The 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona hosted 1 700 exhibitors and created opportunities for industry players to make deals. (Josep Lago, AFP)
Johannesburg - The world’s biggest mobile conference is set to take place from Monday with top manufacturers around the world gearing up to launch the newest phones of the year.
Mobile World Congress 2017 takes place in Barcelona, Spain annually and sees a culmination of the tech heavyweights announcing their line-up of devices to be launched throughout the year.
Traditionally, the Sunday prior to the start of the event sees major manufacturers Chinese giant Huawei and South Korean multinational LG both distribute invitations to tease their launches.
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Huawei has since teased what is believed to be the launch of its flagship successor device – the Huawei P10.
The Huawei P9 launched last year was seen as a strong competitor to the iPhone and Samsung’s S7 devices.
However, this year the South Korean giant is expected not to present the launch of the S8 at MWC. This is while the phone maker is still in a recovery period from the Note 7’s explosion reports.
At the last MWC, Samsung announced the S7 devices at a large event with guest speaker and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
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However, the launch of the S8 seems to have been marred by delays after probes into the Note 7’s battery fault.
Meanwhile, LG previously leaked images of their next flagship device – the LG G6 – which is expected to be released at an event during MWC. The first images of the device emerged on US technology website The Verge and showed an almost bezel-less display.
Chinese manufacturer Alcatel has also sent an event invitation for the launch of a device, expected to take place at the manufacturer's stand.
Featuring in the race a day later, Hisense are expected to make an announcement around their latest device with an event to be held on Monday at 18:30.
MWC is set to take place from February 27 to March 2.
Kyle Venktess will be covering MWC 2017 in Barcelona for Fin24 on invitation from Huawei.
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