Expectations MWC 2018!

MWC 2018

So what would be the genies out of the hat this year?

It’s this time of the year again! The time, our eyes (with gleam) wait for the tech tradeshows to begin. With the end of the very recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018), our expectations now lay on the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018, hoping for some new wonders to happen.

But first, for uninitiated, Mobile World Congress or MWC is amongst the most awaited and most prestigious annual mobile and electronics trade shows held in Barcelona in February, starting 26 until March 1, where majors launch their latest offerings wooing audience around the globe.

While all of us are trying our shots in the dark, hoping to hit the bull’s eye, we present you expected tech pieces we might get to see at the Barcelona trade show, basis cumulated speculations and leaks:


Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Following its trend of giving the mobile world a flagship each year, Samsung, after unveiling the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8 in 2017 is most likely to bring about the 2018 flagships- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. And, as a usual ritual, we have tons of rumours flying in, fueling further anticipation. Both the new flagships are likely to remain the same as the predecessors on the design front; the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ could sport the same Infinity display with an aspect ratio rated at 18:9 as the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. However, adhering to rumours, we might see a change in the rear panel design.

In terms of specifications, the smartphones are likely to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, could come in three RA M/ROM configurations each, and run Android 8.0 Oreo. While the purported Galaxy S9 is expected to house a single-camera module (much like the Galaxy S8), the elder sibling might get a dual-camera setup. Additionally, the 3.5mm audio jack is here to stay in Samsung’s case and there is a possible change in address of the fingerprint scanner.

Nevertheless, we still lack concrete details and look forward to the unveiling with all the excitement!

Motorola G, Z

Motorola G, Z and X lineup

And well, Lenovo-owned Motorola won’t stay behind when it comes to getting new products to stage. Rumours have it that the company is expected to showcase new smartphones in its G, Z and X series, with almost bezel-less display as highlights. The G series could include the alleged Moto G6, the Moto G6 Plus and the Moto G6 Play are expected to share the same design ethos as the Moto X4 with body made of glass. The Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Plus could feature 5.7-inch FHD displays, while the Moto G6 Play could come with a 5.93-inch one. The smartphones could come with upgraded processors, batteries and dual rear cameras.

For the Z series, Motorola could unveil the Moto Z3, the Moto Z3 Play and a new 5G Moto Mod, to go with the new smartphones. The Moto Z3 and the Moto Z3 Play are also expected to come with an aspect ratio rated at 18:9 and could be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipsets. Other details still remain scarce.

Last but not the least is the Moto X5 in the X series, going the Apple way. The purported Moto X5 could feature a notch, much like the recent iPhone X, which can be seen as a possible entry of facial recognition or under-the display fingerprint sensor in the Motorola lineup. Other major features include four cameras and Moto XP or the Smart AI which could Motorola’s own virtual assistant or use of AI in the camera department.

Nokia 9

Nokia 9

While the HMD Global-owned Nokia remained out of sight at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show, the company has confirmed to unveil ‘awesomeness’ at the event. While there is no word on what Nokia plans to introduce to us, we expect a bunch of smartphones, much like last year. However, our mind is on the flagship Nokia 9. The successor to the 2017’s Nokia 8 is speculated to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, four cameras; two at the back and two at the front, and the inclusion of Nokia’s proprietary Bothie camera feature.

Apart from the flagship, Nokia could also introduce someone to the low-end bracket, maybe with Android Oreo Go Edition, or could also launch revamped versions of its feature phones- the way it did with the iconic Nokia 3310. Additionally, there could be upgraded versions of the existing Nokia models at the tradeshow. Till then, let’s keep our fingers crossed and wait for the awesomeness to pop up.


Xiaomi Mi 7

Among various tech companies, Chinese company Xiaomi is also expected to be a part of the mocha waited tradeshow, likely to launch its flagship Mi 7. Even though we lack information about Xiaomi, the successor to last year’s Mi 6 might embrace the bezelless display concept, much like the Mi Mix series, and could sport a 6-inch AMOLED one. This one too, could also be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 745 SoC, and come with 3D facial recognition which might lead to the death of a fingerprint scanner. Additionally, the alleged Mi 7 could be backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for Qi wireless charging tech and run Android 8.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.0 on top.

Xiaomi is also likely to launch a third member in the Mi Mix series, purported called the Mi Mix 2s. While details are not enough, the smartphone could feature the iPhone X-like notch and could come with facial recognition, really thin bezels, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.


Sony Xperia XZ Pro

Sony, as part of its annual cycle could unveil a new smartphone, dubbed the Xperia XZ Pro, in addition to the recently unveiled Xperia XA2, the Xperia XA2 Ultra and the Xperia L2 at CES 2018. The smartphone too is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, sport a 4K OLED display and come with dual cameras at the back.

Just to clear the mist, the aforementioned details are pure speculations, and can’t be deemed true. At this moment, all we can do is stay, speculate, and get surprised!

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