Listing the Top Smartphones Launched at the MWC 2018

13 March 2018 | Jillian Cheong

The world’s largest exhibition in the mobile industry just wrapped up and many tech fans have witnessed big players like Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and many more launch their latest products. We’ve rounded up some of the top smartphones that were launched during the event.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The biggest announcement perhaps would be the Samsung Galaxy S9. If you were to compare the design of its predecessor – the Samsung Galaxy S8, you could definitely tell there’s not much of a difference. Perhaps the significant improvement is the placement of the fingerprint sensor, which is centered beneath the camera. There are also a slew of new features such as the AR emoji, 960fps slow-motion camera, AR Emoji, Dolby Atmos, and large aperture lens.

Alcatel 5 Series

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A new batch of Alcatel phones known as the Alcatel 5 series was unveiled during the event. The series includes a flagship phone as well as the world’s first Android Go phones, which is marketed at a relatively good price. The Alcatel 5 range certainly has premium features with its brushed metal bodies, fingerprint scanners, and edge-to-edge screen. As for the 3 and 1 series, the phones also sport high-end features along with a 18:9 widescreen display.

Sony Xperia XZ2

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Gone are the chunky bezels and uncomfortable-looking square designs, as Sony has replaced their newly launched smartphones, the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact, with nice rounded corners. Under the hood, both phones feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Sony has always been known for their amazing cameras on their smartphones, and this time, it’s no difference. It comes with a slow-mo feature that helps users to record video at up to 960fps in 1,080p resolution.

ZTE Blade V9

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Another smartphone that won’t break the bank is ZTE’s Blade V9. Similar to the other phones launched at MWC, the device features a Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of storage which can be expanded if you choose too, but it would be sufficient for most people. As for the camera, the primary camera is 16-megapixel while the front shooter is 8-megapixel.

Asus Zenfone 5

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At first look, you would easily mistaken the newly launched Asus Zenfone 5 as an iPhone X as the brand did adopt heavy design cues, particularly with the notch at the top. It has a 6.2-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio that is in Full HD+ resolution. The unique selling point of the phone would probably be the “intelligent charging” which does not charge up the phone to 100 percent but instead charge it to 80 percent and then another 20 percent according to when you normally unplug it. Chances for the Zenfone 5 to live up to the iPhone X are slim, but for a mid-range phone that is powered on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipsets, it is a rather good deal. Asus introduced 3 phones in the series which are the Zenfone 5 lite, standard Zenfone 5, and Zenfone 5Z.

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