The largest cell trade commerce present of the yr, Cell World Congress (MWC) 2017, is coming from February 27 to March 2 this 12 months. It will be full of latest telephones as standard, however that is solely the start: tablets and networks have performed large roles in earlier years, and we should always count on a number of AR, VR and voice interfaces this 12 months as effectively.
MWC is the type of present the place quite a lot of issues lock in about two weeks earlier than the occasion; we do not even know what the keynote speeches might be. We’ll replace this story as we be taught extra about what’s coming at MWC, however here is what we count on up to now.
LG vs. Samsung
With the Samsung Galaxy S8’s official launch rumored for April 18, the largest cellphone on the present is prone to be the LG G6. LG will ditch the G5’s modular kind and its “mates” in change for a sleeker, extra “usable” look, according to current rumors. A teaser video, posted above, guarantees an enormous, however unusually slim display screen; a water-resistant physique; and “reliability.” LG’s conventional slot is Sunday afternoon, so count on a press convention on February 26.
Samsung will not take this mendacity down, so there are rumors that the corporate will do some kind of buzzy, early S8 reveal that falls in need of a full launch, partially to take the wind out of LG’s sails. The corporate additionally has an enormous sales space, and must fill it with one thing.
With out the S8, Samsung goes to should fall again on tablets. It hasn’t up to date the Galaxy Tab S collection in additional than a yr, and its pen-enabled Word android tablets seem to have died of outdated age. Bringing the pen again on an Android Nougat pill would preserve the Notice dream alive although the Observe 7 was recalled.
The return of BlackBerry and Nokia
Two previous-college names will return to MWC in an enormous means. MWC will probably be the place TCL introduces the BlackBerry “Mercury,” its new keyboarded Android telephone which appears to be like to have a a lot brighter potential future than BlackBerry’s 2015 Priv handset did. Hopefully, BlackBerry’s John Chen will give certainly one of his annual updates on his enterprise as effectively.
In the meantime, Nokia’s again, and it’ll be completely large at MWC. The corporate is teasing a press conference for Sunday, February 26. Whereas most Individuals consider Nokia as an extended-in the past irrelevancy, it has a frothing stage of fandom remaining in Europe, and that is the place the present is. HMD, the Finnish firm that owns the Nokia identify, simply launched its first phone in China, and anticipate extra of a lineup at MWC.
Android Put on’s second act
Google usually has a giant, whimsical presence at MWC, with a Willy Wonka-like sales space stuffed with snacks and video games. MWC strains up fairly neatly with Google’s promise to lastly ship Android Wear 2.0 early this year, and the present might see the primary official Android Put on 2.zero upgrades and watches.
One other Huawei laptop computer?
Huawei has introduced a press occasion for Sunday the twenty sixth, however the timing is not proper for a significant new cellphone. The Mate 9 was simply launched, and the P10 in all probability will not come out till April. Final 12 months at MWC, Huawei went in a unique course with the Matebook, a convertible Home windows laptop computer. The corporate’s lineup of Mediapad tablets can be wanting a bit lengthy within the tooth. Anticipate one thing from the much less handheld computing route from Huawei.
One thing involving cell content material
The very best profile keynote audio system on the present to this point are all within the leisure trade: the CEOs of AT&T Leisure (aka Time Warner), Netflix and Turner. What might these guys presumably be speaking about? Properly, they may interact in uninteresting again-patting, or they could possibly be speaking a few broader worldwide rollout of streaming companies.
Outstanding service CEOs aren’t on the MWC record but, however they’re going to be there, and infrastructure will play a giant position on the present. Ericsson and Huawei, two main infrastructure distributors, have cubicles the dimensions of small cities, and AT&T is sponsoring a sensible cities space. I am pondering that AT&T, Verizon or Dash execs will make a late look on the present to place firmer dates on their deliberate 5G rollouts.
Lenovo, Sony, ZTE, Nubia, WIKO, HTC, Gionee and others all have considerably sized cubicles on the present, and they are going to have to indicate one thing off. HTC simply introduced its U Ultra cellphone, however rumors proceed to swirl about whether or not it should have an actual successor to the One M10. ZTE might bring a smartwatch.