After a dull start to the year, flagship smartphones are all set to be launched. Be it Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG or Nokia, electronic giants seem to find the month of February fit to launch their best of the year. And they should, since it sets the perfect mood for the Mobile World Congress, where manufacturers all around the world showcase their best offerings.
This year, Samsung and Xiaomi have chosen not to launch their smartphones at the venue -- instead, Samsung will launch its flagship Galaxy S10 at the Unpacked event at San Francisco while Xiaomi will launch the Mi 9 at an event in Beijing. The two smartphone launches will be separated hours apart, with Xiaomi likely being the one to launch its smartphone first.
The Mi 9 is expected to boast flagship specifications including Qualcomm's newest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855, which we have seen on the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. This will be paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
We can also expect the Mi 9 to sport Sony's IMX576 sensor with a resolution of 48MP. This might be accompanied by two more sensors—a 12MP secondary and a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor which promises better depth, low light and AR performance.
Xiaomi will also launch the Mi 9 Explorer Edition with a see-through back panel.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 might feature top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 processor, 10GB of RAM and a terabyte of storage capacity. It might even have a 5G antenna.
Samsung might also launch four Galaxy S10 variants—the "regular" S10, S10 Plus, S10e (or S10 Lite) and S10 Special Edition. The Special Edition was spotted on Samsung Philippines pre-order page. The pre-order page says the Galaxy S10 would be made available in the Philippines on March 15.
LG will debut a smartphone on the first day of MWC, on February 24. LG hasn't mentioned the name of the smartphone, but it will most likely be the LG G8.
LG did mention about a 5G phone launch at the event—one of which will have a 4,000mAh battery and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.
According to some reports, this smartphone might not even be called the G8. Instead it might be named the V50 ThinQ.
Nevertheless, LG has confirmed the presence of a ToF camera on this smartphone. The ToF camera will be designed by Infineon and will offer better low light performance, facial recognition times and augmented reality experience.
The Nokia 9 Pureview might be unveiled at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The Nokia 9 Pureview is expected to sport five rear cameras, which might make it world's first penta-lens smartphone.
The smartphone is expected to run an outdated chipset, however -- the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which will be paired with up to 8GB of RAM. The front of the smartphone might boast a 5.99-inch Pureview display. It might also be priced similarly to the Nokia 8 Sirocco.
Huawei might take the covers off the Huawei P30 at the MWC 2019.
Just like the others, specifications of the P30 are not out yet. However, Huawei’s CEO did say that it will be better than the P20 or the Huawei Mate 20.
It's expected to have four rear cameras with Leica lenses with one of the sensors having a resolution of 38MP.
It will most likely use the same Kirin 980 chipset found in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20, but it might as well tweak it for 5G.
We can also the expect the P30 to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner like the Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei might also give Samsung a tough time by launching a 5G foldable phone at the tech expo.