Mobile World Congress Kicks Off

Mobile World Congress Kicks Off
After months of anticipation, this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona is underway this week.

From a new thermal camera phone to HTC's long-awaited virtual reality headset, MWC 2016 has already had some major announcements and it's just getting started. The Cat S60, unveiled at MWC, is a first-of-its-kind smartphone with a built-in thermal camera. The smartphone features an embedded thermal camera from FLIR and can pick up heat and measure surface temperatures from up to 50 to 100 feet away, even through obscurants; the Cat S60 is also waterproof up to 5 meters. Outside of its durability, the smartphone features a 4.7 inch HD display, Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and runs Android Marshmallow; the device is priced at $599 and will launch later this year. HTC unveiled its Vive VR headset, finally announcing a release date and a price. The HTC Vive will cost $799 and pre-orders will start later this month, with the headset shipping in April. The headset is being pitched as a "complete VR solution" coming with two wireless VR controllers, head-tracking sensors, a built-in camera and phone, and two VR titles. HTC did not launch a smartphone at its press event.

LG and HP also had some announcements for the start of MWC 2016. LG announced its new modular G5 which packs a metal body, 5.3 inch quad HD display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a fingerprint scanner, and a removable bottom that allows users to add more battery, accessories, and add-ons to the device. LG also announced its own light VR headset. HP announced the Elite X3, a dual-SIM, 6 inch phablet that can be docked and work as a Windows 10 PC. The HP Elite X3's PC-like experience is powered by Windows 10's Continuum feature.

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