By the time Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicked off in Barcelona this morning, most of the biggest phone-makers had already launched their latest handsets, with new devices from Sony, Nokia, Huawei, LG and Motorola being unveiled over the weekend.
And it was the most diverse range of devices we’ve seen in a long time, with the likes of LG and Sony showing the latest in cutting-edge technology, while Nokia and BlackBerry showcased updated versions of their classic, retro handsets.
But, which phones stood out from the crowd? What new features are worth getting excited about? And does the new Nokia 3310 still have Snake II and incredible battery life?
Read on and we’ll reveal all about the seven best phones of MWC 2017.
1. Nokia 3310
No, you haven’t travelled back in time to the year 2000. Nokia has released a new take on its classic phone the 3310 and fans are just as excited about it as they were when it first hit shelves 17 years ago.
And while it’s retained some of our favourite features from the original, the new 3310 has been updated to bring it in-line with expectations of modern smartphone users.
First off, the classic monochrome screen has been replaced by a larger, 2.4–inch colour display. Despite this, however, the new Nokia still comes with the incredible battery life that made the original 3310 so popular. The updated 3310 will survive 22 hours of talk time or a month on standby with a single charge.
The new Nokia 3310 also comes with an updated, more colourful version of the much-loved game Snake, as well as the iconic Nokia ringtone. A basic, 2-megapixel camera has also been added.
Best of all, the device is set to retail at just €49 (£41), and comes in a range of retro colours.
Want to know more? Check out the five things you need to know about the Nokia 3310.
2. LG G6
The first device to be officially unveiled yesterday, LG was keen to show off its latest flagship device. So keen, in fact, that it had pretty much told us all we needed to know about the new phone before it was even launched.
Still, the spoilers didn’t detract from the excitement around this innovative handset.
The standout feature of the G6 is the impressive screen. With an 18:9 aspect ratio, it’s narrower and taller than any other phone on the market. Because it’s exactly twice as long as it is wide, when using multi-screen, the display splits into two perfect squares, making multi-tasking much easier.
The LG G6 also features a 13-megapixel dual-lens camera, with a 125-degree wide-angle view and a special food mode with saturated colours to make your dinner shots look professional.
It also comes with a rear fingerprint scanner and will be dust and waterproof.
Interested in the G6? Find out everything you need to know about the LG G6.
3. Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Motorola lifted the lid on the 2017 editions of its Moto G handsets yesterday. Combining high-end features with competitive prices, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus feature 5-inch and 5.2-inch Full HD displays and are priced at just €199 and €229 respectively.
Despite the mid-range price point, the G5 and G5 Plus are equipped with some innovative smart touch technology. The scanner recognises left and right finger swipes, as well as the standard swipe downwards to unlock the phone, and so functions more like a touchpad.
This means you go back a screen by swiping left, without the need for a dedicated back button.
The Moto G5 and G5 Plus both come with premium metal construction, the latest version of Android, impressive camera features and fingerprint scanners.
Find out more about the new Moto by reading the five things you need to know about the Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
4. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
As expected, Sony unveiled the latest in its line of Xperia phones at MWC, introducing us to the Xperia XZ Premium.
As the name suggests, this is a high-end device with features to match. And it should come as no surprise that the standout feature of this latest Sony phone is the camera. It comes with Sony’s Exmoor RS sensor, meaning it can capture super slow motion when recording video.
The camera itself is 19 megapixels, which Sony says will mean sharper details in the dark, thanks to the sensor’s ability to capture images in low light. Sony also claims that the Xperia XZ Premium will be the first phone on which you can stream Amazon Prime’s 4K content.
The XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch screen and boasts plenty of storage space. It is also dust and water resistant and is due out this spring in chrome or black. Prices have yet to be confirmed.
To find out more, check out the five things you need to know about the Sony XZ Premium.
5. Huawei P10 and P10 Plus
Huawei drew back the curtain on its 2017 flagship phones, the P10 and P10 Plus. And with some unexpected colour options, some noteworthy camera features and solid construction, they appear to have more than lived up to the pre-release hype.
With a wide choice of colours, including green, blue, rose gold, silver and black, the curved glass and metal handsets certainly look very appealing.
As with its previous flagship phones though, the standout feature of the P10 range is undoubtedly the camera.
The rear camera has a 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel dual lens with hybrid zoom for taking crystal clear shots and has several modes, including monochrome, professional mode, low light and macro.
This makes it the perfect phone for aspiring photographers, Instagrammers and serial over-sharers, who like to take endless, arty snaps of their holidays, food, pets or kids.
Huawei also claims that the phone will survive nearly two days of normal usage on a single charge thanks to its sizeable 3,200mAh battery and it comes with super-fast charging too.
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus come with a dual Wi-Fi antenna to prevent users losing signal and will be available on contract with EE. Pricing and availability will be announced soon.
Eager to know more? Check out the five things you need to know about the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus.
6 BlackBerry KeyOne
Nokia wasn’t the only time-honoured smartphone-maker to stage a comeback at MWC. BlackBerry, whose phones introduced the world to instant messaging and emailing on the go back in the dim and distant noughties, unveiled a fresh contender in the shape of the KeyOne.
As its name implies, there’s a physical keyboard for tapping out emails, texts and working on documents on the move. But in a bid to bring its handset right up to date, it’s also got a 4.5-inch full HD touchscreen and is powered by the latest Android 7.1 software.
In keeping with BlackBerry’s ethos, it’s got advanced security features to keep your details safe and features a Sony 12-megapixel camera and an impressively large 3505mAh battery.
Expect the KeyOne to land in April, when you’ll be able to pick one up from about £440. We don’t know about monthly contract pricing yet, but we forecast it’ll start at £25-£30 per month.
7 Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s next Galaxy S phone wasn’t unveiled at MWC and made only a fleeting appearance at the event in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser video. However, we did learn that the Galaxy S8 will be officially unveiled on March 29th.
We don’t know anything concrete about the phone so far. But rumours suggest it’ll come in two sizes and feature an edged display that tapers around the side of the phone.
It’s also purported to be home to a rear fingerprint scanner to keep your details safe and a Siri-style digital assistant, dubbed Bixby. What it won’t have, it seems, is a physical home button. And like the iPhone 7, it could even dispense with a 3.5mm headphone jack too.
Keen to find out more? We’ve rounded up all the Galaxy S8 rumours in our one-stop round-up