MWC 2017: smartphones
Fast forward to the Mobile World Congress ( MWC ) 2017 exhibition , which takes place annually in Barcelona. In fact, the MWC is CES for smartphones, and this year many well-known global electronics manufacturers like LG Electronics, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, and others are announcing a lot of new gadgets. A few days before the official opening of the exhibition, they held presentations, and judging by the results, in 2017 we will face the influx of Android-smartphones with large displays and thin framing.
Two days before the official launch of the exhibition, TCL Communication Technology introduced a BlackBerry smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. For a long time, the company's development was codenamed Mercury, but at CES 2017, manufacturers showed a prototype and declassified the name of the new model, the BlackBerry KEYone.
KEYone - the latest smartphone that the company will release under the brand BlackBerry. The novelty is a traditional candy bar with a hardware QWERTY-keyboard. The frame of the case is made of aluminum, and the back panel is made of plastic. The device is running the operating system Android 7.1 Nougat, equipped with a 4.5 inch IPS-display (1620x1080 pixels) and two cameras - the main one with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a front one with 8 megapixels.
The company expects that BlackBerry fans will appreciate the updated keyboard, which responds not only to the duration of pressing, but also allows you to do without it - special sensors are built into the device, thanks to which you can simply slide your fingers across the keyboard. Like many other manufacturers' flagship smartphones, the BlackBerry KEYone has a built-in fingerprint reader designed to protect the device from unauthorized interference. But, unlike all the same smartphones, the sensor is located not on the front or front panel of the device, but in the space bar.
Inside, an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a 3505 mAh battery are installed. KEYone supports the fast charge function, which, according to the manufacturers, will take just 36 minutes. The amount of RAM device is 3GB, internal memory - 32GB. It can be expanded up to 2TB with a memory card.
The next day, several manufacturers presented their new devices at once. The first was launched LG Electronics with another flagship smartphone G6. The main feature of the new device is a 2K screen with rounded edges, a diagonal of 5.7 inches and an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The display resolution is 1440x2880 pixels with a resultant density of 564 dpi. Implemented support for Dolby Vision technology and HDR10 and a separate quad-DAC chip for better sound.
The company demonstrated an updated UX 6.0 interface on top of Android 7.1. Its key feature is square blocks, with which you can run multiple applications at the same time and take advantage of new features within a single application.
In partnership with Qualcomm, a 13MP dual camera was developed, with a viewing angle of one of the lenses of 125 degrees. The front camera with 8Mp supports shooting with a viewing angle of 100 degrees and allows you to take pictures in self-portrait mode - the smartphone automatically recognizes the face in the frame.
The smartphone is based on the Snapdragon 821 processor, which Qualcomm released last year. 4GB of RAM are used, there are two modifications for 32GB and 64GB of internal flash memory, which can be increased up to 2Tb with microSD. Battery capacity - 3000 mAh with the possibility of wireless charging.
LG G6 was created in partnership with Google, and it bore fruit - this is the second Android device after the Google Pixel, which supports the voice assistant Google Assistant.
On the back of the smartphone is a fingerprint sensor. The metal case is made in three colors: silver, white and black.
The Chinese manufacturer brought Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones to the MWC. The filling of the smartphone practically does not differ from the previous models, and therefore the company made a bid for an unusual design. The color gamut of the new Huawei line was selected jointly with the Pantone company. As a result of this collaboration, the device appeared in a new, unusual for smartphones color - light green (Greeny).
According to the manufacturer, the device case is protected with a special coating that prevents the appearance of fingerprints and scratches. The smartphone turned out thin - only 6.98 mm. In addition, the company decided to move the fingerprint scanner to the front panel, under the screen.
Inside the Huawei P10 is an eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 crystal, familiar from the Huawei Mate 3 model. Users will only have one modification available with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. In the P10 Plus, the same chip is installed, but another modification is proposed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of flash memory. All models support a relatively new 4.5G LTE standard with data download speeds up to 600Mbps. The operating system Android 7.1 with a proprietary shell interface Emotion UI 5.1.
In size, both smartphones are not very different from each other - the P10 received a 5.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, and the P10 Plus - a 5.5-inch screen displaying 2560x1440 pixels. The P10 Plus is the first product in the Huawei line that received Quad HD support. Batteries devices received appropriate - 3200 mAh capacity for small and 3750 mAh for a larger model. The company promises up to two days of battery life and fast charging Huawei Super Charge.
Huawei has once again attracted Leica to building the camera. The camera has the usual dual design: one sensor with 12 megapixel takes regular pictures, receiving information about the color from them, the second one at 20 megapixel - only monochrome, reading the light data. This technology improves the quality of photos taken in the dark and provides a wider dynamic range. The front camera received a matrix with a resolution of 8Mp.
Devices will go on sale, incl. in Russia, in March 2017 at a price of 650 euros.
The next debutants were the Moto G5 and G5 Plus from Lenovo - smartphones with a metal body and a fingerprint sensor with gesture support, controlled by Android 7.0. Inside, the younger model has a Snapdragon 430 chip, an integrated LTE Cat 4 modem and a 2800 mAh battery. The older model received an eight-core Snapdragon 625, a X9 LTE cellular modem and a 3000 mAh battery.
The difference in screen size is again insignificant: the G5 display is only 5 inches, and the G5 Plus is 5.2. The resolution of both 1920x1080 pixels. Lenovo offers two modifications for each model: so the G5 has a version with 16GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM, as well as 32GB flash and 3GB of RAM. G5 Plus can be purchased with 2 or 4GB of RAM and 32 / 64GB of internal memory. Both devices received front cameras with a resolution of 5Mp. The resolution of the main camera in the G5 is 13 megapixels, while the G5 Plus - 12 megapixels. There is a Micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone input. The lower price limit starts at 200 euros.
Here, Nokia showed the world a revived Nokia 3310 model. The new version of the phone has become noticeably smaller and thinner. Along with some reduction in the total volume of the device, some angularity of the hull lines also disappeared. And although the manufacturers have left the former name, the device will operate on the basis of the Nokia's Series 30+ operating system and will receive a QVGA display, a 2Mp camera and a slot for microSD. Despite all these improvements, the device lacks GPS, Bluetooth and NFC functions. Opera Mini is used as the main browser in Nokia 3310. It is expected that the device will work 31 days in standby mode and 22 hours in talk mode. Issue price - 49 euros.
Another model, presented by HMD under the Nokia brand on the MWC 2017, is the Nokia 6. Smartphone with a 5.5-inch display, 16Mp-camera, Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory. It can be purchased in the second quarter of 2017 at a price of 299 euros.
The company did not stop there and introduced two low-cost smartphones Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, which will cost 189 euros and 139 euros, respectively. Nokia 5 is a monoblock of aluminum, a 5.2-inch Full HD display which is protected by Gorilla Glass. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 430 chip, received 2GB of RAM and a 13Mp camera.
Nokia 3 with a display of 5 inches, a quad-core MTK 6737 processor with a clock frequency of 1.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels.
Samsung will officially unveil a new smartphone on March 29, however, several videos and photos of the device have appeared on the network, which can provide a more specific picture of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. It looks very similar to the S7, but there is one difference - the lack of physical buttons. According to rumors, both versions of the smartphone will get a curved screen, Snapdragon 835 and Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processors, a 12MP main camera and an 8MP front camera and with an iris scanner function.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium with a 5.5-inch display and a resolution of 2160x3840 supports playback of content in 4K format, as well as the previous version of Xperia Z5 Premium. Partner of the manufacturer - Amazon this time, specifically for the new model, launched the production of various HDR content.
The new version is powered by an eight-core Snapdragon 835 processor with a 3230mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge support. With the new module 19Mp-camera Motion Eye, smartphone owners will be able to high-speed shooting in 720p resolution. The moisture and dustproof housing will be available in two colors: silver and black.
The amount of internal memory will be 64GB, operational - 4GB. The smartphone has a USB Type C port.
Sony also announced a miniature version of the Xperia XZs flagship with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 4GBOZU, USB Type C and a 2900mAh battery.