MWC 2016: What to expect

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, this is what to expect...
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MWC 2016: What to expect

What to expect from Mobile World Congress…

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the largest tech show in the world for mobile - everything from phones to drones will be on display. It’s where the latest and greatest mobile gadgets will be unveiled and is must-visit for any avid tech lovers.

Mobile

We’re expecting big things from MWC, with the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Microsoft, and Huawei all pegged to be unveiling new devices.

Samsung definitely has something up its sleeve with its intriguing VR-focused Unpacked ad (below). We’re hoping for a successor to the amazing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but only time will tell.

Unlike Samsung, LG isn’t keeping its cards quite as close to its chest. A press invitation was sent out to the world’s media on 3 February confirming that there will be a new flagship smartphone and it will be called the LG G5.

We’re also hoping to see something from Google’s Project Ara, which, following a delayed 2016 launch in Puerto Rico, should be coming soon. If you’re not familiar with Ara, it’s a modular smartphone. That means if you want a better camera, or a biggest processor, you just buy that part and chuck it on.

Smart tech and 5G

Given the title of the conference, it’s fair to assume that most eyes will be trained on the mobile side of things as opposed to connected home technology. Las Vegas’ International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), which is where we see all the smart tech, has come and gone already and you check out our roundup here.

Everyone may have just got their heads around 4G, but 5G is fast approaching; ready to revolutionise how we use our mobiles. Testing has shown 5G can be up to 90 times faster than 4G, and we might be enjoying those blistering speeds in Europe before the end of the decade.

Virtual reality

In the virtual reality world, we’d be surprised to see anything brand new gracing the stands of Fira de Barcelona. But HTC Vive Pre, which was unveiled at CES last month, is something we really want to see more of.

We’d also be keen to find out more about Microsoft HoloLens, which has been turning heads since its most recent public demonstration at the Lumia 950 launch. Unlike other VR headsets, HoloLens is semi-transparent, and provides an augmented, or ‘mixed ‘reality experience.

Finally there’s been a lot of talk around Magic Leap, which sounds very – well… magic. The technology is quite secret at the moment, but due to patents filed by the company, it’s thought that the technology will be worn on the face and will be semi-transparent. So just like with HoloLens, you’ll be able to interact with the real world at the same time as the virtual one. A bit like this…

We’ll be reporting live from Barcelona from 20 February, so make sure you stick with The Lowdown for all the latest news.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

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