Mobile World Congress 2017: 9 product launches to watch

Published February 23rd, 2017 - 09:27 GMT
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27 February - 2 March 2017. (Twitter)
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, 27 February - 2 March 2017. (Twitter)

MWC 2017 is expected to be a far more colossal event compared to last year, featuring several new products that will define the categories of mobile computing for the future. A list of famous companies will be attending the show, some behind closed curtains while others will gallantly put their products up for display for the whole world to see. Here are some of the products that we can expect to see at the trade show that’s going to kick off in Barcelona starting February 26.

1. LG

What will be getting announced: G6

With Samsung out of the way at least for its Galaxy S8, LG has an open playground to announce one of the best phones of 2017. Despite the fact that it will feature a Snapdragon 821, we’ve covered the numerous number of features that you’re getting in return. Though the phone might be charged at a premium, at the end of the day, you always get what you pay for.

If you feel that you’d like to wait, then you can always save up for the V30, which has been reported to feature all the goods from the G6, plus a little something extra in the form of a Snapdragon 835 and more RAM.

2. Samsung

What will be getting announced: Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung isn’t going to be announcing its Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus at the MWC 2017 but what you will be getting is the Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy Tab S3. Rumor has it that the higher storage model, which could feature 128GB of storage could also be bundled with the S Pen accessory, giving you more control on the tablet for work-related tasks. There also a report stating that the keyboard case might be sold separately, so if you wanted a powerful Android tablet to take care of your tasks while your laptop is away or out of the picture, you might want to take a look at this.

Samsung has also been working on its Galaxy TabPro S2, making it a worthy Surface Pro 5 competitor. Rumor also has it that alongside the 12-inch 2-in-1, Samsung might also be looking to announce a 9.7-inch hybrid with less powerful hardware and of course a smaller price tag. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 is going to be announced later in the year, but already the competitors have their portable powerful machines lined up ready for battle.

3. Sony

What will be getting announced: Several smartphones including one with a 4K display

Sony is going all out with the rumored announcement of several smartphones, out of which the flagship has been noted to feature a 4K panel as well as a Snapdragon 835. However, the flagship smartphone might not be showcased to the public like several different products at MWC 2017 but it looks like a selected number of individuals might still be able to see what the Japanese manufacturer has been working on in the smartphone division behind closed doors.

4. Alcatel

What will be getting announced: A rumored modular smartphone

Alcatel could be announcing what could be the first modular smartphone of 2017. With the G5 and Project Ara unable to pick up the needed popularity to push the pace of modular smartphones, Alcatel is going to be making an attempt with this venture. Let us hope that the company is able to bring something similar to Moto Mods and not LG Friends, otherwise, the modules would end up slowing the customer down rather than upgrading their experience.

 

5. BlackBerry

What will be getting announced: Its second Android phone with a physical keyboard

BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ is going to be the second Android phone from the company to pack a physical keyboard and could feature a lot of good stuff present on the PRIV. For those that want a more tactile feedback from the smartphone can switch to the physical keyboard and if they want to revert back to the regular smartphone experience, the on-screen keyboard is always present at their earliest convenience.

6. Nokia

What will be getting announced: The awaited flagship plus other devices

The former king is making a comeback in the phone space with the launch of not one, but several different smartphones. After Nokia 6, it looks like the flagship is going to be something that will help the company reach its former glories. It has been rumored that this high-end phone will be running the company’s own virtual assistant to compete with the likes of the Samsung’s Bixby and Apple’s Siri so let us see what they have in store for us.

In case you didn’t notice, the juggernaut of all phones is also expected to make a comeback; a Nokia 3310 successor could be seen at the MWC 2017 trade show, so we’re also very excited to see a near-indestructible phone getting resurrected at this event. 

 

7. Lenovo

What will be getting announced: A Surface 3 competitor

Lenovo hasn’t been targeting the smartphone market as much as it has been making waves in the PC business. From gaming laptops to AIOs to 2-in-1s and regular notebooks, the Chinese manufacturing giant has something for everybody with its long list of products. According to rumors, Lenovo could be announced a slew of notebook machines, inducing an affordable Surface 3 competitor that provides portability, high battery life and most importantly, affordability to the end user.

8. Motorola

What will be getting announced: G5 and G5 Plus

The G5 and the G5 Plus will be intended for users who want a decent smartphone experience at an affordable price tag. G5 Plus, looking at its name, will feature a larger battery capacity and somewhat better hardware specifications, but if you feel that the larger screen on the G5 Plus is going to be too much then you can always settle for the G5. There’s current no word on the Moto Z successor so it looks like we’ll be seeing that after MWC 2017.

 

9. Huawei

What will be getting announced: A slew of phones and a premium smartwatch

An MWC 2017 isn’t going to be complete without having Huawei in the announcements somewhere and the company has a long list of products lined up for us. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are going to be the first on our list, followed by the Huawei Watch. In a world where smartwatches have so much room to improve, the biggest change expected from the Huawei Watch could be from the battery capacity because it has been rumored that this wearable will harbor an enormous 1,000mAh battery in its housing.

It is said to retain the same aesthetics as its predecessor with a few minor changes so perhaps the only thing that would have changed drastically are the internals, including that massive cell. As for the P10 and P10 Plus, some would say that the Chinese manufacturer has taken the features belonging to Samsung’s flagships because rumors have stated time and time again that higher-end versions of these smartphones are going to feature curved-edge displays along with wireless charging support and an iris scanner.

Huawei is definitely going big and we cannot wait to see what goods they have on display at the MWC 2017. MWC 2017 is expected to be bigger and better than before and all the companies that will not show up at this trade show; there are several different ones that are expected to steal that spotlight as well as our attention long enough for us to forget about the absentees. The trade show is going to kick off starting February 26 and we will be updating announcements round the clock just for you.

 
By Mohammad Omer 
 

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