Category: MWC 2017

VR – Still a big plaything

You’ve seen it on your high street, right? Charity shops and bookies. They’re seemingly everywhere. Now it’s happening on your mobile too. Juniper Research has predicted that by 2021 nearly $1 trillion will be bet via the internet, with mobile representing the “majority of net growth.” In fact, …

MWC – A chat with Marc Allera as EE increase coverage.

My first ever mobile phone was connected to Orange. I stayed as a customer all through the transitional phase as T-Mobile and Orange joined forces to eventually become EE. The new brand seems to have woven its way into our subconsciousness rather quickly, and they have pushed hard …

MWC – Wiko Mobile and the WIM

Direct from Marseille, meet Wiko! They tell me that they’re targeting, “The Wiko Generation”. Smart people who are “not fooled” and appreciated value for money smartphones which are suitable to them. They’re the “Power Generation” who “choose their path freely”. They have, let me tell you, a lot …

MWC – Hands-on with the Arlo Go 4G mobile camera

This one is still on pre-order but you can get it first in the US for $449.99, then you’ll need to put a SIM card in. It’s a camera that will monitor movement and, if you want, live stream from anywhere with a 3G or 4G signal. Created …

MWC – The Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. Up close.

You may have missed it, but the Xperia XZ Premium wasn’t the only Sony phone to be announced in Barcelona this year. The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra are for selfie lovers and a “super mid-range” phones. The XA1 has a 5″ screen (720 x 1280 pixel) and …

MWC – THAT new BlackBerry. Hands-on with the KEYone

This was tucked away around the back of the Alcatel stand but there was no shortage in interest. It’s a bit of a heavy thing at 180g and we’ve already posted a BlackBerry KEYone gallery after it leaked all over the place last Saturday morning. This one is …

MWC – We finally got a look at the Kodak Ektra

We’ve given the press people at Kodak quite a few emails now. We’ve still not been able to borrow one, so during our trip around the Mobile World Congress we finally got a few minutes to have a look at the Ektra in the flesh. It sells for …

MWC – Hands on with the Doogee Shoot 2

Just the other day we took a look at the rather massive Doogee Y6 Max. Imagine one of those old cheap tablet devices but with less bezel and a better resolution screen. Now imagine it costing about the same amount as one of those cheap tablets but it’s …

MWC – E&L Mobile push to make a name for themselves

Don’t worry, I’d never heard of them before either. They’re actually a company called Shenzhen Kenzinda Technology Co. Ltd. and they’re 10 years old in May. They have factories in India, Iran and Ethiopia along with Shenzhen City. Now, as “E&L Mobile” they’re trying hard to move out …

MWC – A year on. FlexEnable and their bendy screens.

To be honest I was quite surprised that the flexible screens we saw last year are still being made on the same production line and not by a big smartphone manufacturer. FlexEnable tell me that they’re now looking to include their screen in factories, production lines and distribution …

MWC – InnJoo Pro 2 Hands-on.

If you’re in certain areas of the world you can buy this InnJoo Pro 2. InnJoo are base in Dubai and seem to produce everything from TVs to hoverboards. This handset, which sells €359.95, has some very admirable specs and looks good too. Powered by a MediaTek MT6757 …

MWC – The Hisense Rock. Hands-on.

Powered by the very latest Android Nougat OS, I was quite surprised by the Hisense kit here at Mobile World Congress. Older handsets we’ve received had questionable build quality, but there’s definitely been an improvement of late and this tough smartphone doesn’t look overly “blocky” in appearance – …

MWC – The Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Up close and personal.

I don’t know what it is about me and Sony. I’ve never totally gelled. Over the course of this week in Barcelona I’ve called their new phone “the ZX” (it’s not, that’s something to do with Spectrum computers) and I’ve also called it the “Xperia XZ” (it isn’t …

MWC – Nubia N1 and Nubia N1 Lite

I had a look at the rather good Nubia Z11 yesterday and was pretty impressed by the camera. On the other side of the stand is the aggressively priced Nubia N1 and the newly-announced Nubia N1 Lite shown in black on these shots. The Lite still has a 5.5″ …

MWC – The new MyKronoz ZeTime. Everything you need to know.

We came to have a look at MyKronoz last year and they have a wide variety of wearables again this year. This one is brand new, and combines a digital screen with old-school analogue hands. The result is the ZeTime, which has a 30 day battery life, heart …

MWC – The Deconnect Gloo

No! Don’t make me leave Barcelona! It’s warm and sunny here! OK so this one isn’t a smartphone, but it is a rather cool charging unit. You can charge it up and then unscrew the bottom to reveal charging points for your devices. Inside, depending on the model, …

MWC – Hands-on with the Alcatel A3

Available in May, this will cost you €149 (£127.74) in either black or white. It’s another phone from TCL and this is a pretty entry-level affair. The Alcatel A3 actually has a higher resolution camera than its bigger brother, the A5 LED. Here you’ll get a 13 megapixel …

MWC – Alcatel goes back to the old days with the A5 LED

Standing out from the crowd here in Barcelona is particularly difficult. I’m not talking about the stands, because it’s already tricky enough in that respect. Money (a lot of it, think millions of pounds) buys you big floor space and a bigger impact. Some companies resort to sweets, …

MWC – Halls 5, 6 and 7. The video tour special.

I’ve filmed this slightly out of sequence but today we’ve got my rambling tour of halls 5, 6 and 7. If you’ve missed some of these, don’t worry, we’ve got Halls 1, 2 and 3 here plus Halls 8 and 8.1 from yesterday. Today the highlights include… The …

MWC – Hands on with the Nubia Z11

This one was actually launched at IFA last year but still takes pride of place on the Nubia stand. First there’s a “Standard Edition” which comes in either silver or grey. This has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It costs €499. Then you have the rather bling-tastic …

MWC – Hall 8 and 8.1. The video tour special.

Today it’s March 1st. Can you believe it! Where does the time go eh? We’re still in Barcelona though, catching up on the biggest phone show around. Yesterday we ran the Hall 1,2 and 3 Video Special so today, as you’d expect, we’ve got … umm… Hall 8 …

MWC – Hall 1,2 and 3. The video tour special.

A couple of years ago I had the idea of filming my walk around this expansive event so that you guys could sort of see it from my perspective. The whole place is really rather large, and it takes a long time to get around. This year I’m …

MWC – The Doogee Y6 Max 3D Photo Special

As I mentioned earlier today, I’ve borrowed the Doogee Y6 Max 3D. It is, and let’s not lie to you here, a bit big. The dimensions are 89mm wide, 171.3mm tall and it’s 8.95mm thick, weighing in at 250g. Powered by a MediaTek Octacore MTK 6750T CPU, it …

MWC – Oh wow, I’m in love! Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

This morning I talk a walk to the China Mobile stand and there, amongst the robots and networking kit, was the Xiaomi Mi MIX we covered last year. This, though, was my first time seeing it in the flesh and .. woaha… A 6.4″ display oozes right to …

MWC – BMW demo their Personal CoPilot and more

Taking part for the first time here in Barcelona is BMW. They’re showing off their driverless car experience outside between Halls 3 and 5. Despite people walking around the demonstration area and a lot of other obstacles, the remote control parking worked brilliantly on these little electric powered …

MWC – That Nokia 3310. Why the fuss?

Whilst walking around the expansive halls here at Mobile World Congress, I couldn’t help but think about the re-release of the Nokia 3310. Why? Well, here in the Fira Gran Via it’s all about the future of mobile, not the past. Stands are pushing “5G” (even though nobody …

MWC 2017 Barcelona: Launches and Press Conferences in a nutshell

Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) kicked off this morning in Barcelona, Spain. This is arguably the most important event of the year for the mobile industry. As customary, most of the big brands that sell smartphones, tablets and attachments held their product launch events and press conferences in …

MWC – The Sony Xperia Touch. Everything you need to know.

This morning we covered the Sony press conference live. They announced a new Xperia XZ Premium handset which we’ll be telling you more about shortly. They also announced a couple of mid-range devices – the XA1 and XA1 Ultra – and some open-ear headphones …… but our attention …

MWC – Lenovo launch the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus

Both powered by Nougat 7.0, these will be shipping next month. The two handsets are well built and there’s a definite focus on a clean and premium metal finish here. The G5 has a 5″ Full HD display (1920×1080) display whilst the G5 Plus has a slightly larger …

MWC – Nokia have returned.

In reality the Nokia brand should be worthless. Microsoft grabbed the mobile arm of Nokia and then either.. (a) Performed a number of changes in order to make it more successful (b) Completely destroyed the mobile side of the company after launching devices like the 930. ..it depends …

MWC – Huawei P10 and P10+ Picture Special

Following on from the EE announcement, we’ve had confirmation that both Three and Vodafone will be ranging the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10+ too. Three have confirmed that they’ll be taking the black and gold models. The P10 and P10+ will be available pricing from March in Europe …

MWC – Sony Event Live Blog

We’re live here in Spain for the latest Sony announcements. Join us below for all the fun… Here’s the clever protector in action…

MWC – Yes, yes. Actually yes. The Nokia 3310 is back.

Did that just happen? Did we just dream that entire announcement? Did Nokia just show us the 3310 ? At Mobile World Congress? In 2017? Yes. Yes it did, and it’ll cost just €49. It’s SIM-free, unlocked and has Snake. Snake. It’s got Snake! SNAKE! Honestly. I think …

MWC – Huawei P10 and P10 Plus announced. EE to carry

EE have just confirmed that they will be taking both the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus. They’ll also be delivering WiFi and 4G calling on their network. This means you can make calls and texts in more places, and you get higher data speeds too. There’s a …

MWC – The LG G6 is go!

Well, here it is. The LG G6. Last year I was here to see the modular G5 and all the additional toys getting shown off, but this year the idea of plug-in peripherals seems to have taken a back seat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vMLTdgRB8Y LG spoke about the “ideal smartphone” and …

MWC – LG G6 Launch Liveblog and livestream

We’ve heard the rumours and seen all the leaked shots, now it’s time for the launch itself. We’re expecting a new 18:9 screen, a bigger battery, faster CPU and no more modular business. Rumours of rounded corners on the screen and a flattened rear with no camera hump …

MWC – New Sony Xperia handsets appear online

There’s not a great deal we can tell you about this, other than the fact that trusted leaker @evleaks has just dropped this little beauty in his Twitter. Sony has a launch event scheduled for tomorrow morning which we’ll be attending. We’ll then be able to get you …

MWC Gallery Special – BlackBerry KEYone.

Well, Matteo loves it, and he’s taken lots of photos for you to enjoy. We got the full details of the KEYone early this morning but, after the live event, we finally got chance to get a hands-on with the thing. The people behind this have just put …