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Phones to expect at MWC and beyond: Huawei Mate XS, Honor View 30 Pro, OnePlus 8, and more

After the holiday season break, it’s time to jump right in again and look for another year of smartphone releases. We will see the Samsung Galaxy S20, in various configurations, announced next week at the Feb. 11 Unpacked event, and it is sure to earn a place on the 10 best smartphones list. MWC takes place the last week of February, and it looks like a few other new phones may be shown off then.

Most phones are now on a fairly regular release schedule. For example, the Samsung S series in February and the Note at the end of the summer while Apple launches phones in the fall. There are several likely new phones coming in the next month, and the rumors indicate we should keep our eyes out for the following.

OnePlus Concept and 8

More showing of the Concept Phone


OnePlus Concept One (Image: OnePlus)

OnePlus showed off the unique Concept One at CES in January and is likely to continue promoting this phone with the electrochromic glass at MWC. We may hear more details about the hardware and if it will actually be released.

The rumors are swirling that the OnePlus 8 is coming soon, but it is not clear if MWC will be the venue given that updated 7T Pro models were released just a couple of months ago.

LG G9 and V60

One or two new LG phones


LG G9 ThinQ (Image: @OnLeaks via CashKaro)

Also: LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen review: For $700, better productivity than the Galaxy Fold

It is easy to figure out the name of LG’s next phones as it has a record of picking up the next number in its G and V series smartphones. We’ve seen rumors of the LG G9 ThinQ, and given that the LG G8 ThinQ launched just before MWC last year, then it’s a likely candidate for 2020, too.

Like the LG G8X ThinQ, it is possible we could also see a second display case option on this new G series device.

The next in the V series, focused on video creators, is also possible as the LG V60 ThinQ.

Motorola Edge

New flagship possibly coming soon


Moto G8 Stylus (Image: @Evleaks)

The new folding Motorola Razr is launching shortly, but it also looks like we may see a flagship from Motorola at MWC. Rumors call this new phone the Edge or Edge+, with the press conference being held on 23 February. This could be the end of Moto Mods. 

There are also rumors of a Motorola phone with a stylus, possibly called Motorola G8 Stylus. It would rival the Samsung Galaxy Note series, so look for lots of news from Motorola in February.

Sony Xperia 2

Maybe a mid-ranger too


Sony Xperia 5 Plus (Image: Onleaks/Slashleaks)

Sony is known for announcing new phones at MWC and is holding a press conference on Feb. 24. Rumors indicate we could see the Sony Xperia 2. It’s also been called the Xperia 5 Plus. This Sony Xperia 1 successor is likely to include improved internal specifications.

Improvements could include the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with a 5G modem, 4K display, 12GB of RAM, and improved camera technology.


Sunday presser and range of phones


Nokia 9 PureView (Image: CNET)

Nokia is rumored to announce an affordable 5G phone at MWC, as well as updates to its existing line of phone. We may see updates to Android One devices and maybe even another classic Nokia phone relaunch.

We saw Nokia announce five phones at MWC 2019, so hold onto your hat as we get ready for another round of releases in a couple of weeks.

Huawei and Honor phones

P40 is possible


Huawei P40 and P40 Pro (Image: @Evleaks)

Honor confirmed an event at MWC, so it is definitely showing off something on Feb. 24. Rumors indicate we could see the View 30 Pro and 9X Pro.

While Huawei is no longer sold in the US, it continues to best Apple in worldwide smartphone share and continues to release new phones. We may see Huawei show off more of its own operating system, Harmony OS, as it breaks away from Google, but we may also see the P40 shown off at the event.

The folding display Mate X successor, the Mate XS, is also rumored to make an appearance as Samsung and Motorola release their new folding display smartphones.

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