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Mobile World Congress is currently happening in Barcelona, and everyone over there is very busy drinking sangria and talking about all the announced new phones. Like the LG G6 with its wacky aspect ratio and the Nokia 3310 with its nostalgic design. No one is talking about Samsung phones, because Samsung did not announce a single phone at the event. Instead, it hinted at the announcement for the eventual Galaxy S8.

Smartphone design just isn't as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go "ahhhhh." Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5, an ambitious disaster of an Android phone, which was most notable for its central gimmick, a "magic slot" which allowed you to plug-in modular accessories, like cameras and speakers. At its core, the tech was poorly designed, but worse was the fact that nobody cared about being able to trick out a phone with modules.

The new Sony Xperia Touch is very cool. You watch this tiny 720p laser projector in action, and even when it bugs out and doesn't immediately respond to your every fat fingered press it's still so neat you're almost inclined to not care. But I have no idea who is going to buy this €1600 device. That's nearly $2300 at current exchange rates... for an Android laser projector.

It might look the same, but it's not the same. Last year's LG G5 tried -- unsuccessfully -- to get the world interested in modular smartphones, and this year LG's aim is at the same time a little more restrained and a little more bold. Built around a 18:9 ratio display, the G6's form factor is completely different to the phones we're all already using.

The 3310 is back. Laughably described by Nokia as "incredibly durable" (we all know it's basically indestructible, right?), the phone has a new modern twist.

Oh, and Snake is back - on Facebook Messenger - and you can play it right now.

What a time to be alive.

LG has sent out save-the-dates for its next smartphone unveiling, and it looks to be an interesting one. The new LG G6 will be launched on February 26th in Barcelona, the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. This is traditionally "Samsung day," and there's already a Huawei launch in for the same date.

Are you going to splash out and spoil yourself with a new smartphone this year? We'd say Google's Pixel is the Android phone to buy right now, but if you're planning on holding off for a couple of months, it's going to have some tough competition. With Mobile World Congress 2017 just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to remind you of all the good stuff we know (and think) is on the way.