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Best phones and tablets from MWC 2016

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Every year, all the best smartphones and tablets hit Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year, we saw an incredible lineup of premium smartphones and one pretty stellar tablet. Here are our favorites from the show: the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5, Huawei MateBook, and the Sony Xperia X lineup.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung improved upon the S6 and S6 Edge in nearly every way with the S7 and S7 Edge. Not only are the phones are curvier and more comfortable to hold — especially the S7 Edge — but they’re also water resistant. Quick charging and wireless charging are both supported, and the phones even come with a free Gear VR. Add to that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, sharp Quad HD screens, improved Edge functionality, and an outstanding 16-megapixel camera for low-light pics; and you’ve got a nearly irresistible smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hands-on impressions


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LG took a bold step into the future with its modular G5 smartphone. The bottom of the all-metal phone pops out so you can swap the battery pack or pop in another module. LG made a camera one that includes camera enhancements, a zoom wheel, and an extra battery for your phone. Another module made with Bang & Olufsen provides high-res audio. In all other regards, the G5 is also a high-spec phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, a Quad HD screen, fingerprint sensor, and a dual camera. It’s a true innovative marvel.

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LG G5 hands-on impressions

Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro

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Xiaomi is a real up and comer in the mobile space, and it’s Mi 5 Pro is a very impressive phone. It looks like a mix of the OnePlus X and the Galaxy S7 with its metal frame and curved glass or ceramic back. It’s remarkably light and looks sleek and sexy. Aside from its 1080p screen the Mi 5 Pro has all the high-end specs that Samsung and LG pack in their phones, from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to the 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage onboard. It’s a real steal at $413, but you can only get it in China for now.

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Hands on: Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro

Huawei MateBook

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Huawei made its first-ever 2-in-1 tablet PC with full Windows 10 onboard. It’s called the MateBook, and it’s a really sleek, mobile-first tablet with a 12-inch screen. It’s powered by Intel’s 6th-generation Core M processors, 4 or 8GB of RAM, and comes with an SSD up to 512GB in size, too, so you shouldn’t run out of space. The keyboard folio folds right up effortlessly and the stylus is quite cool. It has a laser pointer on one end and two dedicated buttons for controls. Huawei also made a dock for the MateBook with several ports for added connections.

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Huawei MateBook hands-on impressions

Sony Xperia X Series

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Sony’s three new Xperia X phones look sharp with aluminum bodies in metallic finishes. The X Performance is the most high-end one with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p screen, and 32GB of storage. The X has a Snapdragon 615 chip instead, but that’s the only difference. The XA is more low-end with a 720p screen, MediaTek Helio MT6755 processor, and 2GB of RAM. All three will be available worldwide, including the U.S. We don’t know pricing yet, however.

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Sony Xperia X Series hands-on impressions

Malarie Gokey
Former Digital Trends Contributor
As DT's Mobile Editor, Malarie runs the Mobile and Wearables sections, which cover smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and…
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