Major Announcements at MWC 2017
- Fariha Khan
- March 3, 2017
Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona has been a fantastic event where some of the biggest Android OEMs got together and displayed their latest products including phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Let’s have a look at products announced by the leading tech players including LG, Samsung, Sony and Huawei.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, the LG G6 flagship smartphone, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, the rebirth (again) of the BlackBerry due to TCL’s launch of the BlackBerry KeyOne, the Lenovo Moto G5 and Lenovo Moto G5 Plus as well as number of other devices from ZTE, Nokia, Sony, and Alcatel rocked the show.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung had a device to show off at this year’s Mobile World Congress too. It is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet which is Samsung’s Android take on the iPad Pro formula. It packs a quad-speaker set tuned by AKG audio, as well as some pins on the back that help attach accessories.
The Galaxy Tab S3 offers a 9.7-inch SuperAMOLED display at a resolution of 2048×1536, , 4GB of RAM, 32GB of base storage with microSD card expansion and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip inside. The device powers on Android 7.0 Nougat
Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Lenovo-owned Motorola show off its latest budget offerings at Mobile World Congress 2017 as well. It is the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. The Moto G line has long been a favorite of the iOS users and things are not really changing with this new device.
The Moto G5 Plus packs some great specs for the price with a 5.2-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, 64 GB of storage, and a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625. The 12 MP rear camera on the Moto G5 Plus deserves attention in particular and offers great value.
Huawei announced its new flagship Huawei P10 at Barcelona’s coolest tech event. However, this device does not offer much value with its feature to the average US consumer. Other than a new palette of “on trend” colors, it is much like devices from the Chinese company with some great specs and a dual-camera which is pretty good.
However, in the world of Android Wear, Huawei announced something that was much interesting. The Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Watch 2 Classic run Google Android Wear 2.0. There are couple of models, and one that is sportier features a LTE chip to work completely standalone, too. They both have NFC chips for Android Pay.
The LG G6 was one of the biggest announcements we got from Mobile World Congress 2017. This device is perhaps most easily recognizable by its new 18:9 screen having rounded corners. It is the first phone other than the Google Pixel to ship with the Google Assistant as well.
LG G6 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, Android Nougat, 4GB of RAM, a rear fingerprint sensor, 32GB of storage with a microSD card expansion slot and a 32-bit Quad DAC.
BlackBerry is kind of back this time as a new device made by its new parent company, TCL. Those who have used Blackberry in the past will be familiar with BlackBerry KeyOne. However, but this is yet another Android-based take packed with security and other software features.
The KeyOne features a hardware keyboard under its 4.5-inch display and offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, the same IMX378 12MP sensor from the Google Pixel in addition to an 8MP front facing sensor.