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MWC 2017: New smartphones from Sony, LG, Huawei and Nokia expected at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Mirror logo Mirror 24-02-2017 Sophie Curtis

If you're planning to upgrade your mobile phone this year, then you'll want to pay attention to 2017.

Every year, in February, technology companies from around the globe descend on Barcelona to showcase their latest smartphones, tablets and wearable gadgets, and offer a glimpse into our digital future.

This year, big name brands including Sony, LG and Huawei are expected to unveil their new flagship smartphones, while other companies show off innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

"Over the past three decades, mobile has evolved from an emerging communications technology to a phenomenon that is now at the foundation of everything we do," said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA, which runs MWC.

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"It has inextricably changed how we communicate, interact, work and play as individuals, and it’s transforming entire industries, bringing new levels of productivity and efficiency to enterprises.

"The 2017 edition of Mobile World Congress will highlight just how elemental mobile has become in our everyday lives and the positive impact it is having for billions of people around the world."

Here's everything you need to know about MWC 2017:

Where is it?

Barcelona has long been the home of MWC, with the Fira Gran Via acting as the focal point.

Events will also take place at Fira Montjuïc.

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When is it?

MWC 2017 officially runs from Monday February 27 to Thursday March 2.

However, products will start to be unveiled from Sunday February 26, with many of the big product announcements being made before the event starts.

Who will be there?

More than 2,200 companies will exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2017, including major tech brands such as Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and Sony.

Mobile operators such as O2 and Vodafone will also be there, as well as a number of car companies such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

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As well as the halls filled with technology, MWC hosts a series of lectures, keynote speeches and round-table discussions with industry bigwigs.

Keynote speakers at this year's show include John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, which makes , Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of , and Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia.

The GSMA expects that more than 101,000 professionals from across the mobile industry and adjacent sectors will attend MWC 2017.

What should you expect?

A few of the big companies have already released teasers for their new mobile handsets, while others have confirmed that they won't be announcing new products at the show.

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Here's a rundown of what we know so far:

Samsung often unveils its new flagship smartphone at MWC, including , but the company’s mobile head DJ Koh has told Reuters that the at this year's show.

However, the company has sent out invitations to a press conference on February 26, where it is widely expected to unveil its latest iPad rival, the .

At the other end of the spectrum, Sony is reportedly planning to unveil a bumper crop of five new smartphones at MWC, including a new flagship with a 5.5-inch 4K display, optimised for virtual reality.

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LG has to an event on 26 February, where it is expected to unveil the G6 smartphone, which is rumoured to feature a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a .

The company is said to have abandoned its efforts with modular smartphones, after the G5 handset failed to ignite consumer interest.

Huawei is said to be preparing to unveil its P10 handset - a with a Leica dual camera system.

Leaked images seem to show that the new device will have a curved-edge display, similar to that found on the Galaxy S7 edge. The pictures, obtained , also show the famous Leica dual-lens camera that debuted with the P9 last year.

As with most other smartphones these days, the P10 appears to be coming in two different sizes. There will be a larger (and probably more expensive) P10 Plus launched at the same time.

Having insisted that the , unveiled a few weeks ago, is not its flagship device, many assumed that HTC was saving its follow-up to the One M10 for MWC.

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However, the HTC's president of smartphones, Chialin Chang, appears to have thrown cold water on the theory, claiming that the company won't be unveiling any devices featuring Qualcomm's latest top-of-the-range processor, the Snapdragon 835.

Nokia recently heralded its return to the mobile market with the launch of its first Android phone, the , in China. The brand is now owned by Finnish company , which outsources its manufacturing to Chinese consumer electronics company FIH Mobile.

Nokia is supposedly set to reveal its biggest product ever at MWC 2017 - a new tablet with an 18.4-inch screen, powered by Android Nougat - as well as several smartphones.

However, people are most excited about rumours that HMD could resurrect one of Nokia's most beloved handsets, .

As usual, Apple won't be attending MWC. The iPhone maker prefers to hold its own launch events, so don't expect to see anything sporting the familiar Apple logo at MWC.

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Anything else?

Despite what the name might suggest, MWC is about much more than just mobile phones. Expect to see gadgets covering a whole range of technology trends, including artificial intelligence, drones, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality and augmented reality.

In the Drone Zone, attendees can learn about the latest developments in drone technology, including live demonstrations in the “flying cage”, while the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Zone will be dedicated to the evolution and advancement of robot technology.

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Attendees will also have the opportunity immerse themselves in a series of 360-degree experiences in the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Zone or visit the IoT Pavilion to see how millions of "things" are getting connected, creating smart homes, smart cities and smart industries.

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