The world's biggest phone show is back and scheduled for Feb 27th to 2nd March, 2017 in Barcelona. Image Credit: 9to5Google
The world's biggest phone show is back and scheduled for Feb 27th to 2nd March, 2017 in Barcelona. Image Credit: 9to5Google

The GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the global.

The 9th annual MWC event will take place in Barcelona from February 27th to 2nd March, 2017, then head to Shanghai, China between June 28th to 1st July, 2017. This comes after GSMA in 2014 announced that their annual summer event in China would be rebranded under the Mobile World Congress banner as Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

Planning to upgrade your smartphone this year, then ought to pay attention to MWC 2017. Here are the 5 smartphones that we expect to be launched at the event:

1. Huawei P10
The Huawei P10 will be launched at the MWC 2017 succeeding the P9, as the company has confirmed that February 26 will see the global unveiling of a new flagship device.

Spec: 5.5-inch curved QHD screen, a metal body, a fingerprint scanner and a dual-lens camera, 6GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and an octa-core Kirin 960 chipset, and so forth.

2. Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Lenovo’s subsidiary Motorola mid-range Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones are expected to take the advantage and launch at the event.

Specs: Moto G5 will spot a 5-inch screen, 13MP rear cam, 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC, 2800mAh battery, 4G LTE support while the Moto G5 Plus, on the other hand, will spot a slightly larger 5.2-inch screen, 64GB ROM, 3000mAh battery, 12MP rear cam with dual autofocus feature, 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4G LTE.

Similar specs include full-HD screen resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover for protection, Android 7.0 Nougat, expandable storage via microSD card up to 128GB, fingerprint scanner, 2GB of RAM, 5MP front camera, Lunar Grey and Fine Gold color variants.

3. LG G6
LG sent out its invitations to the event, where it is expected to unveil the G6 smartphone. The company is seen releasing teasers almost on a daily-basis about the phone. According to online multiple reports, the company is said to have abandoned its efforts with modular smartphones, after the G5 handset failed to ignite consumer interest.

Specs: 5.7-inch Quad HD+ resolution FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 13MP Dual rear camera, 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, Android 7.0 Nougat, 3200mAh battery, UX 6.0.

4. Nokia Phones
HMD Global is widely expected to relaunch the indestructible Nokia 3310 feature phone along side the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 8.

Specs:

  1. Nokia 8: 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 24MP rear camera, 12MP front camera, storage (64GB and 128GB), Android 7.0 Nougat
  2. Nokia P1: 5.3-inch display with Gorilla Glass 5, Android 7.0 Nougat, metal unibody design, fingerprint scanner, 6GB RAM, ROM (128GB and 256GB), 3500mAh battery, 22.6MP rear camera.
  3. Nokia 5: 5.2-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera, Android 7.0 Nougat.
  4. Nokia 3: 5.2-inch HD display screen, Android 7.0 Nougat, 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera.
  5. Nokia 3310: 4 games; Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi, removable 1650mAh battery, 1.5-inch display and an 8GB internal storage.

5. ZTE Gigabit
Shenzhen-based smartphone makers, ZTE Corp. also came out to announce its presence at MWC 2017 teasing the arrival of the ZTE Gigabit Phone. According to reports by Digital Trends, the smartphone is said to allow download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

Specs: Snapdragon 835 SoC, 5G connectivity.

Honorable Mention
Samsung’s Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin reportedly confirmed that the company won’t discontinue its Galaxy Note series and also mentions that the official launch date for the Galaxy S8 launch will be revealed at MWC 2017. The South Korean giants are expected to reveal the Galaxy Tab S3.

Point to note: We can not guarantee you that all the specs are 100% correct.