These are the hottest gadgets coming out in 2017
This year's Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile tech conference of the year held in Barcelona, has been quite eventful. The new announcements range from a waterproof LG G6, to a new BlackBerry phone, to new Samsung tablets, all the way to a remake of the legendary Nokia 3310, among many others. Read on for the hottest announcements straight from the conference.
LG Announces the Launch of the LG G6
The waterproof LG G6 smartphone is a welcome return to form by the tech giant. A radical departure from its slightly underwhelming predecessor in terms of design and features, the newcomer is poised to compete with the best high-end smartphones this year.
Like many other LG smartphones before it, the G6 is defined by its gorgeous display. The razor-sharp (2,880 by 1,560 pixels) 5.7-inch IPS unit has an innovative 18:9 ratio (typically, smartphones have displays with 16:9 aspect), which makes it look longer and narrower than typical displays. It also dominates the front of the smartphone almost completely (the screen-to-body ratio is almost 80%), thanks to LG's implementation of ultra thin bezels.
The LG G6 features a duo of 13MP cameras on its back. One of the sensors sits behind a wide-angle lens. The front-facing camera can capture 5MP wide-angle selfies.
LG G6 has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance—it can spend up to 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. Another highly coveted feature that the device brings is wireless charging. Of course, a fingerprint sensor and the usual bevy of connectivity options are also on board.
As expected from a high-end Android smartphone these days, the LG G6 features a top-shelf chipset made by Qualcomm. The U.S. variant of the smartphone will feature 4GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and microSD card slot for further expansion.
The smartphone runs Android Nougat. The AI-powered Google Assistant is also part of the OS.
LG G6 will hit the shelves in the weeks ahead. All major carriers will offer the smartphone.
Samsung Launches the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Galaxy Tab S3 by Samsung is a range-topping Android tablet that offers a seamless blend of entertainment, creativity, and productivity tools in a lightweight, ultra thin body crafted from metal and glass. The slate also comes with handy accessories, including a keyboard case and a mighty S Pen stylus, so it will rival the iPad Pro when it becomes available.
Being a high-end mobile device by Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S3 has a gorgeous 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,048 by 1,536 pixels. A real treat to look at in person, the screen also supports HDR content viewing. The display is complemented nicely by four speakers tuned by AKG.
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Tab S3 with a powerful Qualcomm chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable memory. Other key specs of the device include a 13MP main camera, rich set of connectivity options, fingerprint sensor, and Android Nougat with Samsung's custom user interface.
The Galaxy Tab S3 will become available in the near future. As far as Android tablets go, this one will handily be one of the best.
Samsung Showcases the Samsung Galaxy Book with Windows 10
The Galaxy Book by Samsung is an ultra-thin Windows 10 tablet capable with serious performance credentials, courtesy of a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU. In a manner befitting a Galaxy product, the slate also features a stunning 12-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,160 by 1,440 pixels and support for HDR content.
The Galaxy Book will come bundled with a comfy keyboard cover and an S Pen stylus. Connectivity options of the device include a duo of USB-C ports, optional LTE network connectivity, and GPS.
The 6,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy Book can deliver up to 10.5 hours of screen-on time on a single charge. A fast charger is included in the device's retail package.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy Book in the coming weeks. The stylish slate will replace last year's Galaxy Tab Pro S in its Windows 10 lineup.
Welcome the Blackberry KEYone
The BlackBerry KEYone is part Android smartphone, part a nod to the company's glorious past when it was among the leaders on the market. The newcomer will stand out from the busy Android crowd by offering BlackBerry's signature physical keyboard.
In order to accommodate its unique feature, BlackBerry has equipped the KEYone with a 4.5-inch display, whose resolution of 1,620 by 1,080 pixels is a tad odd for an Android device. The same goes for the screen's 3:2 aspect ratio.
In terms of specs, the KEYone features a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable memory. A 12MP main camera and 5MP secondary one are also part of the highlights, as is a large 3,505 mAh battery. Coupled with the energy-efficient processor, it should help the KEYone last quite a bit away from a power outlet.
The KEYone will run Android Nougat. The OS is customized by BlackBerry to ensure that it meets the security standards that its phones are known and regarded for.
BlackBerry will launch the KEYone globally in April. The US price tag of the smartphone will be $549.
The Nokia 3310 Is Reborn
The reborn Nokia 3310 is another new product that harks back to days past. The feature phone has 2G connectivity, 2MP camera, FM radio, and built-in music player. Expandable storage is also available.
Because it only delivers mobile connectivity basic, the 3310 can last up to a whopping month on a single charge. Of course, being a Nokia 3310, the phone comes preloaded with the iconic Snake mobile game.
Nokia will launch the 3310 in the coming weeks. The phone will cost €49.
Lenovo Showcases the Budget-Friendly Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 Plus is the first member of Lenovo iconic series of affordable smartphones with metal build. Just like its predecessors, the well-equipped smartphones will deliver smartphone experience typical for pricier offerings in a more affordable price point.
Key features of Moto G5 Plus include a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 12MP main camera, and 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging. The handset will be available in gray or gold when it launches. Pricing will start at a highly reasonable $229 when sales begin.
Sony Outs the Xperia XZ Premium with 4K HDR Display
Sony's shiny Xperia XZ Premium could well become the best equipped smartphone when it hits the shelves. As its name suggests, the device is a more upmarket variant of the currently available Xperia XZ with similar design.
The device's long list of hardware features kicks off with a jaw-dropping 5.5-inch 4K (!) display with HDR support, Qualcomm's cutting edge Snapdragon 835 chip, and an advanced 19MP camera, capable of capturing slow-motion footage at a whopping 960 fps. The latter is a first for a smartphone.
The smartphone is due to launch in late spring. There is no word on pricing, but it surely won't come cheap.
Huawei Announces a New P10 Smartphone Series
Huawei's brand new P10 series of smartphones consists of a regular model with a 5.1-inch display and a Plus model with 5.5-inch screen. The devices feature sleek design and high-end hardware features, headed by a dual-camera tuned by Leica.
The camera setup of each P10 smartphone consists of a 12MP regular camera and a 20MP monochrome sensor. The latter is designed to capture only black and white photos with exceptional quality.
For the time being, there is no word if Huawei will make the P10 and P10 Plus available in the United states. The power couple will launch in Europe with the Huawei P10 priced at €649 and the P10 Plus going for €699.
Huawei's Launching a New Smartwatch Too: the Huawei Watch 2
The Huawei Watch 2 is a sporty successor of the original with optional LTE connectivity. Available in regular and classic variant, the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch has beautiful circular AMOLED display, up to two days of battery life, and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.
Other key highlights of the smartphone include GPS connectivity, a built-in heart-rate sensor for advanced activity tracking, and a standalone music player. Being an Android Wear 2.0 device, the gadget can also run Google Play apps without the help of your smartphone.
Samsung's New Gear VR Headset Has a Controller
The latest iteration of Samsung's Gear VR virtual reality headset will be a real game changer, thanks to a bundled controller. Powered by Oculus, the accessory will allow users to interact with the VR content on a whole new, a lot more immersive level.
The New Gear VR will work with current and future high-end Samsung smartphones all the way back to the Galaxy S6 family. The accessory will launch in the coming weeks.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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