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Mobile World Congress 2015

posted Mar 6, 2015, 12:37 AM by Barny CK
Mobile World Congress 2015 has come to an end and we were fed with really exciting news and announcements. The highlight of this year's event must definitely be the unveiling of Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Samsung did not disappoint in their presentation and the phones really beat expectations. But if there is any telltale signs, it's that Samsung is currently playing catch up to Apple with the introduction of Samsung Pay. That, and the phones bare striking similarities to the iPhone. No doubt, there are many sweet features present in the Galaxy phones that iPhone doesn't have, such as the dual edge curved screen and fast wireless charging but I personally think those are gimmicks. 

Playing second fiddle is the HTC One M9 and this phone is truly an evolutionary instead of revolutionary advancement from its predecessor. For me, it was a little tap disappointing that the M9 is nearly identical to the M8. HTC has actually carved its name to be the alternative phone to buy other than the iPhone and Samsung and so I think they should have pushed out a more aggressive product to capture more market share. In some ways, I think that's the reason they are not winning the best smartphone award anymore. 

Huawei has joined the wearables bandwagon with the introduction of its own line of smartwatches. The smartwatch is a 42mm diameter round Android Wear watch with 18mm lug width and sports a 286 ppi 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen. I think the watch is quite beautiful and has the potential to be a serious contender in the wearable market. Huawei's entry into this market is also timely too as the market heats up with more and more product offers from various other companies. Also, next month, the Apple Watch is going to go on sale so Huawei is pretty well positioned to take a substantial market share.  

In what looks like a rather odd but logical move, Xiaomi has introduced a lightweight compact video camera, the "Yi Action Camera". GoPro has got to feel some form of pressure of a new competitor as it seems like Xiaomi is out to dominate the gadget industry and GoPro must definitely feel afraid because the Yi camera comes at approximately half the cost a GoPro camera. The "Yi Action Camera" sells for 399 Yuan or approximately RM230 and is capable of recording high definition 1080p video at up to 60fps.

There were many other product announcements. Nokia announced two phablets, which were the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. After much speculations, Sony announced the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua and Z4 tablets. BlackBerry has also come out with a BlackBerry Leap. These announcements were low key but significant. However, small or grand, Mobile World Congress 2015 turned out to be a pretty exciting event. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even organised a townhouse Q&A session on the sideline.
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