Mobile World Congress started with bang last week. Mobile World Congress 2017 saw a whole stack of new smartphones, tablets and other devices launched during its time in Barcelona.
Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Nokia and other mobile manufacturers have announced gadgets for the coming months and I was very excited about this one of the biggest tech event.
So here’s everything you need to know about MWC 2017 and the smartphones, smartwatches and other devices appearing at the show.
Mobile World Congress 2017 was from 27 February to 3 March. These are the days that the show itself was open, the press days – where the big announcements were made – fell before this.
Sunday 26 February was the big launch day therefore and we saw many of the devices detailed below during that day.
Highlights from MWC 2017:-
1. Nokia 3310
2. Nokia 5
3. Nokia 6
4. Moto G5 plus
5. Moto G5
7. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
8. Huawei P10
9. Huawei P10 Plus
10. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
Nokia made great comeback this year selling there 9000 thousand units in 10 seconds in pre-orders in China. Nokia was one of the biggest tech giants from phone industry before the entry of Android in phone market. But after shutting down for HMD Global is back with brand Nokia. Nokia being one of the big highlight from MWC 2017 they didn’t disappoint us on its comeback.
Nokia re-introduced legendary Nokia 3310 with some new features and whole new avatar. But it’s having all features including Snake game but lack connectivity features like 3G support as Nokia said it is very basic feature phone made for calls, texts.
Along with Nokia 3310, HMD Global also launched the three other smartphones Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6. They are budget smartphones ranging from 10-18k. Overall MWC 2017 was great for Nokia from Nokia’s point of view.
Motorola was rumoured to be unveiling the Moto G5 handset during owner Lenovo’s press conference and it didn’t disappoint.
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were both launched in the budget phone space, but with premium tech that belies their price point.
The G5 has a metal body, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor and 3GB of RAM. There’s a 2,800mAh battery inside, plus a 5-inch Full HD display and 13-megapixel front camera.
Its larger sibling has a 5.2-inch Full HD display instead, with a faster 2.0GHz octa-core processor and bigger 3,000mAh battery.
Prices start at just 14k(approx.) for the Moto G5, so it seems that Motorola has done it again in budget to compete with Xiaomi phones.
LG launched G6 at MWC press conference as we expected. LG G6 vibes with the processor ia Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, which is supported by 4GB of RAM so every indication is that it will move like the clappers. The rear camera is made up of two lenses with a 13-megapixel sensor. One of them is wide-angle.
It is a 5.7-inch 18:9 device with a 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution. It is also the first phone with Dolby Vision HDR support to offer better contrast and a wider colour gamut for video playback. It’s new flagship device from LG and seems it won’t be flop like LG G5.
Sony usually launches its smartphones at MWC and this year’s event has been no different. It has announced four models in the premium and mid range bracket.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is top of the tree. It has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display, 19-megapixel rear “Motion Eye” camera and a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with water and dust proofing to a high standard.
The Sony Xperia XZs is an upgrade on the existing XZ and also sports the Motion Eye camera and 4GB of RAM. It’s a 5.2-inch Full HD device, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 2,900mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra are mid-range handsets with 5-inch and 6-inch displays respectively. The XA1 has a 720p screen while the XA1 Ultra’s is Full HD. They both have an impressive 23-megapixel rear camera however, and octa-core MediaTek processors.
Huawei has a mixed history with MWC, often using the conference to launch new devices, but not always the new flagship, which often gets its own, large, launch event a month later.
However, this year it decided to use the event to unveil the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones, weighing in at 5.1 and 5.5-inches respectively. They both run on the latest Kirin 960 octa-core processor, and come with stacks of graphical power for palm-sized devices.
They also each come with Huawei’s Dual Camera tech.
Huawei also announced the Huawei Watch 2, which runs on Android Wear 2.0 and comes in Classic and Sports formats. They also add GPS functionality, so you can go on a run without the need of a smartphone in your pocket. A Porsche Design Huawei Watch is also on its way.
Samsung wasn’t expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 – that is looking more likely to make an appearance at a separate event in March. Instead, it used its press conference on Sunday 26 February to launch the Galaxy Tab S3, a new premium Android tablet with an included S Pen stylus.
The company is also taking on Microsoft and the Surface Book with its own Galaxy Book 2-in-1 tablets/laptops. There will be two sizes available – 10.6 and 12-inches – and both Windows 10 devices come with a detachable keyboard to switch them between notebook and slates. They also come with Intel processors inside and can be used with an optional S Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Book is two sizes of full Windows experience with a keyboard, throw your laptop away.
Finally, Samsung has unveiled a new version of the Gear VR headset which comes with a dedicated touchpad controller.
Google always has a good time at MWC, using it as an opportunity to show off all its Android partners and at MWC 2017, it introduced the fun Android pin badges for attendees to collect.
But the real announcement was about Google Assistant, sharing the news that the service would be pushed out to all Android phones running Nougat or Marshmallow. This should mean that the majority of recent devices will be getting the service in the coming weeks.
Qualcomm underpins a lot of the technology in modern mobile devices and the company is looking to reinforce the position of Snapdragon 835 as the chipset of choice in mobile devices, including VR, which it demoed on its stand.
It made several other announcements during MWC 2017 too. It is working extensively on trials for 5G networks, partnering with different carriers and manufacturers to bring through the next generation for mobile data.
And Qualcomm has highlighted the rise is adoption of Bluetooth aptX HD for high resolution audio support.
So here’s everything from MWC 2017 you should know.
Thanks for reading.