The highlights of the biggest phone show of the year are certainly new smartphone launches from almost all of the biggest Android OEMs. This year is no different. At the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017), we saw announcements by LG, Nokia, Huawei, Gionee and more.
The biggest announcement is probably the LG G6, the latest flagship smartphone by LG. It’s the first phone besides the Google Pixel to come with Google Assistant baked in. It sets itself apart from the competition with distinct looks, small bezels and rounded corners, we definitely like.
The LG G6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage expandable with a microSD card slot, a rear fingerprint sensor that also serves as the power button, and Android Nougat. Read up more about the LG G6 in our detailed hands-on coming soon
Blackberry’s back (well, kinda) with a new smartphone, the Blackberry KeyOne. This is an Android smartphone with all the security and features of a Blackberry. The Blackberry KeyOne includes a hardware keyboard below its 4.5-inch display. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, an 8MP front facing sensor, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.
Gionee unveiled the A1 and A1 Plus smartphones. The best features of the A1 and A1 Plus are speedy charging coupled with large batteries (a fine combination) and great cameras. The Gionee A1 is power packed with a 4010 mAh battery and the Gionee A1 Plus has an even better 4550 mAh battery.
The Gionee A1 has a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card. The Gionee A1 Plus has 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, backed by a MediaTek Helio P25 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card.
Also Read: First Look: Gionee A1, A1 Plus
Huawei showcased its latest flagship phones at the Mobile World Congress, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. The Huawei P10 has a smaller 5.1-inch screen while the Huawei P10 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen. Both offer a Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, 4 GB RAM in the P10 and 6 GB RAM in the P10 Plus. The Plus has 128 GB storage space, double of what’s in the P10. The battery sizes are 3200 mAh and 3750 mAh in the P10 and P10 Plus respectively.
Huawei’s main focus is the Leica-branded twin rear and front cameras. Both models feature 20MP and 12 MP rear cameras to create a lovely bokeh effect. The front camera is an impressive 8 MP Leica camera as well.
We previously mentioned Moto Z mods (watch it here) which are really cool but the latest from Lenovo Moto at Mobile World Congress 2017 are the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. The Moto G line are loved by many, thanks to its regularly updated stock Android ROMs and the Moto G5 series continues down that path, now with a metal chassis, way better than the previous plastic iterations.
The Moto G5 and G5 Plus have Full HD 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively. The Moto G5 is powered by a Snapdragon 430 while the G5 Plus features the Snapdragon 625. The 12MP camera on the G5 Plus comes with a f/1.7 aperture, and dual autofocus pixels. The Moto G5 has a 13MP camera with a f/2.0 lens. Both phones have the same 5MP front camera.
Both phones support fast charging, with a removable 2800mAh battery in the Moto G5 while there’s a non-removable 3000 mAh battery in the G5 Plus. The Moto G5 has a 10W TurboCharge charger and the G5 Plus has a 15W TurboCharge adapter. Value for money indeed.
The comeback of the Nokia 3310 feels as bittersweet as meeting a long lost who has changed considerably. To those who thrive on nostalgia and old-school charm, this one is a sure-shot winner. However, those of us who have moved on with time and are in tune with everything that is progressive and up in the future might feel the pinch of a lacking level of thrill or excitement. All said and done, it is great for keeps but our modern ways have sunk their claws so deep within us, we may find it a little hard to love the 3310 all over again. Read more about this vintage, turned modern version of the Nokia 3310 here.