It’s finally here. The MWC (Mobile World Congress) kicked off in Barcelona, Spain yesterday. You know what this means. Yes, that’s right. A whole new world of smartphones just got unveiled for us to drool over. These include Nokia, Huawei and Motorola among others.
So where do we begin?
Nokia brings back the Nokia 3310
The classic candybar loved by millions across the world (126 million to be exact) was relaunched by the Nokia branded phone maker HMD. Retaining its original name of the Nokia 3310, the relaunched model sports Nokia’s Series 30+ software with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a 2-megapixel camera. There’s even a microSD slot. The new Nokia 3310 is smaller and lighter than its original predecessor. It also comes in a variety of colors such as glossy yellow & red, matte grey & dark blue variants. Just for the sake of nostalgia, HMD has also included a remake of the classic Snake game as well.
The new Nokia 3310 also packs Opera Mini as a browser so you can actually surf the web as well. All this needs battery, right? Well, how about 31 days of standby time alongside 22 hours of talk time? That’s pretty much what the old Nokia 3310 had to offer and we are definitely not complaining. Want one? Well, according to HMD, the new Nokia 3310 will be available in Q2 2017 for around $52.
They also launched the Nokia 6,5 and 3
Alongside this nostalgic launch, Nokia also launched the Nokia 6,5 and 3. The Nokia 6, as you know, was an exclusive to the Chinese market, but now it will be available globally. Apart from the usual spec (priced at $242), the Nokia 6 will also be available in an Arte Black limited edition with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, priced at $315. Availability for both variants will be Q2 2017.
The Nokia 5 is the middle child. Sporting a 5.2-inch display, the Nokia 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor backed by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat, it also has a 13MP rear camera and wide-angle 8MP front camera. Availability again is Q2 with the Nokia 5 being priced at $199 and available in colors of blue, silver, matte black, and copper.
The youngest in the trio is the Nokia 3. Packing a Mediatek MTK 6737 quad-core processor, the Nokia 3 sports a 5-inch display along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It also has 8MP rear and front cameras and runs a vanilla version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Available in Q2 2017, the Nokia 3 is priced at $147 and available in colors of blue, silver, matte black, and copper.
Huawei launches their flagship Huawei P10
Similar to the flagship Huawei P9, the P10 also sports a dual sensor setup courtesy of Leica. Also, the first thing you notice is that the usual back mounted fingerprint sensor has been moved below the display. Apart from being rather fast at unlocking, the sensor also adds the ability to navigate as you would with the navigation bar. So that’s a single touch for going back, touch and hold acts as the home key, and finally, a swipe brings up the recent tasks.
The Huawei P10 is powered by a Huawei Kirin 960 backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage expandable via a microSD slot. The P10 also packs a 5.1-inch 1080p display and also boasts a 12MP color sensor coupled with a 20MP monochrome sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. The 8MP front camera is also Leica branded and the battery is a non-removable 3200mAh one. The Huawei P10 runs Android 7.0 Nougat themed with EMUI 5.1. Available in colors of Dazzling Blue, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Rose Gold, Greenery, White Ceramic, Mystic Silver and Prestige Gold, the Huawei P10 is expected to retail around $683.
Redefining Budget Smartphones with the G5 and G5+
Aiming to prove that cheap things actually are pretty good, Motorola’s G5 and G5 Plus offer quite a lot for the price. The G5 Plus will only be available to U.S. customers whereas the G5 will be available to other regions as well/ The G5 Plus is priced at $229 for the base model with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage (with microSD expansion) and $299 for an additional GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and will be available towards March.
Motorola too have opted for a front-facing fingerprint scanner that can also be used as a navigation tool. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the G5 Plus is backed by either 2 or 3GB of RAM. It also sports a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera. A 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD makes things look great as well.
To make sure you have enough juice to last the day, the G5 Plus also packs a 3,000 mAh battery with TurboPower charging so you get around 6 hours of use from a mere 15-minute charge.
The Motorola G5 packs a Snapdragon 430 backed by 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB storage options. It also sports a 5 inch Full HD display, 13 MP camera and a 2,800 mAh removable battery and
The Moto G5 starts at $210 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM version with an upgrade available to 32GB of storage. Both devices are dual SIM capable as well.
As you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We will know more about upcoming mobile devices, smartphones, startups and many more as the days go on. MWC is scheduled to end on the 2nd of March so stay tuned as we bring you the latest and greatest as it happens.