Which one are you saving for?
Take a look at these best Android phones at this year’s MWC to know more about them and decide what your next purchase will be. The Mobile World Congress event which takes place every year in Barcelona is a melting pot of the latest that the manufacturers have to offer.
Big companies hit the floor of the MWC with their best in tow. This event marks the beginning of the year for the smartphone business in a way. And it moreover, also helps you predict what the rest of the year will be like.
Year after year, we are treated to awesome handsets that easily manage to capture our imagination. 2016 is no different. This year’s MWC thrilled us from start to end with grand launches of high profile smartphones. Let us now have at the finest ones among at them.
LG G5 is undoubtedly, the most innovative handset to be unveiled at this year’s MWC. It’s the world’s first mainstream modular smartphone, which allows you to swap out its parts to augment its attributes. The bottom comes out along with its battery, so that you can add a mod such as a camera grip and more.
The phone itself features the highly advanced Snapdragon 820 chipset and grabs 4GB worth of RAM. Its unique dual camera setup (16MP + 8MP) enables you to capture extremely wide angle shots without compromising on quality. This phone’s 5.3-inch Quad HD display comes with an always-on functionality moreover.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
With this year’s flagship offerings, Samsung truly tried its level best to address the small complaints people had with the highly lauded S6 range. So there’s waterproofing onboard, apart from a microSD card slot, which is great news for Samsung fans. Another highlight is that the phones carry larger batteries inside them.
The S7 goes for a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, while the S7 Edge adopts a curved 5.5-inch Quad HD monitor. Both will come with either the Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8890 Octa inside them, depending on the region. Their advanced 12MP cameras with phase detection autofocus and OIS have been shown to perform exceptionally well low-light conditions.
From the front, the CAT looks like a regular rugged smartphone, but its back panel has something special on it in the form of a built-in thermal camera. This allows the phone to measure the temperature of objects that are 15 to 30 meters away. The CAT S60 is not for everyday use, but it can prove to be extremely useful for firefighters and building contractors.
Barring the thermal camera it’s a pretty average mid-range phone, with a 4.7-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie unit. Another highlight is that it carries onboard a 3800mAh battery pack.
The Sony Xperia X range
Sony has officially abandoned its Z series of smartphones, and has introduced the flagship X series which now consists of the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA. While the first one runs on the Snapdragon 650 chipset, the second one is a high-end offering running on the Snapdragon 820 CPU and the last one is a low-end device featuring a MediaTek MT6755 processor.
All these three Marshmallow devices have been equipped with 5-inch displays bearing different resolutions. The Xperia X and the Xperia X Performance flaunt a new and advanced 23MP rear camera that’s accompanied by Predictive Hybrid Autofocus technology. These two phones also offer fingerprint scanners and waterproofing. The low-end XA model adopts a 13MP rear camera. It is to be noted that all three of the Xperia X handsets from Sony claim to offer two-day battery life.
HTC One X9
The HTC One X9 is a slightly more premium version of the One A9 which was released not too long ago. This phone carries onboard a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display, and runs on the MediaTek Helio X10 processor that’s paired with 3GB of RAM.
Its camera grabs a 13MP sensor, and even supports OIS and 4K video. As for selfies, they are taken care of by the company’s 4MP Ultrapixel camera. HTC has moreover, even blessed it with BoomSound speakers and a 3000mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 5
Xiaomi took the MWC stage for the first time ever, and delivered an absolute winner with the Mi 5 smartphone. This premium device will be sold at the unbelievable price of $305 or Rs 21000. That value is so alluring because the specs of this smartphone are incredibly advanced.
It features the much anticipated Snapdragon 820 chipset that’s paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending upon the model you choose. Its camera is a 16MP unit which delivers 4-axis stabilization. The Mi 5 has adopted a bright 5.1-inch 1080p display, and a fairly big 3000mAh battery. It even has a fingerprint scanner on its front surface.
Lenovo Vibe K5/K5 Plus
If you’re interested in budget handsets instead of expensive ones, you should definitely consider the Lenovo Vibe K5 devices. While one among them offers a 5-inch 720p HD display, the other goes for a 5-inch 1080p monitor. The prices of these devices are pegged at around $129 and $149, respectively.
While the Vibe K5 is powered by a Snapdragon 415 processor, the Plus model carries a Snapdragon 616 chipset. Both these phones ship with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front snapper and a 2750mAh battery.