MWC 2019: what to expect from the biggest mobile show of the year

MWC 2019: what to expect from the biggest mobile show of the year

MWC 2019: what to expect from the biggest mobile show of the year
MWC 2019: what to expect from the biggest mobile show of the year

MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the biggest mobile tradeshow of the year, and the next installment – MWC 2019 – is fast approaching.

MWC 2019 kicks off in Barcelona on February 25 (though expect some companies to hold keynotes a day or two before then) and runs through to February 28.

But what can you expect? While not much is yet confirmed there are a number of things that we’re likely to see at MWC 2019, including high-profile handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S10.

We’ve put together this guide highlighting all things mobile that might be on show and we’ll add to it as soon as we hear anything new.

Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was announced at MWC 2018, so there’s a fair chance that MWC 2019 will be where the Samsung Galaxy S10 is unveiled.

Not only would it make sense, but it has been specifically rumored a couple of times, though there are some rumors pointing to other dates too, so there’s no guarantee.

If the Galaxy S10 range is announced at MWC 2019 it’s likely to be one of the highlights of the show. We’re expecting big things from Samsung’s next flagship, with rumors pointing to a whole new bezel and notch-free look, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, 8GB or 12GB of RAM and potentially five or even six cameras.

Though some of that will depend on which model you buy. As usual there’s likely to be a larger version, probably dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and this time around there may also be a Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite or similar.

As well as the S10 range, there’s a chance we’ll also get a closer look at Samsung’s foldable phone at MWC 2019, as some rumors are pointing to a proper announcement in February.

Sony

Sony often announces one or more new phones at MWC and the next flagship we’re expecting is the Sony Xperia XZ4, so that may well make an appearance.

Not much is known about it yet, but we have seen leaked renders supposedly showing the phone and revealing a triple-lens camera on the back. That would be a big jump since other Sony handsets only have one rear camera.

Based on this leak, the Sony Xperia XZ4 also appears to have a 6.5-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which would make it even more widescreen than most handsets. There’s no notch and no sign of a headphone jack, while the back appears to be glass and there are bezels above and below the screen.

Not the most modern design then and while three cameras is novel for Sony it’s something other companies already offer, so it remains to be seen if or how the XZ4 will stand out – assuming this leak is even accurate.

We might also see the Sony Xperia XZ4 Compact at the show. Renders of thathave leaked too, revealing an even more dated, bezel-heavy design, a roughly 5-inch screen and just a single rear camera.

LG

We’re less confident that we’ll see the LG G8 (or LG G8 ThinQ as it might well be called) at MWC 2019 than some phones, as the LG G7 ThinQ was announced in May 2018. However, the LG G6 landed at MWC 2017, so it’s possible.

We haven’t heard much about the phone yet, which is another sign that it might not be ready in time for MWC 2019, but early rumors point to a 4K LCD screen and potentially a ‘sound-emitting display’, which could allow the earpiece to be built into the screen. That in turn might allow LG to shrink or eliminate the top bezel, but that’s just speculation for now.

Alternatively, we might see the LG V45 ThinQ at MWC 2019. That’s perhaps more likely given that the LG V30S ThinQ landed at MWC 2018, but on the other hand we only recently got the LG V40 ThinQ, and we don’t know anything about the V45, other than a claim that it might support 5G.

Huawei

The Huawei P20 didn’t land at MWC but the Huawei P10 did, and both phones were announced early in the year, so MWC 2019 may well be where we get an official look at the Huawei P30.

While we don’t know much about the phone yet – other than a vague and unsurprising claim from Huawei’s CEO that it will be better than the P20 or the Huawei Mate 20 – we can take some educated guesses.

For one thing, it’s likely to use the same Kirin 980 chipset as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, since Huawei usually debuts a chipset in the Mate range then uses it again in the P range.

That’s no bad thing as the Kirin 980 is perhaps the most powerful Android chipset of 2018, though by the time the Huawei P30 launches it will be competing with some of 2019’s chipsets. More

By James Rogerson  techradar.com