MWC 2020 – that’s Mobile World Congress 2020, to give it its full name – runs from February 24-27, and it’s set to be the biggest mobile trade show this year, just as MWC 2019 was the biggest last year.
The show takes place in Barcelona, Spain and we’re expecting to see the introduction of a whole new range of devices from a variety of manufacturers. Originally, we had even expected to see the Samsung Galaxy S11, but now the company has confirmed other plans that we’ll get into further below.
Below you’ll find a list of the things we expect to see at MWC 2020, plus a few things we’d like to see too – but we’ve kept our estimates realistic and only included things we believe may actually show up. Most of this is based on what we’ve seen in previous years.
As more specific news and rumors about the show do start rolling in we’ll include them here, so make sure to check back regularly.
Update: Samsung has unveiled its plans for announcing the new Galaxy S11 series, and it won’t be at Mobile World Congress.
What we expect to see at MWC 2020
These are the smartphones we want to see, expect to see, or have been told we will see, at MWC 2020. They include foldables, premium smartphones, and budget devices too.
Some sections are broken down by manufacturer if it’s currently unclear what we are set to see too.
Something unclear from Samsung
This is the big talking point at the moment, and it looks almost certain we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S11 before MWC 2020.
Samsung always unveils its new Galaxy S range near the beginning of the year and while it sometimes uses MWC as the venue, it won’t be doing that in 2020 for the S11.
Instead, Samsung is hosting its own event in San Francisco a couple of weeks before on Tuesday, February 11 when we’re likely to see new handsets from the company and rumors suggest there will be more than one.
It currently looks likely we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S11, Samsung Galaxy S11 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S11e and even the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 at this show. But Samsung may save a few announcements for MWC 2020, however…
Samsung Galaxy A series
While the Galaxy S11 might land at MWC 2020, what we’re probably more likely to see are one or more new entries in the Galaxy A range, similar to the Samsung Galaxy A50 and Samsung Galaxy A30 that were launched at MWC 2019.
These phones are shown off with a little less pomp than the bigger flagship devices, but they often prove just as popular in the end, with some top-end features sold in mid-range phones.
Which models and what they might be capable of is unknown for now, but some entries in the range have proved impressive, with the Galaxy A80 for example sporting a rotatable rear-to-front camera, and the Galaxy A90 5G packing near flagship specs – including 5G.
All of this said, Samsung has already introduced its Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 to western markets at CES 2020. That may mean Samsung focuses on products like the Galaxy Tab S6 5G or a new wearable at Mobile World Congress.
What it doesn’t always do is use the venue to launch phones in its main flagship range, so it’s far from guaranteed that we’ll see the Huawei P40 there. It’s always possible, and we’d certainly like to see the next edition of the photography-focused line get a new edition teased early in the year.
Unless things change, the Huawei P40 will land without access to Google services, which is sure to hurt it, but the core specs and other hardware are likely to impress. In particular, we’d expect a very good camera with lots of lenses, given Huawei’s past form, but beyond that we’re not yet sure what the P40 will offer.
Sony Xperia 2
Sony often announces flagship phones at MWC, including the Sony Xperia 1 at MWC 2019, so we’re hoping and somewhat expecting to see the Sony Xperia 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) at MWC 2020.
Expect high-end specs and likely a 21:9 display. One of the more recent rumors suggests that the phone will come packing the Snapdragon 865 processor – the first handset to do so. We’re not expecting too many changes in the design department though.
Huawei Mate Xs
Huawei’s foldable phone, the Mate X, launched at MWC 2019, and we’ve heard its successor will be another futuristic device to launch at the event.
This is set to be the Huawei Mate Xs, and it doesn’t change much about the original in terms of form factor, but the internal specs are expected to be upgraded. The original Mate X had similar camera specs to the Mate 20 and the processor of the later P30, and the newer Mate Xs apparently has the P30 Pro‘s camera array and the same processor as the Mate 30.
Basically, the new Mate Xs specs are upgraded to reflect newer technology. We’ve heard this will be the only Huawei foldable phone to launch in the west, with the ‘older’ Mate X only available in China.
Nokia 9.2 PureView
The Nokia 9 PureView was unveiled at MWC 2019 and we’re hoping to see its successor at MWC 2020. There is some question over what the next phone will actually be called though.
We’ve heard rumors of the Nokia 9.2 PureView rather than Nokia 9.1, so it may be the company is skipping a generation with its next device. Rumors include 5G support and some more photography improvements, but it’s also uncertain if it will land at MWC 2020.
The latest story on the Nokia 9.2 PureView suggests the phone has been delayed to ensure it can include the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. That may mean HMD Global will skip MWC and instead introduce the phone at a later date.
LG announced not one but two flagships at MWC 2019, so we’re expecting at least one to drop at MWC 2020, and it could be the LG G9.
We don’t know too much about the LG G9 yet and LG likes to put unusual features in its phones, so this one might have some surprises.
The other LG flagship that we might get as well as or instead of the LG G9 is a new V-series entry, likely to be called the LG V60.
This is another phone that we don’t know much about, but it’s likely to offer 5G, given that the LG V50 ThinQ 5G does, and will probably have an even more premium assortment of specs and features than the LG G9.
We’re hoping the phonemaker introduces new features this time around: the V40 was the first mainstream handset to sport three rear cameras, ushering in the era of the ultrawide lens, but the V50 was a bare upgrade sped along to be one of the first 5G phones.
Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi has recently started making more of a push into western markets and that’s a good thing, as its phones are often brilliant value, even at the top end. The phone maker has already confirmed that it’ll be launching no fewer than 10 handsets fitted with 5G during 2020.
So at MWC 2020 we’re hoping to see the Xiaomi Mi 10, which wouldn’t be out of the question given the company has suggested this’ll happen. The timing would make sense for it to be there and it could end up quietly being one of the most exciting phones on show if the Xiaomi Mi 9 is anything to go by.
That phone wasn’t exactly innovative, but it did include a top-end chipset, good cameras and little in the way of actual weak points, all for around half the price of big-name flagships, so the Xiaomi Mi 10 is likely to pull off a similar trick. With the Mi Note 10, though, it’s clear Xiaomi is making moves at the top end market, so there could be more phones too, or at least premium features in the Mi 10.
We’re expecting the Moto G8 in early 2020 so that might land at MWC 2020, though the Moto G7 was announced just before MWC 2019, so we’re far from certain.
Well, we’re not expecting the Moto G8 Plus, which was released early, but the rest of the series could debut in early 2020.
We hope to see something from Motorola though, whether it’s the Moto G8 Power and Play, a new entry in the varied Motorola One range, or something else entirely. The company is expanding its lineup below the Z-series, and we’re eager to see it try new things now that it’s introducing new phones that aren’t reliant on Moto Mods.
Leaks suggest the Moto G8 might have a pop-up selfie camera, and it’s sure to be a great value affordable handset, making for one of the more exciting non-flagships at the show.
Oppo Find X2
It seems a successor to the Oppo Find X will come in early 2020, according to the company itself, and MWC 2020 would be the prime opportunity for that.
Oppo typically takes MWC as a time to show off some tech for its future phones, with MWC 2019 bringing us its 10x hybrid zoom tech that later made its way to the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.
An actual phone launch would be a change, then, but as Oppo is getting bigger in the west, it’s understandable too. We could also see the Oppo Reno 3 launch in the west at the event, but that would make it four months after the initial China launch, which would be rather late, so we’re not certain.
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