Initially it was rumoured though, Samsung would be unveiling their next flagship at CES earlier this year. But it didn't. So the obvious next choice to unveil a device of such stature would be the MWC. And to everyone’s delight, a few days ago Samsung did confirm- it is finally going to unpack the S9 on February 25, 2018. Samsung also plans to live stream the event for the eager fans that won't be able to attend the event. For folks in Dhaka, livestreaming is all we are going to get!
Following the last years' trend where Sony launched their XZ premium line up, we are expecting something similar from Sony this time. A newer model of XZ premium might be launched during the event. Reports suggest the new flagship is to be named Xperia XZ Pro. Moreover, Sony did previously communicate about launching an array of low to mid-level devices during the mobile world congress. Definitely, something we are looking forward to.
Everyone remembers the launch of P10 last year at MWC. This year, the unveiling of an improved version was expected to happen. P20, which most media is citing as the successor of P10, was expected to be launched with a cheaper version P20 Lite and bigger version P11 Plus. But just couple days back, a report surfaced saying Huawei is not unveiling any new device at the MWC this year. Bummer!
LG's all glass G6 was a marvellous phone. It was launched in last years' mobile world congress. But after Samsung launched its own flagship, LG's device was simply lost in the crowd. This time LG doesn't want to repeat the mistake. Although LG hasn't confirmed yet but most like we won't be seeing any new device from them this year. Some reports speculate the V30+alpha, an improved version of V20 might be unveiled during the event.
Guess who else has joined the 'No Show' list – Google's mobile device manufacturer HTC. Their flagship, which was reported titled HTC U12 won't be launched during the MWC 2018. Analysts have speculated two reasons for HTC to not launch a device this time: firstly, Samsung S9 will steal the show and secondly, poor financials. HTC is undergoing financial turmoil hence they want to focus on their upcoming flagship device.
Apple doesn't usually unveil any of their most anticipated products during any public event. They prefer dedicated private event so that all the attention is on their product. This year won't be an exception. But they are though expected to show off their new Alexa rival- Homepod. This product was made available for sale just a few days earlier so these will the centre of attention at the Apple Pavilion.