MWC 2017: 8 Device Launches You Can Expect

Mobile technology has come a long way in the past decade itself and each year several of the biggest mobile technology companies showcase their upcoming devices at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

Every year MWC witnesses several launches like smartphones, tablets, wearables and as the event approaches, we look at some potential digital advancements that might grace us at the tech event in Spain.

MWC 2017 is going to be no different as big players like Motorola, Sony, LG, Samsung, HTC, Huawei will be unveiling new devices as well as companies like Nokia and Blackberry are planning to make a comeback with their android smartphones.

“Over the past three decades, mobile has evolved from an emerging communications technology to a phenomenon that in now at the foundation of everything we do. It has inextricably changed how we communicated, interact, work and play as individuals,” Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA said. (GSMA runs MWC)

This event is good news for all those planning to buy a new device as a lot of them will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and you’ll get even more options than the market currently offers.

“The 2017 edition of Mobile World Congress will highlight just how elemental mobile has become in our everyday lives and the positive impact it is having for billions of people around the world,” he added.

Here are all the devices that you might get a glimpse of at the MWC 2017.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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The Korea-based tech giant has been teasing the tech world with press invite for MWC 2017 for several weeks, and since their chief has confirmed that their flagship Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t be launched at the event in Barcelona, people are looking forward towards the launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

The S3 is rumoured to have a curved display on either side, a dedicated button for Samsung’s in-house AI Bixby, 9.6-inch 2048 x 1536 AMOLED display, 12MP rear and a 5MP front camera, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, Snapdragon 820 SoC and will run on Android Nougat.

LG G6

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One of the highly anticipated devices at the event, LG’s upcoming G6 is going to feature a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, which will provide an added ease of multi-tasking with split screen view — making two perfect squares.

Apart from that, the G6 is going to feature an almost bezel-less design with a metal case, quad DAC for enhanced sound quality.

LG has cast aside the modular design found on the G5 as it failed to gain popularity. In addition to the metal case, water and dust proof features of the device will surely make it more durable than its rivals.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

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Huawei isn’t yet a big player globally but has made quite a name for themselves with devices that offer great value for money in their home country. Huawei is set to launch the successor to their P9 device, which will come in two variants and will feature dual-camera setup with Leica lens.

Reportedly, the P10 will feature a Kirin 960 SoC, 5.5-inch display, 3100mAh battery, and options of 4GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

The bigger model, P10 Plus, will sport a better Kirin 965 SoC, a slightly bigger display, 3650mAh battery, and options of 6GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

Nokia 3310 and other Android-based Devices

Rumour mills have been churning nostalgia for the past few weeks as far as Nokia is concerned as one of its iconic devices — the sturdy Nokia 3310 — has been tipped to make a comeback into the market as a feature phone.

There have been no speculations about the specifications of the reprised Nokia 3310 but it seems highly likely that the company will launch the device in the sub-Rs.3000 category.

Nokia had recently launched its comeback device, Nokia 6, in China, which received an amazing reception, selling hundreds of thousands of devices on the first day of sale. Nokia is expected to launch the Nokia 6 globally as well as introduced other model, currently being dubbed the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.

Blackberry Mercury

After giving us the first glimpse of the device during CES 2017, Blackberry will be unveiling its debut device into the Android ecosphere and it will feature the company’s trademark QWERTY keyboard.

Reminiscent of the good old-fashioned days, the new device has a full-blown QWERTY keypad below the touchscreen. The keypad looks glossy, giving it a mirror finish.

In a tweet in January, Steve Cistulli, a senior executive at TCL (North America), had released the first look of the upcoming Blackberry branded device and pointed out that more information about the device will be made available at MWC 2017.

Motorola G5 and G5 Plus

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Lenovo-owned Motorola has become a well-known name in making budget smartphones with great specifications and this year won’t be any different with the launch of G5 and G5 Plus.

Rumours have suggested the G5 will feature a 5-inch Full HD display, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, 2800mAh battery.

The G5 Plus gets a bigger 5.2-inch display, 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery, rear camera with dual autofocus pixels and a better Snapdragon 625 SoC as compared to G5’s 430 series SoC.

Both of these devices will run on Android Nougat.

Sony Xperia and HTC Flagship, Oppo ‘5x’ Rumoured

HTC

A flagship launch by Sony, adding to its Xperia series of devices, is highly anticipated as the company is holding a press conference on February 27 at MWC.

HTC U Ultra was recently launched by the company, but they maintain that the device isn’t their flagship, which is yet to be launched and with HTC holding a press conference at MWC 2017, we might just get a glimpse of the company’s next offering.

Currently, the leader in Chinese smartphone market, Oppo has been toying with smartphone enthusiasts with their ‘5x’ tech — which might have something to do with the camera. Camera advancements seem to be the smartphone manufacturer’s obsession.

Having lost their global head to Facebook, Xiaomi won’t make it to the MWC this year.

While the event is a hotspot for mobile launches, it also features technology surrounding Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), drones and robotics, among other things.

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