- The world’s biggest phone show is here
- New Samsung, Sony and Nokia devices
Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile event of the year, seeing the launch of many of the top smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, as well as seeing the emergence of the hottest new trends in mobile, such as 5G.
And now it’s under way, with the main show opening its doors in Barcelona and all of the major press conferences having already taken place.
Generally speaking, all the big brands attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) in one way or another. The exception is Apple, although the trends outlined at MWC very much include the iPhone while many of the announced accessories are compatible.
Here then, we’ll round up all the major phones, devices and announcements as they happen. Check back often.
What is Mobile World Congress?
Mobile World Congress is an annual trade show run by the GSMA (it’s for trade rather than members of the public). The location theoretically moves around Europe, but in recent years it has been 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 – even reaching over to 2-in-1s, tablets and, this year, we may be seeing some more always-connected laptops.
Asus at MWC 2018
Asus has confirmed that it will launch a new version of its ZenFone smartphone during Mobile World Congress – the ZenFone 5. Asus is holding a press conference on Tuesday evening, starting just after 6pm CET, 7pm GMT.
It tweeted a save-the-date announcement, with an image of a giant, swirling “5”.
— ASUS (@ASUS) January 31, 2018
There are few other details on the specifications or features as yet, but Pocket-lint will be in attendance at its Barcelona press conference on Tuesday to bring you more.
BlackBerry Mobile at MWC 2018
BlackBerry Mobile has confirmed that it will be launching “at least” two phones this year, but there’s very little indication of what they might be, but we think it might be the KeyTwo or KeyOne 2. We also think we’re unlikely to see these at Mobile World Congress.
Google at MWC 2018
Google’s real interest, however, seems to be around expanding the reach of Google Assistant.
At CES 2018, we saw Google push a number of initiatives around Assistant, introducing the smart displays empowered by Google Assistant. We’ve also seen the growth of Google Assistant compatible headphones, as Google leverages its skills.
HTC at MWC 2018
HTC has been rather quiet of late – apart from in the Vive department – but we know that HTC will be launching something with two cameras in 2018. We know that because HTC said so and it might be that the HTC U11 Eyes just announced in China makes it worldwide.
However, with HTC generally hosting online launch events rather than hitting shows like MWC, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was a quiet start to the year.
Rumours persist that the HTC U12 is in the works but it doesn’t look like it will be at MWC.
Huawei at MWC 2018
Huawei has a mixed history with MWC, often using the conference to launch new devices, but not always the new flagship phone.
And, indeed, that is the case this year. It is rumoured to launch the Huawei P20 soon, but it isn’t at MWC.
- Instead, it used its Mobile World Congress press conference to unveil three new tablets in the shape of the MediaPad M5 8.4 and 10.8-inch models, and a Huawei MediaPad Pro. The company also unveiled an all-new laptop: the Huawei MateBook X Pro.
The P20 smartphone, on the other hand, looks set for a March unveiling in a special event towards the end of the month.
Lenovo at MWC 2018
You can find out more about the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand below, but the parent company also had its own announcements.
It unveiled the Lenovo Yoga 530 and Yoga 730 laptops.
The latter comes in 13.3 and 15-inch variants, with a trademark flippable screen to make it into a tablet-style device. The Yoga 530 is also known as Flex 14 in the US.
LG at MWC 2018
LG likes to launch at MWC and we’ve seen a number of devices arrive in recent years – the LG G5 and LG G6. As for the G7? Well there was a rumour that LG was going to change its naming followed by a report saying that LG has scrapped the LG G7 design completely.
But while it won’t unveil the LG G7 during MWC, with a March launch more likely, it is showing some new mid-range handsets. And there is a new version of the LG V30 with the company’s proprietary ThinQ artificial intelligence on board. It’s inventively named the LG V30S ThinQ.
- LG V30S ThinQ vs LG V30: What’s the difference?
- LG G7: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know
Motorola at MWC 2018
Lenovo, owners of Motorola, announced a lot at CES 2018, including a Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 2-in-1 and the Mirage Solo, the first standalone Daydream VR headset, along with accompanying VR180 camera and a Smart Display.
But there were no phones. Sadly, the same is true about Mobile World Congress.
Rumours suggest that Lenovo is planning to launch a new Moto X, E and G in 2018, along with the return of the Play branding, suggesting a couple of different tiers to some of these devices. However, while we’ve recently seen image leaks for the Moto E5 and a new G6 model, neither are at the Barcelona show.
There was a video teaser posted by the Motorola brand during MWC, but with few details.