MWC 2018

ZTE Blade V9 to launch during MWC 2018

Premium design, lower price

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ZTE’s first near-borderless smartphone — or basically their first handset with a slimmer 18:9 display — got leaked a couple of months ago. Now, sources suggest that the Blade V9 will finally arrive during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Spain later this month.

Despite launching alongside giants in the tech industry, the Blade V9 is shaping up to be a great offering. Its primary selling point is the metal and glass build at a price that’s expected to be in the budget-friendly zone.

These official renders show thicker-than-usual bezels with no controls on the bottom chin, but the build quality and dual cameras on the back (16-megapixel and 5-megapixel setup) make up for that.

The screen itself is 5.7 inches in diameter with a standard 1080p resolution. That, along with the midrange Snapdragon 450 processor, help bring down the phone’s cost. Memory configurations go from 2GB to 4GB, and you can choose from storage options ranging from 16GB to 64GB.

Although thinner and primed to join the next wave of 2018 smartphones, the Blade V9 keeps its physical audio port and the battery has a respectable 3200mAh capacity.

We’ve alluded to a lower price point for this, but nothing’s official yet — even the exact shipping date is still a mystery. Let’s hope this comes in time for MWC 2018 to fill the gap under all the flagship devices we’re expecting to see.

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Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On

Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship

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Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.

But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Are these new features worth the price increase?

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In our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review video, we hope to answer questions you may have to help you make an informed decision before buying the phone.

Is Dual Aperture a gimmick? How good is the S9’s camera? S9 or S9+? Is it even worth it?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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YouTubers React to the Samsung Galaxy S9

Do they look like their AR Emoji?

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A new color, internal camera upgrades, and a few minor changes here and there don’t necessarily make the S9 look or feel new.

But is retaining the same beautiful, sleek design such a bad thing? Are the subtle improvements worth the high price tag? Is AR Emoji a gimmick?

YouTubers Mrwhosetheboss, Joshua Vergara, GadgetsBoy, GadgetsJon, The Tech Chap, David Imel, PC Centric, and Isa Rodriguez tell us what they think about the the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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