The annual Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona last week, with the world’s leading mobile manufacturers revealing new products and discussing upcoming projects. Mobile is the most important branch of the online development industry, accounting for over half of all internet use, and there will be an estimated 4.77 billion mobile users worldwide by the end of 2017. Mobile is big news – and it is here to stay.
The MWC event celebrates mobile development in all its forms, from internal tech advances and app development to the smart phones and tablets themselves. 2017 saw some major announcements from top companies, along with some exciting first looks at products coming soon. Below are some of the key takeaways from MWC 2017.
There are some hotly anticipated smartphones heading to the market in 2017, with the emphasis firmly on smart. Wi-Fi connectivity, Internet of Things interactivity and the ability to operate virtual reality programs are all part of the new generation of mobile technology. Some of the key launches this year are:
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Huawei P10
- LG G6
- BlackBerry KEYone
- Nokia 3; Nokia 5
Expect bigger screens, but smaller phones. The cases are getting slimmer and phones are becoming more lightweight. Hybrid phone-tablets are also a key trend this year. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is more than a phone, but less than a tablet – perfect for your pocket, but powerful enough to come with bigger applications and processes.
The Huawei P10 could be a game-changer and has the potential to make Huawei a household name in mobile technology. It looks like a fair rival to the iPhone, and it could mop up some of the lost sales experienced by Samsung after last year’s Galaxy S7 Note disaster.
Retro mobile resurgence
It was a big event for Nokia, who sent the internet into a viral spin by announcing the relaunch of their classic 3310 mobile handset. While the smartphones reign supreme and demand for mobile Wi-Fi is stronger than ever, nostalgia fans will appreciate this update of the simple, reliable old phone. Great for festivals and holidays, the Nokia 3310 has been revamped and now has a colour screen and a more modern body. However, classic features like the Snake game and the tinny polyphonic ringtones are back – making this a must-have backup phone for Millennials everywhere.
Tablet-laptop hybrids on the way
Blending two popular technologies is a common theme in 2017. Tablets that also function as mini laptops were shown by a number of companies at MWC. The brand which stands out from the crowd is Samsung, which introduced the 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Book along with the newest member of the Tab S3 family. The S3 Windows tablet has a detachable keyboard, a large screen and all the features you expect from a powerful laptop – in compact mobile form. Expect it to hit the shops in the second quarter of 2017.
Key players in 2017
Aside from the leaps being made by Huawei, the names at the top of the pile remain the same as ever. Expect big sales from LG, who have some cool mobile products joining their flagship ultra-thin television. Screen performance, size and weight are all crucial to LG’s main products this year – and they have some stiff competition from near rivals like Sony, who also have an impressive array of mobiles and tablets to offer in the coming the twelve months. Other names to watch include Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia.
These brand new releases and upcoming products are sure to have an impressive price tag, but it is possible to make big savings on top tech using the internet. Discount codes for stores selling consumer electronics, such as leading outlet GearBest, can slash the cost of these new devices and make them far more obtainable on the average budget. If you can’t quite afford this state of the art technology yet, look out for the last generation of mobiles and tablets. As soon as the new range launches, the older products will fall in price and become much more budget-friendly. Combine with a discount code and save yourself a fortune on new tech.
The future of mobile and tablet use
There is no doubt that 2017 will see a continued surge in mobile ownership. Experts predict that by 2020, over two-thirds of all internet use will take place on some form of mobile device. As the Internet of Things develops and more devices become connected to each other, smartphones and tablets will be the hub that controls everything in one place.
MWC 2017 gave us a small glimpse into what we can expect from the year, but mobile is developing so quickly that things could look very different by the time 2017 ends. With virtual reality still in its early days and demand for app-based services growing, people are finding new and interesting ways to use mobiles every day. Expect some exciting new advances in mobile tech over the next few months, and watch this space for news on product releases, tech announcements and other mobile advances.
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