The Mobile World Congress is an annual mega event where most smartphone manufacturers gather to launch or unveil their latest products and mobile-centric technologies. This year, the event will witness the return of Nokia at the world stage, besides unveiling phones like the LG G6, Moto G5, Huawei P10 and more. Here's looking at all the phones and companies you should be looking out for in the coming week.
Nokia 3310: The legend returns
The “unbreakable” phone will make its return at MWC this year, and is likely to be the highlight of the event. Rumours surrounding the phone suggest that it will be the reincarnation of the original phone, offering the same build quality and battery life.
Nokia 6 and more
Nokia will be bringing a few new phones to the global market, such as the Nokia 6. Already available in China, the device includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 16MP rear camera.
Alongside, the company is expected to bring a couple of more budget phones, possibly the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.
Nokia may also announce its flagship, the Nokia P1, at MWC. The phone is rumored to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, along with 128GB or 256GB storage, 23MP rear camera, a 3500mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus
The much-rumoured Moto G5 and G5 Plus duo will also be announced at MWC this year. Both the phones are likely to feature all-metal builds. The Moto G5 is rumored to run on Snapdragon 430, with 16GB storage and 2GB of RAM. The Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, may run on Snapdragon 625 SoC, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
LG’s G6 will not flaunt the modular design LG pursued last year. This year, the focus is on the display and the G6 is expected to house a 5.7-inch QHD panel with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone may be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, and may also be the first non-Pixel smartphone to support Google Assistant.
The Huawei P10 already has a teaser video out, and is likely to be powered by Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC. Expect a Leica-certified dual-camera setup as well.
Sony Xperia X2 and others
Sony is rumored to announce five new smartphones at MWC 2017, two of which are likely to be budget devices powered by MediaTek's P10 SoC. The recently leaked image of an alleged Xperia X2 shows curved, narrow-bezel display of the device.
Previous reports suggest that the flagship smartphone by Sony will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, a 5.5-inch 4K display, 6GB RAM and the new IMX400 image sensor.
The BB Mercury is unique in the sense that it will come with the legendary physical keyboard found in earlier BB phones. Made by TCL and branded by BlackBerry, the smartphone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
Alcatel's modular phone
If the rumours turn out to be true, then Alcatel will launch a new smartphone with modular capabilities. Rumours suggest similar modular capabilities to the Moto Z.
Apart from the modular phone, the company may also launch four other seemingly normal smartphones at the event.
Oppo smartphone camera
Oppo might unveil a new camera technology this year. The company's invite says, this technology "will give users unprecedented ability to capture highly detailed images." Is Oppo actually teasing a phone with 5X optical zoom? Only time will tell.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
Samsung may introduce the Galaxy Tab 3 at MWC. It is likely to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, with a 9.6-inch 2K display.
Meizu mCharge 4.0
Meizu is likely to announce its mCharge 4.0 technology at MWC this year. According to latest leaks, mCharge 4.0 will use a 9V/4A with 36W power output. This seems similar to OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology, which also uses a 4A current rating.
Asus ZenFone 3 Go
Asus may add a new budget smartphone called the Zenfone 3 Go to the current lineup. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, and feature 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
Vernee Apollo 2
Vernee is a Chinese brand which will become the first smartphone maker to put a staggering 8GB of RAM on its upcoming smartphone, the Apollo 2. The device might be powered by a MediaTek Helio X30 SoC.
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