MWC 2017 Preview: Live MWC 2017 news, rumours and highlights, including all the phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, VR headsets, wearables, apps and more to expect (or not) from LG, Nokia, Samsung, HTC, Sony, Huawei, BlackBerry, Lenovo, Microsoft and more. When is MWC 2017? Everthing you need to know is right here, so bookmark this page now and check back regularly for all the latest reports, key MWC 2017 dates, press conferences, and reports when the show gets under way.
Between the the stunning Samsung Galaxy S7, fantastic Google Pixel phone and affordable wonders like the OnePlus 3 and iPhone SE, there's little doubt that 2016 was a great annum for smartphones. We even had the incendiary Galaxy Note 7 for added amusement.
Enter 2017, though, and we're looking at an even bigger and better year – not least because the upcoming iPhone 8 is being tipped as Apple's most significant smartphone redesign in some time.
But first, there's the small matter of the year’s biggest mobile trade show, Mobile World Congress, to contend with.
Read on for all the most recent gossip and an idea of what phones to expect at MWC 2017, or scroll down for a closer look at key players like Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Nokia, Moto (and Lenovo), Huawei, BlackBerry (and HMD) and many more.
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MWC 2017 Date: When is Mobile World Congress?
Mobile World Congress 2017 will be held in Barcelona, Spain, between February 27 and March 2, 2017.
Many of the main launches will take place ahead of the show opening to the public – here are all the most important MWC press conference dates we currently know about.
- BlackBerry (TCL) press conference: Saturday February 25 (time TBC)
- Huawei press conference: Sunday February 26 (2pm CET)
- LG press conference: Sunday February 26 (12pm CET)
- Moto (Lenovo) press conference: Sunday February 26 (4:30pm CET)
- Nokia (HMD) press conference: Sunday February 26 (4:30pm CET)
- Samsung press conference: Sunday February 26 (7pm CET)
- Sony press conference: Monday February 27 (8:30am CET)
Read on for everything we can expect from the show, starting with the best phones we're hoping to see.
MWC 2017 Phones: What to expect
Here's a quick glance at all the MWC 2017 phones that that we've heard about so far.
- Apple iPhone 8 – you're kidding, right?
- BlackBerry 'Mercury'/DTEK70 – confirmed launch
- HTC 11 – no-show
- Huawei P10 – confirmed
- LG G6 – confirmed launch
- Microsoft Surface Phone – long shot
- Moto G5 – highly likely
- Nokia 3310 reboot – please, God, yes
- Nokia Android phone – highly likely
- OnePlus 4 – no-show
- Samsung Galaxy S8 – no-show (teaser possible)
- Samsung Galaxy X foldable phone – long shot
- Sony Xperia 2017 phones – highly likely
- Xiaomi Mi 6 – unlikely
- ZTE 'Gigabit LTE' phone – confirmed
Those are the likely MWC 2017 highlights at a glance – read on for a more in-depth look at the big players plus key details about the show.
MWC 2017 Live: Latest news, rumours and highlights
With just two weeks to go, the countdown to MWC 2017 is well and truly on. Just as unsuprisingly, the rumour mill is churning merrily away as the big event nears and we get set to hit Barcelona to soak up all the latest and greatest developments from the world of mobile later this month.
Here's a quick glance at what some of the biggest mobile players set to attend MWC 2017 are plotting – in alphabetical order, so you can find the information you want, faster. Alternatively, scroll further down the page for a more in-depth look at what the big MWC attendees are planning.
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.
TCL-owned BlackBerry has confirmed it will use MWC to launch a new phone, and we're now 99.9% sure it's the oft-rumoured BlackBerry Mercury (DTEK70) that will debut at the show. The latest gossip points to the Mercury's standout feature being its Pixel-esque camera.
Liike 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.
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei was one of the first to confirm its MWC be-in, with new flagship the Huawei P10 expected to be the star of the show. We're anticipating powerhouse specs, including up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage at an affordable price point. Joining the P10 on the catwalk will be the Huawei Watch 2, and potentially also updated tablets and a new 2-in-1 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.
MWC 2017 is going to be a big deal for LG, with the South Korean firm confirmed to be unveiling its new 2017 flagship, the LG G6. The sheer amount of leakage surrounding this handset makes it something of a dead-cert for the show; indeed, LG has now confirmed the G6 will hit the catwalk later this month, complete with a Quad DAC audio chip.
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At the other end of the spectrum, 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.
Lenovo-owned Moto looks set to unveil a new smartphone (or two) as well, with the smart money on 2017 mid-range headliner the Moto G5 hitting the catwalk. ahead of an expected March consumer release. It'll need to be a good 'un, too, as Wileyfox looks like it's finally made a legit Moto G rival in the Swift 2 X, with the latest rumours pointing the G5 measuring 5-inches and the G5 Plus coming with a slightly larger 5.2-inch display.
Another big reveal is expected to come from Nokia, which is odds-on to reveal a flagship Nokia Android phone at MWC, potentially dubbed the Nokia 8. It'll likely be joined by two more Android handsets and, in a sign that God is genuinely sorry for Donald Trump and Brexit, a reboot of the iconic Nokia 3310.
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). 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.
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.
Stay tuned as we'll be updating this page regularly with all the latest announcements and gossip.
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 standalone events to showcase its new products.
Waiting for the iPhone 8? A September event in California is far more likely.
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BlackBerry at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? BlackBerry Mercury (DTEK70) Android phone
MWC 2017 will be something of a swan song for BlackBerry, with the former smartphone giant set to reveal its last ever in-house designed device, the BlackBerry Mercury.
The company, as you may be aware, is now overseen by TCL, which will take over phone design and manufacturing after the Mercury, which is expected to be an Android device complete with a physical QWERTY keyboard.
However, the standout feature of the Mercury could turn out to be its camera, if the latest rumours are to be believed.
HTC at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? New wearables – most likely a fitness tracker made in partnership with Under Armour
HTC also helped Google build the Pixel phone, though you wouldn’t know from the look of it.
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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.
Huawei at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? Huawei P10, Huawei Watch 2, MediaPad T3, MateBook 2
Rarely does a major trade show happen without a Huawei presence, and we doubt MWC 2017 will be any different.
Alongside the aforementioned P10 smartphone (which the company has officially teased), we're hoping to see an updated tablet, the MediaPad T3, and a fresh smartwatch effort, with the latest gossip pointing to a 'sportier' design for the Huawei Watch 2 and the addition of LTE connectivity to make the most of Android Wear 2.0.
As 2016’s MWC saw Huawei launch the MateBook, a rival to the Microsoft Surface, it would make sense for an update to appear this year. We liked aspects of the MateBook, but its poor battery life and iffy performance ultimately let it down, so we're hoping to see these issues addressed in particular.
With regards to the P10, the latest rumours point to the device being something of a powerhouse, with two versions of the device expected, the P10 and P10 Plus. Both will offer 5.5-inch QHD displays, and come with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage, with the P10 Plus being distinguished mainly by its curved screen.
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LG at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? LG G6, two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches (LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style)
LG is known for releasing flagship handsets at Mobile World Congress, and as we've alluded to, the LG G6 is one of MWC 2017's few certainties, with LG now having officially confirmed the device ahead of its press conference.
There's plenty of 'leaked' G6 images doing the rounds to get you in the mood, with the most consistent tip we’ve heard pointing to LG scrapping the modular design we saw on the LG G5 – something rumours of a non-removable G6 battery support.
Watch LG's latest teaser video below for more, including a look at the G6's UX.
Further gossip points to the LG G6 being water-proof, packing a Snapdragon 821 chipset, adopting a bezel-free design, sporting a dual camera set-up, featuring a USB-C port, and packing a Quad DAC audio chip.
In terms of an on sale date, the latest gossip points to LG releasing the G6 in its native South Korean first (on March 9) with international rollout likely scheduled for late-March or early-April – though it might not be LG's only flagship effort this year.
But while some specs and finer points are still to be confirmed, we now know for sure that one of the G6's biggest selling points will be its 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 pixels) 'FullVision'-branded display, which will feature an 18:9 screen aspect ratio – and its premium all-metal design.
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But that's not all LG is planning, far from it.
The firm is also set to debut its new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, which recently helped launch the latest version of Google's wearable OS.
But while we're confident the duo will be showcased at MWC, they're now expected to be announced ahead of the show, with a February 8 launch being mooted by reliable mobile tipstser Evan Blass.
And while we won't see it at MWC this year, LG looks like it's joining the foldable smartphone arms race for good measure, which could be one to watch in 2018.
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Maybe our first sniff at possible G6 features comes from LG’s other high-end device, the V20, which launched late last year. This audio-centric phone ditches the modules, but still has a removable battery and comes running Android Nougat.
Moto at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? Moto G5, Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch?
Moto typically makes some of the best affordable and mid-range handsets on the market, thanks in no small part to the fact that it offers a near stock Android experience.
At MWC 2017, we're expecting to see its latest offering, the Moto G5, which is being tipped to pack a powerhouse 3,000mAh battery and ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, though it may well be smaller than last year's Moto G4 phones – leaked retailer info points to the G5 being a 5-inch device, and the G5 Plus measuing 5.2-inches.
Plus, the device could go on sale almost immediately, if the latest reports are to be believed, which is never a bad thing, and there's even an outside chance it'll feature a snazzy new metal back, which would help it stand out compared to its mid-range rivals.
A new smartwatch or fitness band is another distinct possibility for the subsidiary brand – the Moto 360 did just disappear, after all – while Lenovo itself could unveil an updated Yoga convertible packing Kaby Lake and GTX 1050 power.
Nokia at MWC 2017
What are we expecting? Nokia 8 Android flagship, Nokia 6 European launch, Nokia 3310 reboot
We're expecting big things from Nokia at MWC this year. Yes, you read that correctly; and no, we haven't invented a time machine (yet).
After a long absence from the smartphone business, Nokia has confirmed that it will be making announcements in Barcelona, though the handsets aren’t actually being built by Nokia anyone.
They’re now being developed by a company called HMD, which has snapped up the rights to the Nokia brand licence for about a decade. The company has already launched one Android Nokia phone – the Nokia 6 – in China, with a European Nokia 6 launch likely to follow at MWC.
Then there's the new Nokia Android flagship we alluded to above. This is obviously going to be a far more premium offering, with the latest chatter pointing to the Nokia 8 packing a Snapdragon 835 SoC and featuring its very own intelligent helper, Viki, to rival the likes of Siri and Cortana.
Want to get REALLY amped up for MWC? This Nokia 8 concept video is a fan's dream, even if it doesn't turn out to be 100% accurate.
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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.
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.
Sony Xperia X Compact
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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