Organised by the GSMA - the biggest event on the mobile phone calendar, Mobile World Congress (MWC) puts dozens of new smartphones on show for fans the world over. But this year’s event could prove to be one of the biggest yet.
But why is this year’s smartphone show set to be so big? Here’s a look at some of the smartphones we expect to see at MWC this year…
Always the biggest name at MWC, Samsung has offered flagship handsets to the crowds via the conference plenty of times, and this year seems no different.
Following the success of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, it’s highly likely that Samsung will be offering up successors for each device, obviously with an upgraded spec sheet and design. Just like the S6, both phones will run on the Android operating system, with Samsung’s own user interface thrown on top.
The spec sheet will undoubtedly be one of the best we’ve seen on any smartphone, with plenty of upgrades over last year’s offering. A 5.2” QHD (or possibly 4K) screen will be the first detail worth shouting about, whilst 4GB RAM and a 30 megapixel camera could also be put on show.
Of course, this won’t be coming too cheaply, so expect to see a hefty price tag come along for the ride with the S7 and S7 Edge as well.
LG was supposed to bring the LG G Flex3 to CES in January, however, after that phone did a no-show, it seems that LG is putting all of its eggs into the G5’s basket.
The successor to the G4 was originally expected to make an appearance in April, a fair time after MWC comes to a close, but now it seems that LG could use the event to launch the device. This would make for quite the change in LG’s normal yearly plans, and one which puts the G5 in direct competition with the S7 and other devices.
The G5 is expected to boast a 5.6” QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM and Android Marshmallow. This along with LG’s unique design, should make the G5 a real performer at MWC – even with its high calibre competitors.
Following up from the Z5, the Xperia Z6 will be expected to feature a QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB RAM. Android Marshmallow is likely to make the cut as well, whilst the Xperia UI will also be included to help keep the Sony style intact.Sony’s smartphone history is a storied one, with numerous phones from the Japanese manufacturer all proving successful. However, the most recognisable line from Sony is that of the Xperia Z, and the latest phone off the conveyor belt is expected to be the Z6 and its band of compatriots.
However, it won’t just be the Z6 making the trip to Barcelona for MWC, with the Z6 Compact and Z6 Premium also likely to make the cut. These will bring a smaller version of the Sony handset to the fray in the Compact, whilst the Premium will once again offer a 4K display like last time around, as well as an upgraded specs sheet.
HTC’s flagship device, the One M10 is next in line to come from the manufacturer, bringing a new design and a new selection of specs to make use of at MWC.
Whilst the One M9 was well received, the handset wasn’t the biggest seller last year, and lagged behind the likes of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. This year, HTC will be hoping to see the M10 stand up stronger against its flagship competitors, and its expected spec sheet looks like it could be up to the task.
Reportedly staking claim to a 5.2” QHD display, the M10 will already show a major improvement over the M9, whilst a new Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB RAM will also make for a powerful device.
What will really prove interesting is the camera from HTC; with the company’s previous UltraPixel efforts falling at hurdles, HTC might verge back toward more orthodox lenses for success.
As always, MWC will be a cacophony of smartphone success, with a fair few surprises always rearing their heads. However, these four phones listed above all have a major shot at being the best on show in Barcelona – with each of them packing top notch specs and great designs.
Of course, we’ll simply have to wait and see what MWC brings us before we decide on the best smartphone at the event, you never know – a new device could well take the crown…
For more information about the Barcelona based conference, where you can register for the event head to MWC's website.
Written by Luke Hatfield