MWC 2016: And the best smartphones were...

This year's Mobile World Congress was as exciting as the last, bringing to us a whole new range of smartphones, accessories, VR gadgets and connected devices.

With all major Android phone makers doing their bit to woo our curiosities at the event, we decided to make a list of the best smartphones that may land on your palm sooner or later.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung launched its new Galaxy S7 flagship phone on Sunday and there are a lot of new features that does make the phone worth a try.

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To begin with, the phone is as durable as you want it to be, which means you won't have to kiss goodbye to your £500 every time it slips off your fingers. Thanks to its IP68 certification, the phone is admirably dust-proof and waterproof and can stay under a metre and a half of water for over 30 minutes without getting damaged. Now that is something most flagship phones wouldn't want to boast about.

The Galaxy S7 also signals the return of the much-missed MicroSD slot. The slot now supports up to 200GB of storage which means your days of depending on the Cloud are now over.

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Samsung has also introduced its new Dual Pixel camera with the Galaxy S7, and this new technology your images brighter and sharper than usual, even in low light conditions. The technology also allows for a brighter lens with a wider aperture, bigger pixels, better autofocus and faster shutter speed.

Thanks to the new Exynos 8890 processor, the Galaxy S7 will now support LTE Cat 12 technology as well as download and upload speeds of 600 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively. The processor also enables superior graphics, 3D gaming and VR experiences.

LG G5

Talk in the town suggests that even though the Galaxy S7 seems to be the perfect device, LG's new G5 is revolutionary and can be termed as the smartphone of the future. With an all-metal modular frame, a wide-angle rear camera, volume keys on the side and a fingerprint sensor, it packs enough punch to turn a lot of heads.

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Thanks to its modular design, you can easily replace batteries in the G5 and can also add a separate camera module which comes with physical buttons for tweaking camera settings and taking pictures as well as its own 1,200 mAh battery.

G5 also comes with a second Always-On display which covers just a third of the screen and consumes just 0.8 per cent of the battery life every hour. This display shows the date and time as well as important notifications that you can't live without.

The best part about the G5's rear camera is that it covers a 135-degree wide angle which means you won't have to search for Panorama settings while taking wide images. The phone can also be connected with a LG 360 Cam which will let you take 360-degree photos and videos.

This is the G5, LG's new modular phone

You can also connect your G5 with the LG 360 VR, a VR device which can simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It weighs just 118 g and offers a resolution of 639 ppi. It is compatible with 360-degree videos as well as Google Cardboard content.

Featuring 3D Arc Glass screen, USB Type-C port, Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 feature and a microSD slot, G5 boasts the best of like a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, the latest Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 21MP main camera with an Iris scanner, a removable battery, the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and up to 32 GB of internal storage.

Acer Jade Primo

Acer Jade Primo launched at Mobile World Congress and is probably the only Acer phone to be launched this year which can come close to competing with the Galaxy S7 or LG G5.

Acer Jade Primo hands-on

Running Windows 10 Mobile, Jade Primo features a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, a plastic body to keep its weight in check, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 64-bit hexa-core processor and 21MP and 8MP cameras.

We did a hands-on with the Jade Primo in Barcelona and concluded that since the phablet was primarily made for business users, the choice of Windows 10 as its OS was a good one, thanks to Continuum. In terms of performance, the 1.8GHz GPU carried the phone through some sustained action without any stutter and support for LTE Cat 6 means you are guaranteed a high speed internet connection that will not be hampered by your device's abilities.

 

Sony Xperia XA

Sony's new Xperia XA, unlike most Z-series phones, brings in several major modifications to Sony's existing mid-range line. In terms of battery life, camera features and handset design, you will get to test a phone that isn't just an incremental upgrade but a very-well thought out product.

With battery life continuing to be an issue that can make or break the fate of smartphones, Sony has decided not to take any chances here. The Xperia XA comes with a power-efficient MediaTek MT6755 chip as well as Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology and Sony’s home-grown smart battery management system. These technologies can make the XA last for as long as two days on a single charge. The presence of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 2.0 feature also lets the phone charge up 40 per cent faster than existing Xperia phones. A ten-minute charge can also add enough juice to make the phone last up to 5.5 hours.

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Xperia XA is made of premium materials and features texture and curvature that can fit your palm easily. The phone also features an attractive edge-to-edge curved glass display fits the overall rounded, continuous frame of the handset.

Xperia XA's primary camera features Predictive Hybrid Autofocus which lets you lets you choose your subject and then predicts its motion, so you can capture the action in perfect focus.

To be made available in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold, Xperia XA will also come with a range of matching Style covers to let you choose your favourite smartphone look.

 

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi's new Mi 5 launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, and its cheapest 32GB variant may sell for as low as £219 when available in the UK.

Mi 5 will be available in three storage variants that will range from 32GB to 128GB with 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. The phone will also pack features like a 5.15-inch FHD display, the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 16MP and 4MP Large Pixel cameras with 4-axis OIS, a 3,000 mAh battery along with NFC, fingerprint sensor and Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 battery saving features.

Xiaomi has also added a new Sunlight Display tech which will let you play and read the display on the Mi 5 even under direct sunlight. Its cameras also come with technologies like 4-axis optical image stabilization, predictive auto-focus, DTI and ability to record 4K videos.

Mi 5 is surprisingly light at 129g despite packing a metal and glass body. While the 32GB and 64GB variants will be available in Black, White and Gold, the premium 128GB variant will be available in an exclusive Ceramic colour finish.

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