MWC 2017: what phones to expect from Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia, Huawei, Sony and other top brands


Article last updated on February 20 to reflect recent rumors and device announcement expectations.

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Mobile World Congress – that's the grand event taking place in Barcelona between February 27 and March 2. Excited? You should be! That's where all the latest mobile tech is going to be announced – smartphones, tablets, wearables, accessories, and everything in between. Attendees will be the first to see and try these gadgets, and yes, we'll be among them.

But what exactly is there to expect? Glad you asked!

Samsung



Samsung's booth is always one of the biggest and busiest at MWC, and we doubt that things this year will be any different. Disappointingly, the Galaxy S8 isn't going to be shown there, as Samsung recently confirmed. The reason? Well, it looks like the company really wants to take its time and make sure that its next flagship is built to the highest safety standards. Rumor has it that the Galaxy S8 is coming in late March or early April instead.

Instead of a new flagship Galaxy smartphone, Samsung might announce a new tablet – the Galaxy Tab S3. Galaxy phones with flexible screens are also rumored to be coming. In addition to that, it is likely to see new entry-level and mid-range phones – Galaxy A and Galaxy J models – on display at Samsung's booth. 

UPDATE: Samsung's press event invitation does hint at a tablet being readied for MWC 2017, and rumors suggest it might be S Pen-compatible. In addition to that, we could see a new version of the Gear VR headset announced at the show, along with a game controller. A fourth-generation Galaxy Xcover smartphone may also be announced.

LG



LG's press conference is shaping up to be MWC's top event, primarily because the company is going to announce the successor to the LG G5. It is most likely to be called – you guessed it – LG G6, and that up there is an image of it. Curiously, the phone will have an extra-tall display with an aspect ratio of 2:1 for improved multitasking. It is also going to be fast, waterproof, good-looking,... and quite awesome, we hope.

Phones aside, LG could have a couple of new smartwatches to show. Both will be running Android Wear 2.0 out of the box, if rumors are to be trusted.

UPDATE: The said LG smartwatches are now official. These are the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport. Alas, you cannot have them as they're out of stock. That aside, it looks like LG won't be announcing any new hardware at MWC other than the G6, although we won't be surprised if an accessory or two are made official as part of the LG Friends lineup.


Sony



Very little was rumored about Sony's MWC plans until earlier today, when a massive leak exposed a bunch of new Xperia models. If the leak is to be trusted, the company may announce a whole bunch of new phones, including a Snapdragon 835-powered monster packing a 4K display. We'll not get into details here, but if you're curious, be sure to check out the article linked below.

UPDATE: Several Sony models were photographed a few days ago. Among them is believed to be a phone with a 4K display, alongside a mid-range successor to the Xperia XA.


HTC



As always, HTC will be present at Mobile World Congress, but we're not quite sure what it's going to announce. All we know is that it won't be powered by the Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip. Our guess is that new mid-range Desire handsets could be the only new hardware to make an appearance, as it still seems too early for a successor to the HTC One M10 to be announced. An Android Wear smartwatch doesn't seem to be coming either.

UPDATE: There appears to be a new HTC One X10 coming – a mid-range Android phone destined for Asian markets. A next-generation Vive VR headset could also be in the works. Still, we have no idea if any of these is going to debut at MWC.


Nokia/HMD Global



HMD Global – the company behind the hugely popular Nokia 6 and all Nokia-branded phones we'll see during the next 10 years – has already confirmed its presence at MWC. We don't know what's going to be announced, but rumor has it that a Nokia phone running Android and powered by a Snapdragon 835 is in the works. These rumors, however, are in contradiction with recent claims that no Snapdragon 835 phones are to be announced at the show. 

In any case, new Nokia phones are expected to be shown at MWC, and one of them could be codenamed "Heart". It is shaping up to be a mid-range model, judging by the specs that were recently discovered. A tablet – one with an 18-inch screen, at that – could also make its debut. 

UPDATE: From the looks of it, MWC will bring us only a couple of mid-range Nokia smartphones. Named Nokia 5 and Nokia 3, these are expected to retail for $150-$200, so don't expect any benchkmark records to be crushed. But the phone we believe could draw the most attention is said to be a modern version of the Nokia 3310. This isn't likely to be a smartphone at all, but a cheap feature phone with long battery life and excellent durability.  


Moto/Lenovo


New Moto phones are coming at MWC, and we're pretty sure of it. That's happening on February 26th, as the invitation here reveals. In all likeliness, we'll get to see the fifth-generation G-series, which are the affordable, mid-range, bang-for-the-buck propositions of the Moto brand. Several versions of the Moto G5 may be announced, including a standard and a bigger, more powerful Plus model. 

As for Lenovo, it isn't clear what the brand is going to launch. Rumors about new hardware have been pretty scarce so far. Still, we could see a new tablet at MWC, launched under the Yoga lineup. 

UPDATE: By now it is pretty clear that the Moto G5 and G5 Plus are coming at MWC. Both were recently leaked in detail, along with specs and images leaving noting to the imagination. 


Huawei



The phone pictured here is the Huawei P10, or so the rumors say. It is expected to be announced during MWC as a successor to the P9 from last year. Needless to say, the phone will likely improve on the P9's dual camera setup with more features and images of better quality. In addition, a new Huawei smartwatch could make an appearance as one of the first wearables running Android Wear 2.0. 

Blackberry



Yup, the once-iconic brand is going to be present at MWC, and a new phone is indeed going to be announced. The BlackBerry Mercury (just a codename, by the way) is a member of a rare breed – an Android handset with an actual, physical keyboard. Now, if the name seems familiar, that's because the phone was present at CES, even though not all details surrounding it were disclosed. At this time, we're not aware of any other BlackBerry phones set to be announced at MWC.

Asus



Although Asus isn't hosting an MWC press conference this year, we could see some new hardware at its booth. That phone in the picture is said to be the Asus ZenFone 3 Go – an entry-level Android model with a suggested price below $200. But for the brand new Asus ZenFone 4 lineup, we may have to wait until May.

Alcatel


Rumor has it that Alcatel has several new phones to show at MWC. Not a whole lot is revealed by the press event teaser on the right, but if our intuition is to be trusted, one of these devices might be able to pull off quite the light show. We're not sure how, but we've heard rumors about Alcatel considering an entry into modular design territory. Could Alcatel be readying a phone with lights that flash to the beat of the music? 

In any case, we believe that most (if not all) of the company's hardware will target the younger crowd, meaning that competitive pricing is very likely.

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32 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung isn't kidding around, and I don't blame them. Another blow like the Note 7 fiasco, would be lethal. Take the time to nail the product, then drop it.

21. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Samsung have their fingers in many many of pies, they aren't going anywhere.

24. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

It sounds like they are keeping the same camera which sounds stupid considering the circumstances. While yes the camera is great as it is, considering that they need to go all out to recover from the Note 7 disaster you'd think they would step it up to win over the consumers. Consumers love bigger numbers and marketing terms.

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Consumers love bigger numbers and marketing terms." That tactic doesn't work anymore - at least, not as much as it used to, in the past. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge sold like hotcakes, despite them featuring a 12-Megapixel shooter, which is a smaller number than 16MP... no?

26. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

You're right but you have to look at the competition at the time. The iPhone was 12, HTC One was 12, Pixel was 12, etc. Megapixels didn't matter at the time because everyone was roughly the same. Samsung could advertise that their phone has a higher resolution camera than the iPhone if they chose a larger megapixel count. I'm personally upset that they are using the same camera because there are better sensors out their with larger pixels. The Pixel for example has a 12 megapixel sensor but larger pictures and it shows. Pair a sensor like that with OIS and Samsung's focus pixels and you'd have an even better camera. Honestly I'd prefure a 16x9 sensor because I view my photos on my phone screen, TV, and Laptop which is all 16x9.

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Samsung could advertise that their phone has a higher resolution camera than the iPhone if they chose a larger megapixel count." As I had already pointed out, that tactic doesn't work anymore like it used to. The Galaxy S6 had 16MP camera and it was marketed as a selling point over Apple's12MP, but that did not help the S6's sales. Besides, consumers are also tech nerds. So, tech nerds do know the benefit for lowering the Megapixel count and resolution, which is to increase individual pixel size and boost low-light performance.

32. TerryTerius unregistered

I can say with 100% confidence that the average person does not know to what degree pixel count affects image quality, or how a smart phone actually works. I think that tech savvy individuals who frequent tech sites and have Friends with similar interests make the mistake of thinking everyone else is well informed. That is absolutely not true. Work one day with tech-support and you'll see what I mean. Even our generation, who grew up with technology.... Most of us are comfortable with technology, but that does not mean most of us actually know how tech functions, and what individual components do. And that aside, that argument only works if we are operating on the assumption that people buy phones based on camera pixel count either way. We can neither confirm nor deny that.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Np it would not be, unless it happens with the S. The S is their flagship. The Note is not an important prosuxt4like the S is.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The big boys are gonna bring the big guns.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

Based on the Huawei P10 renders, if this is real, it is a step back from the P9.

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just because they rounded the corners?

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Interested to see what happens with flagships now that Samsung has bullied the 835...

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Hopefully the OEMs still have working 835 designs. Sure, the 821 is still a good SoC, but many including myself were looking forward the the consistency and efficiency of ARM cores on a top of the line process. The 625/26 isn't fast enough (for some), and has a somewhat weak GPU. If they would've built the SD650 series on 14LPP I think it would have embarrassed the 820.

6. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Most likely 821 and a midcle upgrade a la One plus 3T

8. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I really wish Nvidia and Intel would challenge Qualcomm. And mediatek is lacking in the high end so they're out. Exynos and Kirin are doing well, other manufacturers should follow.

10. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Apple needs to find new ways to make revenue outside the iPhone. they should license their chips like Qualcomm. They make the best chips. I don't think the users buy iphones for the chips so they would still be safe.

20. fyah_king unregistered

Best chip for Apple. You think their chips are going to run Android smoothly? 2k, 4k screen, real multitasking and etc?

7. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

reading again that "what to spect from Nokia at MWC 2017" give me chills.

9. johnh3

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Will add that Vernee will be at MWC 2017 for the first time and show a phone with the new MediaTek Helio X30.

12. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Wait, where is ZTE?

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22035; Member since: May 28, 2014

Looking forward to seeing the Nokia/HMD and BlackBerry/TCL devices.

15. bcvek

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

Please, stop calling HTC 10 as HTC One M10, it's not.

16. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

BlackBerry/TCL & Nokia/HMD are the Best, we hope to see something really huge

17. batmite

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

No new iPhone/iPads and no new Pixel smartphones at MWC? Then no thanks.

29. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

New iPhone's and new Pixel's will be coming this fall. The current models aren't even 6 months old yet.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

according to the recent leaks, LG G6 will steal the spotlight this time :D (unless samsung, or other brands prepare some surprise..)

22. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Great article dude!

23. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

SORRY SAMMY ithink This time For LG .

27. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I so want the new blackberry!

31. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

G6 will be the star of MWC

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