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MWC 2017 News: All the best phones and highlights

MWC 2017 Live: All the latest MWC 2017 news, including the best phones launched at MWC 2017 and all the tablets, smartwatches and whatever else we find. Bookmark this page for all the MWC 2017 highlights from LG, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, Huawei and many more.

MWC 2017: Latest news and highlights

Kicking things off on Monday was Sony, which has announced a trio of new smartphones. Easily the standout, however, is the seriously impressive Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

What’s so impressive, you ask? Well, it has a 4K screen that supports HDR as well. It won’t work in 4K all the time, but when you download 4K HDR content from the likes of Amazon Prime Video, you’ll get the full resolution on offer, which strikes us as rather natty.

The camera is interesting, too. It has its own RAM to improve performance and supports an incredible 960fps slow-motion video. For perspective, the iPhone 7 supports up to 240fps, so it’s a pretty big leap.

Sony also announced the XA1 Ultra, a phablet, and a new mid-range phone, the Sony Xperia XA1. You can learn more about them in the above video.

Over the weekend, Nokia made all the headlines with a new range of Android phones and the return of a classic.

The Nokia 6 is the current flagship model, though it’s really a mid-range Android phone thanks to its 5.5-inch 1080p screen and mediocre specs, which include 3GB of RAM. It’s joined by the Nokia 5, a similar phone with a smaller 720p screen, and both the phones look and feel classy.

But the star, in a weird kind of way, was the returning Nokia 3310 in a new, revamped form. It’s available in a range of bright colours, has a basic Symbian OS and boasts an epic one month of standby time.

Next up, let’s talk about Samsung. There was no S8 at MWC 2017, but the company did confirm the Galaxy S8 Unpacked launch event will take place on March 29 in New York.

Instead of the S8, we got the announcement of two new tablets: the Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Book. The Tab S3 runs Android and is kind of rival for the iPad Pro. It features a high-resolution Super AMOLED screen and ships with the S Pen stylus.

Related: Galaxy Tab S3 vs Tab S2

The 12-inch Galaxy Book also ships with the S Pen. It’s a powerful Windows tablet in a similar vein to the Surface Pro 4. It’s also available in a 10-inch version aimed at regular consumers, rather than creative professionals.

The South Korean tech giant also unveiled the new Samsung Staedtler stylus, though our experts are less than convinced about the merits of this particular bit of throwback tech…

With no Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, LG got to shine with the new LG G6 smartphone. Gone is the modular design of the G5, replaced with a focus on squeezing in the largest screen possible without making the phone too large.

As with the G5, there’s no home button on the front of the phone; it’s been banished to the back of the phone and built into the fingerprint scanner. The 5.7-inch screen – which supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10, so you can watch videos from Netflix in HDR – also has an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio, so it’s taller than the typical 16:9 screen and stretches almost to the extremities of the phone’s fascia. All this means the G6 has an 80% screen-to-body ratio.

Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the LG G6 has two rear cameras. Both are 13-megapixel and one of them has optical image stabilisation. It has a 3300mAh battery and runs on the Snapdragon 821 processor. Alternatively, if a beefy battery is your primary concern when scoping out a new smartphone, the LG X Power 2 may pique your interest.

Read more: LG G6 vs LG G5: What’s the difference?

Motorola has announced updated versions of its famously frugal Moto G range of phones. The entry-level Moto G5 and upgraded Moto G5 Plus make one important change over the G4 from last year, reverting back to a smaller 5-inch screen instead of the cumbersome 5.5-inch ones.

Moto G5

The G5 now comes with a fingerprint scanner as well, though it’ll still ship with just 2GB of RAM. The G5 Plus adds the option of 3GB of RAM and features an improved camera with Autofocus Pixels, which improves focusing speeds.

Read more: Moto G5 Plus hands-on

Not to be outdone, Huawei used MWC 2017 to unveil two new phones and a smartwatch. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus (pictured below) are an evolution of last year’s P9. They still have cameras engineered by Leica, and Huawei has persisted with the two-camera combination with one colour (RGB) sensor and one monochrome one. This time around the monochrome is 20-megapixel, while the RGB sensor is 12-megapixel

The P10 has a 3200mAh battery, which is pretty large for 5.2-inch phone with a 1080p resolution. The P10 Plus is 5.5-inch with a 2K display. Interestingly, the camera on the P10 Plus is slightly better on paper thanks to a superior f/1.8 aperture, versus f/2.2 on the P10 – a lower number is preferable in this case.

Read our Huawei P10 hands-on for more details.

BlackBerry KeyOne
BlackBerry kicked off MWC with the official launch of its latest Android phone, the BlackBerry Key One (pictured above). It features a 4.5-inch, 3:2-aspect screen and BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard below it. There’s also a 3505mAh battery, 12-megapixel rear camera and it’s all powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

Elsewhere, Alcatel launched its customary raft of new devices, with the Alcatel A5 LED the most interesting of the lot. It’s a modular device pitched at a similar price point to the Moto G5, with the key difference being that it offers a range of swappable LED back covers – one lights up to display colourful notifications, another comes with a kickstand/speaker combo, and yet another packs a 3,000mAh battery boost.

And at the low-tech end of the spectrum, Doro unveiled a rather nice 2G feature phone for the senior market, the Doro 6050.


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What do you want to see at MWC 2017? Let us know in the comments below.