Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Tech: 5 Nokia 3310 features you wish you had in your smartphones

Tech: 5 Nokia 3310 features you wish you had in your smartphones

Every year phone manufacturers from all over the world flock to Barcelona to unveil their latest devices at Mobile World Congress, leaving us with a batch of brand new phones to compete for our attention.

The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were not exactly the biggest surprise when Lenovo unveiled them at MWC because they had been mentioned in plenty of rumors in the past. There's some good news, though. Motorola has only announced the bigger version, the Moto G5 Plus, on the USA website.

Coming in two sizes - the 5.1-inch P10 and 5.5-inch P10+ - the phones start from €649 and are expected to launch in Asia come April. The LG G6 has 5.7-inch (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) so-called FullVision display, and an 18:9 screen aspect ratio - the first time this has been seen on a smartphone. It is rumored that TCL, which acquired the global rights to the BlackBerry brand last year, will launch two more BlackBerry phones later this year.

In any case, when the phone launches in Q2 2017, don't go rushing to Amazon or eBay, as you're more than likely to just be buying a pretty, but mostly unusable brick. Here's a list of some of the latest offerings, including the most expensive camera, the fastest speed, a screen that covers 80 per cent of the front surface, and yes, a reincarnation of a 17-year old model. The Huawei P10 was mentioned in plenty of rumors but the company has finally announced it, bringing back the camera tech that made the series stand out and the top specs.

Hundreds queue for Huawei's unveiling of the "P10" and "P10 Pro" smartphones.

Sony also announced a trio of smartphone at MWC 2017.

Korean firm LG killed off the modular concept found in its previous flagship, the G5, with the announcement of he G6 smartphone.

LG took a bold step in to the future with the release of the G6 smartphone. The Moto G5 Plus features an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 5.2-inch FHD display, and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra bump Sony's mid-range smartphones to near premium-level specifications, with similar features to last year's premium Xperia XZ.

Sony Global Sales and Marketing EVP Hideyuki Furumi explained: "The Sony super slow-motion capability enables you to capture life in impressive slow-motion detail that is so precise it will reveal the things beyond the human vision". The smartphone also comes with Google Assistant - which allows users to operate the phone through voice commands.

The original Nokia 3310, which had a reputation for being virtually indestructible, sold around 126 million models until it was discontinued in 2005.

Holding one of Nokia's new smartphones, he added: "It's characterised by a sea of sameness, lots of rectangular devices and Nokia too have the same problem because they are trying to get back to the market with a device like this which is their Android phone and, to be honest, if that's all they'd announced, it wouldn't have got many column inches at all".

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