Itâ€™s Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona, which means most of Appleâ€™s competitors are unveiling their upcoming smartphone lineups that will inevitably compete with Appleâ€™s own 2016 lineup.
But while we usually have to wait until the fall for a new iPhone from Apple, this year is different in that Appleâ€™s event planned for early next month will likely see it unveil the much anticipated iPhone 5se, a rare non-flagship and mid-year iPhone upgrade that will be a low to mid-tier smartphone competitor at pricing that will take over the current iPhone 5s lineup around $450 off contract.Â
Among the announcements: Samsung has officially announced its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones — both with a similar premium metal and glass design as previous generations but with upgraded internals — while LG showed off its all-new metal modularÂ design for its new flagship LG G5. Also on show this week is a new smartphone flagship from Acer that offers an impressive 1TB of hybrid local/cloud storage, HTCâ€™s One X9, and a trio of Xperia X smartphones from Sony, two with high camera specs including predictive focus.
Apart from smartphones, VR is a big focus at the show this week with just aboutÂ every big smartphone maker with a related product coming this year.Â Samsung is showing itsÂ Gear 360 consumer-friendly 360-degree cameraÂ coming later this year, Analogix has a new smartphone/tablet chip that allows staggering 4K @ 60fps output via USB-C for VR & big-screenÂ use, and HTC announced aÂ $799 Vive Consumer Edition. This is of course a space we’re watching closely as we hear more chatterÂ aboutÂ Apple’s possible behind the scenes work on VR products.
And Apple is also planning to introduce its iPad Air 3 next month, which will inevitably go up against the new tablets being announced at MWC this week from its Android competitors.
Head below for a roundup of all of our MWC coverage courtesy of our sister site 9to5Google:
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