MWC 17: What’s coming, what’s not, and what we really want to see

After reading leaks, rumors, and tea leaves for months, Mobile World Congress is finally almost here. In just about a week, we’ll get a look at some of the most anticipated phones of the year; all of them vying for our attention with their dual cameras, skinny bezels, and big, beautiful screens.

And even with Samsung making us wait a little longer for the Galaxy S8, there will still be loads of phones, tablets, watches, and gadgets on display in Barcelona. But if you can’t wait until the big event, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

What’s we know is coming


LG swung and missed with its modular-minded G5, so it’s no surprise that it’s gone back to the drawing board with the G6. And from the looks of it, they got it right this time. While we’ll be losing one of the last phone lines that still had a removable battery, LG has opted to put a premium on design, with a glass-and-metal frame, tiny bezels, and a 5.7-inch Full Vision” Quad HD LCD screen. It’ll also be waterproof, come with a dual camera system, and feature a Quad digital-to-analog converter like the one found on the V20.

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The LG G6 will have skinny bezels and a giant screen.
LG has also teased some interesting features of its Nougat-based UX 6.0 operating system. Taking advantage of the screen’s unique 18:9 aspect ratio, it will be separating the screen into two identical squares for both multitasking and picture-taking. As LG explains, “The combinations are endless.”

Galaxy Tab S3

Rest assured Samsung fans, the company won’t be arriving at MWC empty-handed. For the first time in nearly a year and a half, Samsung will be launching a new Galaxy Tab S, taking another crack at making a high-end Android tablet. From the rumors and leaks, the 9.6-inch, 2048×1536 Tab S3 will retain the look of the S2, with a pill-shaped fingerprint scanner on the front flanked by a pair of navigation buttons. But the real upgrades will be under the hood. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, it will be packed with 4GB of RAM (up from 3GB in the S2), and sport 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras.

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The Galaxy Tab S3 will reportedly come with an S Pen.
Samsung will also be including an S Pen with the Galaxy Tab S3, a first for Samsung’s high-end tablet. While there reportedly won’t be a Note-style slot for the stylus on the device itself, bundling an S Pen likely signals a push to highlight the production and performance aspects of Android, positioning it as a work-oriented companion to the S8.

Huawei P10

The Mate 9 might have just landed in the States, but Huawei is ready to launch two new flagship phones at MWC. Based on a series of leaks, the two phones, the P10 and P10 Plus, they will feature a Kirin 960 processor, and a 3,100mAh battery. As the name suggests, the main differences between the two phones will be in the screens. The standard P10 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display while the Plus model will have a 5.5-inch Quad HD curved AMOLED screen.

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The Huawei P10 will come in a variety of colors and include a home button.
The two models will sports some visual differences as well. The standard P10 will include a fingerprint scanner built into the home button while the P10 Plus moves it to the back. Both phones will feature dual cameras and metal designs, and leaked images show the smaller model sporting blue, gold, and green enclosures.

Huawei watch

We’ll likely see more than a few Android Wear 2.0 watches at MWC this year, but one we know is coming is a followup to the Huawei Watch. We don’t know much of anything about it, but Huawei CEO Richard Yu shared a marketing image on Weibo to confirm that it will indeed be unveiled at MWC.

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This image shared by Huawei’s CEO doesn’t show much, but we do know a Huawei Watch is coming.
The image doesn’t reveal anything about the watch per se, but the image suggests the watch will likely have more of a focus on fitness than the first model. Rumors have pegged the watch to sport a 1.4-inch display and an LTE chip like the LG Sport, but hopefully Huawei doesn’t go too big.

Sony phones aplenty

Sony has had something of a haphazard strategy with its Android phones, but its MWC offerings might bring a bit more focus. Sony may launch as many as five new Xperia phones at the event, including a follow-up to its flagship XZ. Likely called the X2 (and codenamed Yoshino), there isn’t much known about the handset other than it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch 4K screen. Additionally, there would be a variant with a Quad HD screen, with both phones showcasing Sony’s new IMX400 image sensor.

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Sony could be bringing as many as five new phones to MWC, joining the Xperia Z5, seen here.
Of particular note is that these phones are rumored to include the new SnapDragon 835 chip, which is all but confirmed to be debuting in the Galaxy S8. So it’s possible that Sony will tease these phone or skip an MWC unveiling altogether, which would leave a trio of somewhat blander mid-range offerings.

The return of Nokia

It’s been a while since Nokia made any noise at MWC, but that’s going to change this year. According to reports, parent company HMD Global is bringing four new Nokia phones with them. We’ve already seen the Nokia 6, the de facto flagship of the bunch, but rounding out the line will be the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 handsets. As their names suggest, they will be lower-end affairs, with the 5 featuring a 5.20inch 720p display and a 12MP camera. Less is known about the 3, but it is expected to cost around $150.

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The Nokia 6 won’t be the only phone HMD Global is bringing to MWC.
While it’s unlikely that any of these handsets will reach the States, there is one that might. According to a VentureBeat report, Nokia is prepping a modern homage to the classic 3310 feature phone, one of the most popular pre-smartphone handsets. While it has long been surpassed by today’s touch-screen devices, the 3310 was heralded for its small, nearly indestructible frame, as well as a handful of then-novel features and customization options, and it’ll be interesting to see how Nokia updates it.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus

It doesn’t look like Lenovo will be bringing any flagship Moto phones to MWC, but there will be an update to the budget G4 and G4 Plus. Leaked via an accidental posting by Spanish retailer K-Tronix, the bigger of the two models will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a 12MP camera, 3,000 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 625 chip. Its smaller brother sports a 5-inch and utilizes the Snapdragon 430 processor, with a 2,800 mAh battery and a 13MP camera.

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The Moto G5 will be making an appearance at MWC.
BlackBerry Mercury

BlackBerry’s heyday might be long behind it, but they’re still the only name in QWERTY phones. And there’s a new one coming at MWC, built on Android 7.0 Nougat. Blackberry offered a sneak peek at the new Mercury (DTEK70) handset at CES in January, but now it is ready to officially launch the phone, which reportedly features a 4.5-inch screen, Snapdragon 625 processor, and 3,400 mAh battery. But all anyone who wants one is going to care about is the four-row keyboard permanently affixed to the bottom.

What isn’t going to be there

Galaxy S8

Not since 2013 has there been a Mobile World Congress without a splashy Galaxy phone release. But this year the company has already lowered our expectations by announcing that it will be taking a little longer with the development of the Galaxy S8. While that’s certainly a bummer, it looks as though the extra time is being put to good use.

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We’ll have to wait a little longer this year for the Galaxy S8.
Along with the 8-point battery check that will hopefully ensure they won’t blow up, the S8 looks to be a beauty, with a stunning curved design and bezels so small that there’s no room for the Samsung logo on the front. Additionally, it looks to be the first phone to use the 10nm Snapdragon 835 chip, which could make it nearly twice as fast than the S7. And perhaps the best news of all: It will be keeping the headphone jack.

Snapdragon 835 phones

We’re not the only ones waiting for the Galaxy S8. Manufacturers everywhere are reportedly barred from using the next-generation Snapdragon 835 chip in their phones until the S8 lands, as Samsung has scooped up all of the available chips for itself. So any of the phones announced at MWC will likely be based on the older (but still very capable) 821 architecture. However, while some companies might try to take the wind out of Samsung’s sails by announcing 835 phones that won’t be shipping until later in the spring, the biggest flagships (like LG’s G6, for example) won’t have the latest tech inside.

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The Snapdragon 835 will power a lot of phones this year, but it’s unlikely we’ll see any of them at MWC.
Anything from Xiaomi

While fledgling Chinese phone maker Xiaomi used last year’s MWC to preview its ceramic flagship Mi 5, the company won’t be holding a keynote event at this year’s conference. Xiaomi is going through something of a transition period after its tremendous growth began to slow last year and outspoken exec Hugo Barra left the company in January, so it’s not all that surprising that Xiaomi is sitting this one out. However, there are enough rumors about the Mi 6 to suggest it will be released sometime soon.

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The follow-up to Xiaomi’s Mi 5 is coming, but it won’t be arriving at MWC.
Something new from Google

If Google wanted to make headlines at MWC it could have delayed Android Wear 2.0 and launched the LG Sport and Style watches, and turned it into an event. But Google clearly doesn’t want to make headlines in Barcelona. While the Android Village will still be the must-see booth at MWC, don’t expect to see any new Made by Google devices inside it.

What we want

Galaxy S8 peek

Samsung knows we’re all waiting for the Galaxy S8. So even though there won’t be an official unveiling, we’re hoping to get some information about it. Maybe a confirmation of the rumored March 29 event, or a hype-building video, or just a peek at how thin those bezels really are. Just something to tide us over for the next few weeks.

HTC 11

HTC already unveiled the Ultra U last month but from what we hear, that’s not the only flagship phone it has planned for this year. And while the Ultra certainly looks good, it doesn’t quite have the high-end industrial design that the 10 has. And if we’re going to be paying $750 for a phone, we kinda wish it had a battery bigger than 3,000mAh and slightly smaller bezels. Oh, and a headphone jack.

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The U Ultra is nice, but we want more from HTC.
A great Android Wear 2.0 watch

So far, the only two Android Wear 2.0 watches are the hulking LG Sport and the underachieving LG Style. But somewhere out there is a smartwatch that combines good lucks with NFC and long battery life to deliver all of the power of Android Wear 2.0 with something we want to wear on our wrist. Maybe it’s the Huawei Watch 2, or maybe it’ll come from Asus or Moto. But we just hope we get a look at it in Barcelona.

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Who will be the first company to make an Android Wear 2.0 watch we want to buy?
Giant batteries

If there’s one thing all of the upcoming phones have in common, it’s their giant, pixel-packed screens. And we’re hoping they all have nice big batteries to power them. There’s nothing worse than a great phone that can’t quite last through the day, and it would be nice if we didn’t need to carry a battery pack around to make sure we did.

Something different

While we’re certainly looking forward to the G6 and Galaxy Tab S3, it’s hard to get that excited over phones and tablets anymore. So we’re hoping MWC brings something a bit more outside the box. We’ve heard rumblings about a new Samsung folding phone in development for a while now, so it’s possible we’ll get a look at a prototype. Then there’s the report that Nokia will be reviving the retro candy bar-styled 3310. We’re not entirely sure what to expect, but we have visions of a rugged, rock-solid case with a small color screen that lets us perform rudimentary tasks (and play Snake, of course) without bogging down our attention span with tons of apps.

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Everything we think we know about the Galaxy S8

Update 3/6/17: This article has been updated with information about Samsung’s new AI assistant, Bixby, as well as color variants and pricing information.

Now that the dust has settled from Mobile World Congress, we can turn our attention to the next big thing: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 event. Samsung opted to skip its usual Barcelona unveiling, but it won’t be too much longer until we can get our hands on the most anticipated Android phone in years.

After the Note7 debacle, Samsung is surely using the extra time to run a litany of battery tests on its new handset, because a lot is riding on this launch. Samsung has weathered the phablet storm fairly well, but it needs the S8 to be a major hit. And from what we’ve seen so far, it looks like it will be.

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A new design

The Galaxy S series has one of the best looking Android phones out there, but it hasn’t strayed too far from its winning formula. Like Apple’s iPhone, the last few Galaxies have mainly been variations on a theme, bringing incremental improvements and material changes, but it looks like the S8 will blow our expectations out of the water.

Reports have been all over the place, but a rendering published by serial leaker Evan Blass puts it all into view. Both models of the S8 will feature “Edge” displays that wrap around the sides of the phone and feature barely-there bezels. Gone is the pill-shaped home button at the bottom, and also gone is the Samsung logo at the top—there’s just no room. The top edge of the device is just wide enough to fit the camera, speaker, and other sensors, while the bottom is a similarly sized sliver.

Edge to edge, for real

With such small bezels, the Galaxy S8 is going to be all about the screen, and it won’t disappoint. Samsung has always put its best foot forward when it comes to its Galaxy S displays, and it’s sticking with what works with the S8: Super AMOLED. Both screens will be Quad HD+ (not 4K as originally rumored), and according to a report by SamMobile, they will retain the same 1440×2560 resolution as their predecessors. However, a new manufacturing process will utilize a new material that will help it last longer and use less power. Additionally, the company has reportedly switched from the Diamond PenTile subpixel arrangement to a standard RGB stripe one, effectively increasing the subpixel count from 7,372,800 to 11,059,200. SamMobile claims the change will “provide a noticeable improvement in virtual reality environments.”

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These specs for the Galaxy S8 look pretty darn good…
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… as do these for the Galaxy S8+.
Additionally, the S8 will likely adopt the same rounded display corners as found on the LG G6. Along with a spy shot showing the non-square edges, leaked spec sheets for S8 and S8+ from TechnoBuffalo and Evan Blass, respectively, reveals the two displays are 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, but specifically makes mention of the smaller measurements for rounded corners (6.1 inches and 5.6 inches). That might seem like a massive jump over the S7’s 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch displays, and it is, but the smaller bezels should work to keep the comfort and usability roughly the same.

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The Galaxy S8 will feature a massive display.
And it looks like Samsung is going to adopt some slick marketing for its new display. Samsung has trademarked the name Infinity Display in a sign that that will be the phone’s marquee feature. With a massive advertising push expected to support the S8, it’s a term we’re likely to hear a lot.


While most every other Android flagship phone has jumped on the dual-camera bandwagon, Samsung will reportedly be sticking to its guns when it comes to the camera. In fact, it won’t be changing much at all, sporting the same 12MP dual pixel main camera as the S7.

A report in The Guardian claims that the S8’s rear shooter will “offer incremental improvements to image quality, low-light performance, and speed,” with most of the improvements happening behind the scenes. Granted, the S7 already has one of the best cameras on the block, but Google gave it serious competition for the crown with the Pixel. We know that extra megapixels don’t always make a better camera, so we’re curious to see how Samsung has improved its main shooter.

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The Galaxy S8 won’t have a dual camera, but that doesn’t mean it won’t take great shots.
However, selfie fanatics will be happy to learn that Samsung will be upping the quality of the front camera. Blass’s leaked spec sheet shows it will have 8 megapixels, up from the S7’s 5MP one. However, like the rear camera, the proof is in the processing, so Samsung has likely made a bunch of improvements and software tweaks to bolster our selfies, too.

Chips, sensors, and scanner

The Galaxy S phone always sports the best possible processor, but this year is a little different. Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon 835 chip at CES in January, but we haven’t seen a single phone use it yet (despite Sony’s MWC announcement that it will be inside the Xperian XZ Premium when it ships in late spring). That’s likely because Samsung has exclusive rights to it. Either due to a partnership or simply because it purchased all of the ones that are available, it would appear that the S8 will be the first phone to ship with the Snapdragon 835, though others will likely follow. The chip might not bring a huge speed increase over the 820 in the S7, but the benefits in power consumption, image processing, connectivity, 4K, and charging should make the S8 an absolute beast.

Because there’s no home button on the front, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear of the device. However, unlike every other phone that has added a circle to the middle of the rear of the case, leaks show that Samsung will be putting its fingerprint scanner near the top of the case, right next to the camera. It’s an odd position for sure, but before you go practicing your grip and finger calisthenics, there’s another thing to know. According to the leaked spec sheet, Samsung will be incorporating the same iris scanner found in the Note7 into the S8, which should cut down on the number of times we need to use the fingerprint scanner.

SamMobile speculated that Samsung built a home button into the rear fingerprint scanner, much like LG does with its phones. It’s hard to judge until we get our hands on the new phone, but it seems strange that Samsung would put a commonly used button so close to the camera lens.

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The button to the right of the camera is rumored to be a fingerprint scanner.
Finally, audiophiles can rest easy, as it looks like the reports of the S8 following the iPhone 7’s lead and dumping the headphone jack were greatly overblown. While it’s possible that Samsung experimented with a version of its new phone without a 3.5mm jack, it ultimately decided that it was best to leave it. Furthermore, the S8 will be tuned by AKG just like the new S3 tablet, which blew us away with sound quality. Samsung also announced at MWC that it will be bundling a pair of AKG earphones inside the S8 box.

New navigation

Without a home button, the Galaxy S8 will need to offer a new kind of navigation, and it looks like Samsung will be mimicking the method used on other buttonless Android phones. According to several leaked images and videos—including a diagram (seen below) of what appears to be the S8 owner’s manual—the phone will utilize virtual buttons that appear when you need them, likely similar to the method on the Pixel and other phones, by swiping down when in an app that doesn’t already work them into the interface.

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The Galaxy will use on-screen navigation.
One interesting aspect of the S8’s navigation is that the home button seems to be perpetually on the screen, at least you’re not using an app. In all of the leaked spy shots we’ve seen, the common denominator is the virtual home button that is affixed to the bottom of the screen, including the lock screen. While it’s not entirely clear whether Samsung will allow customization of the buttons, an analysis of the leaked images by Android Police suggests that Samsung will let users swap out the position, marking the first Galaxy phone that doesn’t force users to navigate their phones using reversed buttons.

Bonjour, Bixby

While Google has announced that it will finally be bringing Assistant to all Marshmallow and Nougat phones, Samsung has other plans. While it tried and failed to implement its own voice AI with S Voice, Samsung has announced that the S8 will include its own assistant called Bixby. However, it’s not going to be a Google Assistant clone that simply answers our questions. Samsung is building Bixby deep into the interface of the S8 to “help remove friction.” Samsung says Bixby “will simplify user education with new voice interfaces and will make using your phone even more seamless and intuitive.”

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That’s not a power button—it will activate Samsung’s new digital assistant.
Samsung has also announced that the S8 will include a dedicated Bixby button to quickly summon the assistant when needed. It will work with both voice and text commands, and is the start of a whole ecosystem of Bixby-controlled devices, which will eventually include all of Samsung’s appliances, from televisions to air conditioners. At launch, it will only work with a sampling of apps on the phone, but Samsung promises to release an SDK at a later date so developers can bake the functionality into their own apps.

Specs and expansion

Elsewhere, the S8 will be just as water resistant as the S7, with an IP68 rating, as well as support wireless charging via an optional pad. Both phones will feature 64GB of storage with microSD card support and 4GB of RAM.

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The Galaxy S8 will reportedly be able to attach to an external monitor via an expansion dock.
Additionally, there will reportedly be support for an expansion dock that allows the S8 to hook up to a monitor. While details are sketchy, a leaked photo from a purported S8 user manual unearthed by Android Police shows a DeX phone dock that is displaying the Galaxy screen on a monitor, and sources told The Guardian that the new dock and service will turn the phone into an “Android desktop computer, connecting to a monitor, keyboard and other peripherals called DeX (short for desktop extension).”

Price and release

Samsung announced at Mobile World Congress that the S8 will be unveiled at an event in New York City on March 29. A report by Korean-based The Investor says that preorders for the new phone will begin April 10, with a global launch happening on April 21, although Evan Blass of VentureBeat claims that it has been pushed back a week, to April 28. While a four-week window between announcement and launch is a little long (the S7 was unveiled on Feb. 21, 2016 and released on March 11), those dates are mostly much in line with Samsung’s usual timing.

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The Galaxy S8 is set to release in a variety of colors, including the black, gray, and silver pictured here.
Pricing seems to be in line with last year’s model, with the S8 costing 799€ and the
S8+ adding 100€ to the price, according to a tweet by Blass. The U.S. exchange rate isn’t quite equivalent with the euro, but the S7 cost the same in the states and overseas. Several leaks have shown off the S8 in a variety of colors, including blue, silver, gray, gold, and black, but it’s unclear whether they will all be released in the same markets.

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Apple’s new iPad lineup slashes prices, the iPad Air, and iPad mini storage options

While we’re still waiting for a fresh iPad with barely-there bezels to make an appearance, Apple has returned to its roots with a new 9.7-inch model simply called iPad. And if you had previously balked at buying an iPad Air 2 because the price was too high, you might want to take notice.

Apple hasn’t technically added a new model to the iPad lineup, but it has bolstered the low end. Gone is the aging iPad Air 2 (as well as the whole Air branding), and in its place is a new model that looks exactly the same, with a 9.7-inch retina screen, Touch ID, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and the same color choices (silver, gold, and space gray). On the inside you’ll get an A9 chip—the same one that’s in the iPhone 6s—and the usual 10-hour battery. That’s a relatively small upgrade over the 8X chip that was in the iPad Air 2, but the difference here isn’t in performance, it’s in price.

Apple has slashed the cost of the entry-level iPad from $399 to $329, the same price it once charged for the iPad mini. For $100 more, you can quadruple the storage to 128GB, and as always, cellular capability costs $130 more. Obviously, the new iPad doesn’t have any of the Pro’s features, like the Smart Connector or Apple Pencil support, but it’s definitely an attractive entry-level model.

As far as the iPad mini, the fourth generation of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet is still hanging around, but it’s the only model that doesn’t start at 32GB of storage. Apple has axed the $269 iPad mini 2, and the mini 4 now comes with just one storage option, 128GB, for the same price of $399. That makes it slightly cheaper than a similarly spec’d iPad, but Apple is clearly pushing the larger tablet here, continuing a trend that started with the iPad Pro. The mini is still running the two-year-old A8 chip, and all signs appear to point to a phase-out of the smaller tablet within the next year or so.

So, Apple’s iPad lineup now looks like this: at the low end, there’s the 32GB $329 9.7-inch iPad, followed by the $399 128GB mini. Then there’s the $599 9.7-inch 32GB iPad Pro, and the $799 12.9-inch Pro with 32 GB of storage. That’s still a lot of options, but it’s much easier to digest than the previous lineup, and puts a clear delineation between the upper and lower models without sacrificing too much in the way of performance.

The new iPad will go on sale Friday, March 24 in the U.S. and more the 20 countries.

Update, 10:45 a.m.: This article has been updated to reflect the discontinuation of the iPad mini 2.

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Apple refreshes Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases with new colors for spring

You don’t have to buy the special-edition Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2 to get your hands on that breathable perforated Sport band anymore. Apple just refreshed its accessory lineup for spring, and the $49 Nike option is a highlight for athletes.

In addition to the Nike Sport band, which comes in three colors, Apple also introduced three new colors for its regular $49 Sport bands, a new $49 wide-stripe nylon band in six colors, and three colors for the $149 leather classic buckle option, complete with new buckle design.

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If you have $339 to spare, this leather Hermès band is now on sale.
If you’re feeling fancy, Apple’s leather band collection with Hermès now includes some stunning new colors for a price: a $339 42mm single tour leather band in “lime epsom” and “colvert swift” (chartreuse and teal, basically); a $489 38mm double tour leather band in “bleu zéphyr epsom” (a robin’s egg blue); and a $689 38mm leather double buckle cuff in “fauve barenia” (I had to Google this, but it’s a classic English saddle shade). If you buy the Apple Watch Series 2 with the double buckle cuff (which starts at $1149), you’ll also get an exclusive orange Hermès Sport band for free.

You can order all of those bands online today from Apple or Hermès in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.

iPhone accessory lovers won’t be left out of Apple’s spring style refresh. Starting today, Apple is offering three new shades of silicone iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases and three leather options starting at $35. Apple is all about color this season, with a bright red iPhone 7 joining the lineup today, too. If a brand new phone is out of your budget, a new case is significantly cheaper.

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