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MWC 2018: Latest news and rumors from the Catalan tech fair

Update: Alcatel to present 3 new devices on February 24

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is an unmissable event if you're into smartphones, tablets, wearables, AI and other tech. 2018 will see the big (and smaller) players of the mobile market come to the Catalan capital to present new devices that will dominate in the first half of the year. The latest ahead of MWC tells us that on February 24, Alcatel will be presenting its new smartphones.

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MWC 2018: when and where?

The Mobile World Congress, also known in the abbreviated form as MWC, is at an event where the big players of the mobile communications sector gather to publicly present their most important creations of the first half of the year. This year, as is tradition, it will be held at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, and the doors of the fair will open to the public from February 26 to March 1. The press will have access to the event a few days in advance so that the most important devices are unveiled before opening to the public. 

Naturally, AndroidPIT's intrepid reporters will be there to update you immediately on the most interesting tech revelations at the Catalan fair. 

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MWC will be open to the public from February 26, but the first press events will take place on the weekend. / © AndroidPIT, GSM Association, Shutterstock

Samsung: the launch of the new Galaxy flagship

It has been confirmed directly by Samsung: the successor of the Galaxy S8 will make its appearance at MWC. Dj Koh, president of the brand's mobile division, said that the future flagship will be announced in February in Barcelona, and it can only be the S9 (and the Plus version).

Last year the S8 took its time before making its release, but this year the South Korean company does not want to give up the opportunity to unveil the flagship on the Catalan stage. The tech world is buzzing with rumors and leaks about the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus and if you want to psyche yourself up for the release, we've put them together in one handy article for you to check out:

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Do not expect a dual camera in the standard version, that's likely reserved for the S9+! / © AndroidPIT

Huawei: will there be a flagship or not? 

The Huawei presentation is on Sunday, February 25 at 2 pm local time (8am EST) at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona. It's not quite clear what we can expect from the Chinese brand, however.

We were excited to see P11 (or P20, the name is still a mystery) but the latest rumors suggest that Huawei may back out of presenting new the flagships at MWC 2018, as the manufacturer takes more time to refine the triple camera setup on the upcoming devices. 

Sony: new designs (hopefully)

At the MWC17, Sony decided to refresh its Xperia line. Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 will probably be displayed to European users, but we expect that the Japanese manufacturer will unveil new top of the range devices with a renewed design.

The first steps have been taken and the new Xperia XAs integrates the fingerprint reader on the back and not laterally on the power button. In addition to the repositioning of the sensor, the other expected innovations are a 2:1 bezel-less display and softer lines. In short, bye-bye Omnibalance! That's what we expect but we'll see how Sony decides to evolve its flagship devices.

LG: New version of the V30 will demonstrate AI technology

We now know for sure that LG’s newly developed AI technology will be the star of the show at MWC 2018, not the G7. As mentioned previously, LG has reinvented their smartphone strategy and therefore has refrained from presenting new flagships at MWC.

Instead, the manufacturer will showcase new AI vision and AI voice technology in a model of the V30, following the artificial intelligence trend that was center of attention at CES in January. The new and improved V30 version is rumored to be named the V30+α or V30S. Find out more about it in our article here.

Are you excited to see LG's AI technology at MWC?

Nokia: Nokia 6 2018 and Nokia 3310 4G?

Last year the Finnish company presented the Nokia 6 and the mythical 3310 that caught everyone's attention. What will HMD Global show for 2018? We will probably see the arrival of the Nokia 6 2018 in Europe and the Nokia 3310 4G with Wi-Fi and YunOS, an Android open source variant that could allow the use of WhatsApp! The new Nokia 3310 has passed through TENAA with improved technical specifications.

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It could be interesting if it was integrated with WhatsApp / © AndroidPIT


Xiaomi: Mi 7 or Mi Mix 2s?

Xiaomi will be present at the MWC (as confirmed by the official MWC site), but with what? For the time being, without any official statement, we can only guess right now. However, it could be time for the Mi 7 to take the stage, which would make sense considering the brand is opening itself up to the western market. Lei Jun, one of the company's executives, announced the arrival of Mi 7 in the spring: is the MWC a great opportunity to formalize it?

However, it is better not to draw hasty conclusions. New rumors from China via mobile. it168 have announced the presentation of the Mi Mix 2s during MWC. It would be an updated version of Mi Mix 2, the Chinese brand's bezel-less smartphone. The device highlights include a Snapdragon 845 SoC as well as cameras with the new Sony IMX363 sensor, bigger pixels and enhanced performance for night shots. The Mi Mix 2s should also include a 3D facial recognition system.

The Chinese source then says that Mi 7 won't be appearing at the MWC, but will that really be the case? As always, we take these rumors with a grain of salt while waiting for an official announcement from the brand that, as of yet, hasn't sent any invitations.

Alcatel: affordable smartphones

US manufacturer Alcatel decided to provide some clarity on their upcoming devices today, telling us that all will be revealed at MWC on February 24. In a tweet, Alcatel posted images of its new series of smartphones: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 1x. 

Not much else is known about the devices, but from the tweet we notice an 18:9 inch display with no fingerprint sensor on the front panel on the Alcatel 5, bringing the thinner bezel trend to budget smartphones. 

As for the 3V and 1X, these are destined to be appealing options in the mid-range and affordable markets, with a more standard, curved-edge design.

We'll bring you all the information directly from MWC when we know more details about the specifications. Are you interested to see what Alcatel has in store?

MWC 2018: Press conferences

  Date Time Location
Alcatel 24 Febraury TBC TBC
Huawei 25 Febraury 14:00 (EST 8:00) Convencions Internacional de Barcelona
Nokia 25 Febraury 16:00 (EST 10:00) TBC
Samsung 25 Febraury 18:00 (EST 12:00) Fira Montjuic
Sony 26 Febraury 08:30 (est 02:30) Sony Booth, Fira Gran Via

What else?

During the MWC 2018, we also expect to see new smartwatches and fitness trackers, new wearable devices that don't necessarily need to be connected to the wrist, as well as Smart Home devices and VR and AR headsets.

When it comes to smart home tech, get ready for smart displays with integrated Google Assistant created in collaboration with brands such as Lenovo, Sony, LG, JBL: this could be one of the trends of 2018. Less well-known brands could steal a march on Samsung and its Galaxy X by showing a folding smartphone.

The MWC will be a perfect opportunity to admire the first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor placed under the display. Vivo showed a prototype during the CES 2018, and the Vivo X20 Plus UD could be the name of the smartphone with this integrated technology. Apparently, the device has passed through the TENAA and according to the latest rumors, it could already reach the Chinese market by the end of January.

What event are you are looking forward to most? And what will be the most interesting smartphone or device presented?



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  • Just can"t wait to see the new phones for 2018,and the pricing value of these new phones,plus how many will be catching up with Samsung with there 18.9 ratio screen offer,the only problems for these new phones if too expensive,who will be able to afford to purchase them,dual cameras might be good for phones,but if there doubling the price of phones,do we really need them,Smart tvs start off to expensive until the companies realise people were not buying them,and now more affordable,hope the phones companies do the same or loads will shuting up shop

    • carriers are financing all devices these days. people don't care what the total price is if they can get by with 0% interest and a $30/mo installment. i think they will get very, very expensive before anyone says "no"

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