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5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018

24 February 2018

Apart from the pricing details, availability of the two upcoming phones has been under speculation in the weeks following up to the launch.

There have been reports of a version of the Nokia 8 at the top end of the line-up, as well as a new entry-level Android phone to extend the company's offering further. But that is not all.

A queue outside the Huawei flagship launch at MWC a year ago. The MWC 2018 opens on February 26 and will run until March 1. These are all probable launches, and there will be some surprises too as the trade show opens.

Over the next 24-hours there will endless news for Samsung fans but there could be one issue for owners of the current Galaxy S8.

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But rumours are it has a swag of phones ready to roll out in 2018, and it's just a matter of which one - or ones - we'll see at MWC. Thankfully, the regular 3.5mm headphone jack that Apple and others have thrown away will remain, according to leaked images of the bottom of the phone posted by Blass on Twitter. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be the biggest highlights of the MWC exhibition. Rumors indicate that both devices will feature a variable aperture on the primary 12-megapixel camera that switches between f/2.4 and f/1.5 - this will presumably offer greatly improved low-light performance. But the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus's form factor will be nearly identical to that of last year's models.

According to noted tipster Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would cost Euro 841 and Euro 997 in Europe for base models. Along with this Nokia is also expected to launch the Nokia 7 Plus. Many of their phones are pretty reasonably priced without a lot of compromises.

This year don't expect major physical design changes, as it's mostly a "component upgrade", according to Evan Blass, writing about the phones at Venture Beat.

The FCC also confirms a Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU, 128GB of storage, Android 8.0 Oreo and a 3250mAh battery, with dual-rear cameras (12Mp + 13Mp) and a 5Mp selfie camera.

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HMD may announce the Nokia 7 Plus along with the Nokia 9 at MWC in Barcelona, Spain. According to BGR, the Galaxy S9 will likely cost $850 in the United States while its bigger sibling would be priced at $950, which is pretty close to the iPhone X's starting price of $999.

The Galaxy S8 took a big leap in design over the S7 with its markedly curved display and edges reaching a new extreme that even a year later, few have matched. But the Xperia XZ2 may turn out to be a phone that finally brings something fresher, a new look to the Xperia phones.

ASUS is expected to launch a new ZenFone at the MWC 2018.

Three phones stand out when talking about the price tag: The Note 8, the Pixel 2 XL, and the iPhone X. All three approached or exceeded $1,000 depending on options included, and all three outsold projections of the companies that made them. Samsung's latest and greatest flagship smartphones are compared to the best of Apple. One of them is likely to be the LG V30 with LG's own virtual assistant inside it.

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What about others: many companies are still holding their cards close to their chests. As it did in the past, the coming MWC will show the latest trends in premium smartphones which feature advanced cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) in the first half of this year.

5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018