Barcelona 27 Feb - 2 Mar 2017

5a. Best Smartphone
5b. Disruptive Device Innovation Award
5c. Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017

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5a. Best Smartphone

The Smartphone of the Year award, combining outstanding performance, innovation and leadership, as determined through assessment of Smartphones on the market during 2016, by world leading independent analysts, journalists and influencers.

5b. Disruptive Device Innovation Award

For core hardware and software innovation in all forms of connected, mobile-enabled devices, including leading edge hardware and software breakthroughs that advance user experiences as well as those that bring whole new capabilities and experiences to users, as determined and nominated by world leading independent analysts, journalists and influencers

5c Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017

For the best new Smartphone, wearable, consumer electronics or other connected mobile device launched in early 2017, which must be unveiled or launched at Mobile World Congress 2017, as determined by independent world leading analysts, journalists and influencers who will vote on new devices seen during the first three days of the event.

2016 Winners

Best Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Best New Handset, Tablet or Device at Mobile World Congress 2016: LG for the LG G5.

Key dates & Info

The Shortlists for Category 5 will be published in late January 2017.

All Winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 27th February – 2nd March 2017.

Process

Nominations for categories 5a, 5b and 5c are directly provided by and discussed among a panel of world leading independent journalists, analysts, and market influencers, who will shortlist, discuss and determine the ultimate winner based on a range of criteria including technology innovation, design excellence, outstanding performance and market leadership (see criteria, below).

Criteria

Our judges will nominate and select the shortlist for these categories, based on the following criteria:

5a Best Smartphone

  • Physical design & innovation
  • Device performance & form factors
  • Genuine New Innovation deployed e.g. in UI, form factor, technology, features
  • Product usefulness in terms of functionality and features
  • Simplicity of use – such as an intuitive user interface
  • Range of applications and features supported
  • Multi-Band support
  • Price point & perceived value for money
  • Market success in global territories
  • User experience, quality & reliability

5B DISRUPTIVE DEVICE INNOVATION

  • Genuine and radical advance in technology innovation
  • Brings new applications and uses as well as benefits to users
  • Overall performance, features & appeal
  • Device usefulness in terms of unique functionality and features
  • Unlocks potential new markets
  • Has great potential for either significant niches or for scale in the long term
  • Value, Quality, Robustness & Reliability
  • Potential or current success in the market
  • Mobile connectivity must play a key part
  • Must have been demonstrated, trialed or launched and not just as a concept
  • Overall has the potential to be a game changer

5c Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017

  • Physical design & innovation, form factor & device performance
  • Genuine New Innovation deployed e.g. in UI, form factor, technology, features
  • Product usefulness in terms of new functionality and features
  • Simplicity of use and range of applications and features supported
  • Price point & perceived value for money
  • Product can be a Smartphone, Wearable, Consumer Electronics or other Connected Mobile Device which must have been unveiled, launched or seen at MWC 2017
  • Devices that have, in the qualified opinion of the judges, the potential to be among the most successful in the market in 2017
  • Devices that are, in the opinion of the judges, potential game changers in terms of design, features, functionality, price or a combination of all.
  • Devices must be full working models demonstrated at MWC 2017 with full working functionality
  • Nominations from judges cannot be based on press announcements alone, concepts or prototypes