22, Feb 2018

Most anticipated Smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2018

The Mobile World Congress 2018, which is one of the most prestigious trade shows in the mobile industry, is about to begin on February 26 and last until March 1. What can we expect at the tech event? Read on.

No doubt, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain is one of the most prestigious trade shows on earth, in addition to the annual CES and IFA tech events. This year's MWC runs from February 26 to March 1, but several manufacturers have already scheduled a press conference on Sunday, February 25. If you are planning to upgrade your phone, why not consider what the upcoming MWC has to offer? Here is the list of tech firms, together with their offerings, that are expected to make an appearance at the event.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+

Of course, Samsung is one of the biggest names in the industry right now, having flagship devices that dominate the rumor mills lately. While the South Korean tech giant skipped last year's MWC by launching the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in March, we heard that it will now participate in the trade show where the next-gen Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are said to break cover. As a refresher, both phones will arrive with Infinity Display as well as impressive camera setups. Samsung's Unpacked press conference will take place on February 25 at 6 PM CET.

HUAWEI

HUAWEI P20 render image from Chinese smartphone case maker

While previous rumors say that HUAWEI will unveil the P20 at the MWC, the latest reports suggest otherwise. The HUAWEI P20 will instead launch at a press conference in Paris on March 27. The China-based company might announce the newest iteration of its HUAWEI Watch lineup or the MediaPad M5, but we are not yet sure and waiting for a more concrete report.

LG

LG G6

LG usually introduces a new G-series smartphone every MWC. However, this year might be different as we came across the recent news stating that it stopped the making of the purported G7 to give way to a device codenamed Judy, which will land in June. Instead, the South Korean tech firm is said to bring a revamped V30 at the show, one with enhanced AI features.

Lenovo/Motorola

Moto G5 Plus

It is quite early for Lenovo's subsidiary Motorola to take the wraps off the successors of last year's Moto Z2 Force and Moto X4, so we are expecting to see the sequel to the Moto G5 instead. The next-gen series called the Moto G6 comprises at least three devices: the standard Moto G6, G6 Plus, and G6 Play. They all sport glass backs and rear-camera bumps.

Sony

Sony Xperia XZ1

We have seen an exceptional Sony smartphone, dubbed as the Sony Xperia XZ Pro, last month. The device in question is said to arrive with a 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM and dual cameras. Alongside the Xperia XZ Pro, we are also expecting the widely-rumored Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at the event, if not, Sony might unveil both at a later date. The press event begins at 8:30 AM CET on February 26.

BlackBerry and Alcatel

TCL-owned BlackBerry and Alcatel will each launch their own set of offerings at the MWC. BlackBerry previously promised to show off a phone sporting physical keyboard while Alcatel is tipped to debut three smartphone lineups: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X. Alcatel's new series will all arrive with a tall 18:9 display.

HTC

HTC U12 leaked render

HTC has not been active at the Mobile World Congress for a couple of years now. Although the company itself said that they will be present in the event, there's no evidence that it will introduce a new handset. If ever it debuts one, it might be the follow-up to last year's HTC U11, the new HTC U12.

Nokia

Leaked sketch of the Nokia 8 Pro(Left side) - The Nokia 8 Sirocco or Nokia 9 (Right side)

HMD Global made the most dramatic resurrection of the year by bringing the once-famous Nokia back to life at last year's CES and MWC event. Taking advantage of the Nokia brand nostalgia, the Finnish company was able to experience success in the mobile space. It is fitting, then, that it announces a slew of devices at this year's MWC. In fact, there are at the least, six upcoming Nokia-branded phones: Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 6, Nokia 7, Nokia 8, and Nokia 9.

Google

Google Pixel 2

Google has been a loyal supporter of the annual MWC so we will be taken aback if we won't see them at the event. Well, don't worry, there's no news regarding that. We'll assume that it will still do its thing and surprise us with its innovative tech products as well as software-related announcements.

ASUS

ASUS already sent out press invites for its MWC event taking place on February 27, where the company is expected to introduce the new ZenFone 5 lineup. Rumor has it that the new lineup will be comprised of the regular ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5 Max, and ZenFone 5 Lite, all sporting boast 18:9 aspect ratio. Though ASUS hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the report, we are left with no choice but to wait and see whether the rumors are true or not.

ZTE

The ZTE Blade V9, which was initially rumored to show up at the CES, might arrive at the MWC instead as the Chinese smartphone manufacturer happened to have listed the device on their official website back in December.

ZTE Blade V9 Geekbench listing

Just a few days ahead of the event, we have stumbbled on the device's benchmark result from Geekbench. The mid-range ZTE Blade V9 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch full HD+ display, Snapdragon 450 SoC, a dual-rear-camera setup, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Aside from the big names mentioned above, there are still other brands which are set to debut their products at this year's MWC event. There's just so much surprises we just don't want to burst the bubbles yet. We'll keep you updated for the latest news regarding the event so stay tuned.