MWC 2017: What went on

MWC 2017: What went on [Image: diego_cervo via iStock]

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 has been a particularly fascinating showcase, with hugely important new phones being unveiled.

There were discussions about 5G, the Internet of Things and everything else the new devices will be able to do. But there was no announcement from Samsung about the upcoming Galaxy S8 and one of the biggest phones to be released was a relaunch of a 17-year-old device, making it an unusual show indeed.

So what were the most important things that happened at MWC 2017?

Phones

Huge new devices were announced by companies like LG, Huawei and Nokia.

LG will be releasing its G6, which is notable for its exceptionally slim bezel, allowing its screen to dominate the device. And the screen is something quite special. At 5.7 inches, it’s one of the biggest on the market.

Huawei announced its P10 and P10 Plus phones, which have been co-engineered with camera manufacturer Leica. As expected, the cameras are the big attraction on the phones, with the rear one featuring a 20MP monochrome sensor paired with a 12MP RGB sensor.

The big headlines were reserved for Nokia, though, who announced that it would be releasing a new version of its 2000 classic the 3310.

Nokia has relaunched the feature phone in new colours and with an updated version of everyone’s favourite mobile phone game: Snake. You won’t be able to buy any apps, however, and you’ll have to push physical buttons if you want to text anyone. Will this matter to those of us who fondly remember what was likely their first phone? Probably not.

5G

Although noticeably absent in the smartphone arena, Samsung did reveal a number of 5G innovations.

These include consumer devices for fixed wireless access connectivity, a 5G Radio Base Station (5G Access Unit), Next-Generation Core Network infrastructure, among others.

Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, executive vice-president and head of the next generation communications business team at Samsung, said: “Samsung has been focused on 5G R&D for nearly half a decade, and this portfolio launch represents the culmination of a lot of hard work and industry engagement.

“With pre-commercial deployment of our 5G products already underway in the US, we're starting to see some of the earliest evidence of the potential for new and compelling 5G-driven services – it will be exciting to see it evolve as we move forward on our roadmap.”

Extras

As well as the phones and features discussed and showcased, there were extra products on display at MWC 2017.

One of the most interesting is Sony’s Xperia Touch tablet projector. It can project the display onto surfaces, giving you a tablet that you and your friends can all use together. However, there has been criticism that it’s not portable enough and that the display is too dark. It’ll be interesting to see whether Sony further develops this concept.

The Kado Wallet is also a great concept. Saying it wants to produce the world’s thinnest chargers, Kado showed off its aptly named Wallet. The thickness of just three credit cards, with prongs that fold out to plug into a power point, it can deliver up to ten watts.