Here are the best Android 7.0 Nougat devices revealed this week
The world’s biggest technology conference is typically host to a number of big-name launches, and this year’s edition was no different.
As usual, Apple stayed away from revealing anything new at MWC 2017, meaning that the floor belonged very much to the Android devices.
With Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat software growing steadily by the month, MWC 2017 saw the launch of several impressive new smartphones powered by the platform.
But with a whole range of new devices to choose from, what should be your pick if you’re in the market for a new Android smartphone? Here is Express.co.uk’s verdict on the best releases from this year’s show.
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Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
The LG G6 features an incredible edge-to-edge display
It’s fair to say that LG did not have the best 2016.
The company’s flagship smartphone release, the LG G5, was revealed at MWC 2016 to great fanfare, but its innovative modular design failed to catch on.
However the company did strike back somewhat with the later launch of the LG V20 – the first non-Google phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat.
At MWC 2017, it went one step further with the reveal of its most impressive smartphone to date – the LG G6.
LG’s latest smartphone hit the headlines for its stunning lost edge-to-edge ‘FullVision’ display, squeezing a a massive 5.7-inch screen into a phone that’s considerably smaller than both the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Inside, there’s 32GB of internal storage – expandable via microSD – and 4GB of RAM, although slightly disappointingly, the processor is the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip.
However that’s not to say that the LG G6 is a slouch by any means, and it also comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper lining up alongside dual 13-megapixel cameras on the rear.
All this is powered by a huge 3300mAh battery that should provide more than all-day battery life, meaning that the LG G6 ticks most of the boxes for an Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone.
The Huawei P10 will be available in a range of colour options
In contrast to LG, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has had a very successful last twelve months, going from strength to strength on the back of some seriously impressive device launches.
The company revealed its latest flagship, the Huawei P10, at MWC – its first device to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The Huawei P10 is a stunning device that pairs a luxurious rounded metal design with a bright and detailed 5.1 FullHD display.
The new phone runs a top of the line Kirin 960 processor alongside 4GB of RAM and a massive 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.
As for software, Android 7.0 Nougat is combined with Huawei’s own EMUI interface, offering more customisation choice for picky users.
Also included is a fingerprint scanner in the front main button, and a new 3D face tracking system in the Leica-made front camera.
There are eight colour options in total, with traditional white, silver and black models joined by two gold options (one with added sparkle), a rose gold offering, and more unusually, a green and blue option.
Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium features an incredibly developed camera
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony has also made a triumphant return at MWC 2017 to reveal the Xperia XZ Premium.
The company’s new flagship features one of the most powerful cameras ever seen in an Android smartphone
The device’s 5.5-inch display is able to show content in 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) quality, and shoot slow-motion video at an amazing 960 frames per second.
Inside, there’s the super-powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, offering huge advances in processing power, as well as the X16 LTE modem, which allows download speeds of 1GBsp.
There’s also a 3230 mAh battery with Stamina mode, fingerprint scanner and waterproof design – making the Xperia XZ Premium one of the most eye-catching devices on the market today.
The new BlackBerry KEYOne blends a touchscreen with QWERTY keyboard
Along with the revamped Nokia 3310 device, much of the pre-MWC build-up was dominated by rumours of a new device from BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry KEYOne duly made its debut at MWC, although it came in far belong the likes of the LG G6 in terms of impressive power and looks.
Blending classic BlackBerry design with new influences, the KEYOne retains BlackBerry’s iconic physical QWERTY keyboard, which has been given a major intelligence upgrade, with a stunning touchscreen display and metal body.
Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, with the device powered by a huge 3505mAh battery enhanced by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 abilities that will allow the phone to go from flat to 50 per cent charge in just 36 minutes.
There’s also a 12-megapixel camera on the rear using the Sony IMX378 camera sensor – that’s the same snapper fitted within the brilliant Google Pixel.
However in terms of hardware specs, this puts it far below the other flagship devices mentioned here, meaning the KEYOne is a device only for truly die-hard BlackBerry fans.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be officially revealed later this month
And one we didn’t see…the Samsung Galaxy S8
Sadly, Samsung did not show off a new smartphone at MWC 2017.
The company has normally dominated the Sunday before the show starts with a major launch event, as it did last year for the unveiling of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.
However this year the company kept its new mobile device under wraps – instead, it will be showing off the new Samsung Galaxy S8, powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, at an event in New York on March 29th.