MWC 2016 Complete Wrap-Up: Everything Announced At The Event

February 26, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Mobile World Congress is always the first big mobile show of the year (CES is a big show too, but more technology than mobile oriented). It originally took place in Cannes, France until 2007 when it moved to Barcelona, Spain and has been there ever since. Just to give you an idea of exactly how large the show is, Barcelona typically sees north of 90,000 attendees descend on their city for the show – in 2015 there were 93,000, 2016’s numbers haven’t been released yet – and there are over 200 countries represented. ¬†It’s a huge show, so there’s no doubt as to why Samsung always picks Mobile World Congress to announce their Galaxy S flagship device.

It’s been a busy week with Mobile World Congress happening, and we brought you the best coverage possible. There were plenty of new smartphones announced this week including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5, Alcatel Idol 4, Idol 4S, Sony Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance just to name a few. There weren’t many tablets announced this year. Not a huge surprise given how the tablet market has shrunk in recent years. Lenovo debuted their TAB 3 line at the show, ZTE brought out the Spro Plus, which is actually a projector but it has a tablet on one side. Panasonic also debuted a “tablet” the Toughpad FZ-N1. It’s a 4.7-inch device, but Panasonic calls it a “tablet” due to its extremely niche use-case.

As expected, Virtual Reality was a huge topic at this year’s show. LG debuted their own VR headset in the LG 360 VR which is part of LG’s “Friends” line of accessories announced along side the LG G5. Samsung’s event really showed that VR is the next big thing, no pun intended. Their show was mostly about VR, in fact every chair at Unpacked had a Gear VR on it. At Unpacked, Samsung announced the Gear 360 which is a 360-degree camera for shooting VR video. HTC also set a price for their VR headset, which was first announced at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Vive will go up for pre-order on February 29th and cost $799, a pretty aggressive price tag for a VR headset,¬†although it is a tad more expensive than the Oculus Rift which is $599.

On the wearables front, we saw a few new smartwatches but not many. Haier announced their new smartwatch, so did MyKronoz – actually they came out with a whole line of smartwatches. There was also the ZTE Axon Watch, which wasn’t exactly new as it was announced in China last year, and it doesn’t run Android Wear. Epson also showed off their Moverio BT-300 Augmented Reality Glasses which are up for pre-order at $799.

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg here when it comes to what was announced at Mobile World Congress this year. If you missed any of our coverage from the past week, we have it all laid out down below for you to check out.

Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge



Smartphone Hands-On



Virtual Reality