MWC is just around the corner. It’s time to share what we know so far about the upcoming 2018 devices that we know, and are confirmed to be announced at the event in Barcelona.
We have left out a few details due to uncertainty, however we plan on updating this article with more information as they leak ahead of the announcement.
Samsung’s new flagships – the Galaxy S9 and the S9 plus have pretty much leaked out for a few months now. There are only a couple of things that we do not yet know about the new devices.
What we know is that there will be two versions. Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. The only, and the key differences will be on the camera side, battery and display. The Plus version is expected to have dual rear cameras, while Samsung will go the Apple way and only provide a single rear camera on the smaller Galaxy S9. We think that this will give less options for the consumers and we really dislike this kind of thinking method.
Anyways, the Galaxy S9 duo is expected to have Snapdragon 845 (in the US) and the latest Exynos chipset everywhere else. Ram wise, it’s expected to have 4/6GB options, while the base model of each Galaxies will be at 64GB. There will likely be options to choose a 128GB, 256GB models too – though they will likely only be available in Asia.
- Galaxy S9 with 4GB RAM with 64/128GB storage options.
- Galaxy S9 Plus with 6GB RAM with 64/128/256GB storage options.
512GB options are rumoured, but it’s unlikely that Samsung would push it that far, and even if it would, it would likely be only available in it’s home market – Korea.
In terms of display, the S9 is expected to have a 5.8″ QHD AMOLED display while the S9 Plus will have 6.2″ QHD AMOLED display. The front design will stay the same with narrower bezels on the top and bottom.
The camera is expected to stay the same at 12MP with Dual Pixel technology. The aperture is rumored to be f/1.5, f/2.4 – a variable aperture. The camera will also be able to take 1000fps footage (as we’ve seen before on Sony devices).
Samsung will release the new Galaxy flagships on 27 February.
Sony has also been subject to numerous leaks in the past few months. Sony is expected to overhaul and come up with a modern design (minimal bezels, bigger screen) for the flagships.
The new flagship is rumoured to be called the “Sony Xperia XZ Pro or XZ2” and have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset inside, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The device is also expected to have dual 12MP rear cameras and a single 15MP selfie shooter on the front. The battery is expected to be at 3130 mAh, which will likely last for a good day for power users with Sony’s optimisations.
Huawei is also expected to release their new P20, P20 Plus and P20 Pro flagship devices at the MWC event. Huawei isn’t only expected to release three flagships, but it’s also expected to have 3 rear cameras on each of their devices. We aren’t yet sure what the one additional camera will have in terms on functionality.
The new flagships will have Huawei’s own, new high-end Kirin chipsets which have improved significantly in the past few years. All of these devices are said to be having the latest Android version on top of Huawei’s own custom EMUI.
The new devices will likely also have a FaceID like sensor for facial recognition and unlocking as well as a fingerprint sensor at the bottom, back centre of the devices.
Nokia is preparing for its biggest event since the company was last seen being sold to Microsoft. Nokia has returned to the market with not one, but many Android devices in 2017 – however the company is looking into competing with the likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, LG and all of the other players on the market.
Nokia will likely finally release the much rumoured Nokia 9 flagship device. It’s been rumoured for so long that it’s literally been years. The phone is expected to have all of the latest features, elegant design and the latest Android Software.
Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 are all expected to be released with new chipsets, perhaps better displays, cameras. The Asha series may also make a return in a form of a new budget category.
Nokia 1 may also debut at MWC as the first Nokia device with Android GO OS to compete in the developing markets and regions.
Nokia 6 was released in early January some upgraded specifications and at an affordable price.
LG will also be present at the MWC event, however it is rumored to not announce anything incredibly new. You would expect LG to announce the successor of the LG G6 – the LG G7, however it is almost confirmed by the company’s new CEO that they will not be doing that this year, instead they are going to re-design the G flagship series from scratch and release the new generation “When it’s necessary”.
According to new sources, LG will however release a refreshed version of the LG V30 with built-in, special AI features. It is said to be called the V30+α.
The rumour also mentions that LG will be in partnership with Google to make this project an actual product. Too little is known at this time and moment to start going into detail on what this may actually turn up to be.
There isn’t much known about the new HTC flagship device, however some rumours claimed that HTC would release it at the MWC event in February. We would get your hopes high, if we go by the fact how HTC has released their devices in the past, we assume that it will be happening around April.
The image you see below is supposedly the new HTC U12 that will be released later on this year.
There really aren’t any significant leaks yet, however the HTC Edge Sense pressure sensitivity sides are rumoured to be present, as well as it’s supposed to have small side and top/bottom bezels. Some rumours go as far as saying that it may have a 4K display – again, there isn’t a solid rumour so far coming from a trustworthy source, so take all of these with a grain of salt.