Category: MWC

MWC2020 Exhibitors – GET IN TOUCH!

Unless you’re a huge and well-financed company, getting your product, service or software in front of the assembled eyeballs at Mobile World Congress is a massive investment. The exhibition packages for the Barcelona event – even if you’re right at the back of the event in Hall 8.0 …

Mobile World Congress 2020 – CANCELLED.

The yearly Barcelona bash usually sees over 100,000 well-connected mobile minds getting together to launch services and devices, plus it’s a fantastic opportunity for businesses to collaborate, meet and demonstrate their products. We’ve attended each and every year since the Mobile World Congress landed in Spain, and it’s …

MWC2020 – GSMA tries to cancel their own event

With local newspapers stating that the event might be cancelled any day now, rumours are circling that the GSMA (the organiser of Mobile World Congress) is indeed trying to call off the event and is lobbying the Spanish government to declare a health emergency following the Coronavirus outbreak. …

MWC – Sony step back too

Mobile World Congress, the usually-massive mobile trade show in Barcelona, is getting quieter by the day as various exhibitors either ditch press briefings, reduce their attendance or cancel completely. This is all due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, with more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally. LG, …

MWC – Xiaomi Mi 9 Launch. LIVE FEED

Right, we’ve landed. We’re back in Barcelona for … well, we’ve lost count. We’ve been here every year since the Mobile World Congress arrived here in Barcelona so, that’s a long time. I think I had hair when this all first started. Today it’s Sunday, and gone are …

LG at MWC 2017 – Like a G6, Like a G6

If LG don’t use this song as part of their G6 launch I will be properly upset. The phone will be introduced Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain on February 26th. It’s not long to wait, but you can at least have a look at their new …

The Nokia 3310. Will we see Snake heading to Spain?

Want a proper old-school phone? Back in the day, when the internet was in its infancy and phones weren’t touch screen, the Nokia 3310 was quite advanced. For a start, let me tell you, it had no external antenna. A lot of phones at the time had a …

MWC Extra – Elliptic Labs

Our old friends Elliptic Labs were in Barcelona again and I made a point of revisiting. If you’re not familiar with their tech, have a look at our coverage of Mobile World Congress last year and 2014. Basically put, they use radar technology to track your hand movements, …

Say goodbye to the Xperia Z series

We paid another visit to the Sony stand yesterday but nobody could tell us quite what was happening with the Z series. Sure, the new Xperia X series phones are beautifully designed, but what of the Z series? Well, according to a Sony rep, it’s now dead, so …

The HTC Desire 530, 630 and 825 at Mobile World Congress

HTC decided to quietly push out this handset here in Barcelona. No big launch, no explosions, just a funky mid-range handset. Well, three actually, but we’ll get to the other two in a minute. They all have an extremely similar design and this, the HTC Desire 530, packs …

MWC – HTC One M10 coming out of the shadows

The HTC stand of 2016, if I’m brutally honest, has a lot of similarities with the HTC stand of 2015. The HTC Vive is on show and there’s a lot of handsets that were released some months ago. There’s a lot of HTC One A9 devices here, and …

Missing your BlackBerry? Samsung have the answer if you get an S7.

Here at the crazy mobile shin-dig that is Mobile World Congress – if you get a special sticker – you can head backstage. There, amongst the tired exhibitors, you’ll find Samsung showing off their Galaxy S7 devices. We saw these at the exclusive Unpacked event on Sunday (which …

Sony X series – Predictive Hybrid Autofocus video demo

This morning I went over to the Sony stand. We’ve been there before and snapped their X Series handsets, but I wanted to see a bit more. So, I quizzed the guy on the stand about that Xperia Performance which, by the way, is listed on the UK …

MWC – Haier smartwatch with an Android twist

MWC isn’t just about mobile phones and tablets of course.  Showing off its new smartwatch in Barcelona is Haier.  This is a company that makes fridges… and phones.  Their Voyage V6 looks well built and comes in with a 5.5″ 1920×1080 LCD full HD screen. It’s dual SIM …

FlexEnable – A colour screen on your wrist, it’s here at MWC

Sure, we’ve seen curved screens in the past here at Mobile World Congress, but this is something else. A thin film of plastic has been created here on a prototype line in Cambridge. It’s the product of a very young company – formed only a year ago – …

MWC – The Special Report Podcast

Welcome to the Coolsmartphone Podcast Episode 166 – The Special MWC Road Trip Report. This is the first of this weeks special Mobile World Congress Podcasts and our roaming reporters Gary and Leigh have sent in their initial reports. In this episode along with their MWC thoughts,  Leigh …

Fairphone at MWC – Let’s see a real modular smartphone

Yes, LG released a modular smartphone on Sunday, but that’s only partially modular, and it’s modular because it adds functionality. Here, you can argue that the Fairphone 2 is a whole lot more modular, and it’s modular so that you can repair the thing. Here Daria from Fairphone …

A tour around Hall 7, and I have to apologise

I thought it would be a good idea to take you on a tour around Hall 7 here at Mobile World Congress. Indeed, we got to see the Gionee S8 5.5″ Android handset with a full metal body and Intex, with their Cyanogen-based handset. Unfortunately, somewhere along the …

A tour of the Nokia stand at Mobile World Congress

This isn’t the Nokia you know and love(d). This is the network side, but it’s good to see the name getting such massive exposure here in Barcelona. The stand they have here is nothing short of colossal, with lots of unused space just… because they can. There’s a …

A tour of the Intel stand at Mobile World Congress

Intel have quite a few innovations on show here, including tracking sensors and a pair of glasses with a miniature TV screen in to show you how fast you’re running or how far you’ve cycled. The glasses are called the “Recon Jet” (don’t ask me why) and display …

MWC – HP Elite x3 Hands on

We posted the news yesterday that HP are re-entering the mobile market with a Windows 10 device. Now we’ve had some time to get hands on with one of the devices. I am very impressed with it but instead of reading my thoughts on it lets see what …

MWC – Huawei MateBook hands-on

This is a very light and very nice looking Windows 2-in-1 tablet. Initial impressions are very good, with a nod to both tech and style. First, let’s get the tech out of the way. This has a 12″ 2160×1440 IPS TFT LCD screen and is powered by a …

MWC – LG G5 and all the toys – Hands on

The concept of this is really rather interesting, and it was pretty freeing to be able to take the LG G5 apart. That slide-out battery, which we initially saw yesterday, slides out from the G5 and then actually detaches from the bottom part too. Let’s get to the …

MWC – Yes, they did say a free Gear VR if you pre-order the S7

During the madness yesterday some of you told us that we must’ve been hearing things when we mentioned the free Gear VR headset that you can get if you pre-order the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge. Well no, it’s true. Sure, it doesn’t quite look like every network is mentioning this …

MWC 2016: HTC and Value bring us Vive

Valve, a name commonly associated in the gaming world with titles like Portal, have teamed up with HTC to unveil a consumer edition of its Vive virtual reality system. Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR. HTC and Value say that Vive enables you to stay connected to the real …

MWC – What’s in my bag – Gears

Short version. I’ve been doing this for a good amount of years now and I’ve developed my own way of covering live events. Also, after cycling over the pennines and from London to Paris with nothing more than a backpack, you learn to “go light”. So, here’s my …

MWC – Samsung Unpacked – Watch LIVE

Well, we’re here in Barcelona and it’s time for the big Samsung launch. We’re in the huge CCIB exhibition centre but wait – the good news is that you can join us for the fun! Watch the YouTube video live below, or keep an eye on our Twitter …

MWC – LG G5 Launch event – Watch LIVE

Join us here in Barcelona for the best seat in the house. Things here will kick off at 1PM UK time, which is 2PM in the rest of Europe. https://youtu.be/mSb4upgFq-I LG have already announced a number of handsets, but this is definitely the big one. My last couple …

Three set to block online advertising

The parent company behind Three run several European networks, and they’ve made a name for themselves by being “different” to other mobile networks. They built their network here in the UK for data primarily, and they priced their plans aggressively. Now though, they’ve tweaked mobile packages and caused …

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge – Further details and photos

Usually the Samsung leaks are kept to a minimum ahead of Mobile World Congress, but with marketing material hitting stores, we’re getting a deluge of data on the two new Galaxy devices. As we mentioned recently, the IP68 dust and water protection has returned and will be available …

Are Samsung bringing back the waterproof Galaxy?

At the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch event in Barcelona last year there was a lot of chatter about what had been removed from the handset. Gone was the microSD card slot, gone was the replaceable battery and gone too was the waterproof protection. All features of the S5. …

Mobile World Congress 2016 from Coolsmartphone

Hello again. You may remember that we recently asked for your help to get to Mobile World Congress. Usually, when we head over to Barcelona, we’ll have a sponsor or two helping us out, but this year we had a number of problems which basically meant that we …

LG Stylus 2 announced ahead of Mobile World Congress

I’ve never really been a big fan of using phones with a stylus, but if you are, the LG Stylus 2 could be right up your street. It’s not, as you might initially think, a stylus. “Stylus” is actually the name of the phone. It’s an enhanced version …