At the recently concluded MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, Spain, we saw smartphone brands announcing their latest phones for the year 2017 packed with several innovative features. Brands such as LG, Huawei, Blackberry, Sony unveiled their flagship phones, whereas Motorola and some other brands upgraded their mid-range lineup.
The MWC 2017 also saw the return of Finnish vendor, Nokia returning to the global market with three Android phones and one iconic feature phone. Here’s a complete list of smartphones announced at the MWC 2017 last week.
1) Blackberry KEYone
The Mobile World Congress 2017 kickstarted with Blackberry’s announcement of their KEYone smartphone with old-style keyboard design. The Blackberry KEYone was showcased at the CES 2017 tech show in Las Vegas, but the company chose not to reveal the specs of the phone. The Blackberry KEYone sports a 4.5-inch FHD display with a keyboard that has a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar of the phone. At the heart of the phone, there’s the Snapdragon 625 chipset, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone is priced at $549 and will start shipping in April 2017. Check out the complete list of product specifications here.
2) LG G6
LG’s flagship phone, the LG G6 was announced at the MWC 2017, and it is much better than the LG G5, which was widely regarded as the modular mess. With the G6, the company is concentrating on delivering a smartphone with a large display with small aesthetics. The LG G6 sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 530 GPU. The phone comes with dual rear cameras of 13MP. Up front, the phone comes with a 5MP camera. The phone boots Android Nougat based LG UX 6.0 and had a bigger 3300mAh battery.
3) Huawei P1o, P10 Plus
Chinese smartphone vendor, Huawei also announced their first flagship phone for the year 2017 and it is the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus comes with almost similar specifications but has some noticeable changes. The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch display, whereas the P10 Plus boasts of a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The other difference between the two phones is the battery capacity. The P10 is crammed with a 3200mAh battery, and the P10 Plus comes with a bigger 3750mAh battery.
Both the phones are powered by Huawei’s in-house octa-core Kirin 960 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The highlight feature of both phones is the dual rear camera of one 20MP sensor that captures monochrome sensor, and the other 12MP sensor captures regular shots. Both the phones come with a fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button of the phones.
4) Motorola Moto G5, G5 Plus
While all of the above-mentioned phones are of flagship ones, Motorola came out with mid-range offerings in the form of Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5, as the name itself, suggests is the smaller variant of the two with 5-inch FHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The phone has a 13MP rear camera along with an 8MP sensor at the front. The Moto G5 is armed with a 2800mAh battery.
The Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, comes with a 5.2-inch FHD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM. The phone has a bigger battery with 3000mAh capacity. The Moto G5 Plus uses the same camera sensor like the Samsung Galaxy S7 of 12MP and also has an 8MP front-facing camera. Both the phones boot Android Nougat out-of-the-box.
5) Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3310 (2017)
Finnish smartphone vendor, Nokia is back with a bang at the MWC 2017 event under the new leadership of HMD Global, which incidentally is also a Finnish startup company. At the event, Nokia announced two Android smartphones: Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 and the old-age Nokia 3310 feature phone. Nokia also announced the global variant of the Nokia 6, which was exclusive to Chinese market till date. Take a look at our Nokia coverage from the MWC 2017 event.
6) Gionee A1, A1 Plus
Chinese smartphone firm, Gionee also announced two smartphones at the MWC 2017: Gionee A1 and A1 Plus. The Gionee A1 is the smaller one of the two and boasts of a 5.5-inch FHD display, octa-core MediaTek Helo P10 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and 13MP rear camera. The phone is backed by a massive 4010mAh battery that also has support for fast charging.
The Gionee A1 Plus is the bigger phone with a 6-inch FHD display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset, clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The A1 Plus has the same camera setup of Gionee A1 with 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing one. That said, Gionee has gone with a massive 4550mAh battery with support for fast charging in the A1 Plus.
7) Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZs, XA1, and XA1 Ultra
Sony has announced four new smartphones at the MWC 2017 event. However, the standout one among the four phones is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which is the world’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR display and Snapdragon 835 SoC. For the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony has manufactured a new camera sensor that has the capability to capture videos at 960fps. The phone has a 19MP rear-facing sensor and a 13MP front-facing camera.
The Xperia XZs is the upgraded variant of the Xperia XZ, which was released six months ago. The phone retains the same display of 5.2-inch FHD panel from the Xperia XZ and uses the same camera sensor as the Xperia XZ Premium. The phone comes with a 2900mAh battery.
Sony also announced two other smartphones under the new Xperia XA series, namely, the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. Both the phones have similar specifications under-the-hood, but the differences can be seen in the display size and battery capacities.
The Xperia XA1 comes with a 5-inch display and 2300mAh battery, whereas the XA1 Ultra has a 5.5-inch display and 2700mAh battery. Both the phones are powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 SoC, which is an octa-core chip and comes with a 23MP rear facing camera along with an 8MP front-facing unit.