Starting today in Barcelona, Spain, MWC or Mobile World Congress, is a massive week long event dedicated to the newest and greatest in smartphone and mobile technology. Some of the industry’s biggest players from Samsung to Microsoft come to the event to show off what they will be selling for the year going forward.
Samsung and HTC both announced their respective flagship devices this year, but both companies also announced some rather interesting other products as well.
Lets start with Samsung, here is a list of the best announcements from the Korean giant.
The New Gear VR: Smaller and more refined for use with the S6 and S6 Edge.
The S6 and S6 Edge: A new metal and glass body finally bringing beautiful design to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Series. The S6 Edge offers two edge screen displays that give the Edge an almost one of a kind look and feel that has yet to be seen elsewhere. In terms of specifications, the S6 and S6 Edge, will have an eight core Exynos processor in almost all of its international variants – although, it’s unknown, if this will be applied to the U.S. version . It will also incorporate 3GB of RAM, 32-128 GB of Internal Storage, duel Powermat and Qi wireless charging standards built into the device, a 16 megapixel camera and a beautiful 5.1 QHD display round out the S6 devices for 2015. Waterproofing, SD card expansion, and a removable battery were among the sacrifices that Samsung made in order to make the S6, as beautiful as possib
New Touch-Wiz: Samsung has gone the extra mile with it’s UI and removed a huge amount of clutter and disorganization, for an experience that is far faster with “Zero Lag.”
Samsung Pay: Apple Pay, but with NFC and MST and compatible with Magstripe readers. Designed to work with upwards of 90 percent of all U.S. retail outfits.
If you want to watch the Samsung Galaxy unpacked event can watch it here.
Now for those of you more interested in HTC’s announcements, some of the more interesting announcements the company unveiled were as follows:
The HTC One M9: Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM and a single 20 Megapixel camera. The One M9 looks esthetically like a mix of the M7 and M8, but Boom Sound has been greatly enhanced with the inclusion of Dolby’s simulated 5.1 Surround Sound feature for even greater sound fidelity. The New M9 will also include a new Dot-View case which will have new functionality, including the ability to stream custom messages and even play a few games like Brick Breaker. The device is set to launch mid March.
HTC Grip: The company’s first wearable, with an integrated GPS to keep you moving. It is being made in conjunction with Under Armour to bring smart clothing to the masses.
HTC Sense 7: Refined UI with integrated Yelp and restaurant recommendations.
HTC Vive: Probably the biggest surprise was the unveiling of a VR headset, to be developed in conjugation with Valve. With a promised 90hz refresh rate the Vive is set to be one of the most immersive VR sets to come out this year.
Those who want to lean more and catch a recap of the HTC presentation can find out more here.
So which of the two presentations are you more excited about? Personally, I am looking forward to what Samsung is bringing to the table.