Wondering if you should jump on the Android train or upgrade an existing Android? Perfect timing, because MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress) has come and gone, and we now have a peek at the next major smartphone flagships.
At Seamgen, we are excited to see what flagships are in the works, from top Android manufacturers to rumored iPhones. Keep reading to find out what Android devices will be releasing soon and our thoughts on it!
Last year’s LG G5 pushed for a modular mobile device and was met with limited success. Now, the G6 has been announced, and it’s time to unravel it.
The metal unibody design is the typical go-to for flagships, as it gives off a premium feel. Recently though, flagship design languages have begun to include glass.
With the LG G6, there is a glass and metal unibody design, which also eliminates LG’s niche feature: removable batteries. The industry has moved away from removable batteries in favor of quick charge and now LG is finally following suit.
The 5.7-inch display, coupled with thin bezels, leads to an 80% body to screen ratio. LG states that the phone allows you to:
See More, Hold Less
The LG G6 is an attractive, sleek phone that can comfortably fit in one hand.
As expected of any flagship, the G6 is rocking the latest internals.
- 5.7-inch Quad HD Display with an 18:9 ratio
- Snapdragon 821 Processer
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB of storage
- MicroSD with up to 2 TB
- 13MP rear camera with f/ 1.8 Aperture
- 5MP front camera
- 3,300 mAh battery
The G6 is running Android 7.0 Nougat on top of LG’s UI. Although not pure Android, the skin is not heavy, so with the internals the G6 is packing, day-to-day operations should run smoothly.
Despite the issues surrounding Samsung (Note 7 issues + Korean politics), the company is hoping that the S8 will be a success. While the phone was not unveiled at MWC 2017, Samsung has provided an event date: March 29th.
Not all phones unveiled at MWC 2017 are flagships with the latest tech, and not everyone needs the power of a flagship. Whether it’s for budget reasons or a cheaper replacement, mid-tier smartphones have a market.
While there are players like Oneplus who aim to sell flagship-level devices at high mid-tier, low high-end prices, companies like Motorola aim to bring flagship design to a cheaper device. The Moto G5 Plus aims to do exactly that. The device has a full metal build and is priced at $229.
- 5.2-inch LCD 1080p display
- Snapdragon 625
- Adreno 506
- 2-4GB RAM
- 16-64GB storage
- MicroSD compatible with up to 128GB
- 12MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture
- 5MP front camera
- 3,000mAh battery
While there is a cheaper model in the form of the G5, the U.S. markets will be getting the plus version. Both versions will run the latest Android software, 7.0 Nougat.
Ah Nokia, creator of the nearly indestructible 3310. Smartphones have dominated the world for several years now, but 2017 has brought us a blast from the past, and it is being met with hype. At MWC 2017, Nokia revealed the 3310 reboot.
Even though it’s a reboot, Nokia did not bring the 3310 entirely into the present day, as it is still not a smartphone. However, one department the 3310 is beating all other devices is battery life, with a staggering 22-hours, along with a month-long standby time. Nokia brands it as
A modern classic reimagined
While the 3310 is no flagship, Nokia did show off three other devices at MWC 2017: the 3, 5, and 6. The Nokia 6 announcement is geared towards a global release, as it was released in China earlier this year. The device, although no serious powerhouse, has a low entry price beginning at $242.
- 5.5-inch Full HD display
- Snapdragon 430 Processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 16MP rear camera
- 8MP front-facing camera.
Both the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 represent lower-end models of the Nokia 6 with the 5 starting off at $199 and the 3 at $147.
Nokia does not seem to be aiming to compete with big names like Samsung or LG; however, the perceived image of their products, plus the reboot of the 3310, represent a return to their specialty: durability.
Only time will tell how sales for these devices goes, but a Nokia renaissance could be among us if Nokia pumps out a high-end smartphone with their renowned durability.
Last but not least is Blackberry, another important player from the pre-mass smartphone age. Unveiling the KEYone, Blackberry brings back the physical keyboard, paired with Android 7.1 Nougat.
With the inclusion of a physical keyboard comes capacitive functions and shortcuts allowing users to cut navigation time. This allows users to program shortcuts to specific letters with the example Blackberry provides: “B” for browser.
Blackberry devices have a reputation for being secure and the KEYone is no different, as it is labeled as the:
Most secure Android smartphone. Secured with Blackberry security software, the world’s most trusted mobile security software.
- 4.5-inch Full-HD display
- Snapdragon 625 processor
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 3,505mAH battery
- 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture
- 8MP front-facing camera.
The KEYone’s release date is sometime in April, with a price tag of $549.
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