Major new smartphones set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

The first major smartphones of 2016 are set to be announced today as the Mobile World Congress (MWC) begins in Barcelona.

LG is preparing to unveil the G5, its flagship smartphone. The Korean firm has already been mentioning the device on social media, confirming it will come with an “always-on” screen and revealing a smart case for it.

LG will unvail its new flagship smartphone (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Fellow Korean manufacturer Samsung is expected to announce the next generation of its Galaxy S handset – expected to be the S7 – which should follow the all-metal design Samsung introduced in the S6 last year.

The MWC has become a key smartphone event in the technology calendar, with hundreds of accessories shown off for the first time alongside the new devices, as well as future technologies being broadly discussed.

Stands are prepared at the MWC (Manu Fernandez/AP)

This year is expected to see discussion on 5G internet – the next generation of wireless data for phones which will bring faster internet speeds to mobile devices – which could arrive by 2017.

Around 90,000 people are expected at the four-day technology show, which runs until Thursday.

Huawei could unveil a new laptop at the Congress (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Chinese firm Huawei is also due to announce a series of new products, with reports suggesting it could unveil a new laptop and smartwatch as well as a successor to their P8 smartphone.

Taiwanese technology giant HTC’s first virtual reality headset, the HTC Vive, is also due to go on-sale in April and more details could be shared on the launch.


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