We have been subjected to (and in turn subjecting you to) many leaks, rumors, and even confirmed news bits about what we can expect to see in the hallowed halls of Fira Gran Via in Barcelona and, now, we’re a week away from seeing what some of the top brands have to offer us for the rest of the year. It’s hard not to get psyched up about what we’re going to see announced and launched in the next couple of days, so let’s do a quick round-up of what we already know for sure.
Samsung had a heck of a year in 2016. We all know the broo-ha-ha that the Note 7 caused and the subsequent dip in the South Korean company’s profits plus having to earn back their customers trust. While we’re all waiting in anticipation for Sammy’s new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, it seems that they have no plans of showing at their booth during Mobile World Congress. We’re not completely ruling it out, but they may be pulling a fast one on us. So what can we expect from Samsung at MWC 2017? Our best bet is that they’ll most likely show off their new tablet.
OPPO had a heck of a climb in the Philippines and neighboring countries. The Chinese company took aim at selfie aficionados and we think its safe to say that they hit the target dead center. What we didn’t see last year, however, was a flagship release in their Find series of phones. If we were to venture a guess of what we’re most likely to see from the Chinese brand at MWC it would be the OPPO Find 9. As for its supposed specs, the company has been mum about it and has done a pretty good job from details getting leaked out.
We don’t have to play the guessing game here. Huawei is currently riding on a high with their recent releases, the GR5 2017 ( or the Honor 6X as its known in the West) and the Mate 9. To bolster their battlecry for it being the year of the dual cam, Huawei is releasing the successor to their famous P9 and P9 Plus, the P10 and P10 Plus. While we know that we can expect performance boost, thanks to newer hardware, we’re excited to see how they’ve tweaked the cameras that are still co-engineered by the folks over at Leica. Check out their new 7 seconds teaser above.
You didn’t think we’d leave Nokia out of the list, did you? We already gave our initial thoughts about the phone that sparked the Finnish company’s comeback, the Nokia 6, but it was largely incomplete because of the lack of its global ROM. At MWC 2017, we’ll be seeing the Nokia 6 being released from the clutches of the Chinese market and finally offered globally. We’re also expecting to see two lower spec’d phones, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5. Perhaps the biggest story, and what we’re most excited to see, is the resurrection of one of the brand’s most iconic phones, the Nokia 3310. Expect us to go a little bonkers with nostalgia when we do get our hands on that device.
No guessing games here either. We already know that LG will be releasing the G6 at MWC. While we do know that it will also come with a Snapdragon 821 under the hood and not the 835, which most flagships coming out this year will sport, it’ll be nice to see what improvements they’ve done to their flagship line. We know that they’ve nixed the idea of modularity, that they’re keeping the dual cam setup, and throwing in a Quad DAC ala the V20, but we’re eager to see how the device handles and performs. Will it be hampered by the fact that it carries last year’s flagship offering? We’re guessing it shouldn’t be since the Snapdragon 821 is still a capable SoC.
It’s not quite certain what Sony will be showing us at MWC, though we have seen several leaks already. They suggest that we may be seeing a successor to their mid-ranged Xperia XA, thanks to the leaked images of smartphone bearing the Japanese trademark design and the XA’s nearly bezel-less display. The specs leaked via benchmark apps showed that the phone, given the designation G3221, would be sporting a Helio P20 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. With this leaked specs, we can also see that Sony is jumping on the selfie-centric smartphone bandwagon as the device will feature a 16 megapixel selfie camera along with its 23 megapixel main shooter. We’ve heard unconfirmed rumblings that we may be seeing more than just the one smartphone, however, so we will be making our way to their booth as well.
Xiaomi will be skipping MWC altogether. Apart from a number of mid-ranged phones getting leaked via TENAA, we haven’t heard of any major news about smartphone releases in time for Barcelona. We do know that they haven’t had the best of times last year with the numbers having been flipped over on them in their homeland, so they may have chosen not to attend this year and, perhaps, concentrate on bolstering their numbers once more.
That’s pretty much it for our quick round-up of what to expect at this year’s Mobile World Congress. We’ll be on the floor at the Fira Gran Via to check out all of the hottest smartphones that will be launched over at Barcelona this year. Mobile World Congress starts on the 27th of February until the 2nd of March.