Mobile World Congress 2015: Day 1 News Roundup
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge were unveiled during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 on March 1. Meanwhile, HTC has unveiled its One M9, Huawei and LG upped the smartwatch race with the unveiling of the Huawei Watch and LG Watch, respectively, and Telefonica and Verizon announced the upcoming launch of a new category of Firefox OS phones.
The MWC 2015 will continue to take place from March 2-5 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung has unveiled two of its flagship lines. Samsung Galaxy S6 is said to be the first smartphone of its kind to have 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, a LPDDR4 memory system and a UFS 2.0 flash memory. These specifications allows the Galaxy S6 to perform at the highest quality, with enhanced memory speed and lower power consumption.
The Galaxy S6 Edge, on the other hand, has display curved on both sides.
Both smartphones were built using Samsung’s KNOX OS, offering real-time protection from malicious malware. The two flagship devices have 5.1-inch quad HD, 16MP main and 5MP front-facing cameras. People can choose among 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options. The devices also support both WPC- and PMA-certified wireless charging technology.
As an answer to Apply Pay, Samsung has announced the Samsung Pay, “compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application.”
HTC One M9
The HTC One M9 comes with ultrapixels in the front camera that allows better-quality selfies even when taken indoors. The new flagship device from HTC also comes with Dolby audio sound processing, both for speakers and headphones. It is designed with 5-inch full-HD display and it runs on the customizable HTC’s Sense 7. Users can choose from colors dual-tome silver, rose gold, single-tone gunmetal grey, single-tone gold and dual tone gold and pink.
The inspiration for the design of the HTC One M9 was taken from jewelry sectors, and the camera was designed through careful analysis of customer behavior in terms of mobile photography, Graham Wheeler, director of commercialization product management at HTC, told Mobile World Daily.
Huawei has announced its Android Wear-powered device, the Huawei Watch, designed with a round sapphire glass screen, a 6-axis motion sensor and a heart-rate monitor. Compared to its rivals Moto 360 and LG’s Watch R, the it has 286 pixels-per-inch display.
It will be available in three colors: gold, silver and black. Launch will happen by mid-2015, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business group, said at the MWC event.
LG Watch Urbane and LG Watch Urbane LTE
For the first time, LG publicly showed two of its smartwatches, the LG Watch Urbane and the LG Watch Urbane LTE, with the latter dubbed as the first 4G-based smartwatch in the world that can work as a walkie-talkie and comes with NFC technology allowing users to pay just by tapping.
LG had focused on the physical designs of the watches. The company said it is “not competing against smartwatches,” only “creating beautiful timepieces,” according to Andy Coughlin, LG’s head for UK and Ireland.
Firefox OS Phones
Mozilla will be launching new Firefox OS phones in partnership with KDDI, LG U+, Telefonica and Verizon Wireless. The new category for the Firefox OX phones is planned to launch on 2016. In hind sight, the phones will come with flips, slider and slates. It will come with basic smartphones features such as apps, content, maps, camera, video, email and web browsing.
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