Mobile World Congress (MWC), gets going on 26th February in Barcelona. The annual mobile industry shindig always sees new devices, and 2018 promises to serve up a string of impressive devices.
Samsung is likely to place the event at the heart of its plans for smartphone domination over the coming year, while rival mobile makers will surely also rock up with products aimed at knocking Samsung and the absent Apple off their perch.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung didn’t launch its Galaxy S8 at last year’s MWC, instead choosing to wait until later in the year to reveal its flagship product. The reasoning behind that move was simple. The exploding batteries inside 2016’s Galaxy Note 7 meant it wanted to have the S8 in perfect shape.
With no such concerns this time round, expect Samsung to hold its own special gathering in the days before the main event, where it will unveil its all–new Galaxy S9. Rumours point to an even bigger screen–to–body ratio, a dual lens camera and Android Oreo being on board.
Facial scanners galore
After Apple’s Face ID won plaudits for its solid security credentials and speedy ability to unlock the iPhone X, other mobile makers are likely to use MWC to tout their take on the tech.
Samsung will doubtless boost its existing facial scanning smarts, while the likes of LG, HTC and Sony will all be expected to offer something to take on Apple too. Failure to do so will leave its products well behind the curve.
Samsung’s among–awaited Project Valley phones could finally make an appearance at MWC in 2018, years after they were first seen in prototype form.
A larger eight–inch tablet that turns into a five–inch smartphone and a separate, clamshell effort would certainly shake things up and get everyone talking about Samsung at a time when Apple is dominating the smartphone conversation.
All new, old–school Nokia phones
Nokia was a surprise winner at MWC in 2017, its relaunched 3310 garnering plenty of press attention. Although it’s relaunched that device since, it would be a surprise if it didn’t come back with a new version, with even better battery life and a few bells and whistles to entice the smartphone crowd.
LG’s G6 was one of 2017’s best phones, but wound up overshadowed by excellent products from Apple, Samsung and Google. It will use MWC to reveal its next flagship, most likely called the LG G7.
Facial scanning, all–screen design and tweaks to software will doubtless be front and centre, as will a camera that will have to up its game in order to compete. Can LG become mobile top dog? It’ll need to release a killer new device in order to do so.