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MWC 2017 Live News & Highlights: The best phones at MWC 2017

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MWC 2017 Live: All the latest MWC 2017 news, including the best phones at MWC 2017 and all the tablets, smartwatches and whatever else we find. Bookmark this page for all the MWC 2017 highlights from LG, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, Huawei and many more.

MWC 2017 Live: Latest news and highlights

MWC 2017 is in full swing now and Nokia is making headlines with a new range of Android phones and the return of a classic.

The Nokia 6 is the current flagship model, though it's more of a mid-range Android phone thanks to its 5.5-inch 1080p screen and mid-range specs, which includes 3GB of RAM. It's joined by the Nokia 5, a similar phone with smaller 720p screen, and both the phones look and feel classy.

But the star, in a weird kind of way, was the return of the Nokia 3310 in a new, revamped form. It's available in a range of bright colours, has a basic Symbian OS and boasts an epic one month of standby time.

With no Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, LG got to shine with the new LG G6 smartphone. Gone is the modular design of the G5, replaced with a focus on squeezing in the largest screen possible without making the phone too large.

To this end, LG has removed the home button on the front of the phone, banished to the back of the phone and built into the fingerprint scanner. This means the new phone has an 80% screen-to-body ratio.

The 5.7-inch screen has an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio, which means it's wider than the typical 16:9 screen, and it supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10, so you can watch videos from Netflix in HDR.

Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the LG G6 has two rear cameras. Both are 13-megapixels and one of them has optical image stabilisation. It has a 3300mAh battery and runs on the Snapdragon 821 processor.

Read more: LG G6 vs LG G5: What's the difference?

Huawei used MWC 2017 to unveil two new phones and a smartwatch. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus (pictured below) are an evolution of last year's P9. They still have cameras engineered by Leica, and Huawei has persisted with the two camera combination with one colour (RGB) sensor and one monochrome one. This time around the monochrome is 20-megapixels, while the RGB sensor is 12-megapixels.

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The P10 has a 3200mAh battery, which is pretty large for 5.2-inch phone with a 1080p resolution. The P10 Plus is 5.5-inches with a 2K display. Interestingly, the camera on the P10 Plus is slightly better on paper thanks to a superior f/1.8 aperture, versus f/2.2 on the P10 -- lower is better in this case.

Read our Huawei P10 hands-on for more details.

BlackBerry KeyOne

BlackBerry kicked off MWC with the official launch of its latest Android phone, the BlackBerry Key One (pictured above). It features a 4.5-inch, 3:2 aspect screen and BlackBerry's signature physical keyboard below it. There's also a 3505mAh battery, 12-megapixel rear camera and it's all powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

BlackBerry is the first announcement of the show, but Sunday will bring with it a huge number of announcements so stay tuned for more, and read on for what to expect from the show.

Still to come at MWC 2017...

As expected, Apple won't have a direct presence at MWC, but expect to see plenty of third-party accessories – you might even spot an early iPhone 8 prototype case or two, if you're really eagle-eyed.

Like Apple, Google doesn't usually make a big song and dance at MWC, but Android Nougat and Android Wear 2.0 devices will likely feature heavily at MWC. Big G also recently announced that it's opening up its Daydream VR platform to third-party devs, so expect to see some Mountain View-related virtual reality news.

It's highly unlikely (read: not happening) that HTC will launch its next flagship, the HTC 11, at MWC 2017, having just unveiled the U Play and U Play Ultra, but we're expecting some news to come out of the HTC camp, with the smart money on a new wearable device.

As a wild card, keep an eye for Kodak at this year's MWC. The fallen camera giant may not be what it once was, but it's doing its best to stay afloat, and you could see its iconic logo on some new tablets thanks to a new brand licensing deal with Archos.

Those looking for a budget new phone might want to keep tabs on Meizu, whose M5s device is being tipped as a OnePlus 3T rival. It will cost less than $100 at launch, according to the latest rumours.

It looks like Microsoft will also be in attendance at MWC this year, though rumours of a Surface Phone launch look increasingly pre-mature, and the Redmond-based company will instead likely focus on promoting Windows Mobile devices, its cloud services, and all the other stuff no one really cares about.

It won't gather nearly as much fanfare, but Oppo is set to make an intriguing MWC reveal, confirming that it'll be debuting a new 5x optical zoom smartphone camera technology in Spain.

Similarly, while it won't feature in any of the new handsets we see at MWC 2017, chipmaker Qualcomm will also have a presence at the show, where it'll be talking about its new Snapdragon X20 modem, which we can expect to find under the hood of high-end phones in 2018.

Following its recent acquisition of Nextbit, there's an outside chance Razer might pop up at the show, too. Could the launch of a dedicated Razer gaming smartphone be MWC's ace in the hole? It seems like a long-shot, but we'll certainly be keeping an eye out for any such developments.

Arguably the biggest news is about a device we won't see, with Samsung confirming that the Galaxy S8 won't be revealed at MWC. However, Sammy will still be holding a launch event at the show, albiet a smaller one than in previous years, with the Galaxy Tab S3 the most likely candidate to be unveiled (the Windows-running Galaxy TabPro S2 being the other main contender), complete with an iPad Pro and Surface rivalling keyboard option.

A new fitness tracker isn't out of the question, either, and we also think a Galaxy S8 teaser video (complete with release date) could feature as part of Samsung's presentation. Samsung's potential ace in the hole? An early look at the oft-rumoured 'Galaxy X' foldable smartphone. The aforementioned Tab S3 would even rock an iPad Pro and Surface-rivalling keyboard, according to the latest leakage:

Looking to benefit from Samsung's absence, Sony could launch as many as FIVE new 2017 Xperia phones. Will that include a Snapdragon 835-toting flagship codenamed the Xperia 'Yoshimo'? We're not so sure anymore, as Samsung's Galaxy S8 seems to be getting first dibs on the 835. Mid-rangers seem the more likely to debut in full, therefore, though a flagship device may still be quietly outed behind closer doors.

By way of a wild card, Chinese mobile manufacturer Vernee is apparently set to debut its latest flagship, the Apollo 2, in Barca this year. The phone is most notable for being the first in the world to feature MediaTek's new-gen 10-core Helio X30 processor. Whether or not UK and US markets ever see the device remains to be seen, but it's certainly one to watch.

Rounding out the rumour mill is more disappointment, this time from Xiaomi. We thought the company, which has quietly become the world's fourth biggest phone maker, was getting ready to launch its next flagship, the Mi 6, but that all changed when key exec Hugo Barra moved to Facebook. It now doesn't look like Xiamoi will have a presence at MWC 2017.

However, ZTE will be at the show, with the company just having confirmed that it plans to launch a new phone with support for Gigabit LTE speeds. Could the advent of 5G be closer than we think?

Stay tuned as we'll be updating this page regularly with all the latest announcements and gossip.

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Apple at MWC 2017

What are we expecting? Nada, nought, nil, zinch...just nothing

For a short period, Apple was listed as an exhibitor at MWC 2017. Then it was removed and order was restored.

Apple won’t have a presence at the show, as it never does, instead focussing on stand alone events to showcase its new products.

Waiting for the iPhone 8? A September event in California is far more likely.

Watch: iPhone 8 – all we know so far

HTC at MWC 2017

What are we expecting? New wearables – most likely a fitness tracker made in partnership with Under Armour

After a disappointing 2015, HTC turned things around somewhat last year. The HTC Vive VR headset had an impressive debut, while the HTC 10 was a huge improvement over the poor HTC One M9.

HTC also helped Google build the Pixel phone, though you wouldn’t know from the look of it.

Related: Google Pixel vs Galaxy S7

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As noted above though, we won't get to enjoy any smartphone sass from HTC at MWC. In lieu of new handsets, the rumours around what HTC might unveil are now focussed around smartwatches and fitness trackers.

We could, for instance, finally see HTC's mythical 'Halfbeak' smartwatch, which has been rumoured as far back as 2014. If we do though, it almost certainly won't be running Android Wear, as HTC has flatly denied plans to launch an Android Wear device at the show.

There have also been murmurs of an HTC Vive-related wearable. While the gossip surrounding said product has been sketchy at best, we know that HTC is pretty tight with Under Armour, so the launch of some kind of fitness tracker seems a reasonable shout.

Positioning it as a Vive product would be a bit odd, to say the least, but all will be revealed in Barcelona and we'll pretend we told you so all along...

Alternatively, recent gossip also points to a new, mobile-first Vive headset being in the works. That would be a more obvious fit for MWC, but we'll have to wait and see.

Samsung at MWC 2017

What are we expecting? Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy TabPro S2, new Gear Fit fitness tracker, Galaxy S8 teaser, 'Galaxy X' foldable phone sneak peek

Last year was really split into two distinct halves for Samsung. It began cheerily with the MWC 2016 launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which became two of our favourite phones. But, in autumn, Samsung faced global shame as new Note 7 handsets began exploding en masse.

Whoops.

Samsung eventually (and rightfully) scrapped the phone, so all eyes are on the South Korean tech giant’s next flagship.

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That's almost certainly going to be the Galaxy S8, which we thought was going to launch at MWC 2017 but now looks like it's being held back until late-March, due to enhanced testing procedures implemented in the aftermath of the exploding Note 7 saga.

With an S8-less MWC, the smart money is now on the previously mentioned Galaxy Tab S3 – a no-show at CES 2017 – being Samsung's headliner in Barcelona, although the S8 could be teased towards the end of Samsung's presentation, complete with a launch timeframe, and some more details of its incoming Bixby AI assistant.

A series of recent Tab S3 leaks seem to confirm that it's good-to-go – expect lots of talk about how its batteries are really, really safe and more Note 7 mea culpas at Samsung's MWC press event, which has now officially been confirmed.

That's the good news. The bad news is that it looks like the Galaxy Tab S3 will be seriously expensive, which could put many potential buyers off, and it's also unclear if the stylus rumoured to be offered with the device will be bundled or even more of your pretty pennies.

However, now that we've enjoyed our first (potential) glimpse of the Tab S3, we're still pretty darned excited.

Alternatively, Samsung could unveil a new Windows tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S2, if a recent FCC filing is any clue, and another distinct possibility is that Samsung will unveil a new fitness tracker – the Gear Fit Pro moniker is currently doing the rounds.

Lastly, with VR set to feature heavily at this year's MWC, Samsung is tipped to reveal a handful of fresh Gear VR projects at the show, with no less than four new augmented and virtual reality offerings expected in Barcelona.

Sony at MWC 2017

What are we expecting? 2017 Xperia phones (Xperia X2?), Sony Smartwatch 4

Sony Mobile’s smartphone woes are obvious, but the company hasn’t shied away from launching multiple new devices every year.

The good news for Sony fans is that this trend looks set to continue; Sony has already confirmed a media event for Mobile World Congress, and TrustedReviews will be live on site to see what’s new.

The event is taking place in Barcelona on February 27, 2017, at 08:30 local time – that’s 07:30 in the morning here in the UK.

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We thought that Sony’s event would showcase the introduction of at least one Xperia flagship alongside several spin-off devices, just like at last year’s MWC, although that's now in doubt.

As we understand it, Samsung has exclusive rights to Snapdragon's new-gen 835 chipset, so rival manufacturers like Sony are being forced to hold back their flagships until the Galaxy S8 breaks cover.

That means Sony's 2017 Xperia flagship probably won't launch at MWC in full, but instead be previewed quietly behind closed doors, according to relatively reliable recent rumours.

There is, however, a good chance that Sony might show off a sequel to the Sony Smartwatch 3, which would probably be called the Sony Smartwatch 4 – surely? Sony has been quiet on its wearable ambitions for a while now, but Google’s imminent launch of Android Wear 2.0 could be the perfect spark to relight Sony’s fire.

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What do you want to see at MWC 2017? Let us know in the comments below.

Rob

January 30, 2017, 3:20 pm

I think the headline "Live News" for an event that doesn't happen for another 4 weeks is a tad misleading. Some might even accuse it of being 'Fake news'

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