MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 is nearly here beginning next Monday, February 27th. MWC is generally used as a stage for the latest and greatest by the phone manufacturers, although some are holding out on flagship announcements just a little longer. As with any technology show, information has been leaking from many sources as press teams get ready for the event. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting leaks so far.
Samsung’s big news for MWC 2017 is focused on new SOCs, including their recently announced Exynos 9. Samsung is also the supplier of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 which seems to be causing supply issues for the other vendors. Samsung is currently buying the bulk of the produced Snapdragon chips for their upcoming phones. This is causing delays and forcing compromises on the other manufacturers who normally look to Qualcomm for their new high-end phones.
Several leaks have popped up regarding the highly anticipated S8 and S8+ including quite a few photos and an entire spec sheet. Neither of these phones is anticipated to be revealed at MWC itself with Samsung planning a dedicated event in April.
Lenovo-owned Motorola is poised to launch their mid-range G5 and G5 Plus at MWC this year. We reported full details of the phones in a previous article.
Motorola also announced intent to launch 12 Moto Mods throughout this year in addition to a commitment to support mods for 3 years. I expect to see some of the Moto Mods on display during MWC this year with new Moto Z line devices to come later this year.
LG is expected to show off their all but fully detailed LG G6. Samsung’s gobbling of the available SD835 SoCs is forcing LG to launch the phone with the well-known SD821. This makes the rumored device more of a G5 take two than a new phone altogether.
Rumors are unfortunately pointing to a loss of modularity and removable battery. However, these changes do come with a new metal body and increased capacity battery.
HTC has been surprisingly watertight this year. They did recently launch the HTC U and were very involved with the new Pixel line devices. HTC did recently exit out of the entry level phone market meaning anything shown off will be a mid-range device or higher. Plans have been announced for a mobile Vive branded VR headset although the only details available are that it won’t be a phone+headset device like the Samsung Galaxy Gear devices. Hopefully, more details will be presented at MWC.
Huawei is expected to launch several new products this year at MWC. Among the most anticipated are their new P10 and P10 Plus both of which have been already been leaked. Techradar has some rumored details, the highlight of which include a first party Kirin 960 chipset.
In addition to the P10, the new Huawei Watch 2 has also been leaked which we also covered with some first look photos of the sporty new design.
Did we miss any MWC 2017 rumors you’re excited about? Or did we skip over your favorite manufacturer? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.
Last Updated on February 24, 2017.