So, now we wait

Mobile World Congress 2017 has come and gone. Now comes the hard part. Waiting for the phone(s) that caught our eye(s) to actually be released for sale. Whether it’s a flagship or mid-ranger, our patience/frustration levels will be tested as we check the daily articles for when we can get the particular device into our finger-ready hands. And, of course, the Galaxy S8 is there on the horizon. You probably know by now that the S8 will be officially announced at the New York, Samsung Unpacked event on March 29th. If that’s the phone you’re waiting for (and I’m sure many are), be ready to crack open that piggy bank, because the rumors say that it won’t be cheap. Most are expecting it to be in the $900 to $1000 range, once tax is included.

As for devices that were officially announced at MWC, I’ve focused on four here.

The LG G6. Expected to be released in Korea on March 10th. For the US, the word is that we should expect it in early April.

Some specs:

  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 7in 18:9 2880×1440 Quad HD display, 565ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage (region dependent)
  • 13Mp dual rear cameras, Wide (F2.4, 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8, 71°) LED flash
  • 5Mp front camera, Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • 4G LTE
  • Nano SIM (Dual SIM in some regions)
  • NFC
  • 3,300mAh non removable battery
  • Wireless charging (US only)
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • IP68 water resistant

 

The G6 is the one that I’m waiting for and I’m hoping that the rumors of $600 to $700 are right.

Next, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. Motorola says that both will be available in March, but has not specified a date. Also, the Moto US website shows the G5 Plus, but not the G5. Suggesting only the Plus will be offered in the United States.  No official pricing yet, but the UK version is said to cost £259, so the US price should be in the $300 to $325 range (well, one can hope).

Some G5 Plus specs:

  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 2in 1920×1080 display, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 2GB or 4GB RAM (based on region)
  • 16/32/64GB storage (region dependent)
  • Expandable storage 128GB
  • 12MP rear camera
  • 5Mp front camera
  • 1080p video capture
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery
  • Fingerprint sensor (below screen)

 

The G5 Plus is my 2nd interest from this group of devices.

Then there’s Sony. The Xperia XZ Premium is the flagship, but Sony also announced the Xperia XZs, the Xperia XA1 and the Xperia XA1 Ultra. All we’ve been told thus far is to expect them sometime in the Spring. Keeping it vague to give them some wiggle room, I suspect. Expect pricing to be somewhere in the $800 or above range.

Some specs of the XZ Premium:

 

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5in 4K HDR touchscreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, Micro-SD card slot
  • 19Mp Motion Eye camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • Slow motion capture at 960fps
  • 5mm headphone jack
  • 3230 mAh battery, Qnovo Adaptive charging
  • IP65/68

Finally, the Blackberry KeyOne.  The diehard Blackberry fans say this is a nice upgrade from the Priv. It has the beloved keyboard on real Android phone. It’s set to become available in early April worldwide with differing release dates for different markets.  The US price is $550, which many think is too much for what is offered.

Some specs:

  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • 5 in 1620×1080 IPS LCD display, 434ppi 3.2 Aspect Ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD up to 2TB
  • 12MP rear camera F2.4 HDR, 4K 30fps
  • 8MP front camera F2.2 Selfie flash 1080p/30 video
  • NFC
  • 3,505mAh non-removable battery
  • DTEK security suite
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB-C

 

Yes, there were more phones and other devices introduced at MWC, but these are the ones that interest me most. Let us know in the comments, what you found interesting, fascinating and/or desirable.


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George Hayes

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