A Guide To All The Newest Smartphones Just Recently Unveiled (So Far)
This year’s Mobile World Congress has officially started, and just like past year’s events, day one usually features lots of newly unveiled smartphones. 2017 is no exception to this, and tech fans no doubt already have some idea of the coolest ones to be announced. But for the benefit of those distracted by the Oscars, here is a rundown.
First and foremost is the G6, LG’s follow up to the G5. But unlike last year’s offering, the G6 does away with the modular design and gets back to basics. It features an extra tall display screen (dubbed FullVision) with an aspect ratio of 18:9, an almost bezel-less look, and water resistant features. The G6 is the first non-Pixel smartphone to come with Google Assistant, and the first smartphone ever to support Dolby Vision. It also supports HDR10 HDR standards.
Meet the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 Plus, the newest Moto devices from Lenovo. New Moto devices are always a treat, and Motorola and Lenovo have done a great job delivering overall consistent quality in their Moto lineup of devices. That should continue with the newest additions to the crew.
Huawei introduced its Leica branded P10 and P10 Plus flagship devices. The P10 devices are dual camera smartphone offerings, which will further intensify competition in a market already starting to get flooded with dual camera smartphones.
HMD has brought back a Nokia classic, the 3310, and updates it for the late 2010s (but retains Snake). It is clearly an offering for nostalgic folks and mostly, it succeeds. Specs include: Two Micro SIM slots, curved window with polarised layer for better readability in sunlight, 2Mpxl camera with LED flash, MicroSD card support up to 32 GB, and a LED torchlight. Also, HMD also debuted a couple of Android powered Nokia devices -- the Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5.
Sony has introduced the Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZS. Some may remember the Xperia XZ released half a year ago -- well, the new Xperia XZ devices are updated variants of that release. The camera resolution on the XZ Premium and the XZS may have decreased to 19 megapixels (compared to the XZ’s 23 megapixel), but the new handsets do have bigger pixels for an improved performance in low light.
Sony also took the opportunity to unveil the super affordable Xperia XA1 and the Xperia XA1 Ultra. These two phones may have midrange specifications, but they do come with slim bezels that grants them an almost edge to edge display screen.
The other old school mobile brand trying to make a comeback this year is BlackBerry, and it is relaunching its Mercury smartphone as the KEYone. This device will be launching this April for $549.
Alcatel has announced a new modular smartphone offering and it is called the A5. This device can support a trio of mobile accessories (which can be attached to the rear side of the A5) -- namely an audio speaker, a battery pack, and a programmable LED cover that will illuminate when receiving an alert. Also, the company also thrown in a pair of midrange options in the A3 and the A5.