Sunday, 4 March 2018

MWC 2018: All The Smartphones

MWC 2018: All The Smartphones

 MWC or Mobile World Congress is already over and in MWC 2018, we saw many new smartphones, many new technologies, some concept products and some other new projects. Various companies participate this year in Mobile World Congress. Nokia, Samsung, Asus, Sony and LG launch their smartphones at MWC 2018. So today we will cover all the smartphones which were launched during these whole fest.

 At MWC this year LG didn't launch a new flagship unlike it generally do. Instead LG relaunched upgraded version of LG V30 known as LG V30S ThinQ and LG V30S+ ThinQ. These upgraded version has upgraded memory and some AI camera things which is missing in original LG V30, all other things are same as LG V30.  LG V30S ThinQ has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of Internal storage and V30S+ ThinQ is having 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Also there is some AI features in the camera of phone. It is having AI-CAM which can set the camera settings by analyzing the scene to be captured. So the camera is now smart enough to set the camera settings own it's own. This new feature is only possible due to Artificial Intelligence present in the phone. Also it has QLens which can tell us about the object in the camera frame, it's pricing, shopping and image searching. It can also scan the QR codes. This QLens is similar to Google Lens.

Rest of the specifications are similar to LG V30 in both of the phones. The phones are having the same design as that of LG V30 with the same 18:9 aspect ratio display and same metal and glass design. The screen is having 6.0" size. Also both the phones are having exactly same dimensions and weight. On front the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. But now they come in different colors, LG introduced two new colors for these phones that are Moroccan Blue and Platinum Gray.

LG V30S ThinQ and LG V30S+ ThinQ both are powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 835 chipset just same as LG V30. They are not having the new chipset from Qualcomm that is snapdragon 845. The two phones are also having the same camera setup that is Dual 16MP(f/1.6, OIS) + 13MP(f/1.9) wide angle lens. There is a 5MP shooter in the front for good selfies. The two phones are having the same battery of 3300mah. So these are features of the brand new LG V30S ThinQ and LG V30S+ ThinQ.


Just like every year Samsung launched it's new flagship phones at MWC. This year Samsung launched Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC event. Both these phones are the best phones from Samsung till date. So let's see what these phones have so unique that they are best phones of Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have the exactly same design as that of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Both these phones have the same type of infinity displays. The displays are of AMOLED type with 2K resolution. They have same metal and glass design. The screen size is also same with 5.8" for S9 and 6.2" for S9+. But one thing is different in design of S9 and S9+ that is they both are having the fingerprint scanner below the rear camera module unlike Samsung S8 and S8+ which have fingerprint scanner beside the rear camera.

Both the phones come in two version of chips, with one having Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 chip while other one with Exynos 8890 chip. Snapdragon version will only be available in China and US while rest of the world will get Exynos version. But the very interesting feature of both these phones is it's camera. Now the primary camera lens of the phone has a variable aperture f/2.4 or f/1.5. The main thing is that the camera adjust the aperture own it's own according to the lightening conditions. Samsung Galaxy S9+ has dual camera setup with one being a simple lens and other being a telephoto lens while S9 has single camera setup. The front camera is same in both the phones.

The phone also comes with a new feature know as AREMOJI just like Apple iPhone X's Animoji. Also there is a new camera AI feature like Google Lens in the phones. Samsung Galaxy S9 has 3000mah battery while S9+ is having 3500mah battery. The pricing is still unknown for these phones but the pre booking has already started for the phones.


Nokia made a comeback last year with it's new android devices and this year company rocked MWC with it's five new phones. Among these five phones, the four are smartphones and the fifth one is a feature phone. These five phones are called Nokia 1, Nokia 8110, Nokia 6(2018), Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 8 sirocco.

Nokia 1 is the first phone under Google's Android Oreo (Go edition). This phone has very basic hardware to run this Operating System Android Oreo (Go Edition). The phone is aimed at giving android taste to very affordable phones with high performance. This phone comes with Google's Go edition apps. Google has many Go edition apps already on play store like YouTube Go, Files Go, Google Go and many more. These apps take less storage and uses less RAM as compared to their parent apps. The phone will be priced something around $90.

Next phone is Nokia 6(2018) which the company has already launched in China but at MWC Nokia launched it globally. The phone has the same design as that of previous version of Nokia 6. The device is powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 630 chipset which is a very good chip. The phone comes out of the box with Android Oreo 8.0. Also the camera is same as the previous version of Nokia 6 but now it is having Carl Zeiss optics which will improve the quality of photos. It is having a 3000mah battery. The price of the phone will be around $300.  

Nokia also launched Nokia 7 plus at the event. Nokia 7 plus is the successor to Nokia 7. This is the first device from Nokia to have a thinner bezels and having a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is having a 6.0" tall screen with FHD+ resolution. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 660 chipset which is a good chip. It is having a dual camera setup of 12MP with one being a telephoto lens and it also has support of Carl Zeiss. It also has Bothie feature which earlier was only present on Nokia 8. It is having a 3800mah battery. This phone also comes out of the box with Android Oreo. Nokia 7 plus is priced something around €400.

Now it's time for the flagship phone from the company that is Nokia 8 sirocco. Nokia 8 sirocco has the stainless steel body. The phone is having a screen size of 5.5". The edges of Nokia 8 sirocco are bent just like Samsung S series phones. But the aspect ratio of the display is just 16:9. This display has 2K resolution. The phone is powered by old Qualcomm's snapdragon 835 chipset. The camera on Nokia 8 sirocco is same as that of Nokia 7 plus. The battery on Nokia 8 sirocco is a 3260mah battery. The phone will be priced something around €750.

The last one is a feature phone from the company. This feature phone is called Nokia 8110 4G. As the name suggests it is having 4G connectivity. It is successor of Nokia 8119 which was launched earlier in 1996. Nokia 8110 is in the shape of Banana that's why it comes in yellow color. Although there is one more color that is Black. Nokia 8110 is having 2.4" QVGA display, 4GB internal storage and 1500mah battery. It is having a 2MP camera at the back. It also has FM radio. The phone will be priced around €79.


While many of the smartphone companies withdrew their launch events from MWC 2018 due to Samsung's event, Sony launched it's new flagship phones at MWC 2018. These flagship phones are called Sony XZ2 AND XZ2 compact. Both these phones have a fresh new 'Ambient Flow Design'. They have aluminum frame and polycarbonate back. Sony Xperia XZ2 has a screen size of 5.7" and Xperia XZ2 compact has screen size of 5.0" with FHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.

Both the phones are powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 chipset which also powers the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both the phones have the same type of camera  that is 19MP f/2.0 lens and a front camera of 5MP f/2.2 lens. This camera can record slow motion 1080p videos @960fps while Samsung S9 can only record 720p @960fps slomo videos. Sony is still using a single camera setup while all other flagship phones have dual camera setup. The phone comes out of the box with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Sony XZ2 and Sony XZ2 compact both come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage while the memory can also be expanded via micro SD upto 400GB. Sony XZ2 has a 3180mah battery while Sony XZ2 compact has 2870mah battery.


Asus launched many new smartphones at MWC this year. Asus actually launched four smartphones at MWC 2018 which are Asus Zenfone 5z, Asus Zenfone 5, Asus Zenfone Lite and Asus Zenfone M1. Among which Zenfone 5z and 5 are high end phones while, Zenfone 5 lite is a mid ranger and Zenfone M1 is a budget smartphone. So let's see some of the features of all these smartphones.

Asus Zenfone 5 and 5z are quite similar phones. Only the thing which is different is their chipset and memory configuration, all other things are similar in both of the smartphones. Asus Zenfone 5 is powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 636 chipset which is also present in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro. Asus Zenfone 5z is powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 chipset which is present in Samsung S9.

The most interesting thing about these phones is their design which is same as that present on iPhone X. It is a having glass design at back. It is also having notch at the top of the phone just like iPhone X. The bezels of the phone are really small. The screen size is 6.2" and it has an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display is a full HD IPS LCD type. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back. The rear camera is 12MP, f/1.8 +8MP wide angle lens and front camera is a 8MP, f/2.0 shooter. The phones have 3300mah battery.

Another phone which Asus launched at MWC 2018 is Asus Zenfone 5 lite. This phone has a screen size of 6.0". The phone has aluminum frame and glass back. On front it has 2.5D glass. The display is IPS LCD type with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is having dual camera setup on front as well as back. The phone is having a 16MP f/2.2+ 8MP wide angle lens rear camera setup and 20MP f/2.0+ wide angle lens front camera setup. It comes in two versions, one having Qualcomm's snapdragon 430 chip while other having Qualcomm's snapdragon 630 chip. The phone comes out of the box with Android 8.0 Oreo. It has a 3300mah battery.

Asus also launched Asus Zenfone Max(M1) at MWC. The phone is having an aluminum design. The size of screen is 5.5" . The display is 720p IPS LCD display with 16:9 aspect ratio. The phone comes in two versions one with Qualcomm's snapdragon 425 chip and other with snapdragon 430 chip. It comes in 2/3GB, 16/32GB memory configuration. The phone comes with 4000mah battery. Zenfone 5 lite has a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera and 8MP f/2.0 secondary camera.



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