MWC 2016 is in full swing – and techradar is on the ground in force, ready to bring you news and hands-on reviews of all the delicious new smartphones from the show.
From big hitters like the stylish Samsung Galaxy S7 and stunning Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, to the innovative LG G5, to the underdogs, the phablets and the what-were-they-thinkings, we’re covering it all. It’s going to be a long week – we’re already seeing phones in our sleep – but we won’t be finished until every new handset (almost every one…) has had its chance to shine.
We’ll be linking you from here to all of our hands-on articles throughout the week, so keep your eyes glued to this page for regular updates on everything new as it happens. Just be careful – or you too could end up dreaming of smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S7
This is the big one, the phone we’d wager almost everyone was waiting to see. The Samsung Galaxy S7 takes everything great about the Galaxy S6, like its metal and glass design and impressive screen, fixes disappointments like the lack of a microSD card slot or waterproofing, and adds a hefty dollop of extra power.
- Read our hands on Samsung Galaxy S7 review.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 isn’t the only phone Samsung’s rolled out. It’s also announced the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. WIth a bigger 5.5-inch curved screen, a larger 3600mAh battery and otherwise the same specs and features as the standard Galaxy S7 it looks like a phone to be reckoned with.
- Read our hands-on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review.
The LG G5 has kicked MWC off with a bang. With an all-new metal design, an always-on screen, an accessory port and a dual camera it’s clear that LG is being as innovative as ever, while pulling out all the stops for flagship performance.
- Read our hands-on LG G5 review.
HP Elite X3
The HP Elite X3 is a mammoth phone in every sense of the word. Mammoth 5.96-inch screen, mammoth specs, mammoth potential. With a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, plus the ability to hook it up to a monitor or power a laptop, it’s a seriously versatile device – and while it might not kickstart the Windows 10 revolution, it’s sure to find an audience.
- Read our hands-on HP Elite X3 review.
Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA
Sony didn’t bring the Xperia Z6 to MWC, but it has unleashed two new mid-rangers in the form of the Sony Xperia X and the Sony Xperia XA. The Xperia X impresses with a 5-inch 1080p screen, a rounded design, a fingerprint scanner and a 23MP camera, while the Xperia XA slots in below it with a stylish edge-to-edge display.
Alcatel Idol 4
Alcatel may not be huge name in smartphones, but with the Idol 4 it’s aiming to stand out from the pack. Four speakers provide impressive sound, the phone can be used either way up, and a context-sensitive Boom Key delivers everything from audio enhancements to weather animations. Add in a metal and glass design, a full HD screen and a reasonable price, and Alcatel could be on to something.
- Read our hands-on Alcatel Idol 4 review.
Alcatel Idol 4S
If you like the sound of the Idol 4 but are in the market for something a bit more premium you should check out the Alcatel Idol 4S. All the same features are present and correct, from the four speakers to the Boom Key, but it adds a big 5.5-inch QHD and boosts the power under the hood, while still undercutting flagship foes.
- Read our hands-on Alcatel Idol 4S review.
The Xiaomi Mi5 offers killer specs for just around $300 (roughly £220). That’s barely a mid-range price, yet the Mi5 has a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, matching the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G4. There’s also a 16MP camera, a 1080p screen and a metal and glass build. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not, but there is the question of whether you’ll be able to buy it…
- Read our hands on Xiaomi Mi5 review.
Microsoft Lumia 650
The Microsoft Lumia 650 is a business phone on a budget. Sadly it lacks Continuum, limiting its productivity potential. But with the rest of Windows 10 Mobile present and correct, plus a slim design and a 16MP snapper there’s a lot of potential in this little phone.
- Read our hands on Microsoft Lumia 650 review.