MWC 2016

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung Gear 360 hands-on: A pocket-friendly VR camera

Samsung has pushed consumer virtual reality hard with the Gear VR, and now it's looking to put VR creation into the hands of the public with its new 360-degree camera. The Samsung Gear 360 is aiming at the consumer VR sweet-spot, the company says, offering much better resolution than most low-cost 360-degree cameras but without the huge price tag of professional kit like Nokia's OZO.

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Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Lenovo ideapad MIIX 310 offers detachable hinged keyboard

Joining the phones and tablets it has introduced this weekend comes Lenovo’s ideapad MIIX 310, a hybrid device that includes a 10-inch tablet that serves as the display when attached to the bundled keyboard. This, like others before it, allows it to function as a laptop when needed and as a tablet other times, giving the best of both worlds in a single device.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 hands-on with Galaxy S7 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the most hotly-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016, so the good news is that it's pretty damn good. Announced today at Samsung's latest Unpacked event in Barcelona, Spain, the S7 - and its Galaxy S7 edge sibling, with a bigger screen and curved edges - pick up the torch from earlier Galaxy flagships and gives them a shove in the direction of the South Korean firm's latest obsessions.

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This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.

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HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

HP wants to “reinvent computing” with a phone called Elite x3

The folks at HP responsible for reinventing computing have created a device by the name of HP Elite x3. This device is a Windows 10 mobile device - a smartphone - that works with Continuum. That means it's able to plug in to a dock and act as a desktop machine. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile platform that enables mobility and computing to come together in a truly meaningful way," said said Dion Weisler, president and chief executive officer, HP Inc. "Together with the strength of our partners, we’re propelling the industry forward and turning the promise of mobile productivity into a reality for customers."

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HTC Vive consumer edition revealed with pricing, pre-order details

HTC Vive consumer edition revealed with pricing, pre-order details

The wait for the consumer edition of HTC's anticipated Vive VR headset is almost over. At MWC 2016 today, the final version of the hardware, developed with partner Valve, was unveiled, complete with details on pricing and pre-order date, as well as software and features available out of the box.

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The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

The Huawei MateBook is Windows 10’s iPad Pro killer: Hands-on

Windows 10 tablets with detachable keyboards are clearly A Thing here at Mobile World Congress this week, with Huawei revealing its MateBook PC. Aiming, so the Chinese company promises, to bring about the age of Business 3.0, the super-sleek 12-inch tablet sets the iPad Pro in its sights, but for those who want full Windows app support.

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Alcatel debuts Idol 4, 4S as low-cost Android flagships

Alcatel debuts Idol 4, 4S as low-cost Android flagships

Alcatel may not be one of the big Android heavy hitters in the US like Samsung or Nexus, but around the globe they've been building a reputation for affordable, quality smartphones. The company's Idol 3 turned out to be a hit last year in the budget category, and now Alcatel is at MWC 2016 to officially announce not one, but two follow-ups: the Idol 4 and Idol 4S.

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LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG G5 hands-on: LG goes metal and modular

LG promised something out of the ordinary for Mobile World Congress this year, and the LG G5 certainly delivers. The company's flagship Android smartphone for 2016 not only ditches the little-loved plastic of its predecessor, but introduces a new range of "Friends of G5" accessories that can expand its functionality, in some cases physically modifying it depending on whether you want more polished photography, better audio, or even more accurate control of your drone.

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Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung Connect Auto upgrades your car with 4G Tizen

Samsung may not be building a car, but it is building a car connectivity system, with Samsung Connect Auto aiming to make your existing auto smarter. Plugging into the OBD-II port found under the steering wheel, the LTE-equipped dongle offers WiFi hotspot functionality as well as tapping into detailed performance, economy, and maintenance metrics from the car itself, freeing drivers from the dreaded and confusing "Check Engine" light.

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Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel’s PLUS 10 Windows 10 tablet packs a 4G keyboard

Alcatel may be particularly pleased with its Idol 4S smartphone at MWC 2016 this week, with packaging that doubles as a VR headset, but it also brought along a convertible Windows 10 tablet. The Alcatel PLUS 10 is a combination tablet and laptop, the company's first 2-in-1 to run Microsoft's latest OS, and one of a rare breed of such models with integrated 4G.

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Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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