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All the tech from Mobile World Congress you can actually buy soon

We've seen a ton of new toys announced at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona. Here are the ones you'll see on store shelves soon.


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We've seen a plenty of new gadgets announced at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona.

The best part? A good portion of these products will be on sale in the next few months. In fact, some of the best stuff is only three to six weeks away.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature improved cameras, faster performance and longer battery life, among a myriad of other features.

The highlight, however, has to be the return of a microSD card slot and IP68 water-resistant rating, both of which were favorite features that didn't make it into the Galaxy S6.

The S7 and S7 Edge are available March 11, with preorders beginning February 23.

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Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition

Best known for its ability to make phones that look very much like Apple's iPhones, Chinese smartphone maker Meizu returns with yet another copycat in the form of the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition. Unlike the Android-running Pro 5 though, this version is powered by the Ubuntu operating system.

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition will be available in March and pre-orders are available now through the Web site.

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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

Built by Spanish company BQ, the 10-inch M10 is the first tablet to use the Ubuntu operating system, a long-established open-source OS originally designed for computers, beloved among developers and tinkerers looking for an alternative to Windows or Apple's OS X.

A selling point is that the tablet can also essentially become a laptop or a desktop computer just by plugging in a monitor via the HDMI port or connecting a keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth.

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet will be on sale around March via BQ's online store. It will be available globally, including the US.

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LG Tone Platinum HBS-1100

The LG Tone Platinum is an updated version of the company's around-the-neck headphone design, which -- love 'em or hate 'em -- have proven popular with consumers.

The Platinum has a balanced armature driver that is said to generate more detail with less distortion than a typical dynamic driver headphone. They're also equipped with the aptX HD Audio Codec, which is supposed to improve wireless sound quality when used with source devices that are also so equipped (such as the Samsung Galaxy S6).

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The HTC Vive VR headset aims to be a "complete set" out of the box, with room sensors, the headset, and the controllers included with the $799 system.

The final retail model arrives in early April, and you can preorder the system starting on Monday, February 29.

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The new LG G5 is a 5.3-inch smartphone featuring a Snapdragon 820 processor and two rear cameras.

It also has one extra feature that may surprise you: a pull-out battery guarded by a snap-off "chin." That part can be swapped out for a variety of modular accessories, including (so far) improved audio and camera modules.

LG hasn't announced an exact release date for the G5 yet, but the company did mention that it will launch sometime in early April.

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Garmin Vivofit 3

Garmin's new entry-level fitness tracker builds on the success of previous models. The $99/AU$159 (roughly £90) Vivofit 3 features a slight redesign and added features, such as automatic exercise detection and intensity tracking.

Garmin made several changes with the Vivofit 3, many of them being stylistic. The display on the new model is noticeably smaller, which should make the band more discreet, although the device as a whole still looks a tad bulky.

The Vivofit 3 is expected to ship around April.

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Garmin Vivoactive HR

The Garmin Vivoactive HR is part smartwatch, part activity tracker and part sport watch. It can display incoming calls, text messages, emails and calendar alerts from your smartphone on your wrist. It will also track steps, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep.

The watch is equipped with GPS and includes a variety of built-in fitness apps. In addition to tracking running, cycling, pool swimming and golfing, new activities that can tracked include paddle boarding, rowing, and skiing and snowboarding.

The Vivoactive HR is expected to ship around April for $250 in the US and AU$399 in Australia (about £200 in the UK). Accessory bands will be available in black, white, yellow and red, for $30/AU$49 each.

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Lenovo Tab 3

Lenovo unveiled a trio of new tablet models at MWC this year, and at reasonable prices: there's a 10-inch model geared towards business use starting at $199, and a 7- and 8-inch LTE-packing pair that start at $129 and $149 respectively.

Though both of these budget tablets are simple, unremarkable and bring nothing new to the table, they're very reasonably priced if you take the LTE connection in to account. Models with cellular capabilities tend to be rather expensive, so it's refreshing to see budget-centric models. The specs are mediocre at best, but should work fine for streaming video, browsing the Web and light gaming. Both are expected to hit US stores in June.

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Alcatel Idol 4S

The Alcatel Idol 4S and the smaller Idol 4's best feature is the "boom key," a button on the right side (that's not the lock button!) that does different things depending on what you're doing -- and also on how you program it.

You can set it to open the camera when the phone is locked, to boost bass when you play music and to take burst shots when you press it and hold. The boom key can boost your speed when you're gaming, or you can set it to open an app.

Both phones are set to arrive in stores in June.

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Huawei MateBook

The thin, light, attractive MateBook that Huawei introduced at Mobile World Congress obviously takes a few design cues from Apple's iPad Pro, including a folding keyboard case and a pressure-sensitive digital pen for writing or drawing on the screen.

Huawei's, though, comes with a bonus: a built-in laser pointer on one end that you can use to emphatically circle or underscore key points during a presentation -- or just use to drive the feline population nuts.

There will be three models of the MateBook, with price ranging from $699 to $1,599. There's currently no word on pricing in the UK or Australia, but the European prices for those models convert to around £620 and £1,390, or AU$1,245 and AU$2,800. It'll be available in Europe, North America and Asia in the "coming months."

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Samsung Gear 360

The Samsung Gear 360 is a twin-lens ball of a camera that captures spherical 30-megapixel photos and not-quite-4K resolution video (3,840x1,920 pixels)

Each of the Gear 360's f/2.0 fisheye lenses covers a 195-degree angle of view that, when stitched together using a Samsung Galaxy S7 (or other select Galaxy phones to be named later), gives you a full 360x180-degree view to explore with a VR headset or dragging around your fingertips on a touchscreen or your cursor on a computer.

Our contact at Samsung tells us that the Gear 360 is expected to hit in the "first half of 2016", and we expect it to cost at least a few hundred dollars.

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