MWC 2019 new and dates – what to expect from Sony, Samsung, LG and more at Barcelona’s annual gizmo show

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WE’RE closing in on MWC 2019 – the yearly gizmo show where the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and more show off their latest gadgets.

We’re expecting loads of big announcements from the world’s tech titans at this year’s MWC 2019 show – and we’ve got all the details below.

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MWC 2019 is a major tech convention beloved by gadget geeks
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What is MWC 2019? Mobile World Congress explained

MWC 2019 is a major tech show held every single year in Barcelona.

It stands for Mobile World Congress, and is organised by the GSMA – a special body that represents mobile phone networks around the world.

MWC is typically attended by the world’s biggest tech companies, including Samsung, LG and Sony.

And it always produces endless gadget news – from major smartphone launches to futuristic 5G announcements.

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Futuristic tech like virtual reality will likely be on show
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MWC 2019 dates and times – when is Mobile World Congress this year?

Like in previous years, MWC 2019 takes place early in the year – timed for spring’s smartphone launches.

This year, the main show runs from Monday, February 25 to Thursday, February 28.

However, much of the news will come before those dates.

Press conferences from the biggest brands will take place on Sunday, February 24 – so look out for big announcements over the weekend.

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MWC 2019 takes place in Barcelona, running towards the end of February
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MWC 2019 news and rumours – what to expect from Mobile World Congress

MWC 2019 news will be in no short supply, so here’s what to expect from some of the biggest brands:

  • Samsung is likely to announce its new Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone just before MWC 2019. We’re also expecting the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy X folding phone, which is half-smartphone, half-tablet
  • Sony is probably going to show off its new Xperia XZ4 smartphone, which will be a direct rival to the iPhone XR and iPhone XS
  • Huawei has a presence at MWC 2019, but we don’t know what will be unveiled. Our best guess is a reveal for the Huawei P30, a powerful (and long-rumoured) iPhone rival
  • OnePlus is a major contender in the UK smartphone market these days, but the OnePlus 7 is unlikely to launch until the middle of the year. However, given OnePlus’ growing presence, it wouldn’t be out of the question for an MWC 2019 mobile debut
  • LG could announce either (or both) of two new phones – the LG G8 or LG V45 TinQ – but there’s been very little in the way of rumours so far
  • HTC seems to have downgraded its smartphone efforts in recent years, but we are expecting new models in 2019. This could included a new version of the HTC U12 Life, with more RAM and storage
  • Nokia, whose branded phones are now made by a Finnish company called HMD, may have a presence at the show, including the rumoured Nokia 9 PureView flagship blower – which is tipped to have as many as six cameras
  • Apple has absolutely zero official presence at MWC 2019, so don’t expect any big news from the company

There’ll be plenty of news from more minor brands too, and we’re expecting super-fast 5G mobile internet to be a big trend in 2019.

We’re expecting a major Samsung phone launch around MWC 2019
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Check out our guide to the best Android phones you can buy right now.

And if you’re stuck for a new handset to buy, you can always check out our iPhone vs Android head-to-head.

If you like really wacky tech, take a look at the Royole FlexPai folding phone.

What would you like to see from MWC 2019? Let us know in the comments!


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