MWC 2019: What Mobile Giants Would Showcase

Mobile World Congress is an annual trade show organized by the GSMA and held in Barcelona (Spain). It is the launch platform for many of the year’s big smartphones, but it has also given us a range of tablets, smartwatches and other connected devices in recent years.

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Mobile World Congress will be open from 25-28 February 2019. Those are days that the show is open, the keynotes are running, and the exhibition halls are open. Nonetheless, the most important announcements are likely to be on Sunday 24 February, which is the day that many press conferences are held, just before the show actually opens.

Huawei

Huawei has published a tweet teasing the launch of a 5G-compatible folding handset, which might just be a concept for now, but the teaser suggests it is coming and Mobile World Congress is likely to be the venue.

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The Huawei P30 is also due, but  Huawei announced that this model would be launched in Paris in March.

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Rumors suggest that LG now wants to be back in the mix and will announce the flagship G8 at MWC. A recent “save the date” invitation for an unveiling event at Mobile World Congress implies the Korean smartphone giant doing away with the need to actually touch the screen, featuring a UI that will let users control their devices by hand gestures. It’s a notion that has garnered more than a bit of interest from tech companies.

Nokia

Nokia has announced a large number of phones: from retro re-releases to a full range of affordable Android One devices. There’s almost no clue as to what we could witness at MWC – apart from maybe the elusive Nokia 9 Pureview, featuring a Snapdragon 855 processor, five cameras, 6 inches with QHD resolution, a fingerprint sensor on screen and Android Pie 9.0. Nokia will hold a press conference on 24 February.

Samsung

Samsung has now confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will land on February 20, at an event in San Francisco.

Samsung has also now announced that it will launch its foldable phone on the same date.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything from Samsung on the Mobile World Congress, as there’s a chance we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Sport or Samsung Galaxy Fit.

Sony

Sony launches lots of phones, and MWC is likely to see the launch of the latest Xperia. The company launched the Xperia XZ2 in 2018 but then launched the XZ3 in August. Rumors suggest that we’ll see a new Xperia device launched in Barcelona with three cameras on the back and a 21:9 aspect display – and a shift in naming, with the Xperia XA3 said to launch as the Xperia 10. You can expect an announcement on 25 February, with a press conference scheduled for 8:30 am CET.

A popular myth says that online gamers need speed, speed, and more speed. Like most myths, it has some truth behind it, but it misses issues that are more important. Learn more on our blog post How Much Internet Speed Do Gamers Need?

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