Review: MWC brings plenty of highlights

Review: MWC brings plenty of highlights

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is always a highlight in the tech calendar and this year's event was certainly no different, bringing plenty of highlights that will have set pulses racing for experts, businesses and customers alike.

Here is a selection of the most important devices to be unveiled at the event, with a brief lowdown on what we know so far.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The most important update to the latest installment in Samsung's highly successful smartphone series is the 5.1-inch display (5.5 inches on the S7 Edge).

Both models will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will operate with either an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – containing 4GB of RAM, or an Exynos chipset, depending on where you're buying one.

The two models also come with 32GB of internal storage, which can be upgraded with a microSD card that can add as much as 200GB.

The battery life has also been given an upgrade, with the S7 Edge reportedly capable of playing 15 hours of high definition video on just one charge, with the wireless charging of the previous model still there.

An IP68 water resistance rating means the devices can be safely immersed to depths of 1.5m (4.9ft) for up to 30 minutes.

Sony X-series

There might be plenty of excitement surrounding Samsung's new devices, it is by no means the only firm to have generated interest.

Sony has used MWC as the perfect platform for launching its new-look Xperia brand with the first “X” series smartphones.

The new line aims to embody Sony Mobile's new brand vision that adds new layers of intelligent technology across its already popular and acclaimed features.

The Xperia X series embodies Sony Mobile’s new brand vision through adding new layers of intelligent technology across popular and acclaimed Xperia features: camera, battery and design, to make every day smarter and simpler.

The Xperia XA smartphone offers an impressive full-width display, a smooth, curved form that aims to bring everyday convenience.

MWC attendees were also treated to a brief glimpse of the model up; the Xperia X Performance.

While a UK release remains unconfirmed, Sony claims the performance will be "beyond the ordinary" and will come in Graphite Black or White for an exclusive hairline finish, or elegant Lime Gold or Rose Gold.

Alcatel POP4

While Alcatel's POP4 line up may not have generated the same level of excitement as many of the other brands at MWC, there is certainly no doubting the choice available to customers.

The POP4 family includes the Alcatel POP4, POP4+ and POP4S, all three of which are handsets with low to mid-range specs sheets.

The POP4 comes with a five-inch 720p, IPS display, housed inside a body, measuring 140.7 x 71.4 x 7.99 mm.

Inside, there's a basic quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, the latter being expandable by up to 32GB. Other features include Cat 4 LTE and a 2500 mAh battery.

The slightly upgraded POP4+ offers a 5.5-inch display, along with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Meanwhile, the phone at the top – the POP4S – stays with the 5.5-inch display, but has FullHD resolution.

There is 2GB of RAM, although storage remains the same at 16GB. However, the processor under the bonnet of the POP4S – the MediaTek MT6755M – is far more powerful.

The POP4 family of handsets will rely on the element of style and customisability, although there will undoubtedly be tweaks to the specs sheet once the handsets finally hit the shelves.