Our top mobile phone choices from Mobile World Congress 2018
Unless you’re an Apple fan (who choose not to announce phones at MWC), there was really something for everyone this year! We believe the devices listed below represent cutting-edge technology, modern designs and phones that are packed with features!
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung S9+
An easy fan favourite from the show and the device with arguably the most leaks leading up to the event. Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ only seem to have the Apple iPhone for competition at the moment, and these new devices put them in a good position to be very popular this year, with pre-orders starting now.
On the outside the upgrades seem fairly small and the devices do look similar to the S8 range, however this year we get a dual-aperture camera with the world’s first camera phone aperture of f/1.5, which should improve low-light photography.
The Galaxy S9 gets a 5.8-inch QHD+ display, stereo speakers and a top-tier chipset. The Galaxy S9+ has more of almost everything, including a larger 6.2″ screen, dual lens camera on the rear of the phone, larger 6GB RAM, a bigger 3,500mAh battery and finally, large 128GB built-in storage.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony have redesigned their smartphone range, and we like it!
The new handsets wave goodbye to the straight, sharp edges and are now curvier and have a reduced bezel. The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch 1080 x 2160 display, with 18:9 aspect ratio and a huge 19MP camera, which is the first smartphone camera capable of shooting 4K HDR video.
The processer is a high-end Snapdragon 845 chipset, powered by a 3,180mAh battery, which supports wireless charging. Alongside new stereo speakers, Sony have added a ‘Dynamic Vibration System’, capable of adding vibrations to movies, games and music, which brings a nice dynamic to viewing and listening to media.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
While phone screens seem to be getting larger, there is an option for those who prefer a smaller screen, in the form of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact.
The screen size is just 5″, with a high resolution 1080 x 2160 screen, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset, and come with a 19MP camera. The main differences between the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact are the lack of a glass backing (it will be plastic instead), a smaller 2,870mAh battery, no wireless charging and lack of the ‘Dynamic Vibration System’.
We will be introducing our new line of Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact screen protectors shortly. Keep an eye on our Web Shop for latest product announcements.
ASUS Zenphone 5 and Zenphone 5Z
The announcement of the Asus Zenfone 5 and Zenfone 5Z were interesting. These two devices are well designed and have great specs!
Design-wise, the Zenphone 5 offers a bezel-free screen coupled with a glass back, giving it an almost iPhone X appearance.
Specs include dual-lens cameras, stereo speakers, a large 3,300mAh battery, 6.2-inch Full HD+ display, a modest Snapdragon 636 chipset and 4GB RAM. Not bad for a phone in this price range.
The Zenfone 5Z has the same specifications to the Zenfone 5 apart from receiving a high-end Snapdragon 845 chipset, larger 8GB RAM and a maximum of 256GB storage.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
While many people were expecting to see Nokia launch the Nokia 9 mobile phone, we saw in fact a range of phones launched, with the flagship being the Nokia 8 Sirocco. While having the same name as the Nokia 8, this mobile phone is a significant upgrade to its predecessor.
Design-wise the Nokia 8 Sirocco gets an almost full-glass dust and water-resistant body, with 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 curved OLED display. Two Zeiss-tuned cameras are on the back of the phone (a 13MP telephoto lens and a 12MP wide-angle lens), and it’s powered by a 3,260mAh battery. The Sirocco will only get the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is a shame, but will come with 6GB RAM. One thing to note is there will be no headphone jack.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus was announced among a host of other Nokia devices.
Nokia 7 Plus sits comfortable in the ‘upper mid-range’ and comes with a 6.0-inch 1080 x 2160 display with noticeable small bezels. Nokia has used the same dual-camera setup as they did on the Nokia 8 Sirocco (a 12MP wide-angle lens and 13MP telephoto lens), and a very large 3,800mAh battery. A Snapdragon 660 chipset will power the device and it will come with 4GB RAM.
LG V30S ThinQ
We were unsure if LG were going to launch any devices at MWC 2018, but they surprised us with the LG V30S ThinQ. As with the LG V30S, the LG V30S ThinQ comes with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 3,300mAh battery, 6.0-inch 1440 x 2880 OLED screen, and dual-lens camera (16MP and 13MP camera lens).
The differences come in the form of an increase in RAM to 6GB, an upgrade in storage up to 256GB, and a new ‘Moroccan Blue’ colour option.
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