The mobile world congress is the biggest mobile industry trade show in the world. It attracts more than 100,000 people to Barcelona to hear about the latest in phones and networks. This year, there’s a lot of hot stuff coming. Here’s what you can expect to hear about:
Alcatel gave a tease of its 2018 lineup at CES, when it showed us mockups of its 1, 3, and 5 series devices that will work with T-Mobile’s new extended range LTE network. It promised more details on specific models at MWC. All three phones have the tall, narrow 18:9 form factor that’s becoming popular.
The Asus ZenFone 5 is coming, and its going to be all about the camera. Reports indicate the ZenFone 5 Max will have a 5.7-inch, 18:9 screen, and a vertically oriental dual-camera module on the rear.
HMD, which makes Android phones using the Nokia brand, is a cult hit in Europe but has made no impact in the US. A UK-based technology website says there will be up to seven new models, including a ‘Nokia 9’ flagship with a snapdragon 835 processor, 12-megapixels and 13-megapixels dual main cameras, and dual selfie camera as well.
Huawei doesn’t want to be overshadowed by Samsung. So it looks like its going to be announcing its flagship P20 phone not at mobile world congress, but at an event in Paris in March. Huawei is bending more towards its tablets, laptops, and wearable’s at MWC this time.
It looks like LG is bringing enhanced version of its V30 phablet to MCW. One will soon see ‘the 2018 version of the LG V30’. This will have ‘a suite of AI technologies’. LG says these technologies include automatic scene recognition for photos, a broader range of voice commands, and low-light photography that’s twice as bright.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Sony will be announcing an Xperia XZ2 pro phone with a 5.7-inch OLED screen, dual 18MP and 12MP cameras, and Snapdragon 845 processor. The real trick there is going to be the XZ2 pro’s release date. Samsung may have reserved the initial Snapdragon 845 supply for the Galaxy S9, which could push the XZ2 pro out to May.
The biggest phone announcement at the show will certainly be the Samsung Galaxy S9. The phone is likely to go on sale on March 16. Grapevines indicate it will likely be the first phone to hit the US with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and an X20 modem. The 845’s ‘ultra HDR’ capabilities may lead to an upgrade in the Samsung S9’s camera and its 4K screen.
The mobile world congress begins from FEB 26th and ends at MARCH 1st.