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MWC 2018: Five Smartphone Announcements at the World’s Biggest Mobile Show
The "Banana Phone" is surely eye-grabbing
Aaqib Javeed
By Aaqib Javeed
Feb 27, 2018

Mobile World Congress 2018 is happening in Barcelona this week, where the companies except Apple are unveiling top smartphones and tablets to the public for the first time. From the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 to the return of Nokia's "banana phone," Gigadgets takes a look at the smartphones being unveiled at MWC.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to produce Nokia phones, revealed a number of smartphones at the MWC 2018. One among them was Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded variant that comes with some surprising design changes.

Nokia 8 Sirocco, is made out of stainless steel, runs on Android's operating system (OS). The company says a new phone has 5.5-inch curved display, a dual camera and wireless charging.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is powered by Qualcomm’s 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It also comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection and has a fingerprint scanner sits on the back of the phone, right below the device’s cameras. HMD has also decided to kill the headphone jack on the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

The phone will be released in April with a starting price of $921 (749 euros).

Nokia’s 8110, aka the “banana phone”

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If you have seen 1999 science-fiction movie, "The Matrix” then you may have caught a glimpse of Neo’s nifty slider handset. Now’s your chance to get it as Nokia 8110, also known as the "banana phone," is set to return this May with an improved smart device.

The new 8110 will run on Linux-based Kai OS — which means no access to Android apps, but users  can access to Facebook, Google and Twitter apps — on its own app store and also can connect to a 4G network.

The new phone comes in either black or yellow and is expected to be priced at $79.

Samsung S9 and S9 Plus


The Korean tech giant Samsung officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the S9 and S9+. The Samsung Galaxy S9 has almost the same look to the S8, however, the biggest difference is the camera, which allows users take better quality pictures in low-lit settings, and also includes a slow motion feature with a frame rate of 960 frames per second. The phones will also feature AR Emoji – an emoji creator tool designed to rival the iPhone X’s Animoji.

The S9 comes in two versions: the S9, which has a 5.8-inch display, and the S9+, which has a 6.2-inch display.

The Galaxy S9 are available to pre-order from March 2 on Samsung’s website, with prices starting at $1,170 while S9 will cost $1,047 (849 euros).

LG V30S ThinQ

LG introduced an updated version of its V30 phone at the MWC. The Android Oreo-powered V30S shares a lot of similarities with the V30. It retains the same dual-camera system, its 18:9 display, 3,300mAh battery, and same Snapdragon 835 processor. However, the difference from the predecessor is memory and artificial intelligence. The new phone has 6GB of RAM, and internal storage ranging from 128GB to 256GB, double the V30's 64GB to 128GB.

One more big difference in the LG’s new phone is its AI Cam, a camera that uses machine learning to automatically alter colors to optimize photographs.

Beyond the camera, Voice AI essentially improves on standard interactions with Google Assistant by adding more commands.

There's no word on pricing or availability yet for the V30S ThinQ as the company didn’t share any information about it. 

Sony Xperia XZ2

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Sony has unveiled a handful of new smartphones at MWC, with the standout model being its range-topping Xperia XZ2.

It has 4K high dynamic range (HDR) video recording and the devices come with full HD-plus 18:9 display.

Another neat feature is the new Dynamic Vibration System, which makes it vibrate when a user is listening to or watching content.

One more cool feature is the ability to take photos in 3D, which can then be 3D printed.

The new Sony phones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, with XZ2 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The XZ2 also runs Android 8.0 Oreo, and has a 5.7-inch screen, a curved Gorilla Glass 5 back and wireless charging.

The phone's price and release date have not been announced yet.

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