AnandTech Podcast #36: The annual smartphone extravaganza known as Mobile World Congress has come and gone. We clocked up 45.4km on foot during the week, averaging around five hours sleep and one meal a day to be able to see everyone of interest. Because so many interesting things were presented, from LG, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and others, just before we left Barcelona Andrei and I put together a podcast of details, experience and analysis of the new devices. There are plenty of talking points with each of them, from a modular design to heatpipes to new silicon microarchitectures, and we recorded our initial impressions in a podcast.

The AnandTech Podcast - Episode 36

  •  Dr Ian Cutress, Host, Senior Editor (@IanCutress)
  •  Andrei Frumuşanu, Mobile Editor (@andreif7)

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Total Time:  1 hour 04 minutes 34 seconds

Outline mm:ss

00:00 Intro
00:38 – LG G5
08:04 – Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
15:35 – Some thoughts about heatpipes on smartphones
17:27 – Details on 8890, thoughts on turbo mode on SoCs
22:40 – Waterproofing on S7/S7e
26:13 – Camera on S7/S7e
28:43 – Xiaomi Mi 5
42:32 – There’s a low bin of the Snapdragon 820
44:25 – HTC Vive Pricing
48:21 – Cat S60
52:23 – LG VR
58:49 – Huawei Matebook
1:04:24 FIN

Related Reading

LG G5 Launch
Exynos 8890 (Samsung Galaxy S7) Initial Test and Thoughts
Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro Hands on and Snapdragon 820 Initial Test
HTC Vive Announces Pricing: $799 For The Kit
Cat S60: Rugged Smartphone with Integrated Thermal Camera
Huawei Matebook Launched

MWC 2016 Live Blogs

LG G5 Live Blog
Huawei Live Blog
Samsung Live Blog
Sony Live Blog
Gionee Live Blog
Xiaomi Live Blog

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  • Shadow7037932 - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    I always look forward to the AnandTech podcast. Gonna listen to this on the way home from work today.
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    I had no idea Anandtech has a podcast! Or that my phone would allow me to keep listening to it from other tabs and apps.

    "We clocked up 45.4km on foot during the week, averaging around five hours sleep and one meal a day to be able to see everyone of interest."

    Was delivery not an option?! How did you stay awake, by making your blood 10% coffee?
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    I'm not sold on LG's G5. Yes, it's metal now, but it's hideous. Seems like a step sideways, not forwards! And a 5.5" screen is still not something I'd touch.

    High impedance support on the upgraded DAC would be interesting. Not $180 interesting. Especially not with cans that'd cost as much as that accessory.

    Ian, given you showed up to MWC with a no-name phone, did you get any odd reactions? Did you feel out of your element at all? MWC seems odd to send you to. It'd be like sending an iPhone gamer to E3.
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    This is my third MWC, and the last two years were just Andrei and I on the ground. Josh and Brandon are typically busy in the last week of February, plus Andrei and I are closest to the show anyway, being on the same continent at least so it doesn't cost an ARM and a leg to send us by comparison.

    For sure I'm not a smartphone reviewer by trade, but for the past few years I've covered all the launches that happen in the UK, I attend events like ARM's Tech Days on new microarchitectures because Cambridge is just up the road, Mediatek's Analyst Forum events always seem to be in London, and I have Imagination right around the corner. In that time I've written one full smartphone review and a couple of 'A month with' pieces, along with news over the years and things like our recent trip to Huawei in China.

    If I had to take on smartphones full time, I could argue that it's just a stones throw away from a lot of the CPU stuff I already do, just with a different focus on mobility that requires thought I haven't necessarily put into certain things. Having been in meetings with Anand at first then Andrei, I just listen in on the technical side and absorb information, but I also ask about more marketing/sales things like reach, response, research and market. At some of these events, I'm still there plowing questions to the PR/technical about the hardware to the bemusement of most tech press.

    I also play a role on the business side of things at these events, introducing new teams and contacts to who or what AnandTech is, describing our unique role in the ecosystem and how to build new bridges for different content on stuff we've either wanted to do for a while (e.g. Sony), or need to invest more resources in (e.g. Enterprise).

    I wear many hats. I'm sure if I wasn't already on the PC side, I'd happily pursue the smartphone space in a more permanent role, just as Ryan probably would. However we have three super awesome and super smart editors already going above and beyond, so I'm just happy to be a minor link in that chain when needed, such as UK launches, company relations and events like MWC.

    As for my no-name Cubot H1 phone, I'm actually testing another right now. I experienced interest at SuperComputing 2015/CES 2016 on the Cubot, namely the tradeoff in battery life for performance was the main question. The only people who guessed the right price and laughed were ARM executives :)
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    "Doesn't cost an ARM and a leg"


    Thank you for the detailed response!
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    By being ill-ish for the next two days :) I'm almost back to normal... whatever normal is...
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Ooh my sympathies! Thanks for suffering through MWC to the delight of a grateful readership!
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    I am really worried about the Snapdragon 820 and it's prevalence. The 810 was mediocre and the 820 seems no different.

    Sammy's 7420 on the other hand is one helluva SoC (if charitably called lackluster in GPU performance) and it sold me on big.LITTLE configs.

    The S6(e) to S7(e) could end up an SoC downgrade, and that's a big concern for me.
  • Space Jam - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    (7420 to 820 could be a downgrade)
  • tuxRoller - Monday, February 29, 2016 - link

    Both the snapdragon 820 and the exynos 8890 look to be running hot from AT's early coverage.

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