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Back to the Future: Nokia 3310 and more from Mobile World Congress

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Back to the Future: Nokia 3310 and more from Mobile World Congress

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) which started on 27th February and would last through to 3rd March has seen some pretty interesting devices displayed. The MWC is the launch platform for many of the year’s big smartphones, but it has also given us a range of tablets, smartwatches and other connected devices.

I’ve  been following the MWC lately and I believe that the smartphone market seems to have reached a saturation point where even a mid-range device can give you really good performance so, there is not much to be expected quite frankly. At the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2017, there was the toying around with AR and VR platforms enabled on smartphones like the Asus Zenfone.

 

NOKIA 3310

The Nokia 3310 stole the show and easily because there’s really not that many new features coming to our smartphones. The original phone which was first released when I was still too young to own a phone is back. I had family members back in the day who owned this device and can still remember vividly what it was like.

The renewed version comes in pretty much the same design as the old but thanks to advancements, there’s a lot more room for a larger battery as circuits are now a lot smaller. It includes a 2 megapixel rear camera, an FM radio and MP3 player app, a MicroSD car slot and bluetooth connectivity. And as expected it comes with the iconic “Snake” game so let the highscore battle begin. I think you’ll have more people picking this phone up as a memento than for its functionality. And yeah, it comes in 4 colours.

 

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BLACKBERRY KEYone

The rumored BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ was announced at the MWC and is actually called the KEYone. The device not surprisingly, sports a physical keyboard as is expected of the Blackberry brand (though owned by TCL). The device looks a lot like the Priv but without the sliding feature. It comes with a 4.5 inch display, a 12-megapiixel rear camera and a fingerprint sensor on the spacebar.

 

 

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SONY’S XPERIA TOUCH PROJECTOR

For some reason, I am a lot more interested in this than any smartphone. Soo, the Touch as it is being called is a device projecting an Android tablet interface onto a wall. The resolution it projects only goes up to 720p, but ranges in size from 23 inches to 80 inches. The Touch has an infrared sensor which detects movement across the projected screen, allowing it to detect touch actions on the wall.

This allows you to control the projected Android user interface with just your fingers, similar to using a mounted tablet except without a physical display. It is filled with a lot of sensors, such as a human detection sensor, humidity, temperature, barometer, ambient light, GPS, and e-Compass sensors as well. It also has Bluetooth 4.2, 32GB of internal storage, and 3GB of RAM.

There are a whole lot of devices on display at the congress. What do you find interesting?

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