5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018

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More: Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? And with a press event scheduled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25, it looks like 2018 will be no different.

LG is releasing an upgraded V30 at next week's MWC 2018. Samsung's new flagship devices are also expected to pack a ton of horsepower.

For some of those manufacturers, we know pretty much exactly what they'll be showing. Stay tuned as we bring you updated price and specifications for these phones when they launch at MWC 2018.

During the last weeks, one of the most intense debates about the new Galaxy S9 has been the price that the firm would fix.

Andrew Hoyle  CNET
Andrew Hoyle CNET

As with all leaked images, we can not guarantee the authenticity of the photos, however, as more and more similar images surface, it is highly probable that's this is how the new phones will look.

The rumour mill has already churned out the chips that Samsung plans to pop in its new Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets. According to the leaks, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will come with Quad HD+ Infinity displays with 5.7 and 6.2-inches sizes.

Samsung Electronics sent invitation cards and ran an ad about the new smartphone models in advance of the launch of the product on February 25.

The phones will be unveiled at the Unpacked event.

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The company's announcement for the event has a tagline saying "Experience new horizons", but that could mean literally anything.

Sources claim the G6's successor won't debut with the name G7. It's rumored to come in three variants: P20, P20 Plus and P20 Lite, with the first two variants sporting a triple (!) 40-megapixel rear camera. Doing so gets you a $200 Mastercard rebate on the new iPhone, and you also get the value of your trade-in applied to the balance of the new device.

Although Huawei has a press conference (Sunday at 2 p.m. CET, 1 p.m. GMT, and 8 a.m. ET), the company is not expected to show off any of its flagship phones.

The ZenFone 5 Lite will have a 16MP dual main camera with a 120-degree wide angle sensor plus a standard one. And according to recent teasers and reports, this is indeed going to be the biggest differentiator from last year's phones. However, the MWC has always been about smartphones, tablets, and telecommunication technology, in general.

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The Nokia brand made a strong comeback under HMD Global previous year. Both series are due for their minor annual refreshes, with the MateBook X getting lauded last summer for its handsome design and powerful internals, while the MediaPad lineup is one of the few Android-based tablets we'd recommend these days.

What do you want to see at MWC 2018?

Huawei, for example, will showcase a Porsche Panamera being driven by the Huawei Mate 10 Pro's AI.

Finally, a topic that dominated the tech space in the past year will definitely be hot at the MWC as well.

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Some of this seems to be manifesting as cynicism or even outright disbelief, I've seen a lot of negative comments in the blogosphere on the subject - which is fine of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it seems to me this is largely driven by some key misunderstandings.

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