What phones will 2017 bring? MWC has the trends and innovation answers


As the largest expo in the phone, tablet and wireless communication industries, the Mobile World Congress is usually the place where everyone strives to show their best devices, services and present innovations that aren't even in a handset yet. The fight for the tech journalist eyeballs is fierce, and the attention-grabbing presentation headlines often promise more than is actually delivered.

The MWC, however, is a good predictor of where the mobile industry will flock to in any given year, and current trends are easily observable as there are simply too many companies in one place that start touting a new feature at once. 

We had the unique opportunity to roam the show floors freely, toying around with phones, tablets, and assorted gadgets, or bumping into zealous reps that were bent on extolling the virtues of their gear, so we've compiled a roundup of the 2017 mobile industry trends that can be grasped from the MWC expo, and true innovations worth their mention in a "best" list.

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7 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2270; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Lol @ zombie phones.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The G6 uses Gorilla Glass 3 (on the front, and GG5 on the back).

3. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

GG3 is more durable and more scrastch resistant you can use glass protector to protect it from drops ... Gg5 is good for drop

7. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Yeah. People still out tempered glass on the screen so no bug deal..the glass back yes it needs to be thicker.

4. DearSX

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

I will miss actual buttons on a phone, bigger display also uses button space.

5. mrochester

Posts: 975; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

So basically it's all iterative rather than innovative?

6. BGChicago

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

As it's been the case for a few years now. The only recent exceptions are multicameras, which is niche, and Moto mods.

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