If you’re a tech savvy person that identifies with other smartphone enthusiasts, then you probably know and are waiting for the biggest smartphone related event in the first quarter of 2017. MWC, or Mobile Word Congress, is the place to be if you want to hear the latest news and also witness the latest announcements and unveiling.

Not only will all the tech giants be present, but so will all their newest innovations and products. Some of them have been rumored for as long as a full year and now finally fans get the chance to see how it all materializes. In this article we will be giving you the full scoop on what to expect from this year’s MWC. You can look at it as a guide to get you prepared for the upcoming event which promises some awe-worthy unveilings.

Samsung leaves Galaxy S8 at home but will most likely bring something noteworthy to the show

The latest Samsung high end device, the Galaxy S8 flagship, will be absent from the MWC according to several sources which claim that fans won’t be able to see the Galaxy S7 successor next month. While MWC would have been a great opportunity for Samsung as it is for every manufacturer present in terms of both marketing and exposure, it is believed that the Korean giant wants to take its time and make sure S8 is treated with all the safety and stability precautions necessary so the Note 7 incident isn’t repeated. The Samsung name and image were big enough to withstand the blow dealt by last year’s Note 7 explosive debut, but a second time around could prove incredibly devastating.

So Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is out for MWC, but the manufacturer is bound to bring other devices for the show and tell in Barcelona this February. At CES the crowd got to see phones like the Galaxy A5 and A7 so we might see some new line upgrades presented in February.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi has garnered a lot of praise over the last couple of years in the smartphone industry due to its very affordable devices which are also able to compete with high end solutions from the likes of Samsung or Apple. This year at MWC Xiaomi is expected to bring out the big guns, since it showed restraint from spilling the beans on its 2017 plans at CES earlier. If you are keeping your eyes on MWC, be sure to watch out for Xiaomi as it might announce its new flagship device, possible the Mi6.

Nokia

The invitations for media outlets have already been sent out by Nokia rights owner HMD Global. The company stepped out of the shadows earlier and started teasing the impending arrival of new Nokia branded devices. With oldschool fans interested to see a potential return to glory of the classic brand, MWC will definitely be a great platform for HMD to blast the public with new handsets. Nokia finally switching to Android makes things even better since it will boost the chances of whatever they release to be successful considerably.

More expected appearances

There a lot of other companies that are expected to make an impactful move at MWC. The likes of LG with its teased G6, a potential new Moto X from Lenovo or even a new Sony device all are very likely to be present at MWC 2017, meaning that fans and attendees have a lot of ground to cover during the event.

Other tech

In late 2016, smartwatches saw a slight return to popularity, trying to prove everyone that their initial appearance on the tech market wasn’t just a fad. This year’s MWC might be the perfect opportunity for manufacturers to bring out a new line of wearable gear that could revitalize the smartwatch industry, with more advanced and practical creations.

All in all, the event looks very promising if you’re into smart devices. With a wide array of manufacturers present, you have your fair share of tech flying around and definitely a lot of options. Whether we’re talking about a device you’ve been waiting for  a very long time or something completely new that takes everyone by surprise, you just might find it in Barcelona this February.

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