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Week 8 in review: MWC edition

MWC is still underway and the show floor will remain open to visitors up until March 2, but thankfully, announces are now finished, so we can all take a little rest from the bombardment of new devices and reevaluate the experience a little better. If you think you might have missed some handset announcement or are simply looking for an orderly recap, the table below should be for you. It also comes complete with links to out respective hands-on reviews.

Alcatel Idol 4


Alcatel Idol 4s


Alcatel Pop 4


Alcatel Pop 4+


Alcatel Pop 4S


Samsung Galaxy S7


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


LG G5


ZTE Blade V7


ZTE Blade V7 Lite


HTC One X9


HTC Desire 825


HTC Desire 630


HTC Desire 530


Sony Xperia X


Sony Xperia XA


Sony Xperia X Performance


Cat S60


Gionee S8


Acer Liquid Jade 2


Acer Liquid Zest


Xiaomi Mi 5


Xiaomi Mi 4s


Lenovo Vibe K5


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus


HP Elite x3


As for the news section, it was a crowd on MWC tags as well, although a few other scoops did manage to slip by. Up at the very top of the chart, we naturally find the phone unveilings you, our loyal readers, found most interesting at the Barcelona venue. They are listed in an order, representing their respective hits, so it appears the Xiaomi Mi5, with its amazing OIS and reasonable price tag, might have actually caused a bit more fuss that both the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 and the same goes for the new Sony Xperia X series as well.

It also didn’t take long for the first benchmark scores to start rolling in. You can check the preliminary Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 performance reports for yourself, but be weary, as the devices they come from are still not necessarily running finalized software.

In other news, the Vivo XPlay 5 is inching ever closer to a release and consequently the title of first ever smartphone with 6GB of RAM. And speaking of new devices, the OnePlus 3 promises some major design changes and should come sometime in Q2 this year. Last, but definitely not least, we can’t fail to mention the sad news most Sony fans had to deal with this week, namely that the OEM is cancelling the signature Z line and appears to be replacing it with the new X series of handsets.

Xiaomi announces Mi 5 at MWC 2016

The 5.15-inch device is a true flagship worthy of 2016.


Sony Xperia X series is here - Xperia X, X Performance and XA

A 5″ trio ranging from mid-range to flagship level stuff. They have seamlessly painted metal backs.


Galaxy S7 and S7 edge prices confirmed, to hit the shelves on March 11

Leaked retailer’s promo materials have spilled the beans on the official EU pricing for the two flagship phones – 699 for the Galaxy S7 and 799 for the S7 edge.


LG G5 with modular design, dual camera on back unveiled

The modular design will enable camera battery grip, a Bang & Olufsen DAC and more.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge benchmarked (the Exynos flavor)

How fast are Samsung’s new custom cores? How fast is the chipset in general? Find out inside!


First Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge camera samples

Official camera samples from Samsung’s new flagships.


World's first 6GB RAM phone vivo XPlay 5 leaks in renders

The company has also released a teaser confirming that the device will feature Hi-Fi 3.0 audio.


Watch just how good is the new Xiaomi Mi5's OIS

The OIS on the Xiaomi Mi5 seems quite advanced and clearly has the upper hand on the iPhone 6s Plus.


Samsung's Dual Pixel auto focus explained and why it's the best out there right now

Yesterday Samsung detailed its new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge and for us, the camera was one of the highlights of the announcement.


Xiaomi Mi 5 prices start at $300, will be available on March 1

Pre-orders for the Xiaomi Mi 5 are currently open in China and the release date for the device is March 1.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge now officially official

The pair of next-gen devices is finally here and expectations are definitely met.


Xiaomi Mi 5 coming soon to India, will also be available in other global markets

The handset carries a price tag of around $300 in China, where it will go on sale starting March 1.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 landing in India next week

The launch is set to take place in the country on March 3


Xiaomi announces Mi 4s in China

Packs a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 808, and a 3260mAh battery in a slim package.


Vivo XPlay 5 benches like a champ on Antutu with its 6GB RAM

The device seems to score about 30K point more than competitors in AnTuTu.


Here's an in-depth look at the Galaxy S7 camera

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with a few differences but share many identical specs.


Sony officially confirms that future Xperia Z phones won't happen

We finally have an official statement from Sony to clear up the confusion.


First Samsung Galaxy S7 teardown reveals heatpipe CPU cooling

Not a full day since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and somebody already managed to tear an S7 apart and show its insides.


vivo confirms 6GB RAM, SD820 for XPlay 5

This makes the vivo XPlay 5 the world’s first 6GB RAM smartphone.


Samsung Galaxy S7 to be available in 60 countries in first wave of its global launch

This was revealed by the South Korean company’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin.


LG G5 and its friends: watch the videos, see the infographic

The LG G5 has a unique extensible design and LG has created a number of friends for it to play with.


Alcatel unveils new IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S at MWC 2016

The premium pair of handsets is a clear upgrade over last year’s IDOL 3 line.


HTC Desire 825, 630 and 530 unveiled, each unit has uniquely speckled back

The Desire 825 has a 5.5″ screen, Hi-Res audio and headphones. The 630 is smaller, 5″, but the same specs.


Le Max Pro becomes world's first SD820 smartphone to go on sale

The sale started at 12pm China time today – only 1,000 units were available.


First official HTC One M10 teaser image shows chamfered edges

The Taiwanese company has started its teaser campaign with a picture showing us the profile of the handset.


Gionee S8 - a narrow 5.5

The 16MP camera is loaded with low-light shooting tech and you can run two WhatsApps, how cool is that?


Oneplus 3 to launch in Q2, to be drastically different from predecessors

Interview with Oneplus co-founder doesn’t reveal much about the Oneplus 3, but at least we know it’s going to happen.


Oppo announces Super VOOC - fully charging a battery in 15 minutes

Oppo’s new VOOC charging standard can fully recharge a 2,500mAh battery in 15 minutes.


GSMA announces LG G5 for best device at MWC 2016, other award winners too

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge wins Best Headset, Surface Pro 4 is the Best Slate, Xiaomi Redmi 2 claims Best Sub-$100 phone, LG G5 – Best at MWC 2016.