The world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress has come to an end. Every February over 100,000 attendees from 208 countries people come to Spain to get the latest and latest from smartphone companies.
This year’s MWC event will be memorable due to the return of Nokia and absence of Samsung, although its upcoming Galaxy S8 event was announced on the eve of the event. After the end of this huge event, we have brought you the top MWC stories and highlights. In no particular order, here’s the list of the best from the show.
The brand new LG’s flagship smartphone is bold bright and beautiful. The huge 5.7-inch HDR screen comes with almost no bezels along the edges, which means LG has managed to fit a massive display into a relatively compact device. The 18:9 ratio is put to good use by the camera and several compatible apps.
The Sony Xperia XZ premium is the first successful 4k handset with a 5.5-inch screen and having a resolution of 3840*2160 pixels (~807 ppi pixel density) revealed in MWC. Not only is the display 4K, the Xperia XZ Premium is coming with world’s 1st 4K HDR screen, while underneath, the device rocks the Snapdragon 835 chipset.
The other noticeable and game changing feature is the new 960fps slow-motion recording, which is part of Sony’s new camera sensor. There are also other noticeable features including predictive photography and Quick Charge 3.0.
The biggest tech announcements of MWC was the re-release of a 17-year old device. During the whole show, the Nokia 3310 stand was heaving with people. The most popular handsets of all time give it a few modern twists but bring backs the same old nostalgic feel. Some major features like Wi-Fi, GPS, touchscreen, an app store, or instant messaging is absent from the device. However, the feature phone will come with the camera, a color screen, MP3 support, and has a basic web browser. There’s also a dual-SIM card slot, and the legendary Snake game.
The trio of Android-powered phones was quite special too. The Nokia 6, 5, and 3 are all powered by Android 7.0 Nougat with minimal bloatware. The Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 is powered by Snapdragon 435 chipset, while the Nokia 3 houses a MediaTek chipset.
MWC 2017 only saw a few flagship phone announcements, but the Huawei P10 was one of our favorites. The handset uses the dual camera setup from Leica which resembles the Mate 9 and is expected to give LG G6 the run for its money. The company also unveiled the Huawei P10 Plus and Huawei Watch 2.
The Huawei P10 Plus offers Huawei’s Kirin 960 chipsets in a larger footprint with a 5.5” QHD screen bearing a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (540ppi pixel density).
Watch 2 of Huawei will ship with Android 2.0. The watch will be available in two different variants – the Watch 2 and the Classic – the former of which boasts LTE connectivity, meaning you could simply insert a 4G SIM card and start making and receiving calls/SMS.
We may have been hoping for a Galaxy S8 announcement from Samsung at MWC but we are pretty happy with the Galaxy Tab S3. The Tab S3 comes with quad speakers, while the specs it bears easily impress most of the enthusiasts. But the main highlight of the tablet is Samsung’s famous S-Pen. Combined with all the perks, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is one of the best in its category.
The two new budget smartphone from Lenovo(Motorola), the G5 and G5 Plus are the perfect companion for anyone looking for a budget phone with relatively high-spec phone. The entry level Moto G5 and upgrades Moto G5 plus make one important change over the G4 from last year, reverting back to a smaller 5-inch screen instead of the cumbersome 5.5-inch ones.
The moto G5 comes with an impressive 12MP sensor with dual pixel AF, f/1.7 aperture and 2160p video capture(the US only). And the upgraded version G5 plus is announced to boasts a Snapdragon 625 chipset, while it will feature an upgraded 13MP camera.
BlackBerry was relatively low key at MWC this year, but the business-focused phone manufacturer did offer up one new phone – the BlackBerry KeyOne. It features a 4.5-inch, 3:2-aspect screen and BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard below it. There’s also a 3505 mAh battery, 12MP rear camera and its all powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor.