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Smartphones to expect at MWC 2018

Mobile World Congress kicks off 26 February to 1 March in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress 2017.
Mobile World Congress 2017.

Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) takes place this month and smartphone vendors are gearing up to mark it with their biggest launches of the year.

2017 saw multiple phones come into the mix with most devices sticking to a bezel-less display design.

The year saw the revival of Nokia's 3310, plus HMD Global also unveiled the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and most recently the Nokia 8, which promoted it's ‘bothie' feature. Huawei made a big impact this year with its Huawei Mate 10 line.

Competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung, Huawei maintained a top position as its latest releases featured artificial intelligence (AI). Samsung recovered from its disastrous 2016 and released the Galaxy S8 and Note8 this year, both of which had overall hardware improvements, along with several modifications compared to earlier editions. Not forgetting Apple, who released three iPhones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

With MWC coming up, here is a rundown of smartphones that are expected to make its debut.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Possibly the biggest announcement to come out of MWC is Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus which is set to launch on 25 February. As device rumours circulate, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus mirror its predecessors but Samsung also revealed that it will "showcase the next generation of Galaxy devices that reimagines the camera and redefines the way you share your moments".

HMD Global Nokia 9

HMD Global unveiled 4 smartphones during last year's MWC, and the company is rumoured to launch several more. The most anticipated is the Nokia 9, which is rumoured to feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel dual main camera, as well as a dual selfie camera.

Huawei P11

Huawei typically uses MWC as its platform to launch its P series of smartphones, which would have been the P11 or P20. However, a Korean news site, ET News, reported that Huawei will not be launching a phone this year as the company wants to focus on entering the US market. On the flip side, other reports suggest Huawei will indeed launch a phone.  We will have to wait and see what happens later on in the month.


It was first suggested that LG Electronics may launch its next G series, dubbed the LG G7 at MWC. However a new rumour emerged stating that LG was going to change the name of the device, but a new rumour followed stating that LG has scrapped the G7 altogether.  Therefore it's difficult to know what to expect at MWC.


Last year Motorola launched its G5 series at MWC, this means we could most possibly see the G6 line. However last month Droid Life leaked Motorola's 2018 smartphone line up, including the Moto Z3 and Z3 Play, the X5, 5G Moto Mod and the G6.

Sony Xperia

It is safe to say that the Xperia line has not seen much of a redesign since the Xperia Z arrived in 2013. However, that may change next year as the specs for the Xperia XZ2 Premium were recently leaked online. Sony may follow the trend and opt for a bezel-less display. Sony's press conference is on 26 February however it is unclear what the company will launch.

Mobile World Congress kicks off 26 February to 1 March in Barcelona. Stay tuned to ITP.net for all the announcements.