Mobile World Congress 2017 hasn’t been as jazzy a show as last year or the year before that, especially because of the lack of flagships being launched at the Barcelona event this year.
Samsung, who in the past had made MWC their home ground for launching the flagship Galaxy S series devices, have backed out of their usual routine and will be launching the Galaxy S8 on March 29, 2017, in New York.
At MWC 2017, there were companies making a comeback into the smartphone business as well as few others building upon their success and they weren’t half as bad to warrant such a dull response.
Here we’re going to talk about what was the most interesting device launches at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Nokia 3310, 3, 5 and 6
The reprise of the Nokia brand was one of the highlights at Mobile World Congress this year as HMD launched four Nokia-branded devices — a feature phone and three smartphones.
The Nokia 3310 has 16MB of built-in memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card, sports a 2MP camera with LED flash, a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a 1200mAh battery.
The device supports MP3 playback, FM Radio and also features an updated version of the Snake game.
The company also launched three smartphones — Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. The latter two are scaled down versions of the Nokia 6.
The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC, features 4GB RAM, 64GB built-in storage (with a 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant also available), sports a 16MP rear and 8MP front camera, backed by 3000mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat.
The Nokia 5 comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC, features 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, sports a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera, backed by 3000mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat.
The Nokia 3 comes with a 5-inch HD display, powered by Mediatek MTK 6737 SoC, features 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, sports a 8MP front and rear camera, backed by 2650mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat.
All the three smartphones also have a microSD slot to upgrade the memory to up to 128GB.
The company has put a lot of innovation in both the device’s camera tech as they get a Leica dual-camera for its rear snapper with a 12MP unit and another 20MP monochrome unit.
The only difference in their camera unit is that while the P10 gets Leica Dual-camera 2.0, the P10 Plus gets Leica Dual-camera 2.0 Pro edition.
In an industry first, the 8MP front camera also gets a Leica lens.
While the P10 gets a 5.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display at 432ppi, the P10 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch display at 540ppi and a 2K screen resolution (2560 x 1440).
Both the devices come with 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM, but the P10 Plus gets an option of a 128GB built-in storage with 6GB RAM.
The bigger P10 Plus is powered by a 3750mAh battery while the smaller P10 gets 3200mAh worth of juice. Both the devices run on Android Nougat.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Following a slow 2016, Sony has released its new flagship — the Xperia XZ Premium — which boasts of a lot of firsts for the smartphone world including the ability to shoot videos in slow-motion.
The device houses a 5.5-inch 4K display with Gorilla Glass 5, making it the first to boast of such a screen resolution in a smartphone.
The Xperia XZ Premium sports a 19MP camera with Motion Eye camera system, which lets users shoot images at a 5x faster speed. The device also gets a 13MP front camera. Both the cameras can shoot videos in 4K.
The Motion Eye also allows for 720p videos to be shot in 960 FPS — an industry first.
The device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 GPU and is backed by a 3230mAh battery unit.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium features 4GB RAM with 64GB of built-in storage which can be expanded to 256GB via a microSD card. The device is water resistant with an IP68 certification and the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button located on the side panel.
Although the device has got the specs right, but its finish — not so much. The glossy finish is prone to leaving fingerprint marks everytime you touch it as well as smudging.
Motorola G5 and G5 Plus
Lenovo-owned Motorola has added to its line of budget smartphones by unveiling the Moto G5 and a slightly beefier G5 Plus, which packs a little more underneath.
The G5 comes with a 5-inch Full HD display, powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC, features 3GB RAM with 32GB built-in storage (2GB RAM/16GB storage variant also available).
The device sports a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera; is backed by a 2800mAh battery unit and runs on Android Nougat.
The G5 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, features 4GB RAM with 64GB built-in storage (2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB variants also available).
The bigger cousin sports a 12MP rear and 5MP front camera; is backed by a 3000mAh battery unit and runs on Android Nougat.
Blackberry has finally made the much-anticipated comeback into the smartphone industry with the KEYone (known as Mercury previously) in association with their distribution partners — TCL and two other companies in Indonesia and the Indian sub-continent.
The company relaunched its iconic QWERTY keypad design alongwith a touch screen, but the keypad also doubles up as a touchpad. It is secured with BlackBerry’s own security software — considered to be one of the best in the world.
The device comes with a 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080) LCD, is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC, features 3GB RAM, 32GB of built-in storage which is expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card.
The BlackBerry KEYone sports a 12MP rear and 8MP front camera; is backed by a 3505mAh battery unit and runs on Android Nougat.
Apart from these devices, Oppo unveiled a prototype of their 5x optical zoom camera tech, which surprisingly doesn’t compromise on quality as well as fits into a slim device.
Sony has also launched lower-variants for its X series — Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra.
In addition to those, the company has also launched a projector called Xperia Touch, which can turn a plain surface into a 23-inch flatscreen — like a table — and it’s completely responsive to physical touch.
Another Sony launch is a concept earphone called Xperia Ear which does not hinder with your music experience while you’re aware of the ambient noises too.