MWC 2018: Smartphones and tablets round-up
This year's Mobile World Congress played host to gamechanging cameras, super slo-mo video and some good vibrations...
Great photos whatever the light – the Samsung Galaxy S9
In a nutshell: A dual aperture lens, for great pictures at nightSamsung’s big news at MWC was the announcement of the new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The headline feature on this new phone is its dual aperture camera, which means you can take the most incredible photos in any light, and even at night. You can also switch the camera into super slo-mo to get creative with your camera skills. This mode shoots at 960 frames per second, and on the Samsung’s beautiful AMOLED Infinity display, your videos will look even more epic.
Samsung also revealed a clever and creative innovation in the form of AR Emojis. Simply take a picture with the camera and the S9 generates a cartoon you. Having seen it in action, we can tell you that it’s very realistic.
Comeback kings - Nokia 8 Sirocco
In a nutshell: Improved sound and vision, and solid as a rock.
Nokia announced a range of handsets at MWC, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco is possibly the highlight. It looks great, and it’s seriously tough, with a near-unbreakable stainless-steel band.
But it’s not just good to look at. The phone has three high-performance microphones (Nokia are calling it Nokia spatial audio), which will mean great sound quality for your videos – and very little distortion. So if you’re recording music at a gig, you can count on good quality audio. And the Pro Camera mode means you can edit every aspect of your photos by adjusting white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and exposure.
Finally, it’s got a nice big 5.5” HD OLED screen, and it’s water-resistant, too.
Find out more about the Nokia 8 Sirocco in this article from Carphone Warehouse.
In other Nokia news, the classic 8810 is back. This one features 4G and WiFi internet connectivity, and comes in a striking bright yellow colour, as well as a version in black.
It’s a gamechanger – the Sony Xperia XZ2
In a nutshell: New Dynamic Vibration System, which makes the phone vibrate during play
Sony are back with their latest Xperia phone, which is a serious upgrade from the last one. The Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7” Full HD+ HDR screen, and a slimmer, sleeker look.
You can record in 4K, and like the S9, you can slow your videos down to 960 frames per second.But the thing that really sets this phone apart is the Dynamic Vibration System, which means the phone will vibrate while you play. If there’s a dramatic moment, you’ll feel it through your fingers – and this doesn’t just apply to gaming. The phone will also vibrate during movies and music to enhance your experience.
Finally, in terms of spec, the XZ2 is fast, and there’s enough storage to go round, too. There’s 4GB of RAM, as well as 64GB of expandable storage.
There’s plenty more on the Sony Xperia XZ2 in this article from Carphone Warehouse.
Best of the tablets
There were no new phones from Huawei at MWC, but a couple of great new premium Android tablets were announced – the MediaPad M5 and M5 Pro.
Both feature 2.5D curved glass and Quad HD displays, together with high-quality 8MP and 13MP cameras back and front. The M5 is available with 8.4-inch or 10.8-inch displays, while the M5 Pro has a 10.8-inch display, and an M-Pen stylus for easy notes and sketching. The 10.8-inch models (M5 or M5 Pro) also feature four built-in speakers for immersive surround sound.
Alcatel have brought to the table a great pair of tablets for those on a budget. Both the Alcatel IT7 (7 inch display) and IT10 (10 inches) will be running the latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, and are expected to retail at around or below the £100 mark – perfect if you want a more budget-friendly option.The Alcatel IT7 offers a 1280 x 600 pixel count; it’s 1280 x 800 for the IT10. And with a battery size of 2,580mAh (IT7) and 4,000mAh (IT10), you’ve got plenty of battery to watch your favourite shows on the go.
If you’re looking for a starter tablet for your children, there’s a kids’ mode, complete with a child-friendly collection of games and apps.
Last but not least, Lenovo announced the Yoga 530 and 730, a pair of 2-in-1 laptop/tablets with great specs.
The Yoga 530 features a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen which flips itself into a tablet, and is seriously powerful with its 8th generation Intel processor. There’s bags of onboard storage, too. 512GB of it, to be precise. That's enough space for around 65,000 photos! The Yoga 730 comes in 13- or 15-inch options, with up to 1TB of storage.
And with Alexa on hand, and Cortana too, every you’ll get every question answered, and your favourite music on demand.
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