MWC 2017: all the biggest launches from Barcelona's massive phone show


Update: MWC 2017 is in full swing! All of the phones that are going to launch at the show have been announced – including the LG G6, new Nokia 3310, Sony’s premium line up and Moto’s latest offerings. We have updated this complete guide to MWC with all our news, reviews, opinion and more. There’s still lots to come, so please keep checking back. 

MWC 2017, or Mobile World Congress 2017 to give it its full name, is the world’s biggest phone show, and this year it’s happening right now – from February 27 to March 2.

Many of 2017’s most high-profile handsets have been announced over the course of the show, including the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei P10 and LG G6; but it’s not just phones that have been announced, there’s new tablets from Samsung and Lenovo and Huawei smartwatches all getting an airing.

We’ve collected all the new announcements, rumors and speculation on what we’re expecting to see at MWC 2017, so read on below for our constantly updated guide to what to expect.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The biggest phone show of 2017
  • When is it? February 27-March 2 in Barcelona

The launches of MWC 2017

All the phone, tablet and wearable launches of MWC so far…

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LG G6

The G6 is a possibly game-changing phone from LG, which has dialled back on innovation to deliver a simply solid handset.

Read more: Hands on: LG G6 review

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LG X Power 2

LG’s new X Power 2 may offer great battery life and an attractive design, but it’s limited in storage and doesn’t feature a high-resolution screen.

Read more: Hands on: LG X Power2 review

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

A strong phone from Sony with excellent innovation in the screen. However, it all depends on how much this monster of a phone will cost, and whether the streamed 4K footage actually looks good on here at all.

Read more: Hands on: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

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Sony Xperia XZs

The smaller of Sony’s new flagship phones does lack on specs in some respects, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing… it all depends on whether it comes with a correspondingly low price.

Hands on: Sony Xperia XZs review

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Sony Xperia XA1

the Sony Xperia XA1 is a great-looking phone on the table, and the low specs should equal a palatable, low price.

Hands on: Sony Xperia XA1 review

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is a massive phone, but one that operates well enough under one finger (if you can hold it straight, that is…)

Hands on: Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review

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Moto G5

The Moto G5 is being touted as a “premium for all” smartphone, but it won’t be launching in the US, unlike the slightly bigger Moto G5 Plus. Saying that, the Moto G5 is the budget phone with little compromise. 

Read more: Hands on: Moto G5 review

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Moto G5 Plus

Moto’s good reputation in the budget phone market is likely to be furthered by the G5 Plus, It carries on the best traits from the G4 Plus, but improves upon it in some meaningful ways that could make it a no-brainer to purchase.

Hands on: Moto G5 Plus review

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Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 looks to be a great phone you’ll love if you’re upgrading from a two year old handset, but not much has changed here to keep true Huawei fans thrilled by the flagship line.

Read more: Hands on: Huawei P10 review

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Huawei P10 Plus

While disappointing to see hardware specs making a re-re-reappearance, the Huawei P10 Plus is a bigger, slightly better version of the slick P10.

Hands on: Huawei P10 Plus review

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Nokia 6

The Nokia 6 blends premium design, solid specs and an affordable price tag into a handset which could well put the brand back on the mobile map.

Read more: Hands on: Nokia 6 review

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Nokia 5

For the price, the Nokia 5 seems to offer an excellent selection of features, but it’s surrounded by equally capable handsets above and below it.

Hands on: Nokia 5 review

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Nokia 3

The Nokia 3 looks to be a strong budget offering and its stylish design and extremely low price tag could shake up the market. If you want more options, though, opt for the Nokia 5 or go premium with the Nokia 6.

Hands on: Nokia 3 review

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Nokia 3310

For those who fondly remember the Nokia 3310 the new model will almost be a no-brainer of a purchase. Its low price, pleasing feature set and long battery life make it appealing for anyone looking for a back-up handset, festival phone or just a simple retro buy.

Read more: Hands on: Nokia 3310 review

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ZTE Blade V8 Lite

The ZTE Blade V8 Lite is true to its name, offering a smartphone that’s light on powerful specs but provides a more than adequately bright 1080p display. It’s going to be affordable when it launches in Italy, Germany and Spain, and it’s aiming to rival the Moto G5 with its budget-friendly features and design.

Hands on: ZTE Blade V8 Lite review

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ZTE Blade V8 Mini

The ZTE V8 Mini Pro provides a quick upgrade to new software and features, with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard and a dual-lens camera that produces photos you can refocus. It has a budget-friendly Qualcommm chipset that makes it affordable if you’re on a tight budget.

Hands on: ZTE Blade V8 Mini review

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Haier L7

The Haier L7 is a perfunctory addition to the unremarkable everyman ranks of upper middle range Android handsets.

Read more: Haier L7 review

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BlackBerry KeyOne

The BlackBerry KeyOne has an odd name, odd design and is all round just a bit odd. The full physical keyboard will interest hardcore fans, but there are better Android phones on the market for the general public.

Hands on: BlackBerry KeyOne review

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Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch 2 may fulfill your every need with its impressive suite of sensors and improved battery life, but the design may keep you waiting for what comes next.

Read more: Hands on: Huawei Watch 2 review

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Huawei Watch 2 Classic

The Huawei Watch 2 Classic is a stylish wearable, and a tempting option if you want to get Android Wear 2.0 on your wrist, prefer a more formal look than the Watch 2 and aren’t looking for extensive fitness features.

Hands on: Huawei Watch 2 Classic review

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Sony Xperia Ear

It’s far too early to pass judgement on these new wearables, but while they’re still largely pointless at this stage the direction Sony is taking – making wearable accessories more useful and attractive – is a great thing to see.

Hands on: Sony Xperia Ear open-style review

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Lenovo Tab 4

Lenovo’s new tablet range puts value ahead of tech specs, but its first-class design basically makes up for it. The line-up is missing a stand-out feature, but that’s about as bad as it gets here.

Hands on: Lenovo Tab 4 review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

The Tab S3 has a lot in common with 2015’s slate, with some good spec upgrades. The screen doesn’t look as bright as it could, but the new design and focus on productivity could pay dividends. However, Android still isn’t the best operating system for a tablet, and there’s not a lot Samsung can do to push past that.

Read more: Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review

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Samsung Galaxy Book

The Galaxy Book appears to bring small, but meaningful updates to last year’s Tab Pro S, but we won’t know how it stands up to everyday tasks until the full review.

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Book review

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Porsche Design Book

The Book One is about as alluring as Ultrabooks come, pairing a stunning design with performance that will likely stack up with the leaders, like the Microsoft Surface Book. Keep your eyes on this one.

Hands on: Porsche Design Book One review

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Sony Xperia Touch

A novel concept, but one we can’t see being too alluring in this iteration. However, make it slimmer, more portable and brighter, and there’s a lot to like about having a 23-inch tablet in your pocket at all times… Sony’s onto something here, but the Xperia Touch has a long way to go before this is a must-have product.

Hands on: Sony Xperia Touch review

LG at MWC 2017

LG G6

The LG G6 was the first big phone to be announced at MWC 2017. Modular is out and in its place is a phone that’s pretty much all screen. LG has managed to squeeze a 5.7-inch screen – QHD+ FullVision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio – on to a handset that feels like it’s been built for a 5.3-inch screen. The new design does mean that the battery is sealed within the chassis now. What you get is a bigger battery, though, at 3300mAh. There’s 32GB on-board storage and two 13MP cameras – ones on the front and back.

This is a first in a smartphone and a great move by both LG and Dolby – bringing what’s arguably the best HDR tech on the market to phones. All of this is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip.

LG X Power2

LG also announced the LG X Power2 – a phone that claims to have two days’ worth of battery power – this is because it has been given a 4,500mAh battery pack. Our reviewer felt the phone had an attractive design but it’s limited in storage and doesn’t feature a high resolution screen. There’s a respectable 13MP rear shooter on the X Power2 and a 5MP for selfies.