“We round up the top smartphone launches at MWC 2015”
So MWC 2015 has finally come to an end. The event played host to the launch of the new flagships and mid-rangers from almost every major smartphone manufacturer globally. Now we know what will be going on sale in the next few weeks and it is that time of the year when consumers start saving for their next smartphone purchase. Let us take a look at the top smartphones that saw first light of day at MWC 2015.
The HTC One M9 (first impressions) finally became official after a slew of leaks that revealed almost every little detail beforehand. The new flagship comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, and draws power from the latest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which has a quad-core 2.0GHz cluster and another quad-core cluster clocked at 1.5GHz. 3GB of RAM joins in for multitasking and there’s 32GB of in-built storage which can be expanded by another 128GB. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI on top. The rear gets a 20.7MP camera and the front sports a 4MP UltraPixel camera. It features a design philosophy similar to its predecessor and there’s not much to talk about in that department.
One of the most anticipated devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6 (first impressions) broke cover at the MWC 2015 alongside the Galaxy S6 edge. The two of them have been built using aluminium and not premium plastic like the earlier flagships from Samsung. The S6 and S6 edge come with 5.1-inch QHD displays, with the latter’s screen curved on both sides. Samsung has gone in for an Exynos 7420 SoC for these instead of Snapdragon 810 SoC. The smartphones mark the start of a new era for Samsung and it would be hoping that these fend off the extensive competition it has been facing of late.
Lenovo launched its camera-centric VIBE Shot at MWC 2015. It offers a 16MP optically-stabilised primary camera with infrared autofocus and joining it is a tri-colour LED flash. Aiding its imaging abilities is an 8MP camera up front. There’s 32GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The device rocks a 5-inch IPS full HD display, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, is powered by a 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and gets 3GB RAM for multitasking.
Gionee launched the Elife S7 at the MWC 2015, a slim device that’s just 5.5mm thick. It has an aluminium-magnesium chassis which takes care of the style quotient as well as rigidity. It has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Under the hood is a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6572 SoC, supported by 2GB RAM. The internal storage is merely 16GB and is non-expandable. There’s a 13MP camera at the rear and an 8MP camera up front.
Some of the other noteworthy devices that were launched were:
- BlackBerry Leap which is another mid-range offering from the company. It also showcased its next flagship which comes with a slider QWERTY keyboard and a curved display like the Galaxy S6 edge.
- ZTE launched the Grand S3 which the company claims is the world’s first phone to come with eye-based biometric security. It has powerful specs and comes across as a good upper mid-range offering.