Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Inside GSMA's Mobile World Congress 2018

Inside GSMA's Mobile World Congress 2018

The company has apparently chose to implement new brand names for its flagships this year in an attempt to attract more consumers.

GSM Association is back with its annual mobile event, known as the MWC (Mobile World Congress).

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 devices are expected to come with improved camera capability, high screen-to-body-ratio, slim bezel design and a number of biometrics technologies such as fingerprint, iris and facial recognition.

The leak shows us a phone, believed to be the Nokia 1, and it is said to be in its last leg of circuit before arrival on to the public space. And this year, it's smartphones. LG's beleaguered mobile division is expected to announce the 2018 version of last year's V30 flagship at MWC 2018 along with a suite of AI technologies for its smartphones.

But we're unlikely to see it at MWC, because several sites have picked up on the fact that Huawei will not be introducing a phone at MWC this year.

We now know that Nokia is hosting a press event at MWC 2018 at 4pm (3pm GMT) on Sunday 25 February.

There isn't much detail that hasn't already leaked on the new Galaxy phones. The Nokia 7 Plus will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 64GB.

Huawei also has an event on February 25, but we don't know what, exactly, the company will unveil.

Still, previous rumors claim Huawei is about to launch the P20, which will be a big leap from its current flagship, the P10, and not only in name.

The ASUS ZenFone 5 will probably come with two 20 MP front cameras and two 16 MP rear cameras. However, the South Korean tech company revealed that it is launching an upgraded version of its V30 phablet at the Barcelona event. According to Google, the new OS will run a lighter version of Google apps, bearing the "Go" suffix, optimised for low configuration smartphone with 512MB or 1GB RAM. Some of the reports have also hinted that the Nokia 8 Pro could be an out and out smartphone meant for photography lovers geared with Penta-lens.

ZENFONE 5. The alleged Zenfone 5 shows up on Twitter.

No doubt we'll see some big advances in VR and mixed reality hardware and wearables, but MWC remains mostly all about the phones. Sony phones have mostly looked like the same ol' slabs for years, and enough is enough.

LG has been struggling as of late with its mobile division. Last year, the company announced the Moto G5 phones at MWC.

Other leaks about the Nokia 8 Pro also spill some information about a circular emboss that houses camera lens alongside an LED flash and a black dot that could be a sensor. Hopefully, no dogs were harmed during the filming of the announcement video (below). I'm talking, of course, about blockchain.

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