The annual World Mobile Communications Conference (MWC) will be held in Barcelona from 27th to March 2nd this month. As one of the top three exhibitions in the technology industry, MWC will gather the world's top mobile phone manufacturers each year. They will not only release new products, but also show the development direction of the communication industry in the next year. So in the upcoming MWC2017, what kinds of exciting flagship mobile phone will come to us?
LG G6：The Second Best Flagship
As Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S8 would not be released on the MWC, LG G6 will be the biggest brand among flagships at MWC 2017 conference. After info disclosure for nearly three months, LG G series is not mysterious at all now.LG has previously released an invitation to the global media, revealing the theme of the conference is "See More, Play More". According to the G6 appearance that has been leaked, LG G6's main feature will be a 5.7-inch Fillet display of resolution reaching 1440 * 2880. The display occupies more than 90% of the front panel. LG called it Full Vision screen. However, it is not the first time for slender screen occurred in the smartphone. LG has used 21: 9 screen for a long time. Such ratio allows more information to display on the screen. Thus, if browsing web page on such screen, you can have better reading experience. Nevertheless, if used to watch Video or run the game, it is inevitable that there will be black sides on both ends.
Interestingly, the G5's modularity is hard to trigger a positive response in the market. So, although G6 preserve the metal shell, back-style power button and dual camera, it will remove the modular port. And the integrated body will come back to G6. Plus, it is dust-proof and waterproof ability reach IPX68 level.
But compared to the screen and the shell, the LG G6 hardware configuration may disappoint a lot of people. And according to previous Forbes news, in the first half of 2016, almost all of the Snapdragon 835 processor is purchased by Samsung. So the next best choice for LG G6 may be Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB RAM, 3200mAh battery, and LG UX 6.0 system based on Android 7.0 . It is possible that LG would optimize more applications for the wide screen.
LG G6 will be available earlier than the Galaxy S8, which also helps LG further reduce the cost. According to most rumors, LG G6 price will be lower than the old rival Samsung. Such a time difference tactics may help LG to seize part of the lost market back.
Sony Xperia X2: Finally Abandoned 3G Memory
Sony has also recently given an invitation to the global media, announcing that the new product conference would be held on February 27. It is also revealed that Sony may present 5 new products at the conference like it did last year.
The five products that were disclosed were Yoshino, BlancBright, Keyaki, HioKi and Mineo. The most high-end one is undoubtedly Yoshino. It is said that it will be the first equipped with Snapdragon 835 processor, 5.5-inch 4K resolution display and 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X memory. Accordingly, the so-called Yoshino should be the previously rumored Sony Xperia XZ2. It is reported that, as Samsung purchased the first batch of Snapdragon 835, Yoshino has to wait for a period of time for production after release.
Another high-end product is BlancBright, but its market positioning will be slightly lower than Yoshino. It will also be equipped with Snapdragon 635 processor. This SoC will be the enhanced version of Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. In addition, BlancBright will use 5.5-inch 2K resolution display and 4GB RAM.
Keyaki, Hinoki and Mineo aim to low-end market. In addition to Keyaki, which will be equipped with 5.2-inch FHD display and 4GB RAM. The rest of the products will be equipped with 720P display and use MediaTek P20 processor.
Nokia: More High-end or More Low-end?
After Nokia 6 is officially released, all is looking forward for HMD to bring a real flagship phone. At conference held in China, HMD also suggested that MWC will bring surprise. But now it seems that HMD may not bring Nokia 8 equipped with Snapdragon 430 at the conference. On the contrary, it turned to a more low-end market.
There is news revealing that HMD will bring four new products on the MWC 2017. In addition to Nokia 6 International Edition, it will also bring Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, and Nokia 3310. Nokia 6 International Edition and Nokia 6 have no difference. In addition to pre-installed Google package of firmware, the International Edition will also use Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage space and 5.5-inch FHD display. It will come with 3000mAh capacity battery and 16 million pixel camera.
BlackBerry Mercury and TCL: the Last BlackBerry Smartphone
It is not the first debut of BlackBerry. At CES2017 held in Jan., the BlackBerry showed a prototype of Mercury.
BlackBerry Mercury continued to use the previous P9981 silver black color and BlackBerry good QWERTY full keyboard. The more special design is that the fingerprint keys and touchpad built in the space key. According to CES, Mercury will be equipped with 4.5-inch display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB RAM, 1800p pixel main camera, 3400mAh battery supporting USB Type-C interface, and Android operating system.
There is no doubt that BlackBerry Mercury will become a turning point in the history of BlackBerry. Afterwards, the BlackBerry hardware business will be responsible by the TCL communication.