Five trends at Mobile World Congress


Nokia's reboot of its 3310 model, first released way back in 2000, was the star of annual tech event Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Operating through HMD Global; a Finnish based smartphone maker, on Monday this week unveiled five new Nokia Android smartphones; Nokia 6 (was first launched in China and limited to the Chinese Market then re-launched in Barcelona), Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and a revamped version of the iconic Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 which is now happening in Barcelona.

The Nokia 3310 has 16MB of built-in memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card, sports a 2MP camera with LED flash, a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a 1200mAh battery. He adds that Nokia has been "fortunate" to find a partner such as HMD because they know Nokia, they are former "Nokians" and because they bought the feature phone business back from Microsoft "they have the capability to sell these things". However, fans are most excited about the launch of the Nokia 3310 feature phone due to its nostalgic value.

According to Forbes, the updated 2017 version of the Nokia 3310 has a slimmer design that is about half the thickness of the original; a 2.4 inch screen, bigger than the 1.5 inch monochrome display; a performance that is better than the original but does not compare to any of today's smartphones; long battery life and secure connectivity; and a camera that the original did not have. Nokia 3, along with the 5 and 6 will be in Android Nougat and Google Assistant. Would you upgrade your smartphone with this? Everyone was relieved to find out that LG G6 will not feature the same modular design that was used on the previous LG G5.

LG is widely expected to unveil the next-gen variant of the LG G5, the LG G6 at the event.

But there is a special version of the Nokia 6, which has everything else the regular has but with a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, going for €299 (GH¢1,435).

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Here's a look at some notable devices that stole the headlines in the last few days. The KEYone will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU, and will come with Quick Charge 3.0 technology for its 3,505 mAH battery. It is also equipped with a 2MP camera.

While the P10 gets a 5.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display at 432ppi, the P10 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch display at 540ppi and a 2K screen resolution (2560 x 1440).

The device will probably come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

HMD Global is making the refreshed 3310 available in Warm Red and Yellow, which both come with a fingerprint-prone high-gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey, with a matte-look finish. The 5.5-inch phone doesn't disappoint at all with its advanced camera technology which Sony phones always do.

Despite growing excitement around the LG G6, Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and even the Samsung Galaxy S8 (which didn't launch, but got an official date), the search figures for the 3310 absolutely obliterated the competition. That's not to say there wasn't cool innovation on display: the XZ Premium's ability to record video at 960 frames per second drew gasps from even the most cynical journalists, as did Oppo's new 5x optical zoom, coming soon to a smartphone near you.