MWC 2017 Barcelona : What to look forward to & live updates

The MWC 2017 is fast approaching and this time it is held in Barcelona.The yearly mobile congress is a great opportunity for the major manufacturers to unveil their new mobile innovations.

The MWC 17 will be held on Monday 27th February to Thursday 2nd March. The CES event which was held earlier this year was relatively light in announcements, therefore there’s a lot to be optimistic about next week.

So lets get straight to it, here’s what you can look forward to at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year.

Live Updates

Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Book and S8 release date revealed by Samsung

Galaxy Tab S3:

  •  9.7in  screen.
  • Runs Android 7.0.
  • Comes with the S-Pen stylus.

Galaxy Book:

  • comes in two sizes, 10.6in and 12in.
  • comes with detachable keyboard and S-Pen stylus.
  • Runs Windows 10.

Samsung also announced it’s new Gear VR headset and remote control. However the most important declaration by Samsung was related to the Galaxy S8, Samsung gave us a date ( 29th of March) of when it will reveal it’s long awaited smartphone.

Lenovo announces the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus

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© Lenovo

The Moto G5 will be equipped with a 5-inch Full HD display, a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage (expandable via micro SD to 128 GB) A photo module of 13 Mp on the back and 5 Mpx on the front, a battery of 2800 mAh compatible with fast charging. It also has a front facing finger print reader.

The Moto G5 Plus has the same design, with a domed back and a metal shell, however it comes a 5.2-inch display (always Full HD), boosts the internal memory to 32 GB and the battery to 3000 mAh. The mobile chip is aG Snapdragon 625 clocked at 2.0 GHz. The Lenovo G5 is priced at 199 Euros whereas it’s bigger brother the G5 Plus will cost 279 euros.

Something we find strange about the G5 plus is that it has a lower resolution rear camera (12 mp) compared to 13 mp on the smaller G5. It also benefits obviously from a fingerprint reader and also supports two SIM cards.

Huawei P10, P10 Plus have been revealed

 

Both the P10 and the Leica branded dual camera. The front facing camera will be 20mp and the selfie camera will be 12 mp. Huawei’s new smartphones will come in a choice of two colours, Blue or Green.

The P10 will come with a 5.1″ 1080px display whiles the P10 Plus will get a larger 5.5″ WQHD display. Both phones will have Huawei’s Kirin 960 processor, the smaller P10 will get 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage whilst the P10 Plus gets 6GB of Ram and 128GB storage.

 

Nokia announces the modern 3310 as well the Nokia 6 

 

  • Colour Display
  • a 2-megapixel camera.
  • microSD slot.
  • Long battery life  31 days standby and 22 hours talk time.
  • Snake game returns
  • Web Browsing Ability

Nokia 6:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor.
  • 64GB of storage.
  • 4GB of RAM.
  • 16 mp camera with and an 8 mp rear facing camera.
  • Priced at 229 Euros

Nokia 5:

  • 13 mp camera and  8 mp selfie.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.
  • 2GB of RAM.
  • 16GB of storage.
  • Priced at 189 Euros

Nokia 3:

  • 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6737 quad-core processor.
  •  2GB of RAM.
  • 16GB of storage.
  • Priced at 139 Euros

LG reveals the all new G6

The main features of the G6 are:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
  •  32GB or 64GB of internal memory.
  • MicroSD expansion.
  • Comes with Google Assistant.
  • Water Resistant.
  • 4k video recording.
  • Quad HD display  (2,880 x 1,440).
  • 13 Megapixels rear facing camera and 5 mp for the selfie camera.

Blackberry KeyOne (Mercury) announced

Blackberry has now announced the Blackberry KeyOne which we previously mentioned as the Mercury. The highlight of the phone is by far the return of the traditional keyboard.

Other features include:

  • 1620 x 1080 screen resolution.
  • 12 megapixel camera with a Sony sensor.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.
  • Android Operating System.
  • Priced at $549 (roughly £440) and will launch in April.

BlackBerry

To present its new Mercury Phone (name not final) with physical keyboard, BlackBerry will hold a conference well ahead of the others as of Saturday the 25th.

LG

The LG G5 wasn’t a huge success, This is why the G6 which will be presented at the MWC 2017 will be very important for the manufacturer. The LG G6 is expected to adopt more conventional features such as a very large screen, dual photo sensor and a metal case.

Huawei

Huawei is expected to present 2 new smartphones, the P10 and the P10 Plus. Nothing truly revolutionary is expected, however, the manufacturer can consolidate its place among the leaders if the value for money is still there.

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© Huawei

Lenovo

Lenovo will launch the Moto G5 and G5 Plus to enhance its mid-range phones. There are also rumours that a new Moto X will be revealed.

Nokia (now acquired by HMD)

Nokia 3310

The MWC 2017 will be the occasion for Nokia, through the manufacturer HMD to make a comeback. HMD is set to release three new smartphones, the Nokia 3, 5 and 6. The big news is that all three smartphones will run on Android (Nougat 7.0) which is a first for Nokia phones.

However these upcoming Smartphones have all been shadowed by a certain legend, the Nokia 3310 which is set to make a comeback at the MWC this year.

Samsung

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© Samsung

Earlier this month we wrote an article about the potential announcement of the Galaxy S8 at the MWC 2017, however, after a lot of speculation it seems that the S8 won’t be revealed until later on this year. So it’s a safe bet that Samsung’s main announcement in Barcelona will be the Galaxy Tab S3.

Sony

Sony are set to add to their already large collection of Xperia smartphones as they are rumoured to announce the Xperia XA and Xperia XZ smartphones.

Wiko

Last year Wiko presented many new devices however the plan for this edition remains to be confirmed.

Teaser Image © Nokia

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