MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and to be held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27 February-2 March 2017 comprising of a massive exhibition, an award-winning conference, outstanding networking opportunities, partner programmes, the Glomo Awards and much, much more.
Mobile World Congress(MWC) is the launch platform for many of the year’s big smartphones, but it has also given us a range of tablets, smartwatches and other connected devices in recent years.
Outside of the consumer sphere, it also draws in many of the industry heavyweights to talk about the future of mobile, like 5G, chipsets, VR and other technologies.
Hottest phones to be seen in MWC 2017
In nutshell, here are the major phones we’re expecting to see at MWC 2017
*Sony Xperia X2
#BlackBerry at MWC 2017
There had long been rumours of a new handset – codenamed Mercury – launching in 2017 and in an unusual move, a prototype of the Mercury has already been shown off, so we’ve had a play with it.
The touch and type phone brings back a full BlackBerry keyboard in a candybar form, but runs Android. A heady mix, but not fully revealed yet, the BlackBerry Mercury or DTEK70 as it might be known, will be launched at MWC 2017.
#Huawei at MWC 2017
Huawei has generally been having a good time of things, growing brand recognition and releasing some accomplished devices like the Huawei P9. Huawei has a mixed history with MWC, often using the conference to launch new devices, but not always the new flagship, which often gets its own, large, launch event a month later.
Google also recently revealed the Huawei VR headset, which might see a launch alongside any devices that appear at MWC. We have a suspicion that the Huawei Mate 9 Pro may be announced for the UK and US, too, perhaps along with wider Alexa availability.
Finally there’s rumours of the Huawei Watch 2, a second-gen Android Wear 2.0 watch, said to be more sporty this time around and offer a cellular connection. We suspect this will be the focus of MWC 2017 for Huawei.
#LG at MWC 2017
LG used MWC 2016 to launch the G5, with its wide variety of accessories, or Friends, as LG calls them. The LG G6 will be launched at MWC 2017.
LG has already started teasing elements of its next flagship, first talking about display technology, what people want from a phone and batteries, slowly building a picture.
#Motorola at MWC 2017
This time Moto has some plans for the event too. There’s been rumours of a new Moto handset, thought to be a new G series handset, accompanied with plenty of leaks, suggesting that this device may be launched at MWC.
#Nokia at MWC 2017
Nokia announced its first Android phone, the Nokia 6, as a China exclusive. This is a premium build, but mid-range core spec and there’s no word on whether it will be coming to other regions.
There’s long been rumour of a second phone, the Nokia P1, which was always pitched as a flagship device. More recently, a leak suggested this phone will be called the Nokia 8 and feature some impressive specifications.
#Samsung at MWC 2017
Samsung was expected to announce the Samsung Glaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017. The company typically dominates the Sunday, in this case 26 February, and Samsung has booked in apress conference for that date.
The invitation shows the outline of what looks like a tablet, suggesting that we’ll be seeing the Samsung Tab S3 launched. As for the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, a collection of dates have been suggested after MWC, with large events in New York and other locations.
Samsung won’t miss the opportunity to dominate headlines, however, so we’re expecting Samsung to strongly tease the Galaxy S8 at its MWC press conference – as it has done at previous events.
#Sony at MWC 2017
Having moved on from the Xperia Z family into the Xperia X, there’s already rumours that Sony will be using MWC 2017 to update the Xperia X. In fact, there is talk that the company could announce five new devices.
Sony has scheduled a press conference for Monday 27 February, so we will know more then.
#ZTE at MWC 2017
ZTE has been looking to raise its profile outside China and appearing at MWC is one way to do that. The company has previously confirmed that it is looking to launch a new smartwatch, so that might be on the agenda for an MWC release. This is now looking a lot more likely, with a press event scheduled for 26 February and the recent leak of the ZTE Quartz, a new smartwatch.