What to ex­pect at MWC 2017

Chris Martin re­veals what we are ex­pect­ing at this year’s event

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MWC 2017 is ap­proach­ing and the mo­bile­fo­cused show in Barcelona could have a lot of great new prod­ucts in store. Here we pre­view the show, which starts on 27 Fe­bru­ary and show you what to ex­pect at MWC 2017 from Sam­sung, Sony, LG, HTC, Huawei and more.

Sam­sung

Right off the bat, we know that Sam­sung will not be an­nounc­ing the Galaxy S8 at MWC this year. An ex­ec­u­tive has con­firmed that the com­pany won’t fol­low its usual tra­di­tion of re­veal­ing the new flag­ship in Barcelona. It’s un­clear when it will ar­rive but most are tip­ping April.

So what will Sam­sung launch at MWC 2017? Well you can bet that it will have a range of prod­ucts on show with pos­si­ble de­vices in­clud­ing the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy TabPro S2 – both tablets but new wear­ables are al­ways a

pos­si­bil­ity de­spite the re­cent Gear S3. The Tab S3 is look­ing like a dead cert with a cou­ple of re­cent leaks and the im­age used for Sam­sung’s press con­fer­ence in­vite (above).

In terms of phones, Sam­sung al­ready in­tro­duced the new Galaxy A range for 2017 at CES and while there are some ru­mours the Galaxy Note 8 could make an ap­pear­ance and MWC, we think it’s a long shot.

LG

It’s pretty much a given that the star of LG’s show will be the new G6 flag­ship smartphone which has been leaked re­cently. If the in­for­ma­tion is cor­rect, it seems LG is ditch­ing the mod­u­lar de­sign of the LG G5 and opt­ing for a sleek de­sign with tiny bezels (see page 6). In­ter­est­ingly the phone will also have, we think, a 5.7in dis­play with an un­usual 18:9 (2:1) as­pect ra­tio. The firm is also thought to be launch­ing new An­droid Wear

smart­watches in part­ner­ship with Google, so we’re keen to see them in Barcelona.

Sony

We’re still a bit con­fused by Sony’s X port­fo­lio of smart­phones, hav­ing ditched the nice let­ter­ing sys­tem of Z down to E.

As much as we hope the firm sim­pli­fies things up, it’s ru­moured to be launch­ing fol­low-ups to the de­vices we saw last year – the Xpe­ria X and Xpe­ria XA. Whether the num­ber 2 will be tagged on the end or new names cre­ated re­mains to be seen, but you can ex­pect fea­tures like wa­ter­proof­ing and de­cent cam­eras.

In fact, go­ing by one leak Sony will an­nounce five de­vices at the show. The list, via suma­hoinfo, sug­gests two of them will fea­ture 5.5in screens and Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sors – one will have a 4K screen and 6GB of RAM.

HTC

When it comes to HTC, we’re less sure on what the com­pany will do at MWC. It’s just an­nounced the HTC U Ul­tra and U Play while con­firm­ing they are not new flag­ships. That sug­gests we’ll see the HTC 11 then, if that’s what it’s even called, but the HTC 10 didn’t ar­rive last year so it’s by no means a given.

Huawei

Now get­ting more trac­tion in the UK and Europe, many eyes will be on Huawei and its 2017 flag­ship phone. It has a press con­fer­ence lined up for 26 Fe­bru­ary and we ex­pect it to be launch­ing the Huawei P10 which will have to take on the likes of the LG G6 and Galaxy S8.

The firm could also an­nounce other prod­ucts and we wouldn’t be too sur­prised to see a new tablet or two and hope­fully a Huawei Watch 2 with An­droid Wear 2.0. A leak by Evan Blass says it ‘may launch Fe­bru­ary’ and will have op­tional LTE con­nec­tiv­ity.

Nokia, Mo­torola and Xiaomi

You can ex­pect plenty more phones at MWC this year and both Mo­torola (Len­ovo) and Nokia have sent out in­vites so that’s a de­cent bet. The for­mer is tipped to launch the Moto G5 and Nokia might re­lease a P1 phone with a Snap­dragon 835 and a tablet.

If you’re won­der­ing if we might see new phones, or other de­vices from Xiaomi like the Mi 6 it looks like that won’t be the case. Ac­cord­ing to TechCrunch, the firm has no plans of the sort and will be ‘skip­ping the event en­tirely’.

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