The largest exhibition of mobile technologies was held in Barcelona at the end of February. It presented novelties among mobile devices, which we have been looking forward to since the beginning of the year.
So, were the expectations justified, were the rumors confirmed? What, besides smartphones, will appear on the shelves?
It’s long past time for LG to take a small win and solidify its position in the market. That is why the G6 was born. Its predecessor LG G5, as we remember, is a modular smartphone, but this characteristic has given way to a traditional design in the G6. You can immediately notice borrowing from competitors in appearance. The display is the most innovative element in the LG G6 — the 18:9 size promises great possibilities for graphics, apps and more. It’s a shame that the lack of OLED will prevent the LG G6 from being used with Daydream, as otherwise it would be ideal for VR.
But in terms of memory, LG has carefully approached the growing requirements of the buyer: so the micro-SD card slot will allow you to increase the memory up to 2TB. The battery has a capacity of 3300 mAh. The smartphone is equipped with two cameras, like the G5, but both of them have a resolution of 13MP. Plus, the LG G6 is a waterproof smartphone.
In general, LG does not break boundaries and does not bring anything super new to the market, however, this is more of a plus than a minus — now the company can focus on creating and improving the product that has become a formula for success for many competitors.
LG X Power2
Another novelty introduced by LG is the X Power2, capable of working without recharging for up to two days with a 4500mAh battery. This smartphone has a very attractive design. However, compared to competitors, it has limited memory, and the screen resolution does not cause particularly vivid emotions. A pleasant moment is a very high-quality 13MP main camera and a 5MP front camera for selfies.
Sony presented four new smartphones at the exhibition at once, two of which belong to the XZ series — a series of premium devices, and two — to the XA series, which includes more budget devices.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s new flagship, featuring a 5.5‑inch 4K display, Snapdragon 835 processor, Android 7.1.1, and a water-repellent finish. The design is quite in the style of Sony — more acute than many competitors.
The Sony Xperia XZs is a rather peculiar combination of more expensive and cheaper models from Sony. It is smaller than the rest of the series, and its characteristics are simpler: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 instead of 835. Full HD display has a diagonal of 5.2 inches, the camera has the same 19MP matrix as on expensive Sony smartphones. It will be interesting to follow the fate of this novelty and understand whether it will find its audience and whether the manufacturer’s plan has succeeded.
Sony Xperia XA1
The A1 series is designed for a younger audience. The Sony Xperia XA1 has a 6‑inch display, which immediately puts this smartphone in the phablet category. The 23-megapixel main and 8‑megapixel front cameras, 1080 screen resolution and 3GB of RAM provide everything you need without going into flagship territory.
XA1 Ultra is a similar model, but its front camera has a resolution of 16MP.
Huawei has long confirmed the participation and presentation of Huawei P10 and Z10 Plus at MWC 2017, so it’s safe to say that these new items were expected. Huawei P10 — is on a par with competing flagships. The design has been slightly changed — so that the smartphone is now much more comfortable in the hand. The fingerprint scanner has moved to the front of the case, and a powerful Kirin 960 works inside. The camera has also been improved in the smartphone — now the color camera has become 12-megapixel, and the monochrome camera has become 20-megapixel. The screen remains with Full HD resolution.
But the Huawei P10 Plus model has a 5.5‑inch QHD display. This model is also distinguished by increased battery capacity, more RAM and built-in memory. The design of this smartphone is easily recognizable as an iPhone influence. According to the sensations and impressions, this is a real premium smartphone. The P10 Plus runs on the updated EMUI 5.1, which is quick to respond to instructions and performs well in tasks.
Announcing the ZTE Gigabit model, brand representatives said that it will become the fastest smartphone in the world. It is clear that the company is already gearing up for the 5G generation of smartphones. ZTE Ggabit is still only a prototype, but it already shows what the company is capable of.
In the meantime, ZTE Blade V8 Mini and ZTE Blade V8 Lite were presented to the visitors of MWC 2017. Mini is a more budget smartphone with low technical characteristics, however, excellent quality and confident use of proven technologies. Full HD display, Android Nougat and so on.
The V8 Lite is a direct competitor to the Moto G5 and is essentially a lighter version of the V8 Pro. The picture is complemented by a camera with a double lens, and a FullHD display.
Under Lenovo’s watch, Motorola has already built up a fan base with the Moto Z series. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are budget smartphones that are ideal for anyone who cares about the price/performance ratio. Smartphones will be on sale in March.
G5 and G5 Plus are made of metal, equipped with Android 7 and Full HD displays. Both smartphones work with Google Assistant and even become the cheapest smartphones that allow you to use this feature. However, it’s important to note that Motorola plans to support Amazon Alexa in the future.
With the G5 Plus, you can use Android Pay.
The expected return of Nokia to the market nevertheless happened and happened on a large scale: the company introduced 3 new smartphones and one old, well-known model. All of them will be on sale between April and June.
The Nokia 6 has already launched in China, but now it’s poised to hit a wider market. The smartphone is equipped with a FullHD display with a diagonal of 5.5 inches, runs on a Snapdragon 430 processor. The RAM has a capacity of 3GB, and you can store photos and information on 32GB of internal memory. The main camera is 16MP, the front camera is 8MP. The smartphone is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner and a 3000mAh battery.
Nokia 5 is the middle brother in Nokia’s new product line. Almost all characteristics are the same as the sixth model. The only difference is that the Nokia 5 display is slightly smaller — 5.2 inches and has HD resolution. The main camera has a resolution of 13MP instead of 18, 2GB of RAM instead of three and 16GB of internal memory.
The younger brother is Nokia 3 with a 5‑inch display, MediaTek quad-core processor. Both cameras are 8 megapixels, the battery has a capacity of 2659 mAh, other characteristics are similar to Nokia 5.
The original model came out 17 years ago and gained incredible popularity. And now, in 2017, we again have the Nokia 3310, which has retained its original shape and style.
Of course, we will not see any touchscreen on this device. However, the display is in color. The phone has the same buttons, a headphone input, a microUSB input for a charger, and even the ability to insert a microSD card, which will allow you to increase the memory up to 32GB. Specifications have gone quite far from the original: the phone supports 2.5G, is equipped with a 2‑megapixel camera and a very tenacious battery.
The phone will be available in several colors: the original blue-gray, yellow or orange (warm red).
Haier L7 and Alcatel A5
Haier has introduced quite a smart smartphone with decent specifications. 5.5 inches, Full HD, 3GB RAM, LTE, 3000mAh. Quite a high-quality Android smartphone for those who are not chasing new products, but prefer decent technical specifications. Approximately the same offers and Alcatel A5. The only difference is that Alcatel has diluted the look of the smartphone with LED lights on the back of the case. At the same time, the smartphone itself is very affordable and has a high-quality HD display.