5 phones we're expecting to see at MWC 2018

MANILA, Philippines - With the biggest smartphone conference of the year just a few days away, we list some of upcoming releases we expect to get our first glimpses of in the show.

Samsung Galaxy S9 series

GALAXY S9. The Plus version is said to have dual cameras. Alleged S9 photos from Evan Blass/@evleaks/Twitter

GALAXY S9. The Plus version is said to have dual cameras.

Alleged S9 photos from Evan Blass/@evleaks/Twitter

The Korean tech giant is set to officially unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+ a day ahead of the conference in their Unpacked event set for February 25 (12:00 am of February 26, Manila time). (READ: The Samsung Galaxy S9: Expected specs and features)

ASUS ZenFone 5

ZENFONE 5. The alleged Zenfone 5 shows up on Twitter. Photo from Bernardo Silva/@bgsilva/Twitter

ZENFONE 5. The alleged Zenfone 5 shows up on Twitter.

Photo from Bernardo Silva/@bgsilva/Twitter

Leaked images of the the next flagship from ASUS, the ZenFone 5 sees it flaunting a near bezel-less design with an 18:9 aspect ratio and an iPhone X-like notch. ASUS earlier in the month tweeted a promotional image that teased a February 27 Mobile World Congress (MWC) unveiling which could likely be the ZenFone 5, along with its budget and battery-heavy counterparts.

Nokia 9

Though still mostly rumors, India Today reports that we should be expecting half a dozen Nokia phones, highlighted by the flagship Nokia 9 to be announced by HMD Global at MWC this year. The Nokia 9 allegedly houses a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 128GB of onboard storage, a 3250mAh battery, a rear fingerprint sensor, dual camera setup, and an 18:9 edge-to-edge display. 

Sony Xperia XZ2 

CURVED BACK. The new XZ2 Compact, above, is said to have a curved back. For comparison, the Z5 compact, bottom, is more angular. Photo from XperiaBlog.net

CURVED BACK. The new XZ2 Compact, above, is said to have a curved back. For comparison, the Z5 compact, bottom, is more angular. Photo from XperiaBlog.

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Sony, earlier in the week, released a 23-second video of its February 26 MWC announcement that seems to closely tie in with the alleged new design of its Xperia XZ2 line. A leaked image of what is believed to be a prototype of the XZ2 Compact appears to confirm this. According to the Xperia Blog, both phones will use HDR displays with 18:9 aspect ratios.

Xiaomi Mi 7

PhoneArena reveals that Chinese company, Xiaomi will be making its first large expo presence at MWC this year, hinting at a Mi 7 announcement. The next Xiaomi flagship, the Mi 7 could have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, an all-screen design, AMOLED display, 3D face recognition, and even wireless charging.

Stay tuned here as we round up more rumored phones, and leaks ahead of MWC 2018! Rappler.com