MWC 2017 March 3, 2017


Earlier this week, I spent a few days walking about Barcelona and Mobile World Congress‘ venue, the Fira Gran Via. I headed back to the hotel after the first day of the actual show with strongly mixed feelings. For one, this being my first international fair meant that I could just not let go of the excitement, and the energy and passion so many people bring among those booths is tangible.

On the other, I had to do my job and check out all the new smartphones announced in these past few days, and this is where things got a little uglier. The P10 I first previewed proved to be a big red warning sign of things to come, and although I am not entirely dissatisfied, I definitely can’t say that the products matched the enthusiasm and vibe of the place itself…

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MWC 2017 March 1, 2017


I want to put a disclaimer at the very top of this post: I have used the Xperia XZ Premium for about twenty minutes in one of Sony‘s booths at Mobile World Congress, and everything that follows is just a brief recap of my experience combined with my quick chat with the company’s reps. It therefore isn’t meant to give a final judgement by any means — but we know that the product may be of interest for more than a few, so I’m here to tell you what my very first impressions were…

The thing that immediately struck me about the Xperia XZ Premium is… Sony’s philosophy behind it. There were other OEMs are trying to push design boundaries (like LG and most likely Samsung) or deliver overall compelling packages with a few standout features (like Huawei‘s P10 or even BlackBerry‘s KeyOne). Sony, reluctantly, is simply keeping its own path, seemingly looking at the competition uninterested, from afar.

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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain has been in full gear all week, and that means almost all of the biggest Android OEMs are getting together to show off their latest phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Now that things are winding down here in the last couple days of the show floor being open, let’s take a look at all the devices that were announced by Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and others…

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We know that Android, as it is right now, is a formidable smartphone OS. However, when stretched up to tablet sizes that go beyond 7 inches, things don’t really scale up gracefully. With its just-announced Tab S3, Samsung is trying to break that infamous spell, but I am honestly not sure whether it’ll be able to succeed…  expand full story

MWC 2017 February 28, 2017

Android One gains a fingerprint sensor with General Mobile GM6 for Turkey

While Android One is rumored to expand to the US later this year, the initiative will likely continue to focus on the rest of the world. At MWC 2017, General Mobile has announced their latest Android One device meant for Turkey. Running Nougat, notable specs include a fingerprint sensor and selfie flash.

MWC 2017 February 27, 2017


Although today marks the first official day of Mobile World Congress, we saw most of the noteworthy announcements take place over the weekend. So while there are a bunch of different options to choose from, what was your favorite announcement from MWC?

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While Lenovo’s strategy for high-end devices hasn’t convinced me, their idea of what a midrange or budget phone should do and be (and, most importantly, cost) is still more than valid. After all, it’s not too distant from the original Moto G’s philosophy, which was good and hasn’t changed much since.

So here’s what I learned by playing a little bit with the just-announced Moto G5 and G5 Plus in Barcelona…

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Today at MWC 2017, ZTE has unveiled two new mid-range smartphones from its Blade series ─ the Blade V8 Lite and the Blade V8 Mini. Both offer similar designs to the Blade V8 Pro which was unveiled at CES, but with lesser specifications and price points.

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Sony announces the mid-to-high end Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra [Video]

In addition to its just-announced XZ Premium flagship, Sony took on Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress to introduce three new devices that (hopefully) cover just about any performance and quality point on the road between the mid and high end.

They are the Xperia XZs, the XA1 and the XA1 Ultra. Let’s check them out…


Between all the “X” and “Z” phones released in the past year or so, we all got a little confused. Sony‘s strategy, in particular, seemed everything but clear in regards to its devices’ hierarchy. However, using Barcelona’s MWC as a platform, the Japanese firm announced what it explicitly labels as its “flagship”: the Xperia XZ Premium.

More info after the jump…

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MWC 2017 February 26, 2017

Alcatel debuts three new affordable phones at MWC including one with crazy LEDs on the back

Today at MWC 2017, Alcatel has debuted three new affordable Android smartphones —  the Alcatel U5, Alcatel A3, and Alcatel A5 LED.


One of the few solid Android tablets we saw in 2016 was the Yoga Book from Lenovo and as we enter 2017, the company isn’t holding back. We already saw the debut of the Yoga A12 earlier this month, and now at MWC, the company is debuting four new tablets that are actually pretty compelling…

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Samsung’s MWC event interrupted by Greenpeace protesting handling of Note 7 recall

Protesting Samsung’s handling of the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Greenpeace interrupted the company’s MWC event and keynote earlier today. The group unfurled banners outside the event and interrupted the presentation shortly after it began.

Samsung and Oculus add a controller, improved lenses to the new Gear VR

As rumored, Samsung and Oculus have announced an updated version of their Gear VR headset at MWC today. The notable highlights are lens optimizations and the addition of a motion and touch controller, much like Google Daydream, for easier game interactions.


The Android world has been in a bit of a drought over the past year or two in regards to tablets. While we still get a handful of mid-range tablets from time to time, we rarely get any high-powered flagships. Today, though, Samsung is changing that — for now — with the debut of the Galaxy Tab S3.

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Late last year, Finnish brand HMD Global signed a licensing deal to release Android devices that carry the Nokia brand. At MWC today, the devices were launched to a global audience along with a throwback of the Nokia 3310 from the early 2000s.

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Following a number of leaks, including specs, hardware, and even the retail packaging, Lenovo finally announced the Moto G5 and G5 Plus today at MWC 2017. The Moto G5 continues the company’s successful G series of affordable smartphones, now bringing even more premium features like a metal design and a fingerprint sensor previously found only on the G Plus and Z series.

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It’s official; LG has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the LG G6. The new device supersedes the LG G5 in a number of ways, and we got take an early look. Let’s dive in and check out LG’s newest device, with its almost-bezel-less 18:9 display, Google Assistant, and more…

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Watch the unveiling of Nokia’s Android devices and 3310 throwback [Livestream]

In a real nostalgia moment for the industry, Nokia is following BlackBerry’s lead yesterday by announcing a range of new Android devices. Made by HMD Global, the devices are for the lower-end of the market, with the Nokia 3310 serving as a further throwback.


Huawei has today announced the Huawei Watch 2, its followup to the largely-successful Huawei Watch which originally launched in 2015. But the Chinese company is actually launching two successors to the Huatch today: a sportier model with silicone straps and LTE, and a “Classic” model that will serve the crowd looking for something more like its predecessor…

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At MWC 2017, Huawei has just announced the P10 and P10 Plus. A particular big focus of the two devices are design and the camera, with Huawei partnering with numerous companies in both areas.

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ZTE demos prototype phone capable of 1Gbps speeds at MWC, powered by Snapdragon 835

This week in Barcelona at MWC, ZTE is showing off a new prototype “Gigabit Phone.” It’s a device capable of reaching download speeds of up to 1Gbps, the fastest we’ve seen to date on a mobile device.

Wireless charging, HiFi DAC, 64GB storage on LG G6 will be region restricted

LG’s G6 went official this morning at MWC, and it seems that LG has absolutely nailed its flagship for the first time in a couple of years following the unimpressive LG G5 and LG G4. However, some of the features on the LG G6 will be exclusive to certain regions, so let’s take a closer look…


After a plethora of leaks, LG has today made its 2017 flagship smartphone official. As the Korean company’s long-awaited followup to the LG G5 (which, as we all know, didn’t do so well), the LG G6 has a lot to make up for. Based on what we’re seeing so far, though, it might just accomplish that…

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How to watch the Huawei Watch 2, P10 unveiling livestream on Android, Chromecast

As MWC goes into full swing, we’re watching announcement after announcement. Today, February 26th, there are quite a few events on our calendar, and one of those is from Huawei.

MWC 2017 February 25, 2017


Product announcements are getting on their way at Mobile World Congress, and up next is the phone that could easily go down as the most leaked device of 2017: the LG G6. While we aren’t expecting to learn too much about the handset that we didn’t already know, the livestream for the event starts at 12PM CET (6AM EST) and you can watch it on almost all of your devices…

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Today at MWC 2017, BlackBerry and TCL officially unveiled the BlackBerry KeyOne, the device formerly known as the “Mercury.” Since the reveal, the biggest complaint I’ve seen circulating around social media regards the pricing, particularly how high it is. Do you think the KeyOne is overpriced?

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First alleged image of the very shiny Sony Xperia XZ Premium leaks

Sony first announced the Xperia XZ at IFA last year and made it available for US customers in October. In our review, we noted the handset’s fantastic performance, but it isn’t quite worth its $649 retail price mostly because it lacks a fingerprint sensor in the US.


BlackBerry’s “hail mary” just went official, the BlackBerry “KeyOne.” Previously referred to as the “Mercury,” this new device from BlackBerry brings the company’s signature design, including the always available hardware keyboard, along with Android. It certainly grabbed a lot of attention back at CES 2017, but now, we finally know all the remaining details…

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Watch the BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ unveiling on Android, Chromecast, Chrome OS [Livestream]

MWC 2017 takes place this week and to kick things off, BlackBerry is set to unveil its highly-anticipated “Mercury” smartphone. While that’s not the final name, we’ve learned quite a bit about this phone ahead of its release…


BlackBerry is set to introduce the world to its ‘Mercury’ phone later this morning (or later this evening if you’re in Barcelona), but the phone — now officially known as the “KeyOne” — actually just leaked on BlackBerry’s site. We’ll have a livestream up for you soon if you want to tune in, but almost everything about the phone has now surfaced straight from the horse’s mouth. Keep reading to check out the full specs and a gallery of screenshots from the now-pulled KeyOne website

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MWC 2017 February 24, 2017


This is it. We are now on the verge of Mobile World Congress. This means that we will see companies from all over the world meet in Barcelona to announce their latest and greatest mobile devices. While it is rumored that Samsung will only be giving us a sneak peak of the S8 at the show, we are expecting a bunch of other handsets to be shown off. So, which phone are you most excited to see announced at MWC?

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LG’s new ‘X power2’ mid-range smartphone is designed to last all weekend on a charge

While LG’s main attraction at CES this year will be the highly anticipated flagship LG G6, the company won’t be stopping there. As previously reported, the company is bringing a new mid-range device to the show, the ‘X power2.’

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