The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest annual expo for mobile devices, officially kicked off on Monday, February 27 at Barcelona, Spain. The expo runs until Thursday, March 2 but brands and manufacturers wasted no time in announcing their newest wares.
You've most likely heard of the returning Nokia 3310, which has been burning up social media feeds since it was announced in the wee hours of Monday, Manila time. The new-and-improved feature phone from Nokia – now owned by HMD Global – was certainly the most popular, yet it wasn't the only one worthy of attention.
Here's a rundown of the devices that have been announced after day 1 of the MWC.
Sony's XA series gets a revamp with the XA1 (a 5-incher) and the XA1 Ultra (a 6-incher). Both carry the XA's borderless edge-to-edge design DNA and a propensity for powerful cameras. The XA1 and Ultra both have a 23MP main shooter with SteadyShot technology but only the latter has a selfie-friendly 16MP front-facing cam with autofocus and dedicated LED flash.
Nokia 3 and 5
Photo from Nokia
The 3 and 5 are more affordable derivatives of the Nokia 6, which is now available in some markets, and has been spotted in Lazada going for P18,590. Here's a great feature, however, that will be available in all models: they will all run on Android's latest version, Android 7.1.
Screenshot from Nokia website
The legendary phone returns now with 2G connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera with LED flash, a headphone jack, an FM radio, an MP3 player, 16 MB storage plus a MicroSD card slot with support up to 32 GB, and above all, 22 hours of talk time.
Alcatel A5 LED
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Its specs point to a pretty standard smartphone experience: a 5.2-inch screen, a 1.5 GHz octa-core chip, 2 GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera. Its entire back panel lights up to produce different patterns that serve as notifications or as some sort of visual equalizer dancing to the music.
Alcatel A3 and U3
Budget phones from Alcatel both with 5-inch screens. Alcatel says the A3 is the most affordable 5-inch HD phone while the U3 is the most affordable 4G-capable phone.
Energizer Energy E550 LTE
Photo from Energizer
Surprisingly, this phone from this famous battery brand has some good specs: an octacore 2GHz processor, a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a dual camera setup on the rear, a 4,000 mAh battery, and an 8MP front shooter. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor, is IP68 dust and water resistant, and judging by its appearance, very, very tough.
Photo from LG
LG's G-series is no longer the flagship with the V-series taking that mantle. Yet the G6 still has some amazing things going for it. Chief of which: its strange 5.7-inch screen with an 18:9 screen ratio, which makes it appear narrower and longer than usual. Why? So there's more to see while still retaining easy single-hand use. The LG G6 comes with a Snapdragon 821 chipset, formerly Snapdragon's best, 4GB of RAM, an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
LG X Power2
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Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Photo from Motorola
A budget pair from the Lenovo-owned Moto brand with specs and looks that punch above its weight class. The duo has a new metal exterior for a really cool vibe. The regular one carries a 5-inch Full HD display, a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 chip, 3GB of RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery. The Plus version has a faster 2GHz octa-core processor, a 3,000mAh battery and a 5.2-inch Full HD display.
Photo from Blackberry
Nokia isn't the only one trying to make a comeback. Blackberry, in partnership with TCL, officially announced the KEYone, a phone with a 4.5-inch screen and Blackberry's signature keypad. The phone's frame is made of aluminum and has a soft textured back. As for specs, it has a Snapdragon 625, a 3,505 mAh battery, a 12MP rear camera and Android 7.1.
ZTE Gigabit Phone
It's nothing but a concept at the moment, but if ZTE's plans push through, we'll soon have a phone capable of reaching 1 Gbps data speeds. The concept phone from the Chinese phone maker will use the Snapdragon 835 processor, which uses the X16 modem. The modem is able to reach gigabit LTE speeds. Attaining such speeds will enable phones to view 4K content and 360-degree VR videos to name a few.
Which of these phones are you most looking forward to? – Rappler.com