MWC 2017: The Top Products We Can Expect From the Trade Show
1. LG Is Going All Out With Its Best Flagship Yet, the G6
LG is returning to the Mobile World Congress stage with a completely different flagship that we will lay our eyes on. Featuring a metal unibody that will provide support for wireless charging and is IP68 certified, we reckon that if LG could have placed in the kitchen sink, it would have done so in a heartbeat.
Most readers will probably think that owning the G6 is going to be a waste of money because it will be running a chipset that was introduced back in 2016, but we’ve already repeated this time and time again. You’re getting a family of features in return and you’re going to be judging the smartphone just because it features a Snapdragon 821? That is preposterous, but if we cannot convince you to change your mind, then perhaps the rumored hardware of the upcoming LG V30 can have a magnetizing effect on your when it is announced later in the year.
2. Huawei’s Range of P10 Flagships Will Certainly Make This Worth Your While
Just like last year, Huawei is incoming with a group of flagships that will be placed under the company’s P10 lineup. Rumor has it that the P10 flagship will comprise up of two models; the regular version and the P10 Plus. Let us give you a rundown of what to expect as far as the hardware inside both devices goes along with a rumored price tag.
- 4GB RAM + 32GB internal memory (this is for the base model of the smartphone): $507
- 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory: $596
- 4GB RAM + 128GB internal memory: $682
Huawei P10 Plus
- 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory (this is for the base model of the smartphone): $726
- 6GB RAM + 128GB internal memory: $828
With the Huawei P10 Plus expected to feature a larger battery capacity, you will already have a ton of features that are expected to be present in both models ranging from wireless charging support and an iris scanner. If you want higher battery life and are willing to spend a little more money, then the P10 Plus will definitely suit your needs well.
In addition, we could be seeing the announcement of the Huawei Watch 2 which is said to retain the physical attributes of its predecessor but the plus side for all wearable owners is that it is expected to come with a massive 1,000mAh battery capacity.
3. No Galaxy S8, But We’re Getting a Premium Tablet in Return
It has been a long time since Samsung graced us with a flagship Android tablet, and according to leaked images, the company is taking the same approach that it has with its flagship smartphone lineup in the form of a glass and metal finish. This could mean that the battery will become non-removable and the structure of the slate could be extremely delicate, so it is recommended that if you plan on purchasing this, a high-quality tablet case acquisition is in order. An S Pen is also said to be part of the accessories, and while Samsung will also be introducing a keyboard cover, chances are that it will be sold separately.
Specifications of Galaxy Tab S3
- Display size, resolution and technology used:7-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, aspect ratio of 4:3 using Samsung’s Super AMOLED display
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- RAM: 4GB
- Internal memory: 32GB
- Rear camera: 12MP
- Front camera: 5MP
- Android OS version:1 Nougat
- Wireless connectivity:11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 support and LTE capability (in some models only)
- Charging port: Type-C USB
- Battery capacity: 6,000mAh
- Rumored price tag: $599 for the base model
4. OPPO Could Be Introducing a Brand New Camera Technology
With the amount of success that OPPO is having, there is no way that the company is going to miss out on the MWC 2017 for a chance to showcase the latest camera technology that it has been working on. According to the teaser poster given below, OPPO could show off a smartphone that features 5x optical zoom. Please bear in mind that there is a vast difference between optical and digital zoom; optical zoom reduces the focal length of the image and the lens without a drop in image or video quality while digital zoom does the exact same opposite.
If you want an even better example, check out the telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus. Using optical zoom technology, you can zoom in 2x towards the subject and snap the image without experiencing a degradation in image quality. That is what OPPO could be working on, but instead of a smartphone camera that features two times the optical zoom capabilities, the one we could be looking at could boast 5x the zoom functionality.
5. Lenovo and Its Surface 3 Competitor
There is a very high chance that Lenovo might be introducing a Surface 3 competitor at the MWC 2017 trade. Remember, we didn’t say the Surface Pro 3, or the Surface Pro 4, but the Surface 3. What this means is that the upcoming 2-in-1 is expected to feature an affordable price tag coupled with a bit of compromise in the hardware department when you compare it to the likes of the Miix 720. The name of the product is expected to be Miix 320 and it could feature a 10-inch display running Intel’s Atom x5-Z8350 chipset. We understand that it belongs to the previous generation of mobile hardware, but like we said earlier, it is expected to provide users with an affordable 2-in-1 experience running Windows 10.
6. BlackBerry and Its New KEYone Smartphone
The phone formally known as Mercury has been named KEYone and brings back the traditional tactile physical keyboard. Similar to the PRIV, there are gesture controls from within the physical keyboard that you can take advantage of to scroll the screen and assign dedicated controls to open up applications by long-pressing a physical key. BlackBerry might not have made the best of decisions when choosing the Snapdragon 625, but you will find out that when a chipset is running eight Cortex-A53 cores, then it is more than enough to get things done.
Perhaps the company is aiming to sell the device at the right price, but because BlackBerry has not provided any details related to that, you guys are going to have to wait patiently. The physical keyboard will also feature backlighting and is a welcome addition that complements the capacitive touchscreen of the smartphone. The plus side to owning the device is BlackBerry providing regular security patches for the Android OS, a platform that is had its fair share of vulnerabilities in the past few years.
7. Sony and Its Second Smartphone to Tout a 4K Display
‘Yoshino’ is the codename that has been reported to be given to the smartphone that will allegedly tout a 4K display. The first device was the Xperia Z5 Premium and in addition to the flagship, we could be seeing several different rectangular devices at MWC 2017. However, rumor has it that Sony is going to be showing off the Yoshino to a selected number of individuals behind closed doors, meaning that the high-end offering might not be visible to the rest of the people attending the show.
Since Samsung has been reported to have taken all of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 initial shipments, Sony might not have had the chance to use that hardware and instead, what those selected individuals might witness is a prototype handset that will be released later in the year. If the smartphone will feature a 4K panel, it will probably conserve battery life through Adaptive Display technology that was earlier used on the Xperia Z5 Premium.
8. Nokia and Its Comeback Story, Bringing the Return of the 3310
Nokia isn’t going to be bringing a single flagship to MWC 2017, but it has been rumored that the manufacturer will be introducing a whole family of devices with varied hardware designed to target different smartphone market segments around the globe. Its flagship, the Nokia 8 has been rumored to come with its own virtual assistant named Viki to bring heated competition to Samsung’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri. The hardware present in the flagship is expected to be top-notch, but the arrival of the 3310 will definitely bring the crowd alive.
According to a different leak, the 3310 is expected to feature a much different design than the original in order to make it appear more synonymous with the designs of modern-day devices that you see these days. Though it is expected to be as durable as the feature phone that was announced years ago, users will have to get used to a different keypad layout, as well as a rumored colored display.
This year’s MWC 2017 trade will have a lot of surprise entrees as well as old players bringing something completely new. If you ask me, I am thoroughly excited to the see the G6, P10, P10 Plus and products from Nokia. Which mobile computing marvels are you waiting to see at Barcelona tomorrow? Let us know your replies in the comments below.