First look: The LG G5, Samsung Galaxy 7 and HP Elite x3 premiere at the Mobile World Congress – Computerworld

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If CES is the party deck of the mobile technology world, Mobile World Congress is the engine room. It’s where the world’s carriers meet infrastructure vendors and telecom ministers, and Very Serious Business takes place. Handset makers from the top tier to the bargain basement all clamor for attention and, with any luck, something interesting will turn up.

This year, three major vendors unveiled flagship phones, each addressing what the companies seem to think are very different customer needs. I was able to do quick tryouts of the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy 7 and the HP Elite x3 — revealing three sophisticated companies with amazingly different views of the world.

It’s important to note: These aren’t full product reviews (which we plan to have for you closer to when the products are released). This roundup is based on quick hands-on impressions with information based on pre-briefings and filled in by product demonstrators who may not have been fully informed. But even given that, you can tell a lot from a little time spent with a phone in your hand.

LG G5

Maybe it’s Apple fault, because it was the first company to seal in a smartphone’s battery. Within a couple of years, everyone else did, too (Samsung being the last major holdout). This may have delighted the companies that make portable battery chargers, but not everyone was thrilled. If fact, there’s been a steady drumbeat of customers who rail against non-replaceable batteries.

First look: The LG G5, Samsung Galaxy 7 and HP Elite x3 premiere at the Mobile World Congress – Computerworld