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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.

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