MWC is just weeks away, kicking off on 27 February. This would usually entail the launches of several highend phones, including the latest Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony flagships. Not so in 2017. Why? Because of Samsung.
It all boils down to the fact that Samsung has helped Qualcomm to manufacture its latest Snapdragon 835 chip, which is the one all the 2017 flagships are queueing up to get hold of. But Samsung has the exclusive on this mobile processor, and no other manufacturer can announce a phone that includes the chip before it. So when is Samsung launching its Galaxy S8? March. Of course it is.
Too late for MWC, and therefore too late for many of its competitors to unveil Snapdragon 835 flagships at the show, no-one is really sure whether this was Samsung’s game plan all along or if it just wants to make double-sure its Galaxy S8 isn’t going to explode thanks to a faulty battery.
Don’t panic, though, as there’s still lots to get excited about for MWC. LG is said to be not playing Samsung’s game, and will launch a Snapdragon 821-toting G6 alongside two new smartwatches – the first to run Android Wear 2.0. We could also see an updated Huawei Watch with the new OS. And then there’s the Moto G (or rather the ninth and tenth Moto G), the UK’s favourite budget phone.