MWC 2019 (Mobile World Congress) is mere weeks away. The greatest mobile-focused present of the yr takes place each February in Barcelona, and we’re simply days away from seeing what the likes of LG, Huawei and Sony have prepared for the yr forward.
Here’s all the things we all know (and suppose we all know) about what’s taking place at MWC 2019.
MWC 2019 Dates: When is MWC 2019?
Officially, Mobile World Congress 2019 takes place between February 25 and 28. You’ll possible see a number of launch occasions on the times instantly earlier than the present formally begins although, and naturally, Samsung is holding its Unpacked occasion the week earlier than on February 20.
Qualcomm MWC 2019
Chipmaker Qualcomm has introduced the brand new Snapdragon X55 5G modem, forward of Mobile World Congress. This element, a part of a whole bundle comprising new antennas and parts higher capable of monitor gadgets in actual time whereas lowering the drain positioned on a cellphone’s battery, is promising prime obtain speeds of 7Gbps and 3Gbps.
While we’re not anticipating the primary 5G companies to go surfing for some time but, the X55 additionally guarantees, within the meantime, help for prime 4G obtain speeds of two.5Gbps. As for which telephones would be the first to characteristic Snapdragon X55 modems, we’re anticipating to listen to extra from among the cellphone producers listed beneath over the following few days.
Nokia MWC 2019
There have been a number of Nokia-branded telephones at MWC 2019 (HMD licenses the Nokia model title and makes use of it on telephones) together with a contemporary interpretation of the ‘Banana’ cellphone initially made well-known by its look in The Matrix movie. We wouldn’t be in any respect stunned if HMD repeated this once more and unleashed a brand new model of a basic Nokia design.
The Nokia 9 PureView can also be extremely rumoured and this might sit above the Nokia eight.1 because the true flagship. We totally anticipate the Nokia 9 Pureview to pack a five-camera array on the again together with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB RAM. There is likely to be a 5G model too.
Huawei MWC 2019
Trying to guess Huawei’s MWC plans is at all times difficult, because it doesn’t at all times announce its new telephones on the present. We noticed the P20 and P20 Pro arrive at a devoted occasion in Paris final yr, nevertheless the P10 (launched in 2017) was proven at MWC two years in the past. So what’s going to see on the model’s Feb 24 occasion?
We wouldn’t be stunned to see the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro unveiled. Judging by early rumours it appears to be like like Huawei will introduce a ‘dewdrop’ notch type show, possible with the identical Kirin 980 chipset you’ll discover within the Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei unveiled new high-end laptops and tablets on the final MWC, so if telephones weren’t to be its headline characteristic this yr then we see updates to these product strains.
Finally, Huawei has teased a 5G foldable cellphone, which can additionally make an look at MWC. Considering the invite to Huawei’s MWC occasion – which you’ll see beneath – particulars what appears to be like like a foldable cellphone this might very nicely be the headline announcement,
We’re revealing the unprecedented at @MWCapital. Will you be with us as we’re #ConnectingTheFuture LIVE? pic.twitter.com/DI0nvwTB6a
— Huawei Mobile UK (@HuaweiMobileUK) February 1, 2019
Samsung MWC 2019
We have been anticipating Samsung to headline Mobile World Congress in 2019. All indicators pointed to the South Korean model unveiling its much-rumoured (and severely thrilling) Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone in the course of the present, similar to it did final yr with the Galaxy S9. However, we now know that’s not the case.
Instead, Samsung is holding an Unpacked occasion on February 20 – that’s the week earlier than MWC kicks off. Of course Samsung hasn’t confirmed the S10 shall be introduced on the occasion, however we’re nearly 100% certain it is going to be.
This doesn’t imply we gained’t see something from Samsung at MWC although. We may see extra particulars in regards to the Galaxy X foldable cellphone if that’s ignored of the S10 launch occasion, or presumably an replace to the model’s line of tablets. Maybe one thing cheaper to sit down alongside the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4?
Other rumours counsel a redesigned Gear Sport wearable.
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Motorola MWC 2019
Motorola’s flagship telephones have a tendency to return later within the yr, often in the course of the summer time months, so don’t anticipate to see an replace to the Z collection right here.
Moto’s different massive line is the G collection and this has already seen its official announcement. It launched the Moto G7, Moto G7 Plus, Moto G7 Play and Moto G7 Power at an occasion in Brazil on February 7.
So, what does that depart for MWC? Well, the rumours are swirling that we would see a rebirth of the long-lasting Motorola Razr. This flip cellphone was gorgeous in its day, and there’s discuss it could possibly be revived with Android, a foldable touchscreen and hefty price-tag.
Nokia has beforehand used MWC to launch trendy variations of its older telephones, so it may work nicely for Motorola.
Sony MWC 2019
Sony has a fast turnaround with flagship telephones and regardless that we solely noticed the Xperia XZ3 in the direction of the top of 2018, we wouldn’t put it previous the Japanese firm to unveil the Sony Xperia XZ4 at MWC.
Little is thought about what Sony will embody on its subsequent flagship, as there has solely been a smattering of leaks thus far. We’d hazard a guess it’ll be certainly one of first flagships introduced that shall be powered by the Snapdragon 855, although Sony has hinted that there gained’t be a 5G model simply but.
Other leaks have pointed to triple-lens rear digital camera and a potential 6.5-inch display with a 21:9 facet ratio. It’s additionally potential Sony would possibly reveal a smaller, ‘Compact’ model of the XZ4, nevertheless we didn’t seen this with the Xperia XZ3.
Xiaomi MWC 2019
Xiaomi is lastly promoting its wonderful telephones within the UK, after years 0f us having to import the Chinese model. It’s identified for churning out high-spec telephones at reasonably priced costs so it’s nice to see it formally come to Blighty.
It nonetheless stays unclear what plans the corporate has for 2018 and whether or not it’ll have any presence in Barcelona for MWC. We suspect it would although, particularly if it needs a giant stage for its subsequent main gadget.
LG MWC 2019
LG has confirmed it’ll maintain an occasion at MWC 2019, the place it’ll possible launch the successor to the LG G7. Little has thus far leaked in regards to the rumoured LG G8 (or LG G8 ThinQ) nevertheless it’ll possible use the most recent Snapdragon 855 chipset. LG may additionally take a web page from its personal V40 cellphone and add three cameras onto the again of the cellphone.
LG’s announcement of the occasion teased the slogan ‘Goodbye Touch’, which may imply there’s going to be a brand new means of interacting with the UI.
Honor MWC 2019
Honor has already launched the primary actual flagship cellphone of 2019 with the Honor View 20. It has additionally just lately unveiled a brand new smartwatch (Honor Watch Magic) plus wi-fi earbuds and the Honor Band four. So what’s left?
Honor may replace some if its extra budget-orientated strains and produce the launch of the its subsequent mid-range flagship (a alternative to the Honor 10) ahead from its normal summer time launch. Or it would simply skip MWC altogether.
HTC MWC 2019
HTC launched arguably the worst flagship cellphone of 2018 with the HTC U12 Plus, so it’s received a whole lot of work to do that time round. We’ve heard little or no about what is likely to be included within the rumoured HTC U13 and HTC doesn’t usually announce high-end telephones at MWC. So we would have to attend till later within the yr to what it has in retailer.
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