MWC 2017

Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

Key 5G players push for 2019 next-gen network launch

5G could get here sooner than expected, with an unexpected push from a number of carriers and modem makers to get the super-fast next-gen networks up and running in 2019. The news, announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week, would see 5G going live - in large-scale trials and early deployments, at least - a year ahead of the current goal of 2020. However, it's not as easy as just moving a few dates around on the calendar.

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BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry KeyOne pairs physical keyboard with Android Nougat

BlackBerry isn't dead, and the new BlackBerry KeyOne is aiming to underscore that, not least by giving physical keyboard lovers a new fix for their addiction. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 today, the smartphone previously known as the BlackBerry Mercury has a QWERTY keyboard underneath a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Like other recent BlackBerry devices, it runs Android rather than RIM's OS, though with some primarily security and productivity-minded tweaks.

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Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

Qualcomm VR HMD gets Snapdragon 835, Leap Motion hand-tracking

GDC and MWC are just around the corner, and Qualcomm is diving head-first into virtual reality with a new dev-kit and hand-tracking technology. The chipmaker may be best known for its smartphone processors, but that same silicon is just as much at home in head-mounted displays. Indeed, the Snapdragon 835 is the centerpiece of Qualcomm's new Virtual Reality Development Kit.

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Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google's Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it'll mean speedier time-to-market, too.

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Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi “Pinecone” SoC to be fully revealed at MWC 2017

Xiaomi was once seen as one of the fastest growing smartphone company in China and its popularity has reached even the US, even while its smartphones have not. Of late, some might have gotten the impression that Xiaomi has slowed down its formerly aggressive push in the market, perhaps brought about by spreading itself too thin too fast. At MWC 2017 next week, however, it will show that it’s still very much in the game by revealing an ambitious thrust to puts its own system-on-chip, currently named “Pinecone”, at the heart of its mobile devices.

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Samsung C-Lab to bring four VR/AR ideas to MWC 2017

Samsung C-Lab to bring four VR/AR ideas to MWC 2017

Another tech show, another chance for Samsung to boast about how it fosters and cultivates innovation among its employees through incubation programs like its C-Lab, formerly Creative Lab. At MWC 2017, with less attention paid to its absent Galaxy S8, Samsung could put more focus on four concepts that aim to push the envelope of virtual reality as well as augmented reality. And, of course, Samsung’s Gear VR is at the heart of all but one of these proposals.

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Samsung Galaxy Book might be a Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet

Samsung Galaxy Book might be a Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet

Yes, Samsung seems to be definitely all about tablets this coming MWC 2017. Even though the company won’t yet explicitly name it (unlike LG), the Galaxy Tab S3 is pretty much in the bag. However, it might not be the only tablet lined up, not even the only OS. There have been rumors circulating about a Galaxy TabPro S successor, but, based on an app that popped up at the Windows Store, it won’t be called a Galaxy TabPro S2. Instead, it might be called a Galaxy Book.

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Huawei MediaPad T3 at TENAA reveals an 8-inch Nougat tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 at TENAA reveals an 8-inch Nougat tablet

If you’ve been starving for notable tablets, which have been rather scarce these past months, then you need not wait that long. Tablets are coming to MWC 2017 but, like their smartphone counterparts, not all are created equal. Like the Huawei MediaPad T3 which just hit TENAA, which means we’re getting a good dose of specs. But rather than butt heads on the premium market, the MediaPad T3 will, instead, try to blaze a trail in the mid-range tablet segment.

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Galaxy Tab S3 leaked manual shows an overgrown Galaxy Note 7

Galaxy Tab S3 leaked manual shows an overgrown Galaxy Note 7

Samsung may have lost its chance to make the Galaxy Note 7 the next big thing in mobile productivity, but it might take another stab at it before the Galaxy Note 8 arrives. That will come in the form of the Galaxy Tab S3, not a new Galaxy Note device. At least that seems to be the vibe that’s being given off by a leaked manual for the tablet, spilling almost everything just a week before its debut.

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Huawei P10 Plus “real photos” and curved-screen debunking

Huawei P10 Plus “real photos” and curved-screen debunking

A number of leaks this week made by odd users with penchants for fakery have shown a curved-edge variant of the Huawei P10. This device has already all-but-been-revealed by Huawei to the point where we can almost list its entire specifications sheet. So when a curved-edge version of the device surfaced, suddenly, without any indication of existence in previous leaks, we investigated.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and teaser video to appear this month

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date and teaser video to appear this month

The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been tipped to appear at a special event in Barcelona this February. The timing of the release of the smartphone - or smartphones - won't likely also be in February, but the first hype video and release date has been rumored to be appearing during Samsung's MWC appearance. That same event will likely play host to the company's newest tablet, one that's been tipped to fill part of the temporary void left by the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

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Nokia 3310 video shows imagined unveiling

Nokia 3310 video shows imagined unveiling

Earlier today the Nokia 3310 became the center of attention in the mobile market as it was teased for re-arrival. This phone is infamous for its ability to withstand massive amounts of damage - back in the 1990s when mobile phones were first becoming a reality. Now, here in 2017, the Nokia 3310 been rumored that the Nokia brand will once again realize its true old-school potential in a device that pays homage to the original unbreakable cell phone.

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