Coming up: Cool new phones being shown at MWC

Mobile World Congress has become the place for vendors to show off their upcoming smartphones. Here are some of the interesting new devices being introduced at this year's show.

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Stephen Lawson

Mobile World Congress shows us the future of phone

At the Mobile World Congress 2017 show taking place this week in Barcelona, the major (and minor) smartphone manufacturers are all competing to show the visiting press and professionals that they have the latest and greatest mobile tech. 

This year, vendors are looking at various ways to distinguish their products from the crowd. Screens are becoming brighter, cameras more sophisticated and phone bodies more rugged. In addition, vendors are playing with the dimensions of the display and even adding back the long-dispensed-with physical keyboards.

What follows are the facts about the new phones being introduced at MWC. Want more details? We include links to more descriptive articles at the bottom of each slide.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Size: The P10 is 5.1-in. FHD 1920 x 1080; the P10 Plus is 5.5-in. FHD 2560 x 1440

Processor: 64-bit Korin 960 octa-core w/4GB RAM

Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB

OS: Android 7

Cameras: 8mp front-facing; dual 12mp and 20mp rear-facing

Battery: The P10 has a large, non-removable 3,200 mAh battery, while the P10 Plus has a 3,750 mAh battery.

Selling points: Improved dual rear cameras and longer battery life

Where, when and how much: Starts at €650 euros for the P10 with 64GB storage. Expected to launch in March in 30 countries; no plans for a U.S. launch

More info: Huawei showcases new phones in Barcelona, gets mobbed by eager crowds

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TCL BlackBerry KEYone

TCL BlackBerry KEYone

Display: 4.5-in. IPS LCD 1620 x 1080

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 w/3GB RAM

Storage: 32GB

OS: Android 7

Cameras: 8mp front-facing; 12mp back-facing

Battery: 3,505mAh

Selling points: Physical keyboard (remember those?)

Where, when and how much: On sale in April, including in U.S.; $549

More info: Back to the future: BlackBerry KEYone launches with physical keyboard

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Display: 5.5-in. 4K HDR

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 w/4GB RAM

Storage: 64GB

OS: Android 7

Cameras: 13mp front-facing; 19mp rear-facing Motion Eye

Battery: 3,230mAh

Selling points: Mirror finish; 4K HDR display; slow-motion video; capable of 4G LTE data transfer at up to 1Gbps

Where, when and how much: Not announced at press time

More info: Sony's Xperia XZ Premium has a 4K HDR screen, super slow-mo

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Display: 5.7-in. QHD+ (2880 x 1440)

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 w/4GB RAM

Storage: 32GB

OS: Android 7

Cameras: 5mp front-facing; dual 13mp rear-facing (one up to 125-degree range, the other up to 135-degree range)

Battery: 3,300mAh

Selling points: 18:9 aspect ratio offers slimmer, easy-to-hold body; water/dust resistant

Where, when and how much: Not announced at press time

More info: First look: The new LG G6 brings with it a new aspect (ratio)

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HMD Nokia 3310

HMD Nokia 3310

Display: 2.4-in. QVGA

Storage: 16GB

OS: Nokia Series 30+

Cameras: 2mp rear-facing

Battery: 1,200mAh (removable)

Selling points: A retro phone sorta brought up to date

Where, when and how much: On sale 2Q 2017 for €49

More info: HMD's new Nokia 3310 turns back the clock -- and turns heads

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