Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

New Phones Make Debut at Day 1 of Mobile World Congress

New Phones Make Debut at Day 1 of Mobile World Congress

We've heard that the phone was the talk of the Mobile World Congress because it's a nostalgia play.

I have trawled through the hype and pulled out what I believe to be the most significant components of MWC for 2017.

Products of Chinese companies have aroused great interest among visitors of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the most important event of the mobile phone industry.

Operating through HMD Global; a Finnish based smartphone maker, on Monday this week unveiled five new Nokia Android smartphones; Nokia 6 (was first launched in China and limited to the Chinese Market then re-launched in Barcelona), Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and a revamped version of the iconic Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 which is now happening in Barcelona. Significantly, over a quarter (27 per cent) of recipients said they would be more likely to purchase a Nokia phone due to the campaign, a figure that rises to over a third (37 per cent) among the millennial demographic (18-34 year olds). Mind you, the new Nokia 3310 won't be released in the U.S., at least not in the near future.

The phone is built on the S30+ operating platform (developed by MediaTek for Nokia) and offers all the basic features you'd expect including voice and text messaging, Internet browsing (via the Opera Mini browsers), music listening, a camera, two SIM slots and of course Snake.

Perhaps, one major feature which the world expected to have been thrown into extinction still found relevance in the flagship devices which were announced at the show. Nokia 3, along with the 5 and 6 will be in Android Nougat and Google Assistant.

All the three smartphones also have a microSD slot to upgrade the memory to up to 128GB. Everyone was relieved to find out that LG G6 will not feature the same modular design that was used on the previous LG G5.

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Mobile World Congress is no doubt one of the biggest events of gadget manufacturers and other electronics companies around the world.

LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch LCD (1440 x 2880), is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC, sports a 13MP dual-camera (one normal and one wide lens) setup on the rear and 5MP wide-lens front camera.

Both, the P10 and P10 Plus, run on Kirin 960 octa-core SoC which clocks at speeds up to 2.4GHz. The new 19 megapixel "Motion Eye" camera is capable of producing slow motion video at frame-rates unheard of before in a smartphone - 960fps (at 720p resolution).

They can compete on camera quality, display sizes (including the breadth of a bezel), and features like dust-free and waterproof.

The race to add "depth" to cameras might also be shaping up as a new thing. The P10 Plus gets a bigger 3,750mAh battery.

The highlight feature on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is its 4K HDR display. In case you missed it, the LG G6 comes with a metal and glass body that is MIL-STD-810G certified and a 5.7-inch QHD+ LCD display screen.

The LG G6 is definitely a solid improvement over the G5, and arguably a better looking phone than the otherwise very similar Pixel XL, but it's got some very stiff competition from both below, where mid-range phones are starting to get very good, and from above with contenders like the upcoming Galaxy S8 or Sony's Xperia XZ Premium.

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