Updated: MWC 2016: what to expect

MWC 2015 is a distance memory, and we’re now just a mere few weeks away from the next installment of the biggest show in the smartphone calendar, Mobile World Congress, aka MWC 2016. It’s not just phones though, you can also expect to see a volley of new tablets and wearables.

Last year gave us hits such as the flagship HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones, to the stylish Huawei Watch and the innovative Galaxy S6 Edge – and those are just some of the highlights.

If the current rumors are to be believed, we’re in for another bumper crop of smartphone action in Barcelona this year with Samsung, LG and HTC all tipped to be rolling out the big guns.

We’ll be reporting live from Barcelona to bring you all the latest from MWC 2016, and we can’t wait!

What is MWC 2016?

MWC, or Mobile World Congress to give it its full title, is one of the biggest events in the smartphone calendar. It’s right up there with Apple’s iPhone launches and Samsung’s Unpacked events.

It takes place in Barcelona towards the end of February/beginning of March and it sees the world’s manufacturers (minus Apple) descend on the Fira Gran Via for four days of mobile madness. MWC 2016 runs from February 22 to February 25.


Samsung Galaxy S7
We’ve designed a Galaxy S7 of our own

Samsung has managed to somewhat steal the MWC show for the past two years, launching the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S6 at the 2014 and 2015 events respectively.

Eyes are on the South Korean giant again this year, as the rumor mill goes into overdrive with Samsung Galaxy S7 leaks, claims and reports pointing towards an iterative update on the S6 arriving in Barcelona.

Battery life is a key concern again and it would be good if Samsung could return some of the features it cut from the S6, like a microSD card slot and a water resistant build.

Early rumors suggest it might do just that, or at least the microSD card bit. There’s also talk of either a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos M1 processor, a strong magnesium alloy build, a durable Turtle Glass display, pressure-sensitive 3D Touch-like technology and an even better camera.

We were given a treat last year though, as Samsung rolled out its S6 Edge variant too, and numerous leaks are pointing towards another duo this time around.

That means we could see the Galaxy S7 Edge turn up alongside the flagship S7, plus there’s murmurings that Samsung will also unveil its super sized Galaxy S7 Edge+ at the same time as well.


Samsung Galaxy S7
LG’s already got its invites out

While the talk of a new Samsung flagship is still hearsay at this point, its South Korean rival has been rather more direct with its ambitions for MWC 2016.

LG’s already sent out invites for its Barcelona press conference on February 21, confirming in the process that it will be taking the covers off its next flagship smartphone.

That can mean only one thing people, the LG G5 will launch at MWC 2016. Unless of course, LG decides to change its naming regime – but we think that’s pretty unlikely.


HTC One M9
Will we see a radically different phone from the M9?

Not one to be left out, there’s also chatter that HTC will give its next flagship phone an airing at MWC 2016 too.

HTC used MWC 2015 to launch the One M9, so it’s certainly not out of the question that it could repeat the trick this time around.

The HTC One M10, as we’re calling it for now, will hopefully incorporate some of the design language of the HTC One A9, while retaining the solid Sense UI and ushering in further improvements in the camera, battery and BoomSound departments.


Microsoft Lumia 950
What’s next for Microsoft and Windows 10 Mobile?

Microsoft’s only recently lifted the lid on the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, so we won’t be seeing a flagship announcement from the Redmond firm. That doesn’t mean it won’t be doing anything at MWC 2016 though.

Its Windows 10 Mobile handset line up is looking a little thin on the ground, with only the Lumia 550 joining the flagship duo, so we fully expect to see some mid-range offerings turn up sooner or later.

The latest rumors suggesting we’ll see the launch of the Microsoft Lumia 750 or Lumia 850, or both in Barcelona.

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