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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2017 – Day 2 Highlights

MWC 2017 Day 2

The second day of the Mobile World Congress saw many calls for innovation from respected people in the industry, along with intriguing new gadgets that are sure to make the rounds on the Internet. From Sony’s new smartphone to a robotic car, there are many interesting things to report on.

Sony Xperia XZ

If you ever wanted a high-end smartphone that can record videos in slow motion, this phone is a perfect fit for you. Sony’s newest flagship device represents the absolute top-of-the-line in terms of smartphones: from a 5.5-inch 4K screen to a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM to an insanely 19MP camera, the Xperia XZ has so many great specs that it may even be overkill. The main course here, at least the one chosen by Sony, is the phone’s ability to record at 960 frames per second…for 5 seconds. This means that you can record certain things in slow-mo, as long as those things don’t happen for more than 5 seconds.

Even though this phone has pretty much everything it needs to succeed, or perhaps way too much, the starting price has not yet been announced, and it may be enough of a turn-off for many people, as the power found in this device is definitely not cheap.

Roborace

Let’s say you’re tired of all these smartphones that are coming out with a fanfare only to imitate the market standard. Let’s say you want something exciting for a change. Here comes Roborace, the upcoming sport based on self-driving cars!

Inspired by Formula E, Roborace will have multiple teams of engineers starting with the exact same cars, and being able to modify their software in order to make them as effective as possible. The racecar model, called the Robocar, will have a top speed of 200 mph and will feature 33 sensors that will allow the car to move smartly in space, basing its movements solely on what the code written by its team says.

5G First

Going beyond materialistic matters, Nokia has announced that they will be the first to push for 5G technology as soon as possible, within a program called “5G First”. Supposedly, Nokia will use its network function virtualisation along with its 4.9G technology in order to bring 5G technology to the world as early as the second half of 2017.

According to Nokia, 5G will bring the fourth industrial revolution, changing many aspects of our lives, from the way our society works to the way factories are automated, and more. Currently, over 40 network carriers from all over the world have accepted Nokia’s proposal and will offer 5G connectivity to their clients starting this year.

GSMA vs. Roaming

The GSM Association’s president, Sunil Bharti Mittal has declared a war on roaming charges, after highlighting the facts that mobile operators were barely above the tobacco industry on reputation indices, and that the majority of mobile users turn off their phones when going abroad in order to avoid the outrageous fees. This decision comes after the European Union’s decision to abolish roaming tariffs was met with praise, and will benefit both users, who will no longer have to pay a lot to get in contact with their loved ones while abroad, and mobile operators, whose image will improve.

More to come

While the Internet is buzzing with the latest announcements from MWC 2017, the congress continues, so stay tuned for the freshest news, straight from Barcelona.

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