New Smartphones Announced at MWC 2017

By:Gabriella Santana Steyn

The Mobile World Congress has grown in stature over the pat few years and has created an ideal platform for handset manufacturers to launch all their new devices and all sorts of brand new technology. Many in this industry take advantage of this platform to also come together to talk about the future of mobile and technology.

This year, has been no different and handsets were launched in their droves so it could easily be missed. So here's a round up of the devices presented at this years MWC.

1. Blackberry Keyone

Blackberry made a comeback with it’s new Keyone. The BlackBerry KeyOne offers a touch and type option which allows a full Android experience through the display, paired with a traditional BlackBerry-style keyboard. This combination is set to be their best yet. Brand New to any blackberry is the phone’s fingerprint scanner key.

Image of Blackberry Spartphone Image by: TechRader

2. Samsung S8

Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t use the MWC to release the S8. The release date of the S8 and S8 Plus will be on the 29th of March 2017. Rumour has it that the 8Plus will be much larger than the S8 which is where the name comes from, The CNET Korea report suggests the screen dimensions of the S8 Plus will be 143.05mm diagonally, 131.58mm tall and 64.94mm wide but it doesn't provide the dimensions of the device itself, we will just have to wait and see when the big reveal happens.

3. Huawei P10 and P10 PLUS

The Huawei P10 weighs in at 5.1 inches and the P10 PLUS at 5.5 Inches. However, They both run on the latest Kirin 960 octa-core processor, come with stacks of graphical power and also come with Huawei's Dual Camera tech. The phones also come with a newly front-positioned fingerprint scanners. They both come in 8 different colour options but not available in all regions.

Huawei P10 image

4. LG G6

This phone was created for users who are all about the basics. The LG G6 has no new major changes in terms of technology but is water resistant and has a new design which consist of two sensors on the rear of the phone, above the round fingerprint sensor, which also acts as the power button. The phone no longer has a removable battery but has 32GB of onboard storage. A major addition to the phone was the of Dolby Vision / HDR 10 support for all manner of HDR content. LG told TechRadar that it's been working with Netflix and Amazon to bring that content to the mobile app which will allow you to watch movies and series in HD.

5. The Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Motorola is finally designing its top-ranked budget phone series, The Moto G5 with Android Nougat and Google Assistant to an affordable metal phone. The Moto G5 has a 5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage on the inside with a microSD card slot. However, depending what country you are in you could get the Moto G5 with 3GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the Moto G% is not VR( Virtual Reality) compatible.

The Moto G5 Plus, a slightly bigger version to the Moto G5. The G5 Plus also features Android Nougat, but adds a most useful App ,Google Assistant. The rear camera can also record video in 4K UHD at 30 frames per second and it has a longer battery life that can last 2 full days from a single charge.

6. Sony XZs and Sony XZ Premium

In terms of the difference between the XZs and XZ Premium, it's mostly the screen, chipset, design and battery size. The Xperia XZs is the compact phone with a Full HD 5.2-inch screen. The XZs has 4G of RAM. The camera upgrades, which include the Motion Eye sensor to take photos whenever movement is detected.

The Xperia XZ Premium has the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, the big 5.5-inch 4K display with HDR.

7. Nokia 6

Since the announcement of the Nokia 3310 making a comeback that most people haven’t noticed that Nokia released the 6. The Nokia 6 consists of a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery.

Nokia 6 Image

The wait for release

While these announcements are only a teaser of whats to come, we should see more news released on these devices in the coming months. No actual pricing have been released yet for any devices. Also for the latest from MWC 2017 remember to check out our updates on what went down at this year’s Mobile World Conference.

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While there is plenty more to digest and discuss from this years MWC we decided to hand pick what we thought were the highlights at this year’s event. If you want to know more about the conference or the latest mobile tech, contact us