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Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

This week we've had the opportunity to put the Samsung Galaxy S7 up close to the iPhone 6S. Just in time for the very brief period of time in which the device's names don't match. As we discussed previously, it's quite possible that this round will be Samsung's - from what we're looking at here, there's more than a couple reasons to believe that to be true. The raw specifications are here as well - see how similar the two seem on the surface.

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG's virtual reality headset is important because of its style, its methodology, and its connectivity. What you're seeing is another bridging of the gap. Instead of continuing to make slightly less-than-comfortable Cardboard units or ramping all the way up to a headset such as Samsung's Gear VR, LG's made a half-step between the two. This LG 360 VR headset has its own display, fits like a pair of glasses, and connects to the LG G5 via USB-C. Simple as that.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Samsung Galaxy S7 tiny facts: Camera Bump, Rubbery Gasket, Battery

Three tiny facts have popped up in the last day for the Samsung Galaxy S7 which you should be aware of. You, the user, the person who may or may not be picking this device up when it's released early this year. These facts have to do with the hardware, primarily, centering in on the changes the company has made since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6. This version of the device has a smaller camera bump, for example - but not without its tradeoff.

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Obi Worldphone MV1: an entry-level phone for young professionals

Obi Worldphone MV1: an entry-level phone for young professionals

If you think the world has enough smartphone models, Obi Worldphone would beg to differ. The company, which partly owes its 15 minutes of fame to former Apple CEO John Sculley, believes it has a point to sell, that beauty doesn't need to come at a higher price than normal. To prove that point, it is launching its third ever smartphone, the Obi Worldphone MV1, a smartphone that is, on paper, designed for young professionals in emerging markets. In practice, it bears a strange mix of low-end specs, a mid-range screen, and Obi Worldphone's odd design taste.

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Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

Intel’s 5G aspirations: mobile, PC, cloud, IoT, end-to-end

This week Intel appeared at MWC 2016 to speak largely about the imminent onset of 5G mobile data. They suggest that they are "one of the only industry players" that's able to deliver an end to end 5G solution. That means 5G hardware for smartphones, tablets, PC platforms, and M2M applications, expanded comms for IOT applications, and partnerships with companies like Ericsson, Korea Telecom, Nokia, SK Telecom, and Verizon. They're ready to roll right now. Ready to roll for 5G data.

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Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

Epson Moverio BT-300 hands-on: OLED switch for AR upgrade

If augmented reality is yet to make the market splash its VR cousin has, that's probably down to the relative shortcomings of transparent displays, but Epson's latest Moverio BT-300 suggests a tipping point is close. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress today, the BT-300 headset not only slims down Epson's wearable display, but massively improves the image quality and usability.

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Acer unveils Liquid Zest and Liquid Jade 2 at MWC 2016

Acer unveils Liquid Zest and Liquid Jade 2 at MWC 2016

Acer has rolled out some interesting new devices at Mobile World Congress 2016 including the Liquid Zest, Liquid Zest 4G, and Liquid Jade smartphones. The Liquid Zest and Zest 4G share most of the same hardware with the only difference being the support for 4G connectivity and sound. Both have Android 6.0 for the operating system and come in midnight black or daylight white colors.

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SanDisk outs microSD card with 275 MB/s transfers

SanDisk outs microSD card with 275 MB/s transfers

SanDisk has unveiled a new microSD card that it claims to be the fastest storage solution of its kind in the industry. The new memory card is the SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card and it is designed specifically for cameras that need high capacity and fast data transfers such as 4k resolution action cameras. The memory card is offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.

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Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

Hands-on with ZTE’s Spro Plus, a tablet that’s also a projector

If you thought the days of squeezing a projector into a relatively unexpected place were over, think again. ZTE has brought its latest tablet to MWC 2016, the Spro Plus, and inside its tubby little chassis lurks a straightforward way to inflict PowerPoint presentations and home movies on the innocent.

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ZTE curiously silent on new Blade V7 smartphone at MWC 2016

ZTE curiously silent on new Blade V7 smartphone at MWC 2016

MWC 2016 is usually an opportune time to put out your latest mobile related wares to take advantage of the synergy of energy, not to mention media attention, congregating in one single place. So it's a bit puzzling that ZTE is so far publicly silent about a new smartphone it has prepared. Especially considering it already unveiled a new projector earlier anyway. The landing page and details for a Blade V7 is apparently already available for public eyes. All that's left is for ZTE to actually make it official and make its availability known.

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Sony Xperia embraces smart devices, debuts Eye, Projector, Agent

Sony Xperia embraces smart devices, debuts Eye, Projector, Agent

MWC 2016 will perhaps be remembered as the day when Sony redefined the Xperia brand. A name that was once synonymous with smartphones is now being used to include a new class of devices with nothing really in common except for the fact that they are all meant to be "personalized and intelligent" devices. The Xperia Ear, which launches is summer, is the first of this breed. But Sony has a couple more devices and ideas up its sleeves, including an Xperia Eye "lifelogging" camera, an Xperia Projector, and an Xperia Agent home assistant.

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