MWC 17 smartphone roundup


In case you missed it – the biggest smartphone announcement news from Mobile World Congress 2017...
MWC 17 smartphone roundup

Barcelona - Mobile World Congress, home to some of the year’s major smartphone announcements, has come to a close once more. After a weekend of press conferences, this is everything you need to know about 2017’s biggest smartphones so far…

BlackBerry KEYone

The first handset out the gates was the BlackBerry KEYone – the debut smartphone from BB since it was taken over by TCL. The new device features a physical keyboard (with a fingerprint scanner in the space bar), a 4.5-inch Full HD display, and runs on Google’s new operating system, Android Nougat.

One of the smartphone’s party tricks lets you customise up to 52 shortcuts using the keyboard. Once set up you can long press on the ‘f’ key, for example, to be taken straight to Facebook.

Read more about the brand new BlackBerry here, and if you want to make sure you get your hands on it first, register your interest on the Carphone Warehouse website.


Next up is LG with the G6, featuring a truly expansive 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display. The real reason this screen is so impressive is not because of its measurements, but more to do with the aspect ratio. Most smartphone screens work on a 16:9 ratio, whereas the G6’s is 18:9 – or 2:1. Giving you extra width for a better viewing experience.

Of course, it’s more than just a big-screened phone, it also has a dual 13MP camera setup on the back next to a fingerprint sensor, and a wide-angle selfie lens to make sure you get everyone in the frame.

Read more about the new LG G6 here, and if you want to get it first, at the best price, head over to Carphone Warehouse.

Huawei P10

At a very crowded Huawei event, we saw the brand new P10 and P10 Plus unveiled.

The P10 marks the return of dual lens co-engineered by Leica, which originally featured on 2016’s P9. The camera has seen a spec improvement, however, now at 12MP and 20MP – compared to last year’s matching 12MP lenses.

The P10 also features a 5.1-inch Full HD display, a massive 3,200mAh battery cell, and it’s running Android Nougat.

Read more about Huawei’s new smartphones here, and if you want to make sure you’re the first with the P10, follow the link to register your interest on Carphone Warehouse’s website.

Moto G5

Motorola may be under new management, but thankfully, Lenovo knows what the people want. The G is back for another year, now in its fifth iteration, and the affordable smartphone is still ticking all the boxes.

The G5 features a 5-inch Full HD display, 13MP camera, and it has a fingerprint sensor built into the home button. It also brings back the iconic “Hello, Moto” signature when starting up the phone.

We also saw the announcement of the G5 Plus, which is slightly larger with a 5.2-inch display, has a 12MP sensor, and sizeable 3,000mAh battery capacity.

Find out more about the new Motos here, and if you want to register for them today, head over to the Carphone Warehouse website to get them for the best price.

Nokia 6

Nokia is back in the smartphone game, announcing a string of new devices at Mobile World Congress. The Nokia 6, which was previously a China-only device, is now exclusively available from Carphone Warehouse.

The flagship handset features a 5.5-inch Full HD display and 16MP camera. It also runs on pure Android, meaning there’s no additional user interface over the top of Google’s ever popular operating system.

The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 were also unveiled, both also both running on Android. The two smartphone offer great specs for their price tags, and can be ordered from Carphone Warehouse’s website. Read more here.

The most exciting news, however, was the return of an old classic – the 3310. Its makes a comeback seventeen years after its first release, and has a new version of the iconic Snake game on board.

If you’re interested in the new Nokia range, head over the Carphone Warehouse’s website now.

Sony XZ Premium

Sony held the last big smartphone announcement of Mobile World Congress 2017, revealing the Xperia XZ Premium and XA1.

The XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K display with HDR (high dynamic range). It’s the first smartphone to boast HDR technology – the very same that’s built into Sony’s BRAVIA TVs. There’s also a partnership with Amazon Prime Video, so you’ll be able to enjoy some of your favourite shows in 4K resolution.

The camera is 19MP, and lets your film super slow motion video at 960 fps. Check out the video below to see it in action.

The Xperia XA1 is smaller, and arrives as a sequel to the Xperia XA. It has a 5-inch HD display, 23MP camera and impressive 3GB RAM to make sure you’re never slowed down.

You can read much more about the new Sony smartphone range here, and to make sure you get them first, register your interest on the Carphone Warehouse website here

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