Mobile World Congress, the biggest tech show and certainly the biggest smartphone show this year is over. There was a lot of technologies and devices that was unveiled this week in Barcelona, so we’re going to try and help you sort through the stories by giving you a brief recap of what was announced below.
LG learns that gimmicks don’t sell phones
We’ve come to expect LG to bake some kind of gimmick into whatever flagship phone they’re releasing each year, so we were a little surprised to learn that no such gimmick existed for their new flagship, the G6. Instead, the G6 was built with many of the features that their fans requested – water-resistance, an enormous 2:1 aspect ratio display and a solid design that isn’t that much wider than a regular phone with a 5.2-inch panel. And the phone is shockingly solid, despite being armed with last year’s chipset and moderate amounts of RAM.
Huawei’s P10 and P10 Plus are incremental improvements over last year’s best seller
Huawie is dead set in continuing their dual-camera campaign with famed German camera brand Leica, and it’s no surprise that the P10 and P10 Plus are more of the same stuff that we saw last year. From our short time with the devices, it’s clear that the P10 and P10 Plus are basically more manageable Mate 9 smartphones with their internals and their cameras. That doesn’t mean the new phones don’t look great, as the Chinese brand has partnered with Pantone to deliver two awesome colors for both phones.
HMD Oy banks hard on nostalgia for their new Nokia phones
Despite Mobile World Congress being a hub for all things new, the star of the show this year has been undeniably the re-issued Nokia 3310. It’s a play at nostalgia that HMD Oy, the people currently licensed to use the Nokia brand is banking on to sell their other phones though only time will tell if that play will work. Aside from the 3310, the company also announced the Nokia 3 and 5, as well as a global version of the Nokia 6 that will hopefully make its way to our shores (and render our original complaints with the Chinese version moot).
OPPO’s 5X Zoom tech is amazing, but no one knows when we’ll see it in a phone
OPPO had a presence in this year’s MWC as well, but just like last year the Chinese company did not announce a new phone. Instead, OPPO revealed a new camera tech that we’re vaguely familiar with. While not entirely noew, the company’s new 5x zoom technology promises to deliver optical zoom without the associated bulk of a fully mechanical system that came before it, though they’ve been tight-lipped when the tech will arrive in an actual phone.
Samsung’s low-key presence is a lead up to something bigger
Mobile World Congress has always been dominated by Samsung’s announcements, and even in their absence, the Korean brand was still being felt. The company announced two token devices in lieu of the Galaxy S8, but obviously everyone is still waiting for the inevitable reveal of the flagship smartphone. That’ll happen later this month, at New York City, away from the crowded halls of MWC. This may work out to Samsung’s advantage – New York’s Unpacked event will have the undivided attention of technology writers everywhere, just as Samsung likes it.