Every year kicks off the same way: with CES in Las Vegas. It’s true that the conference isn’t always big on smartphones, but still, many were presented: the Zenfone 3 Zoom (a mid-range device optimized for photography), and the Zenfone AR (made to handle virtual and augmented reality).
HTC also took the opportunity to present two smartphones: the HTC U Play and the HTC U Ultra. The new U range distinguishes itself from preceding models thanks to Sense Companion, a virtual assistant made by HTC which aims to improve user experience. It is now available on all HTC smartphones.
Huawei presented its new mid-range smartphone, the Honor 6X, which is the successor to the Honor 5X. The camera is elegant, the battery life is solid and it has a dual camera. While the dual camera doesn’t perform miracles, it’s still a nice little plus. Huawei also released the P8 Lite (2017), a followup to the P8 Lite, in the same month.
Here is the P8 Lite (2017). © AndroidPIT
February was also a big conference month thanks to Mobile World Congress, or MWC for short. Unlike CES, MWC is the event of the year for smartphones and the biggest manufacturers all congregate there to present their new flagships – with a few exceptions this year. Samsung broke from tradition and used the occasion to show off the new Galaxy Tab S3 instead of presenting a smartphone.
BlackBerry revisited the prototype is presented at CES, the Mercury. The final product was dubbed BlackBerry KEYone, and though BlackBerry opted to run Android on the device, it kept the iconic physical keyboard beloved by its fans.
Lenovo was also in attendance and presented its two new