MWC 2017: The Barcelona’s massive phone show
MWC 2017, or Mobile World Congress 2017 to give it its full name, is the world’s biggest phone show, and this year it’s happening right now — from February 27 to March 2,.
Many of 2017’s most high-profile handsets have been announced over the course of the show, including theSony Xperia X2, Huawei P10 and LG G6; but it’s not just phones that we’ll see, with tablets, smartwatches all getting an airing.
THE TOP LAUNCHES AT MWC
– LG G6
– Huawei P10
– Huawei P10 Plus
– Huawei Watch 2
– Huawei Watch 2 Classic
– Moto G5
– Moto G5 Plus
– Nokia 3310
– Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
– Samsung Galaxy Book
– Sony Xperia XZs
– Sony Xperia XZ Premium
– Sony XA1
– Sony XA1 Ultra
The launches of MWC 2017
All the phone, tablet and wearable launches of MWC so far…
The G6 is a possibly game-changing phone from LG, which has dialled back on innovation to deliver a simply solid handset.
LG X Power 2
LG’s new X Power 2 may offer great battery life and an attractive design, but it’s limited in storage and doesn’t feature a high-resolution screen.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
A strong phone from Sony with excellent innovation in the screen. However, it all depends on how much this monster of a phone will cost, and whether the streamed 4K footage actually looks good on here at all.
Sony Xperia XZs
The smaller of Sony’s new flagship phones does lack on specs in some respects, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing… it all depends on whether it comes with a correspondingly low price.
Sony Xperia XA1
the Sony Xperia XA1 is a great-looking phone on the table, and the low specs should equal a palatable, low price.
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is a massive phone, but one that operates well enough under one finger (if you can hold it straight, that is…)
The Moto G5 is being touted as a “premium for all” smartphone, but it won’t be launching in the US, unlike the slightly bigger Moto G5 Plus. Saying that, the Moto G5 is the budget phone with little compromise.
Moto G5 Plus
Moto’s good reputation in the budget phone market is likely to be furthered by the G5 Plus, It carries on the best traits from the G4 Plus, but improves upon it in some meaningful ways that could make it a no-brainer to purchase.
The Huawei P10 looks to be a great phone you’ll love if you’re upgrading from a two year old handset, but not much has changed here to keep true Huawei fans thrilled by the flagship line.
Huawei P10 Plus
While disappointing to see hardware specs making a re-re-reappearance, the Huawei P10 Plus is a bigger, slightly better version of the slick P10.
The Nokia 6 blends premium design, solid specs and an affordable price tag into a handset which could well put the brand back on the mobile map.
For the price, the Nokia 5 seems to offer an excellent selection of features, but it’s surrounded by equally capable handsets above and below it.
The Nokia 3 looks to be a strong budget offering and its stylish design and extremely low price tag could shake up the market. If you want more options, though, opt for the Nokia 5 or go premium with the Nokia 6.
Hands on: Nokia 3 review
For those who fondly remember the Nokia 3310 the new model will almost be a no-brainer of a purchase. Its low price, pleasing feature set and long battery life make it appealing for anyone looking for a back-up handset, festival phone or just a simple retro buy.
ZTE Blade V8 Lite
The ZTE Blade V8 Lite is true to its name, offering a smartphone that’s light on powerful specs but provides a more than adequately bright 1080p display. It’s going to be affordable when it launches in Italy, Germany and Spain, and it’s aiming to rival the Moto G5 with its budget-friendly features and design.
ZTE Blade V8 Mini
The ZTE V8 Mini Pro provides a quick upgrade to new software and features, with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard and a dual-lens camera that produces photos you can refocus. It has a budget-friendly Qualcommm chipset that makes it affordable if you’re on a tight budget.
The Haier L7 is a perfunctory addition to the unremarkable everyman ranks of upper middle range Android handsets.
The BlackBerry KeyOne has an odd name, odd design and is all round just a bit odd. The full physical keyboard will interest hardcore fans, but there are better Android phones on the market for the general public.
Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch 2 may fulfill your every need with its impressive suite of sensors and improved battery life, but the design may keep you waiting for what comes next.
Huawei Watch 2 Classic
The Huawei Watch 2 Classic is a stylish wearable, and a tempting option if you want to get Android Wear 2.0 on your wrist, prefer a more formal look than the Watch 2 and aren’t looking for extensive fitness features.
Sony Xperia Ear
It’s far too early to pass judgement on these new wearables, but while they’re still largely pointless at this stage the direction Sony is taking — making wearable accessories more useful and attractive — is a great thing to see.
Lenovo Tab 4
Lenovo’s new tablet range puts value ahead of tech specs, but its first-class design basically makes up for it. The line-up is missing a stand-out feature, but that’s about as bad as it gets here.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Tab S3 has a lot in common with 2015’s slate, with some good spec upgrades. The screen doesn’t look as bright as it could, but the new design and focus on productivity could pay dividends. However, Android still isn’t the best operating system for a tablet, and there’s not a lot Samsung can do to push past that.
Samsung Galaxy Book
The Galaxy Book appears to bring small, but meaningful updates to last year’s Tab Pro S, but we won’t know how it stands up to everyday tasks until the full review.
Porsche Design Book
The Book One is about as alluring as Ultrabooks come, pairing a stunning design with performance that will likely stack up with the leaders, like the Microsoft Surface Book. Keep your eyes on this one.
Sony Xperia Touch
A novel concept, but one we can’t see being too alluring in this iteration. However, make it slimmer, more portable and brighter, and there’s a lot to like about having a 23-inch tablet in your pocket at all times… Sony’s onto something here, but the Xperia Touch has a long way to go before this is a must-have product.