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This Week's Chitter Chatter: Mobile World Congress 2016
We were at Mobile World Congress this week, so here are some of the hi-lights from what we saw at the show. New phones, new wearable devices and everyone was talking about virtual reality.
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The LG G5 was definitely one of the stars of the show creating a lot of buzz with its revolutionary design. Instead of just releasing another big screen Android phone packed full of powerful specs, LG have created a new type of device which can be paired with a number of modular accessories, so you can swap in and swap out various extras.
The cam plus module is one of these extra parts, which will be of interest to keen photographers. It adds extra grip and a dedicated shutter button, a switch to launch the camera app and a wheel for zooming in and out on shots. It also adds another battery, so you can keep shooting photos for longer.
There is also an audio module from Bang and Olufsen, which should supercharge your audio experience with the phone. The phone also pairs up with a lightweight VR headset, which connects to the G5 via a USB type C cable. This means the phone itself doesn't have to slot into the goggles. You are also able to use the phone as a controller, so there is no reaching up to the goggles to find a button.
A final fun accessory is the rolling bot, which is a camera in a ball that can patrol your house and be controlled remotely from your phone. It also has a mic and speaker, so you can shout at the kids from work or remind a loved one to tidy up the front room.
Samsung Galaxy S7
It was no surprise that Samsung chose the MWC event to launch its next generation Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models, as there had been a series of leaks leading up to the announcement in Barcelona.
The S7 edge has a 5.5 inch display with the standard S7 coming in with a 5.1 inch screen. Both phones had HD screens with 2,560 by 1,440 pixels.
The phones are water and dust resistant to 1.5 metres and for 30 minutes. There is also now a Micro SD slot for extra storage.
Samsung made a feature of the camera capabilities of the new S7s with the rear-facing 12 megapixel camera said to let in 56 per cent more light than the previous S6 model. This is aimed at improving photos taken in low light, which is something that all mobile phones can struggle with. Samsung will believe they are ahead of Apple's iPhone in this respect.
Both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available on release from Chitter Chatter.
Check out the Website for pre-orders and further details of the great deals on offer.
The Best of the Rest
As with every show, there were plenty of weird and wonderful devices and cutting edge designs. Here's a round-up.
Sony surprised the world with new releases at MWC, including the X series phones, due out in the Summer.
Oppo revealed a new battery prototype device that claims it will be able to recharge your device fully in only 15 minutes.
And finally this image from the Samsung S7 launch event, got a lot of attention. It showed Mark Zuckerberg striding on to the stage, with the attendees completely unaware of his presence, as everyone had been issued with Samsung VR goggles.
Maybe, this will be the future.