MWC15: Guess why Haier's lurking in Barcelona

Global appliances brand Haier is set to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress kicking off in Barcelona on Sunday. It will be launching the Voyager range of Android smartphones.

The most advanced and powerful of the four new phones is the Voyager V5. Featuring a 64-bit octa-core processor, the V5 contains a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display that can be controlled by fifteen different kinds of gestures. The touch screen can also be controlled while wearing gloves to make it user friendly during cold and wet conditions. The new Hotknot feature, a substitute of the Bluetooth, enables quick data transfer through capacitative touch panels.


Being the only phone in the Voyager series that can connect to 4G networks, the V5 supports LTE-FDD, WCDMA and the GSM quad-band frequency. The 13MP rear camera and the 5MP front camera also promise good picture quality and resolution.

The V5 will be available for sale in the second quarter at £256 at current exchange rates.



The Voyager I70, to be priced at £113 when on sale from May onwards, contains an all-metal body with a reinforced glass back. Haier has used its own E + UI user interface that is built on the Android OS. The display is a 5 inch HD IPS OGS screen that, like in the V5, can be controlled by fifteen different kinds of gestures. The Hotknot, infrared sensor, Digital Theatre System and a 13MP Dual LED flash camera are additional features that will make the I70 the perfect value for money.

Also being displayed are the A6 & A8 E-ZY Smartphones. The A6, priced attractively at £63, is a utility phone built specifically for first time users and senior citizens. The Haier E-UI interface contains large colourful icons, regular reminders, and easy-to-use calling, typing, listening and charging functionalities.

For the differently-abled, the A6 also contains a powerful speaker and a M4/T4 hearing aid compatibility. A capacitive stylus as well as activating help messages on shaking the phone are additional user-friendly features. Essential apps like Facebook, Viber and Messenger are pre-installed in the A6.

The A8, marginally pricier than the A6 at £82, contains a 4.5 inch screen and a 5MP camera, along with features like TV and air conditioner control and built-in speakers in the charging station. The A8 will be available for sale from the second quarter of this year.

The cheapest phone to be announced in the Voyager range will be the slim G30. Priced at close to £50, the phone works on the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, and contains a 4.5 inch IPS display. The 28nm chipset also ensures a standby of up to 270 hours. To appear in European markets from May onwards, the G30 will be available in seven attractive colours and will contain dual sim functionality.

Apart from the V5, the Voyager range will most probably challenge for supremacy in the low-end smartphone markets. Boasting affordability and user-friendly features, the range is set to garner increased acceptability at MWC.


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