 16 MP/ 5 MP 16 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,550 mAh 2,600 mAh
Price $699 Yet to be announced

Samsung S6, S6 Edge Hands on Review, Camera, Features, Comparison Overview [Video]

Lenovo Vibe Shot – Point and Shoot

Lenovo Vibe Shot earnestly tries to be the only camera you need throughout your day. There is a 16 MP Samsung sensor with F2.2 lens and Optical image stabilization, supported with a hard shutter key and a slider to toggle between pro and auto mode.

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The rest of the smartphone is also a good deal for its $350 asking price. You get Android 5.0 Lollipop, 5 Inch full HD display, 2900 mAh battery and Snapdragon 615 64 bit chipset. It is Indeed an innovative phone which could be a big deal if priced right.

Key Specs

Model Lenovo Vibe Shot
Display 5 inch, Full HD
Processor 64 bit 1.7 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 615
RAM 3 GB
Internal Storage 32 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop with Vibe UI
Camera 16 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 2,900 mAh
Price $349

Lenovo Vibe Shot Hands on Review, Camera, Price, Features, Comparison and Overview at MWC 2015

Gionee Elife S7 – Slim, But Very Durable

Gionee unveiled its next slim flagship smartphone – The Gionee Elife S7, which is a showcases some meticulous engineering and focused design.

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Gionee has used aero grade material for the aluminum magnesium alloy metal frame, several power optimization hardware and software techniques and a dense 2700 mAh battery to justify seemingly steep price tag. No matter what, it did impress us with quality.

Key Specs

Model Gionee Elife S7
Display 5.2 inch, FHD
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop based Amigo UI 3.0
Camera 13 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 2,750 mAh
Price 29,999 INR

Gionee Elife S7 Hands on Review, Camera, Price, Features, Comparison and Overview at MWC 2015 [Video]

HTC One M9 – Gives in to 20 MP Camera

HTC is yet again worshiping its original HTC One design, with some subtle and a few meaningful changes, the most prominent being the use of a full fledged pixel rich rear camera on the rear side for detailed images you can lavishly zoom in on.

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The ultrapixel camera stays, and is now shifted to front side, which sounds like a very interesting proposition for selfie lovers. If both camera’s work as intended, HTC might get away with all the redundancy at least for one more time. HTC One M9 might not be as ambitious, and perhaps doesn’t provide enough reasons to upgrade from One M8 either, but it is still a great high end smartphone.

Key Specs

Model HTC One M9
Display 5 inch, FHD
Processor 2.0 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 810
RAM 3 GB
Internal Storage 32 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS Android 5.0 KitKat with HTC Sense 7
Camera 20 MP/ 4 MP Ultrapixel
Battery 2840 mAh
Price TBA

HTC One M9 Hands on Review, Features, Camera, Price and Overview HD

Lenovo A7000 – The Next Yureka Challenger

Lenovo A6000 is selling like hot cakes in India, via exclusive Flipkart flash sales, and this year at MWC 2015, Lenovo also brought its replacement, the A7000 5.5 Inch, Octa Core phablet, with simple sturdy design and powerful innards- all for a competitive $169 price.

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This is also the first smartphone to feature Dolby Atmos audio, which essentially means immersive surround sound experience, that can be enjoyed only via headphones. This will be the next Yureka competitor in India.

Key Specs

Model Lenovo A7000
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.5 GHz Octa Core MediaTek MT6752M
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable
OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera 8 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,900 mAh
Price $169

Lenovo A7000 Hands on Review, Camera, Price, Features, Comparison and Overview at MWC 2015

ZTE Grand S3 – First Phone that Can Scan Your Eyes

ZTE Grand S3 might seem like most other 2014 flagship devices, but it has one innovative feature that no one else is offering. This is the first phone to offer EyePrintID developed by EyeVerify.

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This technology can recognize unique vein pattern from human eye and can be then used for secure unlocking, authorizing mobile payments and accessing secure content. Other highlights include Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP/ 8 MP camera and 3100 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model ZTE Grand S3
Display 5.5 inch, Full HD
Processor 2.5 GHz Quad Core
RAM 3 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 16 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 3100 mAh

BlackBerry Leap – Keyboard-less Phone Yet Again

BlackBerry is once again trying to impress young and hip professionals with a full fledged 5 Inch HD display all touch smartphone, BlackBerry Leap, which is powered by the same 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 plus as in Z10. It is debatable if it will be successful this time around, but the low $275 price tag will certainly help.

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The focus this time is on OS security and privacy features, along with core strengths like BlackBerry Hub and Assistant.

Key Specs

Model BlackBerry Leap
Display 5 inch, HD
Processor 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon 400
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS BB 10.0.3 OS
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2800 mAh
Price $275

Lumia 640 and 640 XL – More Windows 10 Ready Affordable Phones

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Microsoft has added two new smartphones to its budget portfolio, with the obvious difference between the two being size. The 5 Inch glossy Lumia 640 with ClearBlack HD display and the Matte finish Lumia 640 XL with 5.7 Inch display, both represent affordable and well build Windows Smartphones which will be upgraded to Windows 10 later.

Key Specs

Model Microsoft Lumia 640 Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Display 5 inch, HD 5.7 Inch HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable 8 GB, Expandable
OS Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1
Camera 8 MP/ 1 MP 13 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 2500 mAh 3000 mAh
Price starting 139 Euros starting 189 Euros

Lumia 640 Hands on Review, Camera, Features, Price and Comparison with 640 XL

Conclusion

So this is basically all the Smartphone action unveiled at MWC. Besides there were several other mid range smartphones, wearable tech, car tech and promising chipsets, demonstrated at the event. Among Smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was the star of the show.