MWC 2017: Phones and gadgets announced so far
Mobile World Congress 2017
News is flooding out of Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Smartphone giants are taking to the show to reveal their latest flagships for the year, along with new hardware they hope you buy in 2017. Here are the biggest announcements from the show...
LG took to the show to announce the LG G6, its next flagship smartphone. The LG G6 features a 5.7-inch display, running Android 7.0 Nougat. It features an internal central aluminum plate that extends out to an aluminum frame, but the front and back are made of glass. The LG G6 adds water proofing and wireless charging.
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- Display: 5.7 inch 18:9 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution, 564 ppi
- Operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
- RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 32 GB internal storage with microSD storage card
- Cameras: 13 megapixel wide angle f2.4/125 degrees and 13 megapixel standard f1.8/71 degrees dual rear cameras. 5 megapixel front facing wide angle f2.2/100 degrees camera
- Wireless technology: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, NFC
- Water resistance: IP68 dust and water resistant rating
- Battery: 3,300 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging (US) technologies
- Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm and 163 grams
- Colors: Ice Platinum / Mystic White (not in US) / Astro Black
BlackBerry hardware partner TCL announced the BlackBerry KEYone -- a throwback to old BlackBerry's with the infamous QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry KEYone is a 4.5-inch handset featuring BlackBerry's DTEK security software and Android 7.1 Nougat. In 2017, the physical keyboard adds a fingerprint scanner into the space bar.
- 4.5-inch display (1620x1080 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass
- 2GHz octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
- 3505mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera with wide-angle lens
- 12-megapixel rear-facing camera
- Fingerprint sensor built into keyboard spacebar
- 32GB of on-board storage
- 3GB of RAM
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung didn't use the world's largest mobile conference for a smartphone announcement. Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S3, featuring an HDR-ready display and glass design.
Specifications of the Galaxy Tab S3:
- Dimensions: 237.3 x 169.0 x 6.0 mm
- Display: 9.7-inch Super AMOLED (2048x1536) w/HDR playback support
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- Storage: 32 GB with microSD support up to 256 GB
- Memory: 4 GB
- Camera: 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel front-facing
- Video: 4K UDH at 30 fps
- Ports: USB Type-C
- Fingerprint: Yes
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE optional, GPS
- Battery: 6,000 milliamp-hour w/Fast Charging
- Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
- Samsung Services: Samsung S-Pen, Samsung Air Command, Samsung Flow, Samsung Smart Switch
Samsung also announced a pair of Windows 10-powered Galaxy Books as a direct competitor to Microsoft's Surface Pro all-in-one lineup.
Nokia is back
Nokia via its hardware partner HMD Global announced their top-line Android phone, the Nokia 6, and a new set of mid-range handsets for those shopping on a budget. The Nokia 3310 is a retro handset announced at the show, that features a 2.4-inch display, one month of battery life, and a retro keyboard.
Galaxy S8 tease
At the end of the Galaxy Tab S3 announcement, Samsung revealed when the Galaxy S8 will be revealed: March 29 in New York City. Of course, specific details about the new flagship were light.
Samsung's new Gear VR
Lenovo Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Lenovo's Moto unit announced the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC. Both smartphones feature 5.2-inch displays and splash-resistant designs. The Plus model adds beefier specifications like faster performance, 12-megapixel dual-camera, and larger battery.
Huawei Watch 2
Huawei unveiled a duo of new smartwatches, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 classic. The two new smartwatches feature a 1.2-inch 390x390 326ppi circular display, a Qualcomm 1.1GHz CPU; 4GB of Flash memory, 768MB of RAM, GPS, 2.4GHz Bluetooth, and more. Huawei's Watch 2 comes in orange, black, and grey with a sport strap, while the Watch 2 Classic comes in grey with a leather strap.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus
Huawei's new flagship smartphone lineup, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, don't shy away from impressive hardware. Both models feature two 20-megapixel Leica cameras on the rear, with 3D face detection and other features for an increase bokeh-style effect on images.
ZTE's '5uper Generation' smartphone
ZTE announced a Gigabit Phone, boasting downloading speeds of up to 1Gbps, gearing up for the 5G revolution. The ZTE Gigabit Phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Six months after the Xperia XZ's launch, Sony announced the Xperia XZ Premium. The new 5.5-inch flagship features 4K high dynamic range (HDR) display, and Sony's motion Eye camera that can capture and playback slow motion video at 960 frames per second.
Sony Xperia Touch projector
Sony's Xperia Touch projector turns any wall or table a 23-inch HD touchscreen. First shown at CES, Sony used MWC to reveal the touch-capable projector will retail for about €1,499 (£1,276, $1,586), although prices may vary in each market.