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MWC: Views from the Event

by Neil Mawston | Feb 22, 2016

Our Devices team is on the showfloor at MWC in sunny Barcelona, Spain.

A few extra thoughts from day 1 (Sunday), in addition to my colleague's blog here.

* SAMSUNG GALAXY S7: The big launch. The device and its satellite products were well received. Lots of focus on virtual reality -- VR is clearly going to be THE buzzword of the week! There was also a push for the Gear 360, a fisheye lens attachment -- the mobile "camera wars" are quietly making a comeback.

* LG G5: A semi-modular formfactor with a slideout battery. A nice touch from LG and a glimpse into the future of smartphone design. The phone sports a wide-angle lens, emphasizing one of the key themes at this year's show (next-gen super-cameras).

* HUAWEI MATEBOOK: The company's first Windows 10 tablet. A 12-inch, 2-in-1, with a fingerprint reader. The design looks good, but a relatively high price and a lack of enterprise distribution channels will play against it. This is NOT an iPad Pro killer.

More tomorrow.

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