Mobile World Congress: New Phones, Ways To Connect

High-end smartphones from Samsung and HTC have gotten much of the attention at this week's wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, but cheaper options are coming from Microsoft, Lenovo and others too. Meanwhile, Google and Facebook are working on giving people more ways to use those devices.

Here's a look at what's been unveiled so far at the Mobile World Congress show, which opened Monday and runs through Thursday:

At the High End:

Samsung Electronics Co. announced the Galaxy S6 phones, with an improved camera and a more stylish design that ditches plastic for metal and glass. When the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came out last fall, Apple eliminated a big reason for buying Samsung phones: The new iPhones were bigger and closely matched Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones in size. Now, Samsung is trying to catch up to Apple's camera and design.

Samsung's new premium model, the Galaxy S6 Edge, has curved displays for viewing information from the side. Both S6 phones will have mobile-payment capabilities, as Samsung prepares for a summer launch of its rival to Apple Pay.

HTC Corp. also announced an update to its HTC One phone. Known as M9, the new model will have a better camera, while keeping a metal design and polished finish. Previous HTC One phones took 4 megapixel images, as HTC focused instead on the camera's low-light capabilities. But many shots in normal light ended up looking dull. The phone's main camera will now be 20 megapixels.

Prices for the HTC One and the main S6 phone will likely be in the $600 to $700 range -- on par with the iPhone 6 -- when they go on sale in the U.S. and other markets this spring. The S6 Edge will cost more, likely by at least $100. Wireless carriers will likely offer steep discounts with two-year service...

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