Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 has kicked off in Barcelona and will continue to run until March 2nd. Press day took place the day before it all began, with some of the most important names in phone manufacturing announcing the release of new devices.
Among those unveiling new devices are BlackBerry, Nokia, Huawei and LG. But what are their new phones offering?
Unveiling its new Android phone, BlackBerry kicked off MWC 2017 with the launch of the KEYone. It’s been garnering attention for its physical keyboard, bringing back a favourite aspect of BlackBerry fans.
It features a 4.5-inch, 3:2-aspect screen. It’s powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 3505mAh battery. It also comes with a 12MP rear camera and 32GB of built-in storage.
The KEYone is expected by analysts to appeal to fans of the brand who have wanted to see the return of the keyboard. It will also attract enterprises who want to buy in bulk due to BlackBerry’s secure software, which is strong enough for governments to make use of.
Nokia has announced a range of new devices and the return of an old favourite, which grabbed the headlines.
An updated 3310 has been relaunched. First released in 2000, the 3310 was one of the classic mobile phones during their evolution. Now, it has been re-released, with a basic Symbian operating system, an entire month’s battery life and even the most popular game of its era: Snake.
However, it’s the new smartphones that Nokia is pinning its future hopes on. The Nokia 6 is the flagship, featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and 3GB of RAM. The company also launched the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3, smaller devices but all running Android Nougat.
Following on from the P9 is the Huawei P10, which offers a few updates.
Perhaps the most obvious change is the fact the P10 now comes in eight colours choices, including blue, green and rose gold. Another physical change is the fingerprint sensor, which has now been moved to the front of the phone.
The fingerprint sensor is now a multi-tool too; you can integrate all of Android’s navigation within it, letting you tap to go back, hold to get to home and swipe left or right to bring up recent apps.
Featuring a Kirin 960 chipset, the Huawei P10 also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The camera is one of the big attractions, having been co-engineered with Leica. The P10 comes with are two sensors on the rear camera, one 20MP monochrome and one 12Mp RGB.
LG have launched a new smartphone with one of the thinnest bezels on the market in the G6. It will likely be released just ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 so it has the chance to gain a foothold.
The G6 will come with Android Nougat, a Snapdragon 821 processor, a 3200mAh battery and water resistance. It will also feature 4GB of RAM and Google Assistant, one of the most highly rated personal assistants out there.
LG has taken away the ability to remove the battery, which was present on the G5, in favour of keeping the design longer and thinner. It remains to be seen whether LG fans will be receptive to the concept.