It's the day before Mobile World Congress 2016 officially starts in Barcelona, but there's already plenty of exciting new products to behold.
Sunday, Samsung revealed its new Galaxy phones, the S7 and S7 Edge and LG debuted the G5. LG also took the wraps off a few cameras, a VR headset and a home-monitoring device. HTC announced the price for its Vive VR headset. Plus, we got a look at fresh new tablets and laptops from Lenovo.
Let's dive into all that was awesome at day zero of MWC. For even more, check out CNET's full coverage of MWC 2016 too.
Samsung has new Galaxies
It's that time of year again for new Samsung phones. The Korean company debuted theand , which will replace 2015's S6 and S6 Edge. These new phones are once again water-resistant (just like the ) and boast bigger batteries and faster processors. There's a fingerprint reader, too, plus expandable storage, which was missing from last year's models.
VR headsets are everywhere, but cameras that can shoot 360-degree videos for those headsets? Not so much. Samsung's built thefor just that. This camera ball shoots in 360 degrees and connects with the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge to process the video.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Samsung's press conference to talk about Facebook's plans to make virtual reality more social. Maybe one day we'll browse our News Feeds from a headset.
LG brought a lot to MWC this year, including a VR headset and a brand-new phone, the Project Ara phone, and it's first of its kind that we've seen that will actually be sold around the world.. What makes the G5 so special is that you can swap out the battery and replace it with accessories such as the , a camera grip and shutter accessory that also adds more power. The LG G5 is somewhat of a modular phone, like Google's
LG also showed off the, a phone meant to rival Samsung's Note line with its own stylus. It ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a 5.7-inch screen.
For the home, LG created the, a security camera, smart-home device and pet toy in one. It can keep an eye on your home, turn on the lights for you and entertain your puppy or cat while you're away.
Lastly, LG is getting into the VR game with its own headset, the. It's much smaller than other headsets we've seen and it plugs into your phone, instead of you putting your phone inside.
Check out our full run-down of everything LG announced at MWC.
The HTC Vive has a price, and there's a new HTC phone
HTC's virtual-reality headset known as the Vive goes on sale this April for $799 (£689, roughly AU$1,115), HTC and gaming company Valve confirmed on Sunday. That's $200 more than the rival Oculus Rift VR headset.
HTC also announced thefor the US. The striking all-metal phone has been available only in China until now.
HP's new phone is a computer, too
Following in the footsteps of, HP's phone can be used as a computer too with the help of a dock. It's running Windows 10 and can plug into a monitor so you can use it as a full-functioning Windows computer. Unplug it, and it's a phone again.
Projectors all around
Tiny projects are a thing now, designed to slip into your pocket and set on a table for a presentation. ZTE announced the, an Android-powered projector that uses lasers instead of LEDs. Oh, and it has a JBL sound system too, so you can watch movies or TV with it.
There's also the, a Windows phone with a built-in projector. It's not the coolest-looking phone, but it's practical, and the company is selling both a consumer version for all of us and an educational version for classrooms.
Lenovo's budget tablets and versatile laptops
At MWC, Lenovo introduced, all with the option for LTE and all under $200 (or roughly £140 in the UK and AU$280).
The company also introduced smaller Yoga laptops. There's a new 11-inch model of thethat uses Intel's Core M line of low-power processors, plus 8GB of RAM and up to a 256GB SSD. Meanwhile, the Yoga 510 gets a makeover with a new streamlined design. Called the Flex 4 in the US, the laptop flips all the way around like the high-end Yoga models, but with a more budget-friendly price.
Lenovo's newis a Windows tablet that comes with a snap-on keyboard. It'll cost only $229 when it hits stores in the US later this year and €269 in Europe (approximately £208/AU$419), much cheaper than a Microsoft Surface.
Also part of Lenovo's lineup is the, a supercheap $149 smartphone (directly converted, that's around £100 or AU$210). Its specs are no slouch for that price, including an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 13-megapixel camera and dual-SIM card slots. For a little less, the Vibe K5 costs just $129 (roughly £90 or AU$180) and has similar features.
- Though the company sold its device business to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia says it will sell smartphones once again.
- Huawei introduced the which has a laser beam at the end.
- Alcatel announced new Idol phones, the .
Today's just day zero of Mobile World Congress 2016. Check back tomorrow for more news from the show and keep up with all of the news on CNET.
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