MWC 2017: Top picks from the Barcelona tech show

While Huawei, LG and Sony unveiled their new flagship smartphones at Mobile World Congress, Nokia resurrected the 3310 and launched the Nokia 6


Crowds at Day 1 of Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona. Photo: AFP
Crowds at Day 1 of Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona. Photo: AFP

The Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017) in Barcelona is the venue for showcasing new smartphones, wearables, computing devices and some interesting concepts. Here are our top picks from the annual event.

Huawei P10 and P10+

The P10 and the P10+ both run Huawei’s Kirin 960 processor—the former gets 4GB RAM, 5.1-inch Full HD display and 64GB storage, while the latter gets 6GB RAM, 5.5-inch Quad HD display and 128GB storage. The new design language looks slick, and so do the new colour options. Huawei continues to partner with Leica for the 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual cameras, and is also using GoPro’s expertise for photo sorting features. Price: Not yet announced

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Nokia 6

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

The aluminium unibody Nokia 6 signals Nokia’s return to the smartphone space. It runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, and has a 3GB RAM and a 5.5-inch display (1920 x 1080). There will also be a limited edition glossy Arte Black variant, which will have 64GB storage and 4GB RAM. Music lovers would perhaps appreciate the Dolby Atmos capabilities. The standard variant of the 6 (colour options include matte black, silver, blue and copper) will cost $242 (around Rs16,000), while the Arte Black will cost $315 (around Rs21,000).

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Huawei Watch 2

Huawei’s first-generation Watch, though competent, struggled because of the clunky Android Wear. Now with Android Wear 2.0 hopefully solving the useability and battery life shortcomings, Watch 2 could be well placed. It has a 1.2-inch display, GPS, heart rate sensors, NFC and LTE connectivity, as well as a 420mAh battery. The Watch 2 will arrive in India in May, with a price tag of $347 (around Rs23,000).

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LG G6

The LG G6 has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD FullVision display—the FullVision referring to the ever-slimmer bezels around the screen. But what is truly unique is the 18:9 aspect ratio (16:9 is what we generally consider as wide-screen), with a resolution of 2,880x1,440 pixels. It is also the first G-series phone that is water and dust resistant. It will run Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, with 4GB RAM. Price: not yet announced.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

There is no getting away from the fact that this XZ Premium looks the same as its predecessors. It will run the very latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The 5.5-inch screen is the world’s rst 4K HDR (2,160 x 3,840, High Dynamic Range) display in a smartphone. Sony will bundle 4K HDR content from Amazon. The 19-megapixel camera is claimed to be faster than even last year’s Xperia agships. The only drawback could be the mirror-like finish on certain versions. Price: not yet announced

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Nokia 3310

The legend is back, 17 years after its first coming. It is still a feature phone, runs the Series 30+ software, and has a 2.4-inch colour display, a 2-megapixel camera, FM Radio and a microSD slot. It works on 2.5G networks only, though the Opera Mini web browser is preloaded for basic web browsing. The battery standby time is a month. The nostalgia carries a price tag of $52 (around Rs3,400).

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