Want to see the next big smartphone or tablet? Keep an eye on Mobile World Congress this month.
The world’s biggest smartphone and mobile event gets under way in Barcelona on February 26, with the likes of LG and Sony holding launch events. Expect to see lots of phones, wearables, tablets and VR-friendly tech.
At MWC 2016, LG experimented with modular designs. The G5 smartphone had separate accessories you could attach to create a custom handset. These included an audio accessory from Bang & Olufsen and a powerful camera add-on.
But the rumour mill is suggesting a move away from modular in 2017 with the launch of the LG G6. The invite promises a ‘big screen that fits’, with an illustration of a handset sat snugly in the palm of a hand.
The launch of the state-of-the-art Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge was one of the biggest stories of MWC 2016.
Samsung used VR headsets to show off the phones’ capabilities and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg joined the execs on-stage for added oomph. MWC 2017 isn’t expected to see a new Galaxy smartphone - the S7’s successor, the S8, is reported to be debuting in March later this year.But Samsung is still holding a press event at Mobile World Congress 2017, with ‘new products’ promised on the tech giant’s news site – so what could it be launching?
The press invite to the event shows what looks like the side profile of a tablet. Roll on February 26 – we can’t handle the suspense!
Sony used Mobile World Congress 2016 to unveil its flagship Xperia X phones. Extended battery life and a camera designed to better capture motion were among the headline features.
But what of 2017? Sony has sent out invites to its MWC press conference so we can expect new phones of some description – whether one of those will be a flagship we just don’t know.
BlackBerry and Nokia
Two giants of the pre-smartphone era are expected to make some noise in Barcelona.
Nokia is rumoured to be considering bringing back its Nokia 3310 – one of the world’s most iconic phones and the must-have gadget of the early noughties.
BlackBerry, another noughties icon, is expected to launch Mercury – a smartphone first shown off at CES in Las Vegas this January. It's an Android smartphone with the traditional BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard below the screen.
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