New phone launches – everything you need to know

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Over the past few weeks there’s been a flurry of news around the smartphone market with details, sneak previews and official launch dates all announced at last month’s Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona. Smartphones are always a popular purchase among forward2me’s customer base, so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on a few of the new models heading your way over the coming weeks and months.

LG G6 

The LG G6 is a plus-sized device and is billed as the main rival to the forthcoming Samsung S8. The new handset from the Korean electronics giant will feature a 5.7-inch display and comes with an ultra wide-screen aspect ratio - 18:9 – claiming to provide a more immersive cinematic viewing experience when streaming videos and playing games. As a first in the smartphone market, this feature is something LG are hoping will win over an army of fans.

Another notable feature of the G6 is its camera, which comes with a 100-degree field of view 5MP front camera, allowing users to take wide-angle selfies without the need for a selfie stick.

In terms of special features, the G6 is water and dust resistant and has a rating of IP68, meaning it can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes.

Although there isn’t an official UK launch date as yet, you can find out more, including where to buy and pre-order, via LG’s website.

Sony Xperia XY Premium

Sony’s newest release is being launched as a ‘premium’ plus-sized device with a 5.5-inch screen. As its unique selling point, the Xperia XZ Premium is the first smartphone in the world to feature a 4K HDR display – and has teamed up with Amazon Prime to feature exclusive content to its users. 

The new Xperia XY comes complete with a 19MP high resolution sensor, with 19% larger pixels designed so users can capture sharper, more detailed images in low-light and backlit conditions.

If depleting battery is your biggest smartphone bugbear, the Xperia’s Battery Care feature, which charges your phone to 90%, waits, then charges to 100% just before your normal wake-up time therefore preserving batter life in the long term, might catch your interest.

The Xperia XZ Premium, which will come in two colours - Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black – is due to be available from late Spring 2017.

Nokia 3310

If digital detox is what you’re looking for, look no further than the Nokia 3310. Rather than trying to keep up with the ever-evolving features of rival manufacturers Apple, Samsung and the like, Nokia have reverted to what they’re good at – manufacturing old school dumb phones! In its day the Nokia 3310 was a trailblazer and by the time it was discontinued in 2005, the company had sold 126 million units.  

The ‘new’ 3310 will be sold under licence by the Finnish start-up HMD Global and will be almost half the weight of the original version of the handset at 79g. The handset will come complete with a 2.4-inch colour screen, Bluetooth 3.0, an FM radio, LED torch, microSD card support up to 32GB and a two-megapixel camera and will have a modern version of the classic game Snake preinstalled.

The main selling point of the Nokia over its more high-tech rivals will be battery life – the relaunched 3310 will have up to a month's standby time and delivers more than 22 hours of talk time.

A big downside of the handset is its connectivity capability as it will run on 2.5G connectivity - which has slower data speeds than 3G or 4G.

After the phone unveiled at last month’s MWC, a launch date in the next couple of months is anticipated. You can sign up for updates on the Nokia website.  

And there’s more…

There are even more new handsets coming to market later this year with the eagerly anticipated new iphone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 due in the latter half of 2017. We’ll keep you in the loop with updates about new smartphone releases as and when they’re due to happen.

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