Mobile World Congress, the
five-day event kickstarts in Barcelona from next week where the world’s leading
mobile manufacturers will showcase their upcoming smartphones.
Here’s everything you need to know about the phones we’re likely to see unveiled by the likes of Xiaomi, Blackberry, Moto, Alactel and Google at the MWC 2018.
Xiaomi has not revealed much about the grand event, however, if reports are to be believed, Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2 will be showcased at the MWC. The Mi Mix 2S will have thinner bezels with an all-glass body. There are reports that the company is planning to launch a flagship Mi 7, which could have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, an all-screen design, AMOLED display, 3D face recognition, and even wireless charging.
BlackBerry is also going to make a comeback at the MWC 2018. The company has already announced that it will be launching "at least" two phones with physical QWERTY keyboards this year, this year, but we expect it might be the KeyTwo or KeyOne 2. If reports and rumours hold true, one of the devices will have a curved screen, and the other is expected to be some sort of BlackBerry KeyONE follow-up.
Lenovo-owned Motorola is expected to launch a new Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto X in 2018, along with the return of the Play branding, suggesting a couple of different tiers to some of these devices. As per reports, the Moto G6 Play will be the most affordable of the lot with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and a 4000mAh battery.
Alcatel is bringing at least three new smartphones to MWC. The company has announced three phones at CES 2018 last month, the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X. These phones are meant to be inexpensive but you'll be able to get phones with 18:9 screens.
Google at MWC 2018
In a first, Google announced Android Go smartphones will be unveiled at the MWC 2018. The first batch of Android Go smartphones will be made Google partner OEMs and is specifically designed to work on cheaper, less powerful phones but will run a light version of Android Oreo, called Oreo Go Edition, which was first announced at Google I/O last May. According to Google, the new OS- “Go” versions will run a lighter version of Google apps, optimised for low configuration smartphone with as little as 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Apps such as YouTube, Gmail, and Maps will take up less space and load faster in these phones.