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MWC 2017: everything you need to know

Update: LG, Huawei and Samsung livestreams

True Android fans have three dates marked on their calendar for the major international tech expos: CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin, and MWC (Mobile World Conference) in Barcelona. MWC is the one we're interested in here, as it is the number one European event in the first quarter of 2017. Here, we'll keep you updated on the latest news of the event. Blackberry just presented the Blackberry KEYone at the company's press conference on Saturday, and there will be many livestreams for other manufacturers today.

Mobile World Congress in 2017: What, when and where

At MWC, the who's who of the mobile communications sector gathers in the Catalan capital to present the highlights of the first half of the year to the public. This year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place between February 27 and March 2, 2017. For the press, the doors to the Mobile World Congress will open a few days before, so that the highlights can be presented even before the trade fair gets under way. We will, of course, be on hand to tell you everything that's happening.

As in previous years, the location for the mobile communication sector's big rendez-vous is in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via conference facility, which is home to an impressive 14 km of fiber optic cables, 52 km of Ethernet cables and 1,200 Wi-Fi hotspots.

Our video preview: what to expect from MWC 2017

Manufacturer Presentation
Samsung February 26, 7 pm
LG February 26, 12 noon
Sony February 27, 8:30 am
Huawei Febraury 26, 2:30 pm
Lenovo February 26, 4:30 pm
HTC unknown
Nokia (HMD Global) February 26, 4:30 pm
BlackBerry February 25, 7 pm
Honor March 1, 8 pm

MWC 2017: Blackberry presents the Blackberry KEYone

Blackberry just announced its 2017 smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone, at their MWC press conference, a smartphone of 4.5 inches with a feature-packed physical keyboard and Android 7.1 Nougat running on board. The aluminum-built compact smartphone with a soft-touch textured back will be available starting in April around the globe and will sell for the price of $549 in the USA. Similar pricing will be available in other regions.

What’s cool about the Blackberry KEYone: the physical keyboard is more than what it seems as it is also a touch-sensitive control pad, allowing you to program every letter to launch any app, plus you can setup various shortcuts for emails and weather. It also hides a fingerprint scanner integrated into the space bar. Indeed, the KEYone is “Distinctly Different”, Blackberry’s selling slogan, as it gives fans of the physical keyboard they want, all in a neat near-stock Android package with all the newest features of Android 7.1 Nougat, such as multi window view. What more, Blackberry is taking security seriously this year, doing such things as encrypting the Snapdragon 625 processor and promising regular security updates (including ones from Google) for the entire life of the device.

We were at the press conference and had a chance to take a close look at the phone. Here is our hands-on review:

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The Blackberry KeyOne was unveiled showing a feature-full physical keyboard. / © AndroidPIT

MWC 2017: LG G6

LG's press event is scheduled for Sunday, February 26 at noon. You can watch the livestream just below. At MWC, the South Korean firm will reveal their latest flagship, the LG G6. The G6 is expected to be available globally from March 10, according to rumors. There have been many leaks about this device in the weeks leading up to its unveiling.

MWC 2017: Samsung without the Galaxy S8

Samsung's press event is scheduled for February 26 at 7pm, and it will be live streamed on Samsung's website. The manufacturer won't be revealing the Galaxy S8 just yet, but the Galaxy Tab S3 was teased by the company, and rumors have been swirling about a foldable smartphone.

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were the stars of the MWC 2016. / © AndroidPIT

MWC 2017: Huawei's new flagship

Huawei's press conference will take place on February 26 at 2:30 pm. It will be livestreamed here. During Huawei's event at CES this year, we found out that the Huawei Mate 9 would have an official US release, and so soon after that, we expect to see the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus at MWC.

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Perhaps we'll see something smaller than the giant Huawei Mate 9. / © AndroidPIT

MWC 2017: Nokia - making a comeback

Nokia (HMD Global) has their press event at 4:30 pm on February 26, and it will be available for livestream below. The company has already recently released the China-only Nokia 6, so it could see a global release at MWC. According to the rumors, the company is working on four new smartphones, ranging from five to 5.7 inches. It may even be planning a new flagship called the Nokia 8, codenamed Supreme. Perhaps we shall see the Nokia D1C, which is on the horizon too.

MWC 2017: Lenovo Moto - revealing a new X device?

Lenovo's press event is scheduled for February 26 at 4:30 pm, and it should be available for livestream here. Leaked images of the Moto G5 and G5 Plus have been popping up online for weeks now, so we can expect to see these devices at MWC. Lenovo could also release the Moto X.

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Is this really the Moto X (2017)? / © Techdroider

MWC 2017: Sony - back with a mystery name?

Sony has also started ending out early press invitations, so we know their press conference will be held on February 27 at 8:30am. Apparently, the "latest innovations will be unveiled", but they're staying tight-lipped about what those are exactly.

Sony Mobile is always good for a surprise, whether it be by confusing name games, short product cycles or by too trivial concepts. According to the initial details, there are two smartphones in the pipeline for the MWC 2017. Unfortunately, the technical specs are not yet available, so all that is currently known and being discussed are the internal names of the two Sony smartphones: G3112 and G3121. Could we see a new Xperia X? As soon as further information about these two smartphones comes to light, we will inform you in the article:

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The Sony Xperia XZ: part of the X family or the Z family? / © AndroidPIT

MWC 2017: HTC may be revealing the new flagship?

HTC is planning six to seven new smartphones for 2017. Of these, two have already been released, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, both featuring the HTC Sense Companion AI. 2017 will also see the release of the successor to the HTC 10, which incidentally won't be called the HTC 11. The flagship not-HTC-11 might be released at MWC 2017. HTC launched the One M9 at MWC 2015, but in 2016 the company skipped showing off the HTC 10 there and had its own virtual event instead. In 2017, the flagship may be at MWC or it could again skip showing off its new flagship at MWC and instead launch it just afterwards in March. Only time will tell.

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The sleek HTC U Play in our hands-on review. / © AndroidPIT

MWC 2017: Other manufacturers

Other manufacturers like Asus, ZTE etc. will be at MWC, but we still don't know what they could be presenting. We will have to wait and see.

MWC 2017: Xiaomi not attending

Quite a few people were looking forward to seeing what new products Xiaomi would present at MWC 2017, and all indications were pointing to the possible release of its new flagship device, the Mi 6. A company spokesperson has confirmed that Xiaomi doesn't have any new devices to showcase at MWC 2017 and so will be skipping the event completely

MWC 2017: Smartwatches - an endangered species

Smartwatches were conspicuously mostly absent from MWC 2016, and they likely will be again for 2017. The market for these devices isn't hot right now, and major manufacturers are preferring to focus on smartphones, VR and other gadgets. For example, recently Moto's head of global product development Shakil Barkat said, "Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year," so the company's annual device roadmap won't contain any smartwatches in 2017. We won't see anything from Samsung, since the company released the Gear S3 at IFA 2016. 

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Could MWC see a surprise revival of the smartwatch market? / © AndroidPIT

What would you like to see revealed at MWC 2017? Which manufacturers will live up to expectations and which will disappoint? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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  • Well, Nokia was dead... and is getting reborn this year. The sales number in China confirms that Nokia will make a bang with its global launch at MWC 17. But again, there are many new devices launched every year, with smartwatches and other connected products gaining traction along with the smartphones. However, along with the hardware part, the Barcelona event is expected to see new technology launches as well, including 5G expected to be out of papers and on the launchpad, and many more. All this is set to bring more challenges for telecoms as well as subscribers. Operators would be looking for easy-to-deploy telecom management solutions, particularly catering to digitizing customer service and support to match end-user expectations. Kochartech will be showcasing demos of its industry-recognized tools (used by few of the top global telecom operators) to deliver better and gain more, while service providers can schedule a demo / meet-up with Kochartech for solutions

  • any word on a new Nexus device???

    • Loie Favre
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      2 weeks ago Link to comment

      Hey Katherine, Google dropped the nexus line when they introduced the Pixel smartphones, and not only that, Google was usually not a key player at international tech conferences, preferring to have its own private events in Mountain View or nearby. So, unfortunately, you won't be seeing any more Nexus devices.

  • Websites are now showing cases and renders of the LG G6,and its looks like Lg as been keeping a close eye on the Samsung Galaxy S8,an the G6 looks like a copy of the Galaxy s8,so with Lg releasing the G6 ahead of the Galaxy S8,will Lg be offering better features than the Galaxy S8?,as Lg have been trailing the Rest

  • No question SAMSUNG is technology and Android that's existed since March 2011 hence total domination market share wise and revenue wise.

    It doesn't matter when Samsung launches the S8Edge and S8EdgePlus they will sell easily over 10 million the first 2 weeks on market no other android handset will come close revenue wise or sales.

    At the end of the day other manufacturers need to just take a seat and clear the field for the best from Samsung until the Note8.

  • Samsung must have loads of confidence in there Future Galaxy S8 models being successful by Delaying the Release,as after the Mobile Conference there will loads of New phones being released before Samsung announce and release there new Galaxy S8 phones,just can"t wait to the difference in Looks & Specs between the S7 edge over S8 Edge,as after the Note 7 saga Samsung got to show it was just on little mistake they made and they are the Top Phone Producer,Samsung might do a Advertising gimic of the Galaxy S8 by showing the phone off on a Film in March as they have done this before

  • drkmgiri 2 months ago Link to comment

    I am so much fan of note series definitely going to buy note 8.using note 5

  • Definitely buying the S8Edge+ when it arrives to market in March/April. The I will buy both the Note8 and NoteFold in September 2017. As usual it will be another year of buying nothing but the best from Samsung they are Android.

  • How many are going to jump into the "Edge" screen race,seen a concept image of the Sony"Edge" phone so who else will by joining in?Will Nokia even come back with "Edge" screen ?

  • just can"t wait to see what Samsung will offer after there Note 7 Failure,We keep get all different rumours about the Future Galaxy S8 phones,and Samsung knows they need to create something really amazing to show to the World that they are the Best at creating Top Class phones,and with the Future rumours that Apple are going to change there iPhone 8 phones in to a All Glass phones,so more Bezeless phones for 2017 will be released,Plus who will be the First to release the First Flexible Screen phones either Samsung or Lg

  • Neeraj A. 11 months ago Link to comment

    i'm curious about LG G5 as it is offering something different and weird at the same time.
    i mean it is a bold step by LG to see it offer removable battery again in todays world.
    today we have a market which is flooding with powerbanks a quick charging so why would we be needing a removabole battery, i cant figure out what Lg has under its sleeve.

  • Where is a Motorola?

  • Tiago Feb 20, 2016 Link to comment

    After almost three years with my HTC One (M7), I'm just expecting a premium smartphone with a decent battery. I'm waiting for the event before deciding about my new smartphone, but I know that it has an FHD display and, at least, a 4000 mah battery. The battery is the thing that most annoys me when I compare the smartphones. The small brands are being able to build smartphones with some decent batteries while the giants make premium phones with 2700 mah batteries, which from my point of view is unacceptable. The battery will be the differential for me. I can pay more for a premium smartphone with a good battery, but not for a premium smartphone with ridiculous battery. If I don't find anything interesting, I'll try to be happy with some Chinese brand smartphone (Oppo, Ulefone, Gionee, Leagoo, Oukitel...).

  • Waiting for Nokia......Eagerly.

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