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LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

As the dust of MWC 2017 settles, we take stock of all the announcements, teasers, and devices that rained down in Barcelona. We definitely have enough interesting smartphones, high-end or otherwise, that makes Samsung’s relative absence almost negligible. LG’s return to essentials with the G6, Sony’s hybrid of two generations of flagships with the Xperia XZ Premium, and Huawei’s unyielding commitment to Leica lenses with the P10 Plus.

Of course, the question always boils down to “which is the best smartphone of 2017”. And, of course, the answer is never straightforward. While we wait to spend more quality time with each of these three, we take a quick recap of what make each one your best smartphone of 2017.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Google Tango sells us a BMW

ASUS launched the ZenFone AR back at CES in January, but the Project Tango phone wasn't quite ready for its augmented reality close-up. Turns out, there are some ZenFone AR handsets floating around at MWC 2017 this week, not least being used by the team at BMW and Accenture for their iVisualizer demo. Imagine our surprise when the ASUS handset was whipped out - alongside the existing Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - for us to check out on video.

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Nokia 3310 hands-on: Retro done right

Nokia 3310 hands-on: Retro done right

One of the cheapest, most basic phones at Mobile World Congress this year has probably got more attention than all the smartphone flagships combined. The Nokia 3310 isn't trying to squeeze the LG G6 from your hand, and its physical keys aren't going to give the BlackBerry KeyOne any sleepless nights, but it possesses a retro charm that has the Nokia booth here in Barcelona buzzing. Turns out, there's a good reason for that.

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BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

BlackBerry KeyOne hands-on: A keyboard, at a cost

I used to be a fan of QWERTY keyboards on smartphones, but as auto-correct for on-screen keyboards improved and devices slimmed down with a focus on touch, the charm of a physical 'board faded. BlackBerry wants to bring that back, though, with the BlackBerry KeyOne, a brand new smartphone that differentiates itself from the crowd with its physical thumbboard under a touchscreen. I spent some time trying the KeyOne out here at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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Lenovo Yoga 520 and 720 convertible laptops are made for multi-taskers

Lenovo Yoga 520 and 720 convertible laptops are made for multi-taskers

Lenovo has taken the wraps off its next generation of convertible laptops, the Yoga 520 and the Yoga 720. Both models feature the same ultra-flexible designs we’ve come to expect from Lenovo’s Yoga lineup, as well as Windows 10 and high-end hardware offerings. Lenovo says the new Yoga laptops meet a variety of criteria, such as being both mobile and versatile, aiming to satisfy the desires of millennials and meet their most pressing needs.

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Lenovo Miix 320: a 2-in-1 portable Windows 10 workhorse

Lenovo Miix 320: a 2-in-1 portable Windows 10 workhorse

Lenovo has introduced its new 2-in-1 device, the Miix 320. This model is an update to the company’s previously launched Miix 310 model, and it aims to be the highly portable workhorse the average on-the-go user needs. Lenovo points toward many types of users as the Miix 320’s targeted user base — freelancers, travelers, and the ‘meeting marathoner.’ This unveiling joins Lenovo’s newly introduced Tab 4 Series tablets and its Yoga devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 hands-on: Premium Android with S Pen

Does anybody care as much about Android tablets these days as Samsung does? With the tablet segment in the doldrums and little but the iPad making any money, you'd be forgiven for questioning the existence of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, making its debut today at Mobile World Congress 2017. According to Samsung, though, this particular pen-enabled Android slate is just what the market ordered.

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Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book hands-on: S Pen and Win 10 to scare iPad Pro

2-in-1 tablets are selling like wildfire, and the new Samsung Galaxy Book range is the company's attempt to get in on the Windows 10 action. Offered in two sizes - the 10-inch Galaxy Book 10, and the 12-inch Galaxy Book 12 - both tablets, freshly revealed at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, feature high-end construction with lashings of real metal and glass. With a new S Pen, detachable keyboard, and optional integrated LTE, meanwhile, should Apple and Microsoft be worried?

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Huawei debuts P10 & P10 Plus smartphones with Leica cameras

Huawei debuts P10 & P10 Plus smartphones with Leica cameras

At Mobile World Congress 2017 today, China's Huawei unveiled its latest pair of flagship smartphones in the form of the new P10 and P10 Plus. Along with a typical assortment of new features and specs, Huawei is once again making use of its partnership with camera maker Leica, as the P10 and P10 Plus feature some very impressive lenses and photography options.

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LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

LG G6 hands-on: It’s all about this amazing screen

If at first you don’t succeed, go back to basics and squeeze out the best of the best features minus all the gimmicks: that’s just what LG is doing with the highly anticipated G6. It's 2017, and it’s abundantly clear that, since the launch of the G5 and the abject lack of interest in the whole "module" concept, it’s time for the Korean mobile phone manufacturer to make a sharp about-turn and focus on what matters most: making a solid phone. That being said, when I met with LG’s designers for both devices in South Korea earlier this month, it was made abundantly clear that the design of the G6 was already being considered in parallel with the G5. That helps explain why the two phones feel so very different.

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Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Samsung has finally removed the covers off the Galaxy Note 7, perhaps one of this year's worst kept secrets. Unsurprisingly, the phablet is getting rather mixed reviews, with most of the negativity coming from those who have spent quality time with a Galaxy Note or two in the past. But why is this phablet, whose size and stylus has already been vindicated by Apple, failing to capture the hearts of even some of Samsung's stalwart fans? The reason is less about the specs, which are excellent in themselves, but more about a trend that has the stylus-faithful a tad worried.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 hands-on: The surprise buzz-maker

Xiaomi Mi 5 hands-on: The surprise buzz-maker

For a company which doesn't officially sell its Android smartphones in the US or Europe, there's an astonishing amount of buzz around Xiaomi here at Mobile World Congress. The Chinese firm has made a name for itself with surprisingly well-specified phones at impressively competitive prices, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 is shaping up to be no different.

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