The Mobile World Congress is the most prestigious technology show in the world when it comes to mobile phones and related technologies. As every year, the 2017 edition witnessed several new launches – from phones and tablets to smartwatches and virtual reality gizmo. And here we bring you the top takeaways from this annual tech extravaganza.
It’s been a while since the once-famous BlackBerry stopped manufacturing its own smartphones and handed over the license to TCL ever since the Android market witnessed a boom. And falling in line with this trend, the phonemaker also jumped on the Android bandwagon ahead of the MWC by launching the KeyOne. Inspired by the Mercury, this new flagship gives you an Android experience through a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard beneath. Other specs include 12MP camera, Snapdragon 625 processor, a 3GB RAM and a 3,505mAh battery.
Creating a buzz by reintroducing the Nokia 3310, the brand has captured the attention of the feature phone customers. Alongside, it has also launched a trio of new budget smartphones, the darling of which is the Nokia 6 with a 5.5-inch display. Among the specs is a mid-range Snapdragon 430 chipset, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. A full metal body and bright display means that the biggest of Nokia’s budget smartphone offerings is ready to take on the leading models from Motorola’s G series of phones.
Google’s version of the voice assistant to rival the likes of Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana launched last year will now be available to all android run phones that run Nougat or Marshmallow version of the operating system. From opening apps on the phone to making appointments, from remind you to buy groceries to playing music there is very little it can’t do. And unlike its rivals, you can use Google Assistant even when you are offline.
Samsung Gear VR Headset
Apart from the Galaxy Tab 3 and the Galaxy book notebook device, Samsung attracted plenty of eyeballs with the new Oculus-powered Gear VR headset that comes with a dedicated wireless controller. The design is ergonomic enough for one-handed use with the touchpad restricting head movement. The headset comes with twin 42mm lenses with a 101-degree field of view. It is compatible with Samsung smartphones, including Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge.
Huawei Watch 2
One of the most talked about new smartwatches at the MWC 2017 was the Huawei Watch 2. It runs on the Android Wear 2.0 operating system and comes in two different formats – Classic and Sports. Both products come with 1.2-inch displays, 2GB internal storage and built-in fitness tracking features. The connectivity language is 4G in both the offerings while you can also listen to music on the go. They also add GPS functionality, so you can go on a run without the need of a smartphone in your pocket.