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MWC 2017: Round Up

The Mobile World Congress which is held in Barcelona is a great platform for both the smartphone makers & tech community. This year MWC was bigger & better than the previous one.

MWC 2017 witness the key announcements from big players like LG,Motorola, Huawei, Sony are few to names. Not only this, this time MWC 2017 gave re-birth to some of the key players like Nokia & Blackberry.

Nokia 3310 & other Android Devices

The biggest turn around & the most awaited device was launched by NOKIA. This year Nokia has done a comeback in the devices segment. The brand has introduced couple of Android powered Smartphone’s along with an updated version of the legendary Nokia 3310.

Nokia has joined hands with HMD Global, owners of the Nokia brand.  Nokia 3310 has 2.4-inch colour display (320 x 240 pixels), 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB port and a 2MP rear camera. There is a D-pad in the center of the device.

The device has 16GB storage which can be expandable up to 32GB and support a 1,200mAh battery. It comes in four different colour variants, runs on the Symbian 30 operating system and will come with a new version of classic Snake game.

NOKIA 6

Another feather Nokia’s has added to its hat during MWC 2017 was launch of Nokia 6. The devices comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5.5′ fullHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 processor. On the imaging front, the smartphone features a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and an 8MP front camera for selfies.

It has four color variants namely Matte Black, Silver, Copper and Tempered Blue and will be launched at a price of 249 Euros which is around Rs 17,600. There is also an ARTE Black version of the smartphone with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for 299 Euros which is around Rs 21,000.

Huawei P10

Huawei has come up with the most powerful device at MWC 2017. The P10 comes in 5.1 inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p HD display and the P10 Plus with 5.5 inch screen with quadHD display. The phones deploy 8 core processors and sport 12 megapixel camera. The brand claims to support data speed in Gigabytes!

Blackberry

Blackberry is another brand which is coming back in the smartphone market with its new devices. The brand has called off for not manufacturing the devices anymore. BlackBerry has tie up with TCL to manufacture their devices. This year at MWC 2017, the Canadian firm’s launched the BlackBerry KEYone. The 4.5 inch smartphone comes with a physical keypad, fingerprint sensor, runs on Android Nougat and 13 MP cameras.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Motorola never fails to impress the consumer with its unique design & specifications. This year too, at MWC 2017 The Moto G5 and G5 Plus come with a unique design with a circular camera panel, a metal body, slightly rounded edges, a home button up front and a new silver colour variant. Built from metal, they also look and feel more premium than the plastic G4/G4 Plus.

The Moto G5 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch fullHD display, a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower quick charging support, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, 32/64GB of expandable storage as well as a fingerprint scanner.

The Moto G5 on the other hand comes with a smaller 5.0′ fullHD display, 32 GB of expandable storage and the slower Snapdragon 430 processor. On the imaging front, the G5 has a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP camera at the front.

Both the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 2/4GB of RAM.

LG G6

The Korean firm LG, unveiled the biggest phone of MWC 2017 – the LG G6. The LG G6 comes in 5.7 inch screen size. The LG G6 is water and dust resistant devices. The LG G6 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage and fingerprint sensor.

The phone is coupled with carries 3300 mAh battery. G6 sports a dual camera array on the back with two 13MP sensors with one of them having a wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field of view.

LG has not yet announced the pricing of the device. Let’s see what they have in for the consumers.

ZTE

ZTE has surprised the audience at MWC 2017. This Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE claimed to have launched world’s first Gigabit phone to be used on 5G networks. Named Gigabit Phone, this smartphone from ZTE offers download speed up to 1 gigabit per second!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony has been in news for its premium segment devices. This year at MWC Sony, has introduced Xperia XZ Premium. The Smartphone is bundled with 4GB of RAM, a 3,230mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support and Android 7.0 out of the box. As with previous Xperia’s, the power button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.

Oppo 5X

Oppo like always has played around the camera technology. This year at MWC 2017 they have  unveiled a revolutionary new camera technology that allows 5X optical zoom on smartphones. This technology allows for 5X optical zoom without any bulk.

The camera barely peeks out of the smartphone’s surface. The system has a set of lenses stacked along the phone’s width that move to change focal length going from 1X all the way through 2X, 3x and 5X in steps.

This year MWC 2017 was a revolution for smartphones or devices from across the brand. Some of the players vent into the flagship devices or some of the brands launched unique technology driven devices.

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Microsoft announce Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015

Today at Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft Corp. introduced Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new smartphones that give people greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they get things done. Both phones are upgradeable to Windows 10, which offers more personal computing and greater productivity, and will be available later this year.

In a competitive marketplace, Microsoft continues to deliver innovative smartphone experiences at all price points. Both devices offer the seamless integration of hardware essentials — with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities — and Microsoft services to offer incredible productivity with affordability. With Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, people are prepared for anything — for work, at home and on the go:

Lumia 640 XL

  • Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run popular websites, apps and games thanks to the onboard 1 GB of memory and powerful Qualcomm ® Snapdragon ™ processor featuring quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz.
  • Enjoy photos and videos on a crisp high-definition (HD) display — either 5 inches on Lumia 640 or 5.7 inches on Lumia 640 XL.
  • Power through the day with battery to spare with a long-lasting battery — 2500 mAh for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
  • Capture detail-rich photos even in low light with the 8MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13MP ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both feature LED flash, a front-facing camera for Skype video calling, and Lumia Camera software right out of the box.
  • Enjoy the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders. People can also upgrade Lumia 640 and 640 XL to Windows 10 and enjoy its benefits as it becomes available later this year.
  • Have the best of both worlds with LTE support available on dual-SIM models for the first time. In addition, all dual-SIM models will feature Smart Dual SIM to help ensure people never miss a call.

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL customers will be able to access new Windows 10 features and innovation through the Windows Insider Program, as well as upgrade to Windows 10 later this year. Key features and improvements of Windows 10 include new universal apps such as Office, Mail and Calendar, and Photos; Internet Protocol-based messaging from Skype and others integrated directly into the messaging experience; an entirely new browsing experience with the new Project Spartan browser; and extended integration of the Cortana personal assistant.

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet, plus 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.

“Our newest Lumia devices build on our momentum in the affordable smartphones space,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “With the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, we continue to make innovation accessible to more people. We have packaged competitive hardware with innovative Windows software and Microsoft services to help you achieve more, wherever and whenever you want.”

Lumia 640 XL will begin rolling out globally in March and will be available in matte cyan, orange and black, as well as both matte and glossy white. Lumia 640 will be available starting in April and will be available in glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black. Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM LTE and dual-SIM 3G variants. Lumia 640 XL will also be available as a single-SIM 3G variant. Pricing will vary by market and operator; Lumia 640 is estimated to be around 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model, before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 640 XL will be around 189 euros for 3G and 219 euros for LTE, before taxes and subsidies.