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Top 5 News Expected at Mobile World Congress 2017

Top 5 News Expected at Mobile World Congress 2017

MWC 2017 officially runs from Monday February 27 to Thursday March 2 this year. Whilst rumours are hotting up that Samsung are shunning the mobile industry’s leading event for their own New York Galaxy S8 launch, there is still a hot bed of releases to look forward to.

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Here’s our top 5:

1. Sony are expected to unveil not one but five new smartphones, including a 5.5 inch, 4K flagship optimised for virtual reality.

2. Huawei is said to be preparing to unveil its P10 handset with a Leica dual camera system.

3. Nokia recent return to the mobile market came with the launch of its first Android phone, the Nokia 6 in China. Nokia are now reportedly  set to reveal its biggest product ever at MWC 2017.

4. BlackBerry are set to announce the BlackBerry Dtek70 Mercury in time for MWC, with a physical keyboard and Android OS.

5. The no-frills LG G6 Sim Free is likely to appear during the show, removing the modular system and heading for a more conventional design.

If you can join us at MWC17, you’ll be able to keep up to date via SnapChat. Follow ‘TheGSMA’ for exclusive GSMA news and content, including live coverage from the mobile industry’s leading event.

Rumoured BlackBerry Mercury Specification Sheet

Rumoured BlackBerry Mercury Specification Sheet

We saw the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury handset make an unexpected debut on US prime time TV earlier this month, with a clear shot of the device:

BlackBerry Mercury on ABS Last Man Standing

The ‘DTEK70′ Mercury device is predicted to be released on Saturday 25th February, days before Mobile World Congress 2017. We’ve rounded up the rumoured specifications* at a glance:

Connectivity: GSM / HSPA / LTE

Announced: Exp. announcement 2017, February 25th

KeyboarD: Capacitive touch 3-row BlackBerry keyboard

Display: 4.5 inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~490 ppi pixel density), Multitouch

OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821

CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)

GPU: Adreno 530

Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB

Internal Memory: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Primary Camera: 13 Megapixel, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Secondary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1080p

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Radio: No

USB: Yes

Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM

Browser: HTML5

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion battery

*these specifications are based on rumours and leaked information. Confirmed specs will be added upon release.

Register your interest in the BlackBerry Dtek70 Mercury today, to ensure you are the first to hear news of release and pre-order details.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 to be announced in New York next month

The Samsung Galaxy S8 to be announced in New York next month

Samsung have been announcing their Galaxy flagship handsets at Mobile World Congress for as long as we can remember, but 2017 may see Samsung break this pattern with a dedicated launch event in New York this month.

The South Korean tech giants are rumoured to be releasing two sizes, both with curved screens, according to the Wall Street Journal. Recent leaked images also suggest that both handsets will featured a curved ‘infinity’ edge to edge screen and the removal of the physical home button:

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Register your interest in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge to be the first to be updated with news, specifications and pre-order information.

 

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Still Leaders in the Mobile Market

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Still Leaders in the Mobile Market

Unsurprisingly, the latest handsets from Apple are still outselling their competitors, placing Apple back on top of the Mobile leaderboard.

According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the recent sales of the iPhone 7 placed Apple back on top as the world’s ‘top smartphone vendor’, as shipments hit 439 million units in Q4 2016.

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Apple capitalised on Samsung’s Note 7 battery disaster, capturing 17.8% of the Q4 market share, compared to Samsung’s  17.7%. Whilst Apple took over the lead (if only by 0.1%) Samsung’s market share was at its lowest since 2011, resulting in a 21 percent share for the full year.

Apple released their earnings earlier this month, reporting sales figures of  78.3 million iPhones, higher than the 76.3 million forecast by Wall Street.

All eyes will be on Samsung at MWC17, with the rumoured release of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Will they pack enough into their new flagship to take back the winning title in this closely fought battle of the tech giants?

Register your interest in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge to be the first to hear announcements and pre-order information, or get your hands on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus today.

The Gimmick Free LG G6

The Gimmick Free LG G6

The LG G5 ended up friendless, with the modular ‘snap-on’ construction failing to impress users.

This year we see LG stripping it back to the tried and tested formula, with the LG G6 promising a more conventional design.

Expected February 26th 2017, the LG G6 is likely to house a SD830 chip, and run on Android 7.0. We could see the LG G6 featuring a 4K display, alongside and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, plus a weighty 32GB storage. Rumours are also hinting that the LG G6 will feature an Upgraded Quad DAC for a crystal clear audio experience.

Strong rumours surfaced on the twitter feed of Android Police journalist David Ruddock:

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“LG G6 will not have a removable battery, LG will move to an all-glass design language similar to Samsung. Headphone jack is a go.”

However, Ruddock continued with a correction stating:

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 ”Correction: G6 is not all glass body, but has a highly reflective metallic material on the rear.”

Register your interest in the LG G6 Sim Free to be the first in line for pre-orders and updated news.

Android Game of the week: The Walking Dead No Man’s Land

Android Game of the week: The Walking Dead No Man’s Land

With the Walking Dead Fans enjoying the return of the Zombie phenomenon, we couldn’t resist featuring this game for Android fans.

Join Rick, Daryl, Michonne and other iconic characters from AMC’s The Walking Dead in the official mobile game of the show.

he Walking Dead No Man's Land

This thrilling, action-packed RPG requires some tactical choices that make the difference between life and death. Only the strongest will survive so choose your team wisely: bring Michonne and dominate in close-quarter combat or send Rick to dispatch enemies from afar.

Download The Walking Dead No Man’s Land today from the Android store, suitable to play on your Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. 

BlackBerry Leap still available for a Limited Time Only

BlackBerry Leap still available for a Limited Time Only

One of the few remaining handsets running on BlackBerry OS, the BlackBerry Leap Sim Free is still available to purchase sim free.

Here’s the specs at a glance:

Dimensions: 144 x 72.8 x 9.5 mm (5.67 x 2.87 x 0.37 in)

Weight: 170 g (6.00 oz)

SIM: Micro-SIM

Display: 5 inches: Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, (~65.7% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)

OS: BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus

CPU: Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU: Adreno 225

Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)

Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

Primary Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps

Secondary: 2 Megapixel, 720p

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.0, A2DP, EDR, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS

Radio: FM radio

USB: microUSB v2.0

Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity

Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM

Browser: HTML5

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery

Talk time: Up to 25 h

Order the BlackBerry Leap Sim Free today whilst stocks last.

The HTC U Ultra Specification Sheet

The HTC U Ultra Specification Sheet

With the HTC U Ultra now available for pre-order, let’s take a look at the specifications at a glance:

htc-u-ultra-cosmetic-pinkDimensions: 162.4 x 79.8 x 8 mm (6.39 x 3.14 x 0.31 in)

Weight: 170 g (6.00 oz)

SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display: 5.7 inches, Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, (~69.7% screen-to-body ratio) 1440 x 2560 pixels (~513 ppi pixel density)

OS: Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821

CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)

GPU: Adreno 530

Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal Memory: 64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

Primary Camera: 12 Megapixel, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser & phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.3’’ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, panorama

Video: 2160p@30fps (24-bit/192kHz audio), 720p@120fps

Secondary Camera: 16 megapixel, 1080p, Auto-HDR

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC: Yes

USB: v3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser: HTML5

Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Stand-by: Up to 312 h (3G)

Talk time: Up to 26 h (3G)

Pre-order the HTC U Ultra Sim Free today, with UK and international delivery.

The HTC U Ultra Available to Pre Order today.

The HTC U Ultra Available to Pre Order today.

HTC have released two handsets within their U range; the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra, both available to pre-order today.

The HTC U Ultra promises to listen to U, adapting sound to your unique hearing, learn from U, becoming a companion that evolves to get to know you better over time and put U on top, courtesy of a convenient new Dual Display.

The large 5.7” phablet sized screen on this phone is great for regular day to day activity; while the new second screen is perfect for fast, convenient access to the things you use the most – like your top contacts, app shortcuts, event notifications and more.

Pre-order the HTC U Ultra today, available with UK and international delivery.

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