Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015) started this week and even though the event isn’t over, there are five Smartphones announced that you should look at. The list below is on no particular order.
The HTC One M9
This was the first Smartphone announced at MWC 2015. The HTC One M9 is the successor to the HTC One M8 that came out last year. The HTC One M9 has the premium all metal unibody that we have come to expect from all HTC Smartphones. The phone has a 5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. In this Smartphone, HTC decided to ditch ultrapixel technology on the main camera and replaced that with a 20 MP sensor. The front facing camera still maintained the ultrapixels (4MP UltraPixel to be exact).
Powering the HTC One M9 is a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32 GB of storage space that can be expanded using a microSD card. Android OS, Sense UI and other system files take about 11GB of space, so you will be left with only 21GB of storage. Just like the HTC One M8, the M9 has the front facing BoomSound speakers with Dolby surround sound.
The retail price for the HTC One M9 is unknown but expect it to be above Ksh 60,000.
Microsoft Lumia 640/640 XL
The Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are similar in a lot of ways with only slight differences in the screen and battery. The Lumia 640 has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The Lumia 640 XL on the other hand has a bigger 5.7-inch display with the same resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Both these Smartphones are powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 and run windows Phone 8.1. Users will be able to update to Windows 10 when it’s available.
For the camera, the Lumia 640 an 8MP main camera and a 1 MP wide angle front facing camera for selfies. The Lumia 640 XL on the other hand has a 13MP main camera and a 5 MP wide angle front facing camera. Both these Smartphones have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are available in 3G and LTE variants in both single and dual SIM versions.
Their retail prices in Kenya have not been announced but expect them to be between Ksh 11,000 and Ksh 18,000.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are the two most talked about Smartphones of MWC 2015. These two Smartphones are similar except for the curved display on the Galaxy S6 Edge. These Smartphones represent a new phase for Samsung as they do not have the plastic outer bodies we have come to expect from Samsung and have non removable batteries. They have aluminium frames that gives them a premium look and feel.
Powering the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is Samsung’s own 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa core processor. Both Smartphones have 5.1 inch QHD (577ppi) Super AMOLED screens. They have 16MP main cameras with Optical Image Stabilization and 5MP cameras. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have 3GB of RAM and 2GB, 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card so the memory cannot be expanded.
Pricing for Kenya is still unknown but expect it to start from Ksh 75,000 onwards.
The Lenovo A7000
The Lenovo A7000 is an affordable Smartphone with some amazing specs. It has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720. Powering this Smartphone is a 1.5GHz octa-core processor from MediaTek. This is combined with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. This is a dual SIM Smartphone and that supports 4G LTE.
An 8MP camera sits at the back of the Lenovo A7000. This camera has dual LED flash that will ensure great photos in all lighting conditions. At the front sits a 5MP camera that is great for selfies and video calls.
Pricing for the Lenovo A7000 is $170 meaning that when it gets to Kenya it can go as high as Ksh 20,000 give or take a few thousand shillings.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Even though Sony does not make so much noise these days with its Smartphones, I still think that it is one of the best Smartphone manufacturers out there. The Xperia Smartphones are some of the well built Smartphones in terms of design, materials and functionality. The only thing that sets them back is their pricing which usually do not make so much sense when compared to other Android Smartphones in the same category.
Back to MWC 2015, the Xperia M4 Aqua has a 5 inch LCD display with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This Smartphone looks really good with the same design we have come to see of most Xperia Smartphones of late. This Smartphone supports LTE and is IP68-certified meaning that it is water and dust resistant.
The Xperia M4 has a 13MP main camera with a 5 MP front facing one. This Smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz snapdragon 615 octa core processor and will be available later in the year. Its retail price will be around Ksh 30,000.