The rise of the phoenix that is Nokia continues as the company made some key announcements at Mobile World Congress. First, they announced that the new Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 are soon to be available for the low and mid-range market. The bigger news however is that their flagship device, the Nokia 6, is going to be released globally. To this point, the 6 has only been available in China. It will come to Europe first followed by other markets throughout the first half of the year.
This global version of the Nokia 6 is the exact same phone as the one in China but with an updated software package. It will be running Android Nougat with Google Assistant, has a 5.5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 430 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dual-SIM configuration, a MicroSD slot and a 16MP rear camera with phase-detection auto focus. Add to that a 3000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner and you have a solid performing phone that will likely be met with open hands throughout the world.
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Huawei has become the latest manufacture to announce a new flagship Android phone at Mobile World Congress. The Huawei P10 will be available in March, sporting a 5.2″ HD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There will also be a larger P10 Plus which will have a 5.5″ QHD display, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Both devices will have a Leica optics dual-camera configuration for the main camera. The P10 will have a 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB camera at f/2.2 while the P10 Plus will have an f/1.8 aperture. Both will have image stabilization.
Processor wise, both phones are powered by the Kirin 960 processor, an 8-core SoC running at 2.4GHz. The lineup is a dual SIM configuration with USB-C charging, NFC and MIMO antenna arrays for both LTE and Wi-Fi.
Probably the thing that stole the announcement for Huawei however was the colors available for the P10. This is particularly true of the Greenery color which seems to have everyone smitten. The phone will be available in Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold, Prestige Gold (P10), Graphite Black, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold and Greenery. Finishes on the colors will be High GLoss, Diamond-Cut and Sandblast. These colors were developed in cooperation with the Pantone Color Institute so clearly Huawei is taking your color choice seriously.
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ZTE has introduced two new Android phones at MWC today, the Blade V7 and Blade V7 Lite. The two devices have very similar specifications with the V7 aimed at being the premium version of the two. It sports a 5.2″ display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage along with a octa-core processor running at 1.3 GHz. The V7 Lite will have a quad-core processor but will have the same 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It was also announced that the V7 will have a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Both devices will be running Android Marshmallow
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I will admit that these are the kinds of Press Release that make me a little crazy. Sony at MWC today announced the new Xperia X series, a lineup of new Android phones that includes three new devices, the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA, but there were scarcely any details given about the devices. While the Xperia X Peformance will run a Snapdragon 802 processor and has a 5″ display, there is virtually nothing else known about these devices. I’m sure as the day progresses we will get more details but to not have the basics in the Presser is… aye.
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At MWC today, Alcatel made another device announcement this morning. Yesterday they announced the new IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S while today they announced the even more budget friendly POP series. In all, there are three devices in the POP series: The POP 4, POP 4+ and the POP 4S. The 4S is the premium version of the devices with a 13 MP rear camera and 5MP front while the 4 and 4+ have a 8 MP rear shooter. Likewise, you will find that the 4S has an octa-core processor while the 4 and 4+ have a quad-core.
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AT Mobile World Congress today, Acer announced the Liquid Jade 2, a well appointed device that will be running the Snapdragon 808 processor, have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 21MP camera. But the really interesting part of the device is what the company is calling hybrid cloud storage. The Liquid Jade 2 will comes with 1TB of such storage that the company states will “seamlessly integrate” with the device. How exactly that integration will work is not 100% clear but it sounds strikingly similar on the surface at least to that of Nextbit and their new smartphone, Robin.
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Along with the Galaxy S7 Edge, the smaller but equally as powerful S7 was launched today in Barcelona at MWC. The 5.1″ device is smaller than its Edge sibling but feature-for-feature, is almost identical when it comes to specifications. Pre-orders with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular all start on Tuesday, February 23rd with the devices being available in stores the next Tuesday, March 1st. Prices will be around $21 per month on payment plans through the carriers and devices will also be available through Best Buys, Target, Staples and Walmart as well so you shouldn’t have much of a problem finding it with your carrier or local big box store.
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