Unless you’ve been sleeping in some sort of hi-tech iso-booth, you’ll know the past seven days were very much about Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 over in Barcelona.
Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S6, it materialised as expected with a glass and metal body, optical image stabilisation (OIS), and wireless charging.
The much-discussed Galaxy S6 edge is very much a real thing, too, with curved edges left and right, though it’s nowhere near as functional as the Galaxy Note Edge, leading yours truly to ask: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge: pointless but good-looking?.
I also penned Galaxy S6 vs. Galaxy S6 edge, identifying six key differences between Samsung’s latest flagship phones.
The other star of the show, again, was the HTC One M9. You can read how it compares to the Galaxy S6 right here.
But it wasn’t all about HTC and Samsung! Sony unveiled the Xperia M4 Aqua, an intriguing midrange phone with near flagship-level specs, and the Japanese manufacturer also brought along the Xperia Z4 Tablet – the first of the Z4 devices.
There were a couple of new Microsoft Windows Phone handsets in the form of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, and Chinese manufacturer Lenovo wowed us with the camera-focused Vibe Shot and wallet-friendly A7000.
Thinking outside the proverbial box, the ZTE Grand S3 is one of the world’s first smartphones to use eye-scanning technology, while the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 doesn’t mind being upside down; it has a microphone and speaker at the top and bottom of the phone. Seriously, why did no one think of that before?
Away from MWC 2015, Gartner says Apple was the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer in 4Q14; the LG G4 is tipped to arrive in April with a fingerprint scanner; the iPhone 6S was tipped to include the controversial Apple SIM, allowing users to switch networks from the Settings menu; the iPad Pro popped up again, but mightn’t arrive till later in the year; and it’ll supposedly be Huawei making the next Nexus.
It's back to normal(ish) next week. We'll inevitably be looking forward to the LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z4, and possibly hear more about the iPhone 6S (hey, it's only six months away).
In the meantime, here's this week's news in full:
- MWC 2015: Huawei MediaPad X2 is ultra-portable, ultra-sexy: 7in, HD, 8-core 64-bit CPU, 13MP, 5,000mAh
- MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge pricing ‘confirmed’: from €699, €150 surcharge for the edge
- MWC 2015: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: super-thin, super-fast, waterproof
- MWC 2015: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a waterproof midrange 4G smartphone
- MWC 2015: Microsoft Lumia 640 is predictably bright and wallet-friendly
- MWC 2015: Microsoft Lumia 640XL is a phablet variant of the new Lumia 640
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge officially coming to all four UK networks, and win a free Galaxy S6 @ Samsung.com
- MWC 2015: Lenovo Vibe Shot: camera fanciness, sexy design, awesome specs, $349 price tag
- MWC 2015: Lenovo A7000 offers incredible specs for just $170
- MWC 2015: ZTE Grand S3 uses EyePrint ID to unlock (1)
- MWC 2015: Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 doesn’t mind being upside down (2)
- MWC 2015: SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSD card is the world’s largest (3)
- MWC 2015: Acer Liquid Jade Z aims to slap the Moto G silly
- MWC 2015: Vodafone edges closer to becoming a ‘quad’ player, TV in H2
- MWC 2015: iPhone 6 and LG G3 share top prize at annual Global Mobile Awards
- HTC One M9 price: €749.99, more expensive than Samsung Galaxy S6?
- Sony Xperia M4 Aqua price: cheaper than expected (YES!)
- How many Android devices are on Lollipop? Now 1 in 30, says Google
- Gartner: Apple won the smartphone race in 4Q14
- Report: LG G4 to rock metal body, LG UX 4.0
- Samsung Galaxy S6’s ‘Galaxy Gifts’ revealed, 22 free apps
- Apple iPhone 6S specs: 2GB of RAM, Apple SIM for easy network switching?
- Apple iPad Pro specs: USB 3.0 port, fast charging, optional keyboard and mouse?
- Huawei ‘confirmed’ as manufacturer of the next Nexus smartphone
- Motorola Moto G (2015) with 4G officially launching soonish