I said it before and I'll say it again: 2019 could be the year when smartphones are having fun again. After years of similar form factors and light upgrades, the back of the mobile industry is against the wall.
For the first time, revenue has dropped, impacting economic factors and slower upgrade cycles. Most people who want good phones have had access to them for a while, and smartphone makers are indicating less compelling reasons for buying new cell phones.
Cell phone manufacturers get creative with their backs against the wall. We already saw some early fruits of business at CES late last year and last month. But MWC will really be her time to shine. It's a much bigger mobile show, and everyone involved knows they all bring the big guns.
We expect the following from February 24th to 28th in Barcelona.
Huawei: ] The company seems to have plenty for the event – in part because the North American CES is a kind of non-starter. CEO Richard Yu has suggested a foldable and a 5G handset – that could be the same. Mainstream are the P30 and P30 Pro. The company has done a good job keeping it under wraps, but rumors of three or four back lenses have made the rounds.
LG: LG is already here announcing the G8 ThinQ. We know that the new flagship has a front-end camera with a time-of-flight sensor, which in addition to AR applications also includes tricks like face unlocking. The V50 is supposed to bring 5G on the way.
Microsoft: A surprising addition to this year's show: Microsoft has already announced an event for February 24th. We expect the company to show HoloLens 2. The next generation of headsets will arrive as the rest of the hardware and software world is finally ready to take the augmented reality seriously.
Motorola: MWC's recent launch of the G7 has taken the sails, but rumors of a foldable Razr reboot are making the rounds.
OnePlus: We know that a 5G handset and the OnePlus 7 are both in the pipeline – and maybe one and the same? There are also reports of a closed event at the show, but most do not expect any big revelations from the company.
Samsung: Do not expect a ton of Samsung this year. The company holds (uncomfortably) just a few days before its big event. Expect the S10 and all of its iterations to receive a major revelation this week in San Francisco, along with a preview of the company's upcoming leaflet. That does not matter much to MWC, but maybe we'll take a peek into the world of wearables or PCs.
Sony: While Xperia Mobile Phones Have Long Feeling The electronics giant, a loss leader, has always done a great show launching flagship devices. These were for a long time a launch pad for some exciting camera tricks. This year, the Xperia XZ4 seems ready for the event. The phone seems to be interesting, with a 21: 9 display and a powerful 4,400 mAh battery.