MWC 2015 Highlights Part 1

The Mobile World Congress 2015 is being held in Barcelona from Mar 2 – Mar 5. This event is both an exhibition for the mobile industry and also a conference for mobile operators, device manufacturers, tech providers, vendors and content owners around the world.  Many brands will be showcasing their newest mobile and technology during this event and I will summarize and condense all the news right here.

 

HTC One M9

htc one m9

htc one m9

The HTC One M9 still features the luxurious full metal design and prominent design since the HTC One M7. It looks similar to the HTC One M8 and still has the HTC black chin at the bottom.

The shape of the rear camera has changed to a square shape, and no longer uses the UltraPixel technology. It uses the 20 megapixel camera on the back and a UltraPixel camera on the front. The lens glass is extremely scratch-resistant as it is made of Sapphire Glass.

The HTC BoomSound speakers on the HTC One M9 are enhanced with Dolby Surround audio. The Dolby Surround will support both speakers and headphones.

The HTC One M9 will be loaded with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and HTC Sense 7 right out of the box. Included is a HTC Theme app which will allow a lot of customization of the interface.

Tech Specs

Model HTC One M9 HTC One M8
Dimensions 5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches
Weight 157g 160g
Screen Size 5 inches 5 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 1080 x 1920
PPI 441 441
Screen Super LCD3 Super LCD3
Back Camera 20.7 MP Dual 4MP UltraPixel
Front Camera 4 MP UltraPixel 5 MP
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Processor Quad Core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
& Quad Core 2GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US)/
2.5 GHz (Asia) Krait 400
Graphics Adreno 430 Adreno 330
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage 32GB
with card slot up to 128 GB
16GB / 32GB
with card slot up to 128 GB
Battery 2840 mAh non removable 2600 mAh non removable

The HTC One M9 will be released in mid-March. Prices to be released later.

 

Samsung Galaxy S6

galaxy s6

galaxy s6

The Samsung Galaxy  S6 now has a aluminum edge frame, with the front and back made of Gorilla Glass 4. Gone are the days of plastic backs in favor of glass / metal backs, which on the downside is that the battery is now non removable. There is also no microSD card expansion slot.

The display is 5.1 inch with a QHD resolution, a PPI of 577. The fingerprint scanner has be redesigned to be pressed on, much like iPhones, instead of swiping. The Samsung Galaxy S6 supports NFC payments with Samsung Pay using the fingerprint scanner.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will feature Android Lollipop 5.0.2 and the much familiar TouchWiz. Wireless charging is now build right into the S6 without the need of using a separate charging back cover. Samsung did not use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors but instead uses their in-house Exynos 7 Octa 7420.

Tech Specs

Model Galaxy S6 Galaxy S5
Dimensions 5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.31 inches
Weight 138g 145g
Screen Size 5.1 inches 5.1 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560 1080 x 1920
PPI 577 441
Screen Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Back Camera 16 MP with OIS 16 MP
Front Camera 5 MP 2 MP
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Chipset Exynos 7420 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 &
Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
2.5 GHz Quad-Core Krait 400
Graphics Mali-T760 Adreno 330
RAM 3GB 2GB
Storage 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB
no sd card slot
16GB / 32GB
with card slot up to 128 GB
Battery 2550 mAh non removable 2800 mAh removable

The Samsung Galaxy S6 will be released in April 10. Prices to be released later.

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

s6 edge

s6 edge

s6 edge

s6 edge

Like the Note Edge which and a curved edge on the right side, the Galaxy S6 Edge features curved edges on both left and right. Similar to the original Galaxy S6, it also features an aluminium edge frame, and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back. The battery is non removable and also there is no microSD card slot.

The curved screen acts like a separate individual strip of screen which can act like a notification bar, or even play simple games on it.

Just like the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge will feature Android Lollipop 5.0.2 right out of the box. It also uses the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 chipset.

Tech Specs

Model Galaxy S6 Edge
Dimensions 5.60 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches
Weight 132g
Screen Size 5.1 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
PPI 577
Screen Super AMOLED
Back Camera 16 MP with OIS
Front Camera 5 MP
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
Chipset Exynos 7420
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 &
Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57
Graphics Mali-T760
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB/ 64GB / 128GB
no sd card slot
Battery 2600 non removable

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge will also be release on April 10. Prices to be released later.

 

SanDisk new 200GB microSD card

 

sandisk 200gb

sandisk 200gb

If you think the 128GB microSD card is not enough, the newest 200GB microSD card by SanDisk might fit your bill. This 200 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDX UHS-I card could be the highest capacity card right now.

With transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s, this 200GB card will cost you US$399.99. It will be released in Q2 2015.

If you are thinking of getting one for your mobile phone, it might not be compatible as mobile phones currently supports up to 128GB.

 

Richard

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