Coolest new Android phones at Mobile World Congress 2017

BlackBerry, Nokia, Sony and other smartphones debut at MWC in Barcelona

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MWC 2017 Smartphone Central

No, Apple isn’t at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona teasing its iPhone 8 and Samsung isn’t formally unveiling its Galaxy S8, but plenty of other big name vendors are using the annual wireless network confab to show off their latest and greatest Android smartphones. (This roundup includes reporting from IDG News Service.)

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HMD Global Nokia 3310, plus Nokia 3, 5 and 6 phones

The 3310 is a throwback phone with a curvier figure than earlier models, and it costs about $50. No frills here, as in 2G instead of 3G or LTE, plus a 2.4-inch screen, 2mp camera, 16GB of storage and 22 hours of talk time. The Opera Mini browser is your gateway to the web. HMD’s new Android phones are the low-cost Nokia 3 LTE phone with 5-inch screen starting at about $150, the $200 Nokia 5 5.2-inch phone with 12mp back camera/8mp front camera and a Snapdragon 430 processor. A higher-end edition, the aluminum-body Nokia 6, has a 5.5-inch HD screen and costs a bit over $300.

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Lenovo Moto G5 and G5 Plus

These budget Android 7.0 phones, respectively, have 5- and 5.2-inch LCD screens with Full HD 1080p resolution. Their sturdy aluminum back plates give them the look and feel of higher end Moto Z phones, whereas earlier G series models were plastic outside (see a Greenbot editor go hands on with the new Moto G phones here). Lenovo boasts of 2800 and 3000 mAh all-day batteries and rapid charging, and the Plus includes a more powerful Snapdragon processor than the regular G5. Google Assistant promises to take a load off your more mundane tasks as well. Only the G5 Plus will be sold in the U.S., starting at $230 in March for a version with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

The Chinese company puts the emphasis on the camera in this smartphone, which boasts a 5.1- and 5.5-inch screens. The Huawei P10 Android phone comes with 20mp monochrome and 12mp color cameras in the rear, and an 8mp one in front, all featuring Leica technology that allows for more light. All of the cameras have autofocus, and the back cameras allow 4K video and feature optical image stabilization. Not only do the phones allow for colorful photography, but are colorful themselves, coming in Ceramic White, Dazzling Blue, Greenery and other diamond-cut cases. The P10 starts at $650 and the P10 Plus starts at $50 more. They begin shipping in March in about 30 markets, including in Europe and Asia, but not in the U.S. They are coming to Canada.

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TCL BlackBerry KEYone

Yes, you read that correctly: BlackBerry is coming out with a new smartphone, by way of TCL Communication, and it’s slated to be available in April. The KEYone, which had been known as the Mercury early on, is a throwback in that it has a physical keyboard with raised keys but also doubles as a touchpad. TCL says the device is aimed at professionals but also at consumers – not specifically to be used just at work. The KEYone runs Android 7.1 with added security, has a big 3505 mAH battery and a fast-charging mode. It will be priced at $550.


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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

This is a super shiny Android 7.1 smartphone with a mirror finish, and as the name indicates, it is a high end device. It has a 4K HDR (high dynamic range) display that spans 5.5-inches and supports super slo-mo video. The Xperia XZ Premium is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor capable of 4G LTE data transfer at up to 1Gbps. The camera stats are impressive too: a 19mp rear camera and a 13mp front one, with 4K video recording supported. Pricing and availability to be announced later.

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This sleek successor to the G5 Android smartphone has a 5.7-inch LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Dolby Vision technology that LG claims offers “a more authentic cinematic viewing experience.” The LG G6 phone has dual 13mp rear cameras, and includes front and rear wide-angle lens technology. The phone has the Google Assistant built in as its version of Siri or Cortana. Pricing and availability info to come.

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