MWC 2017: everything you need to know

Update: Overview of all our hands-on reviews
MWC 2017: everything you need to know

True Android fans have three dates marked on their calendar for the major international tech expos: CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin, and MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. MWC is the one we're interested in here, as it is the number one European event in the first quarter of 2017. Here, we'll keep you updated on the latest news of the event and give you an overview of all of our hands-on reviews so far.

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Mobile World Congress in 2017: What, when and where

At MWC, the who's who of the mobile communications sector gathers in the Catalan capital to present the highlights of the first half of the year to the public. This year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is taking place between February 27 and March 2, 2017. For the press, the doors to the Mobile World Congress will open a few days before, so that the highlights can be presented even before the trade fair gets under way. We will, of course, be on hand to tell you everything that's happening.

As in previous years, the location for the mobile communication sector's big rendez-vous is in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via conference facility, which is home to an impressive 14 km of fiber optic cables, 52 km of Ethernet cables and 1,200 WiFi hotspots.

Manufacturer Press conferences
Blackberry February 25, 7 PM CET
LG February 26, 12 PM CET
Huawei February 26, 2 PM CET
 Lenovo February 26, 4:30 PM CET
 Nokia (HMD Global)  February 26, 4:30 PM CET
 Samsung February 26, 7 PM CET
 Sony February 27, 8:30 AM CET
 HTC No press conference
Honor March 1, 8 PM CET

MWC 2017: Honor surprises everyone

Honor had initially stated they would not be releasing any new devices at this year's MWC, but iT surprised everyone by releasing the Honor 6X ProKit-Edition and announcing it would unveil another new smartphone in April 2017.

At the moment, there is little in the way of concrete information on the new Honor device, but since the General Manager of Honor Germany made the announcement at the release event for the Honor 6X ProKit-Edition, we know its definitely coming. Germany will be one of the first countries where it will be released, and other markets are then expected to follow. Once we have more information, we'll be back with all the details. 

The Honor 6X ProKit-Edition is a bundle put together by the Chinese manufacturer based on the feedback it received from its customer base, and includes a selfie stick and headphones. We managed to get a brief look at the new bundle in Barcelona to provide you with our first impressions.

MWC 2017: Sony is back

Sony's press conference is on February 27 at 8:30am. The company revealed the Xperia XZs and XZ Premium. Sony's XZ Premium makes use of the industry's first three-layer stacked CMOS image sensor, allowing for impressive slow motion video capture. In addition, the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra were revealed at MWC and we got a chance to do a hands-on review of these super mid-range devices.

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The new XZ Premium. / © NextPit

MWC 2017: Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S3 during its press release and we were interested despite the lack of the Galaxy S8, which is to come in March. The Galaxy Tab S3 received a lot of improvements over its predecessor, the Tab S2, including the S-Pen and revamped Grace UX software interface. It comes with jacked up speakers and a great display that will make it a great multimedia device. We just hope that it won't cost us an arm and a leg. We got our hands on it at the press conference  

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Samsung made the best of the MWC with the Galaxy Tab S3. © NextPit

MWC 2017: Nokia - making a comeback

Nokia (HMD Global) had their press event at 4:30 pm on February 26, and it declared the global release of the previously China-only Nokia 6, along with the new Nokia 6 Arte Black Special Edition. Plus, they announced the lower priced Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones, and a revamp of the Nokia 3310 (with Snake!). Check out our hands on review:

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Here is the new Nokia 6. / © NextPit

MWC 2017: Lenovo releases the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus

Like many other smartphone brands, Lenovo has been pulling out all the stops in it's attempt to relaunch into the smartphone market and provide users with new and more interesting options. The release of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC 2017 has been where the Taiwanese brand has chosen to make its mark. Here Lenovo attempting to promote their two mid-range options as state-of-the-art smartphones. We were invited to attend the press event in Barcelona and managed to get our hands on the newest Lenovo devices. Here are our first impressions.

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The Moto G5 Plus is here! / © NextPit

MWC 2017: Huawei unveils the P10 and P10 Plus

As all the leaks have been indicating, Huawei has released its newest smartphones at this year's MWC - the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus. Both devices run with Android 7.0 Nougat and include an optimized version of the Huawei EMUI 5.1 interface, and are supported by either 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage or 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Huawei has opted to use the same dual camera configuration as for the Huawei Mate 9, including a 20 MP black-and-white lens with a 12 MP Leica color lens. Despite the Nano-Coating protection that protects the device from water, Huawei ignores IP certification for either the P10 of P10 Plus, so the Chinese manufacturer will be behind its waterproofed competition. Our team was present at the Huawei launch in Barcelona and were able to get an early look at the latest devices.

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Huawei unveiled the P10 and P10 Plus. / © NextPit

MWC 2017: LG G6 is made official

The 5.7-inch LG G6 was featured by the company at this year’s MWC, as we had suspected, answering users’ wish list, as LG has tried to convey, with its main selling point being that it offers a big screen that can fit in your pocket. The QHD+ with Dolby Vision, Android Nougat-running LG phone with Google Assistant on board, has a Snapdragon 821 processor, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. It comes with a dual 13 MP camera that LG hopes will wow us with its 125 degree capture range. Its IPS 68 certification and increase in battery capacity are sure to make it market favorites, LG’s hope after the disappointing sales of the LG G5. We were live at the LG press event in Barcelona and got out hands on the device. Check out our hands-on review:

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LG G6 presented with the largest display in the most compact body. Chek out our hands on review. / © LG

MWC 2017: Blackberry presents the Blackberry KEYone

Blackberry just announced its 2017 smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone, at their MWC press conference, a smartphone of 4.5 inches with a feature-packed physical keyboard and Android 7.1 Nougat running on board. The aluminum-built compact smartphone with a soft-touch textured back will be available starting in April around the globe and will sell for the price of $549 in the USA. Similar pricing will be available in other regions.

What’s cool about the Blackberry KEYone: the physical keyboard is more than what it seems as it is also a touch-sensitive control pad, allowing you to program every letter to launch any app, plus you can setup various shortcuts for emails and weather. It also hides a fingerprint scanner integrated into the space bar. Indeed, the KEYone is “Distinctly Different”, Blackberry’s selling slogan, as it gives fans of the physical keyboard they want, all in a neat near-stock Android package with all the newest features of Android 7.1 Nougat, such as multi window view. What more, Blackberry is taking security seriously this year, doing such things as encrypting the Snapdragon 625 processor and promising regular security updates (including ones from Google) for the entire life of the device.

We were at the press conference and had a chance to take a close look at the phone. Here is our hands-on review:

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The Blackberry KeyOne was unveiled showing a feature-full physical keyboard. / © NextPit

MWC 2017: Lenovo Moto - revealing a new X device?

Lenovo's press event is scheduled for February 26 at 4:30 pm. Leaked images of the Moto G5 and G5 Plus have been popping up online for weeks now, so we can expect to see these devices at MWC. Lenovo could also release the Moto X.

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Is this really the Moto X (2017)? / © Techdroider

MWC 2017: HTC may be revealing the new flagship?

HTC is planning six to seven new smartphones for 2017. Of these, two have already been released, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, both featuring the HTC Sense Companion AI. 2017 will also see the release of the successor to the HTC 10, which incidentally won't be called the HTC 11. The flagship not-HTC-11 might be released at MWC 2017. HTC launched the One M9 at MWC 2015, but in 2016 the company skipped showing off the HTC 10 there and had its own virtual event instead. In 2017, the flagship may be at MWC or it could again skip showing off its new flagship at MWC and instead launch it just afterwards in March. Only time will tell.

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The sleek HTC U Play in our hands-on review. / © NextPit

MWC 2017: Other manufacturers

Other manufacturers like Asus, ZTE etc. will be at MWC, but we still don't know what they could be presenting. We will have to wait and see.

MWC 2017: Xiaomi not attending

Quite a few people were looking forward to seeing what new products Xiaomi would present at MWC 2017, and all indications were pointing to the possible release of its new flagship device, the Mi 6. A company spokesperson has confirmed that Xiaomi doesn't have any new devices to showcase at MWC 2017 and so will be skipping the event completely

MWC 2017: Smartwatches - an endangered species

Smartwatches were conspicuously mostly absent from MWC 2016, and they likely will be again for 2017. The market for these devices isn't hot right now, and major manufacturers are preferring to focus on smartphones, VR and other gadgets. For example, recently Moto's head of global product development Shakil Barkat said, "Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year," so the company's annual device roadmap won't contain any smartwatches in 2017. We won't see anything from Samsung, since the company released the Gear S3 at IFA 2016. 

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Could MWC see a surprise revival of the smartwatch market? / © NextPit

What would you like to see revealed at MWC 2017? Which manufacturers will live up to expectations and which will disappoint? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Peter Harwood Mar 2, 2017 Link to comment

    XZ premium for me

  • Sam Mbah Mar 2, 2017 Link to comment

    Hello I have a Startrail sfr phone by ZTE and virus attack the phone, i have formatted it and the problem is still there and I don't know what next to do, please can you help me out?

  • Stephania Done Mar 2, 2017 Link to comment

    Nokia may a new

  • Christopher Tilley Mar 1, 2017 Link to comment

    I like the look of the Moto G5 & 5+ but what's the commitment on software upgrades. They promised an upgrade to Android 7 for G4 owners and people are still waiting and waiting. It's going to lose them repeat customers.

  • Shankar Prasad Nandi Feb 27, 2017 Link to comment

    Wonder why Xiaomi isn't presenting anything new? It seems to be a real bad publicity move. I have a feeling the company is in deep trouble. Such a pity, it showed such promise once.

  • Samuel Striker Feb 26, 2017 Link to comment

    i have htc one m9 and i wait to new phones to brand HTC zorry for my bad english and well , the samsung is bad smartphone the display is bad i have s5 s6 s7 and well the price is very very, for phone.. i cant wait and buy the new htc

  • Dusan V. Feb 26, 2017 Link to comment

    This will be great year for mobile phones. I can't wait to see what will Google bring with the new version of Pixel. But we will need to wait few months more.

  • Karanbir Singh Feb 10, 2017 Link to comment

    Well, Nokia was dead... and is getting reborn this year. The sales number in China confirms that Nokia will make a bang with its global launch at MWC 17. But again, there are many new devices launched every year, with smartwatches and other connected products gaining traction along with the smartphones. However, along with the hardware part, the Barcelona event is expected to see new technology launches as well, including 5G expected to be out of papers and on the launchpad, and many more. All this is set to bring more challenges for telecoms as well as subscribers. Operators would be looking for easy-to-deploy telecom management solutions, particularly catering to digitizing customer service and support to match end-user expectations. Kochartech will be showcasing demos of its industry-recognized tools (used by few of the top global telecom operators) to deliver better and gain more, while service providers can schedule a demo / meet-up with Kochartech for solutions

  • Katherine Carter Feb 7, 2017 Link to comment

    any word on a new Nexus device???

    • Loie Favre Feb 9, 2017 Link to comment

      Hey Katherine, Google dropped the nexus line when they introduced the Pixel smartphones, and not only that, Google was usually not a key player at international tech conferences, preferring to have its own private events in Mountain View or nearby. So, unfortunately, you won't be seeing any more Nexus devices.

  • Andrew Burgin Jan 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Websites are now showing cases and renders of the LG G6,and its looks like Lg as been keeping a close eye on the Samsung Galaxy S8,an the G6 looks like a copy of the Galaxy s8,so with Lg releasing the G6 ahead of the Galaxy S8,will Lg be offering better features than the Galaxy S8?,as Lg have been trailing the Rest

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    Deactivated Account Jan 9, 2017 Link to comment

    No question SAMSUNG is technology and Android that's existed since March 2011 hence total domination market share wise and revenue wise.

    It doesn't matter when Samsung launches the S8Edge and S8EdgePlus they will sell easily over 10 million the first 2 weeks on market no other android handset will come close revenue wise or sales.

    At the end of the day other manufacturers need to just take a seat and clear the field for the best from Samsung until the Note8.

  • Andrew Burgin Jan 9, 2017 Link to comment

    Samsung must have loads of confidence in there Future Galaxy S8 models being successful by Delaying the Release,as after the Mobile Conference there will loads of New phones being released before Samsung announce and release there new Galaxy S8 phones,just can"t wait to the difference in Looks & Specs between the S7 edge over S8 Edge,as after the Note 7 saga Samsung got to show it was just on little mistake they made and they are the Top Phone Producer,Samsung might do a Advertising gimic of the Galaxy S8 by showing the phone off on a Film in March as they have done this before

  • drkmgiri Dec 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I am so much fan of note series definitely going to buy note 8.using note 5

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    Deactivated Account Dec 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Definitely buying the S8Edge+ when it arrives to market in March/April. The I will buy both the Note8 and NoteFold in September 2017. As usual it will be another year of buying nothing but the best from Samsung they are Android.

  • Andrew Burgin Dec 15, 2016 Link to comment

    How many are going to jump into the "Edge" screen race,seen a concept image of the Sony"Edge" phone so who else will by joining in?Will Nokia even come back with "Edge" screen ?

    • Brittany McGhee Dec 16, 2016 Link to comment

      A new Nokia with an Edge screen would be really interesting!

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  • Andrew Burgin Nov 15, 2016 Link to comment

    just can"t wait to see what Samsung will offer after there Note 7 Failure,We keep get all different rumours about the Future Galaxy S8 phones,and Samsung knows they need to create something really amazing to show to the World that they are the Best at creating Top Class phones,and with the Future rumours that Apple are going to change there iPhone 8 phones in to a All Glass phones,so more Bezeless phones for 2017 will be released,Plus who will be the First to release the First Flexible Screen phones either Samsung or Lg

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  • Neeraj A. Feb 29, 2016 Link to comment

    i'm curious about LG G5 as it is offering something different and weird at the same time.
    i mean it is a bold step by LG to see it offer removable battery again in todays world.
    today we have a market which is flooding with powerbanks a quick charging so why would we be needing a removabole battery, i cant figure out what Lg has under its sleeve.

    • Cory Schmidt Mar 5, 2016 Link to comment

      Hi Neeraj, thank you for your question. LG is geared towards us, tech enthusiasts. Maybe they see a need for us to use the removable battery. I personally could see myself using it.

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