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G6, G5 and 5G: Everything from Mobile World Congress press day

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A host of new phones from LG, Huawei and Lenovo, plus two new Samsung tablets were just some of the new gear on display.
The show floor for Mobile World Congress , the world’s biggest showcase for wireless technology and mobile devices, doesn’t officially open until Monday. But like all good trade shows, “day zero” is press conference day.
The elephant in the room at the 2017 show is the phone that isn’t here: the Galaxy S8. But Samsung teased the phone at the end of its otherwise sedate Sunday press conference, confirming the rumors that the phone would indeed be unveiled on March 29 in New York City.
With no big Samsung announcement, the playing field was left wide open for the likes of LG , Huawei , Lenovo and ZTE to strut their stuff. Here’s what they had to show.
The G6 features an expansive 5.7-inch display, Google Assistant and a splash-friendly design.
With no Galaxy phone on deck, the LG G6 was the big dog of the day. The Korean company’s 2017 flagship phone offers a nice big 5.7-inch screen with an unusually tall 18:9 aspect ratio (instead of the 16:9 standard). It’s the first phone with support for Dolby Vision HDR, which could mean better-looking images, too. It’s fully waterproof, and has a dual-lens camera with some nifty photo tricks, too. Early downsides? The G6 doesn’t retain the LG G5 ‘s swappable batteries — a feature that’s largely going the way of the dodo — and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor is effectively a 2016 chip that’s a step behind the latest and greatest 835 we’ll see in upcoming phones.

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