The company played the teaser game expertly and the LG G6 was hotly anticipated. The FullVision display stole the show and pre-empted reportedly similar designs by Samsung and even Apple. The waterproof body sheds G5’s modularity but keeps the dual-camera. In fact, the revised system will offer better quality wide-angle shots. Also, two square photos fit perfectly on the 18:9 screen, a widely promoted feature which can be used for some fun effects.
Sony may have been the only company with a two-tiered showing at the MWC, everyone else went all flagship or all mid-range. That’s good news for impatient Sony fans who were presented two XZ front runners, plus two XA phones presented as “super mid-rangers.”
Nokia and HMD delivered some high-grade nostalgia. The Nokia 3310 (2017) really brought back the memories. The trio of Android-powered phones were quite special too.
Huawei brought the dual-camera competition to the G6. The Huawei P10 uses the 12MP + 20MP camera setup from the Mate 9. The Huawei P10 Plus offers that and the Kirin 960 chipset in a larger form factor with a 5.5″ QHD screen.
While the Lenovo mothership focused on tablets, the Moto division brought out a couple of mid-rangers to challenge the Nokias. The Moto G5 Plus boasts a stunningly good camera – 12MP sensor with Dual Pixel AF, f/1.7 aperture and 2160p video capture (US only). Sounds a lot like the Galaxy S7 camera, doesn’t it? The Moto G5 is more modest and swaps the Snapdragon 625 chip of the Plus to 430 and goes to a 13MP/1080p camera.
With the Galaxy S scheduled for March, Samsung brought out a rare type of Android tablet – a powerful one. The Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 boasts a sharp Super AMOLED screen to draw on using the S Pen. An optional QWERTY keyboard can help boost the productivity. That is if you can get any work done with distractions like gaming on the Snapdragon 820 chipset and AKG-tuned speakers. Then there are the Windows-powered Galaxy Books.
Initially teased as the Mercury, the BlackBerry KEYOne flaunted its hardware QWERTY, but also its photography skills courtesy of the 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor – the same one used in the Google Pixels.