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MWC 2017: everything you need to know

Update: Xiaomi will not be attending MWC 2017

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. Leading up to MWC, we'll keep you updated on the latest news and rumors for the event. The latest news to emerge is that Xiaomi will not be attending MWC 2017

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Mobile World Congress in 2017: What, when and where

At the end of February, the who's who of the mobile communications sector will gather in the Catalan capital to present the highlights of the first half of the year to the public.

In the coming year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will take 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.

MWC 2017: LG G6 - modular no more?

LG sent out early invitations to their press event, which is scheduled for February 26 at noon. The invites say simply "See More, Play More". The new invitation just below reveals little as well, but acknowledges that the G6 will indeed make its debut, and it will have a "big" screen. Despite the vagueness from LG, there are still plenty of leaks giving us info about the phone, which you'll see further down.

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"Big screen" isn't very descriptive. / © LG

VentureBeat has just obtained "planning material" regarding the LG G6 that reveals the upcoming flagship's US launch date, April 7. This would mean the G6 will be available for purchase in the US before its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is expected to go on sale later in the month.

LG provided a highlight at the 2016 Mobile World Congress with the modular G5. But unfortunately, the sales haven’t lived up to expectations. First, LG was struggling with quality issues with the G5 and later the modular system just got on people’s nerves, as with every change you had to reboot the smartphone. So, LG is ditching the modular design, and will likely launch this smartphone at MWC since they didn't do so at CES. 

The G6 may be the most leaked smartphone of MWC to date, and we have yet another image leak for you now. It shows off the brushed metal design of the smartphone through a clear case. For all the latest leaks, rumors and many more images, check out our full article on the G6

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The G6 will also have a black variant, according to leaks. / © AndroidPure

MWC 2017: Samsung Galaxy S8 - high expectations

The cause of the Note 7 disaster has been found, and now Samsung is ready to turn a new page. During the press conference about the results of the internal investigation the head of Samsung's mobile communications division, Koh Dong-jin, said the S8 wouldn't be revealed at MWC. Samsung could have taken advantage of all the MWC press hype for the launch, but they're most likely too busy focusing on safety and regaining consumer trust. Even though we won't get a full announcement at MWC, Samsung is said to be showing off a one minute video of the S8 during their February 26 press conference where the Galaxy Tab S3 will be the main focus.

The S8 should be announced on March 29 and on sale by April 21, and this is likely bet since a lot is expected from the Galaxy S8 which must compensate for the disaster that surrounded the Galaxy Note 7. You can find out all the latest rumors on specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 in our separate and extensive Galaxy S8 article. Samsung didn't bring much to the table in terms of smartphones for CES (just the 2017 A5 and A3), so they will likely bring some good announcements to MWC anyway, despite not giving us the S8 just yet.

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were the stars of the MWC 2016. The Galaxy S8 starts out with a difficult legacy and must put right what went wrong with the Note 7. / © AndroidPIT

For Samsung, however, just to present two smartphones at the world's largest telecommunications trade fair is not going to be enough. In 2016, along with the presentation of the Galaxy S7, Samsung introduced the new Gear 360 and Gear VR. Samsung will surely not present the latter again, as when the Galaxy S8 with a type C USB becomes available, the numerous Gear VRs that were produced for the Note 7 will still be used. However, a new Gear 360 could definitely be presented at the Mobile World Congress 2017 as a companion to the Galaxy S8. We will find out in February.

MWC 2017: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

A recent teaser released by Samsung is indicating that there is a strong chance the Galaxy Tab S3 will be released at the company press conference on February 26 at 7pm. The new tablet recently received FCC approval, so releasing the new device at MWC 2017 would make complete sense. 

Documents from the FCC show a model that includes both Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity (SM-T825), and a single rear-facing camera lens near the top of the back. Some of the more recent leaks to emerge on the Tab 3 also indicate that it may include a 9.7-inch display, 4 GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor in the front, as well as USB Type-C port and Android 7.0 Nougat on board.

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: 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: Huawei's new flagship

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 on February 26. Huawei has started sending out press invites for MWC already according to Android Central, and they're promising that a new flagship device will be unveiled.

According to a leaked promotional document, originally in Chinese, the P10 will have three different variants, each with a different amount of internal storage and RAM. The P10 Plus will come in two variants.

The P10 will have three versions: one with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, another with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and the largest with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. The pricing for each converted to USD will be around $508, $595 and $683, respectively.

The larger P10 Plus model will have two versions: 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage for around $726, and 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage for around $828.

You can see our full round up of the latest information about the Huawei P10 here.

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

MWC 2017: Nokia - making a comeback

HMD Global, the launching company for Nokia's phones, has started to send out press invites for MWC. The company has already recently announced the release of the China-only Nokia 6, which we had predicted would be launched at MWC, but we should see some other new Nokia smartphones 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. When new updates are available, we will let you know.

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Here is a concept design for the Nokia D1C. / © Weibo

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

Leaked images from last week were originally thought to be the Moto X (2017), but now we believe it to be the Moto G5 Plus. A seller in Romania has put photos and full specs of the device online, in addition to saying that the device will launch in March. This means the device will likely be revealed at MWC, where Lenovo is confirmed to appear.

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

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.  We could also see the recently teased HTC Vive-branded smartphone from this video:

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. According to rumors, it should have high-end specs (Snapdragon 835, 8 GB RAM, and QHD display). Only time will tell.

MWC 2017: more details on Blackberry's new phone

Blackberry's Mercury smartphone was announced at CES and will feature a keyboard, but the announcement details were sparse, so we will be learning more at MWC according to TCL President Steve Cistulli.

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: 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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