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5 Best Smartphone Launches at the MWC 2018 Aside from the Galaxy S9 Series

05 March 2018 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Samsung unveiled its newest flagship smartphones, namely the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus, during the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Although the new Galaxy phones wield a design similar to the Galaxy S8, Samsung has integrated massive upgrades into their processors, as well as their cameras which now sport an adjustable aperture that beats any smartphone camera out there. Aside from the much-talked-about Galaxy S9 Series, here are other notable devices at the MWC.

Sony Xperia XZ2

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  • Projected Price: HKD $6,750
  • Release Date: March 2018
  • Selling points: New premium design, 4K HDR video recording, and top-notch processor.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 ticks almost all the right boxes, as it sports an eye-catching premium design, a larger display with a user-friendly interface, cutting-edge 4K HDR recording, and a top-of-the-line processor. With these stunning improvements, Sony is no longer playing safe with its Xperia devices which had a reputation for having a mediocre design and camera. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Sony smartphone, the XZ2 is a fantastic choice.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Specifications
Display 5.7 (1080x2160)
Processor 2.7 and 1.7 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 8.0
RAM and Storage 4 or 6 GB| 64 GB
Primary Camera 19 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Battery 3180 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 845

Nokia 7 Plus

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  • Projected Price: HKD $3,850
  • Release Date: April 2018
  • Selling Points: Impressive display, ergonomic design, and dual rear camera setup

The Nokia 7 Plus’ 6-inch display with a full HD resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio makes up most of its front panel, designed to captivate users who are looking for a big screen phone on a budget. Aside from that, the Nokia 7 Plus has other nifty features up its sleeve including a Snapdragon 660 chip, cutting-edge dual camera, 4 GB of RAM, and an excellent battery life.

Nokia 7 Plus Specifications
Display 6.0 (1080x2160)
Processor 2.2 and 1.8 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 8.0
RAM and Storage 4 GB | 64 GB
Primary Camera 12 and 12 MP
Front Camera 16 MP
Battery 3800 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 660

LG V30S ThinQ

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  • Projected Price: TBA
  • Release Date: TBA
  • Selling Points: P-OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, feature-filled video recording modes, and large RAM and internal storage.

If you’re after an Android phone with a great display and high storage capacity, you’re going to like the LG V30S ThinQ. It is basically an iterative update to the LGV30, carrying minor upgrades including a larger 6GB RAM, as well as 128GB and 256GB internal storage variants. There are also a few camera software improvements and a brand-new color option, Moroccan Blue, joining Platinum Gray.

LG V30S ThinQ Specifications
Display 6.0 (1440x2880)
Processor 2.45 and 1.9 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 7.1.2
RAM and Storage 6 GB | 128 or 256 GB
Primary Camera 16 and 13 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Battery 3300 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 835

Nokia 8 Sirocco

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  • Projected Price: HKD $7,230
  • Release Date: April 2018
  • Selling points: Glass-metal body, wireless charging, powerful processor, and large storage capacity.

The Sirocco is currently Nokia’s ultimate flagship phone which sports the latest display and camera technology. To justify its flagship price, it has an impressive spec sheet, with the glass-metal body, powerful Snapdragon 835 chip, wireless charging, 128 GB entry-level storage, Android 8.0 Oreo, and dual camera setup – as the smartphone’s selling points.

Nokia 8 Sirocco Specifications
Display 5.5 (1440x2560)
Processor 2.5 and 1.8 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 8.0
RAM and Storage 6 GB | 128 GB
Primary Camera 12 and 12 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Battery 3260 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 835

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

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  • Projected Price: TBA
  • Release Date: March 2018
  • Selling Points: Powerful processor, good build quality and design, and rear fingerprint scanner.

This phone is Xperia XZ2’s smaller counterpart which comes with a powerful Snapdragon 845 chip, an 18:9 screen, and a fingerprint sensor at the back. The overall design on the Xperia XZ2 Compact is different from its predecessors, although it retains the bezels. However, this time, they are far less distracting, now crafted to steal the hearts of those who prefer a phone with a high screen-to-body ratio.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Specifications
Display 5.0 (1080x2160)
Processor 2.7 and 1.7 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 8.0
RAM and Storage 4 GB | 64 GB
Primary Camera 19 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Battery 2870 mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 845

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