MWC 2018 is in the books, and there were plenty of things to look forward to. We got a few new smartphones and some new tech for those smartphones, and it’s making us very excited for 2018.
Here’s the best of what we saw this year.
Sony is one of the more divisive Android manufacturers, but they unveiled a slick new Xperia XZ2 that’s sure to win over some new fans. We’re finally seeing a new design for the tired Xperia line, and most importantly, a redesigned fingerprint scanner that will be available the world over.
The Xperia XZ2 also includes dual stereo speakers, an advanced vibration engine, the best of Sony’s cameras, and incredibly powerful hardware to boot. With the right pricing and availability, this might be a sleeper hit of 2018 flagship phones.
Nokia’s biggest selling point at MWC was nostalgia, but they snuck in an incredible looking phone with the Nokia 8 Sirocco. It’s running top-of-the-line hardware with a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a pretty clean version of Android. It’s probably the closest thing you’ll get to a Nexus device in 2018.
That approach isn’t for everyone, but many of us are definitely excited about a nearly stock Android device with premium hardware, and Nokia’s design team is an added bonus. Let’s just hope it’s easy to find around the globe.
It’s not a phone, but with the announcement of a Snapdragon 700 series of processors from Qualcomm, we’re eagerly looking forward to the phones that will be using it. Qualcomm’s 600 series and 800 series processors are both equally impressive at what they do, with the former offering great performance and battery life while the latter boasts an insane number of premium features and unmatched speed.
We’re hopeful that the Snapdragon 700 chips can sit in the middle and bring some of Qualcomm’s most advanced technology to budget-friendly devices that have incredible battery life. Multi-day battery life with high-end gaming performance and the latest AI and camera improvements from Qualcomm? Yes, please.
Last but certainly not least, Samsung announced their latest Galaxy S9 at MWC this year. It’s not a drastic difference from last year’s Galaxy S8, but there’s enough here to likely keep Samsung at the top of the Android dog pile for another few months.
Some of the best improvements with the Galaxy S9 include some fancy new AR camera technology, AKG-tuned stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, and even more improvements to the camera. If you’re looking for a phone that does everything right, or you’re itching for the perfect portable media experience, Samsung’s crafted a winner.