Nokia 9 PureView: Where to buy, when, and for how much

HMD Global recently introduced the Nokia 9 PureView at MWC 2019 and we have details on its price and availability.

The launch of the device was a big moment for the startup that took up Nokia’s legendary mantle just two years ago. The Nokia 9 PureView is a real flagship, albeit one that appears to have been designed for a 2018 release. The big selling point is, of course, the first of its kind camera setup, made up of no fewer than five sensors. But there’s plenty to like about the Nokia 9 PureView, including an attractive price. Here are the details.

Read: Nokia 9 hands-on: Five cameras aim for mobile magic


Nokia 9 PureView release date

Nokia 9 PureView

HMD Global officially revealed the Nokia 9 PureView on February 24, 2019, in Barcelona.

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At the launch event, HMD was coy about revealing an exact date the device could actually be purchased by the public. However, it eventually announced that the phone would hit store shelves in the United States on March 4, 2019.

It is still unknown when the device will launch in other countries. However, it is assured it is coming to Europe at some point.

Nokia 9 PureView price

Nokia 9 PureView back

In the United States, the Nokia 9 PureView will come with an MSRP of $699. It will be available for purchase from physical Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.

As a special promotion, HMD is knocking $100 off the list price of the Nokia 9 for the first week of sales, bringing the price down to $599. If you buy the device from Best Buy and activate it on your wireless carrier, you can save an additional $50, bringing the total down to $549. This promotional pricing ends on March 11, 2019.

In Europe, the Nokia 9 PureView will retail for 599 euros.

Limited production run

Nokia 9 PureView

The Nokia 9 PureView is technically a limited-edition device. HMD said it would manufacture a set number of units and would not continue fabrication once stock runs out. This is a pretty odd stance for what’s essentially HMD’s most-hyped phone to date. We suspect it has something to do with the fact that HMD was stuck with building the phone around the Snapdragon 845, instead of the 2019 gold standard, the Snapdragon 855.


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This week in Android: MWC 2019 wrap up

mwc 2019 logo shot with google pixel 3

MWC 2019 has come to a close, and it was one of the most exciting trade shows in recent memory. We got a ton of new and notable technology, and we gave out our awards accordingly. We put our hands on the Huawei Mate X, Huawei’s first foldable phone. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Mate X folds around the outside of the device. It’s a great design, though we can’t decide which is better. Naturally, Huawei is not impressed with Samsung’s efforts. 

Beyond the Mate X, there was a tidal wave of phones coming out of MWC. We saw the Sony Xperia 1, the Nokia 9 Pureview, the LG G8, the LG V50, as well as a host of other connected devices. It was a 5G fest, and that’s just the news in Barcelona. Outside of Spain, we saw new hardware from Google, new hardware for Google Assistant, and a cool new device from HTC.

Here are your top stories from MWC 2019

2:15 – The best phones of MWC 2019

The awards are in! Here are our choices for favorite tech from MWC 2019 — phones and beyond.


4:10 – This smartphone has an 18,000mAh battery, looks dangerously heavy

You always said you’d take a thicker phone if it got you a bigger battery. Energizer is calling your bluff in a big way.


15:45 – Huawei Mate X first look: 5G flexibility in a foldable form factor

Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Hands On partially folded

The Huawei Mate X brings a lot to the table — a foldable design, 5G, and monster specs — but it’s going to cost a lot as well.


30:45 – Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: Five cameras aim for mobile magic

Nokia’s next PureView camera is here, and this time it has five sensors. We’ve got all the specifications for you and we’ll even tell you where to pick one up.


37:15 – LG G8 ThinQ hands-on: Bland on the outside, blistering on the inside

The LG G8 is LG’s latest flagship is a little boring on the outside, but it’s packing some great internals that will keep you going all day.


LG V50 ThinQ hands-on: A safe bet on 5G

LG V50 ThinQ 5G logo closeup

Meanwhile, LG announced its first 5G phone, the LG V50, and we’ve got all the details you need to know, including the future of LG’s 5G phones.


45:30 – Xiaomi announces Mi Mix 3 5G: Snapdragon 855, 5G connectivity for 599 euros

Meanwhile, Xiaomi announced its first 5G phone with a familiar look and a surprising price tag.


51:15 – Sony Xperia 1, 10, and 10 Plus hands-on: embracing the super tall display

Sony is taking things to the tallest extreme with a large forehead and a 21:9 aspect ratio, just like in the movies!


Here are your some other stories from MWC 2019 and beyond Barcelona

2:30 – Nubia just announced a phone-smartwatch hybrid with a flexible screen and it looks insane

Nubia has a new smartphone/smartwatch hybrid with a flexible screen and a camera module. It’s pretty sci-fi looking, but is it for you?


19:30 – HTC 5G Hub is an ultra-powerful Android smart display and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot

Speaking of hybrids, HTC has a Google Home/tablet/hotspot hybrid device that will power your home network, or the rest of your devices on the go.


32:10 – Motorola RAZR foldable phone is still coming soon

We’re not done with foldable phones yet because Motorola confirmed that its foldable is coming soon.


39:55 – Physical Google Assistant buttons are coming to more phones along with new features

Google Assistant is getting a dedicated button on a lot more phones, and with that some added functionality.


47:40 – The Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite are probably coming soon

And of course, that’s not the only hardware we’ll be seeing sooner rather than later, we hope.


Meanwhile, here is a story we couldn’t cover on either podcast

Samsung Galaxy Fold is just for rich people, and Samsung knows it

Samsung seems to have a pretty good idea who will buy the Galaxy Fold, but we’re still trying to figure out who the Galaxy S10e is for.


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The best phones of MWC 2019

MWC 2019 is already coming to a close, but a huge amount of devices debuted during the show. From foldables to 5G, this year’s event saw a lot of innovation in a space many would say has been stagnant. While many amazing devices were shown off at this year’s event, only a few can reign supreme.

These are the best phones of MWC 2019.

Huawei Mate X

While Samsung jumped the MWC gun by announcing the Galaxy Fold days before the annual Barcelona event, Huawei was quick to bite at its heels with the Mate X. With an enormous 8-inch unfolded display and a still fairly massive 6.3-inch main display in its default state, Huawei’s model shows the potential of unfolding your device to give your content a much bigger display to play on.

Huawei’s model has no notch of any kind, instead opting to mount the cameras on a small grip on the side of the device. This solves multiple problems, making the phone easier to hold unfolded and also letting someone having their photo taken see their image on the other side of the phone.

It may seem strange not to include Samsung’s Galaxy Fold on the list, but we actually got to touch the Mate X at MWC this year. The experience made us stop thinking of this device as just a weird concept and accept that it is actually a unique and interesting product.

The Galaxy Fold may very well be equally interesting. Without actually seeing and touching the device outside of a glass box on a show floor, we’re reserving judgement until we can test it in full.

Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series wasn’t technically unveiled at MWC 2019, but clearly the company wanted reviewers to experience the device in the beautiful and challenging conditions of MWC 2019 Barcelona. Samsung unveiled the device just a day before most of us got on planes headed to the event, so while it didn’t hold a press event at the actual show, we think the devices still deserves a mention.

We’re still working hard on our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, but our initial impressions have been incredibly positive. Samsung has been refining the design of these devices for almost a decade now, and the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus feel like the apex of the company’s ethos.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the base model, this is one of the best devices on the market from a pure power perspective. Add that Samsung has maintained all the bells and whistles like wireless charging (and reverse wireless!), IP68 water and dust resistance and even a headphone jack, and you’ve got a phone that already firmly secures a spot as one of the best phones of 2019.

We don’t won’t to go too in depth on this device since our full review is coming shortly, but it only makes sense for this device to be on our list of the best devices of MWC 2019.

Nokia 9 PureView

The Nokia 9 PureView has been leaked and rumored for quite a long time, but it still surprised us with its innovative penta-camera array and relatively low price. While specs might indicate this device is a top of the line 2018 flagship, the unique features and competitive price make it a lot more interesting.

The phone’s three monochrome cameras mean it can capture an astounding amount of detail — almost three times more than a standard RGB camera sensor. We saw how powerful monochrome sensors can be on the Huawei P20 Pro, but with three sensors it’s anyone’s guess how amazing the camera on this device will be. This device can capture 1200 layers of depth, compared to the standard three to seven captured in most smartphones, which means it could theoretically rival a traditional DSLR or mirrorless camera system.

We’re eagerly waiting to review this device, but our hands-on time indicates it could be a sleeper hit. We’ve always adored devices in the Android One program due to their simplified software, and Nokia has continued to surprise us with delightful experiences since its resurgence with HMD Global.

Sony Xperia 1

While Sony has had a hard time selling mobile devices recently, the company has always tried hard to create phones showcasing the best it has to offer. With a 4K 10-bit HDR display tuned by the Bravia team and a triple-camera system developed alongside the Sony Alpha team, we’re excited to see what Sony can deliver in the Xperia 1.

At our briefing for the device, Sony told us it scrapped the “XZ” naming scheme to indicate it was completely reimagining what its devices should be. Arguably the biggest design change is the phone’s new 21:9 aspect ratio, which Sony thinks is superior for content consumption. While most online content is still 16:9, we have seen a radical shift towards the cinema standard for a lot of content, even some on YouTube.

It’s clear Sony is pushing this idea hard, allowing the device to shoot photos and video in 21:9, as well as record in 24fps, the traditional standard for motion pictures. For someone who wants as many high-end content creation capabilities as they can get, this device looks incredibly exciting.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G logo

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

While Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 was announced about four months ago, the new 5G variant excites us because of the precedent it sets for the cost of 5G devices. Because 5G is still so new, manufacturers are charging much more for phones that support it. Xiaomi is looking to live up to its legacy of low-cost, high end devices with the Mi Mix 3 5G.

The Mi Mix 3 5G costs just 599 euros, and while we recognize that is a lot of money, the original device already cost ~418 euros. The new device also comes packed with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chip, which is reason enough to pick it over the original Mi Mix 3. While the baseline storage has been downgraded to 64GB from 128GB, Xiaomi is clearly trying to find every possible corner to cut to keep this phone as affordable as possible.

We loved the slider mechanism and fullscreen display of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and we’re sure the 5G model will be every bit as exciting. Until 5G networks are actually live, you’ll still get 4G speeds, but this an investment into the future of wireless tech. You’re definitely future-proofing with this device.


A number of other interesting and innovative devices were announced at MWC 2019, but these are our top picks this year. Have a different opinion? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! Let’s get that discourse going!

Physical Google Assistant buttons are coming to more phones along with new features

LG G8 ThinQ V40 ThinQ

Over the last year, LG has introduced a handful of phones that feature dedicated Google Assistant buttons. Google is now working with several smartphone manufacturers to bring the physical Assistant button to more handsets.

At MWC 2019, Google announced that the Assistant button is coming to LG’s and Nokia’s entire lineup of upcoming smartphones. This list of devices includes the LG G8 ThinQ, LG K40LG K50, LG Q60, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 4.2.

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Google has also partnered with Xiaomi, TCL, and Vivo to bring the Assistant key to its phones. We should expect the button to be available on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Mi 9, Vivo V15 Pro, and more.

The search giant states that it expects over 100 million new devices to be released with a physical Assistant button. Maybe this means there’ll be an Assistant button on the Pixel 4 series?

New Google Assistant button features

Google Assistant logo.

When you press the AI button on the LG G7, it launches Google Assistant just as if you long-pressed on the Home button. But going forward, the physical Assistant button will have some new functionality.

First, Google is adding a double tap feature. When you double press the button, the Assistant will launch a new visual interface. Google states that the screen will display curated information that is based on previous Assistant interactions, the time of day, and the user’s current location.

An example of the visual snapshot can be seen below.

Google Assistant Visual Snapshot

Secondly, the Assistant will launch a walkie talkie mode when the button is long pressed. For the entire duration that the button is held down, the Assistant will continue to listen to queries. As Google states, this feature will be most useful when dictating long text messages or emails.

What do you think about dedicated Google Assistant buttons? Do you want your next smartphone to have one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Price, release date, and availability

The newly announced LG V50 ThinQ 5G is basically a souped-up version of last fall’s LG V40, complete with the same design and much of the same hardware. However, the LG V50 adds the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and, more importantly, it will be LG’s first 5G phone.

Don’t miss: LG V50 hands-on | LG’s V-series will be exclusively 5G going forward

What’s the LG V50’s price, when will it be released, and when can you buy it? We’ve rounded up all the LG V50 availability details we could find.

LG V50 price

Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific price tag for the LG V50 at this time. The phone’s predecessor, the LG V40, launched last fall for the price of $899, but that also wasn’t a 5G-compatible phone. The price of the LG V50 could be well north of $1,000, but that’s just speculation for now.

That north-of-$1,000 price point may only be for the unlocked model though, if an unlocked model is even available for purchase. It’s also possible carriers will set their own price points for the LG V50.

LG V50 release date and availability

The LG V50 might be here before the end of June 2019, though we don’t have an exact date. It all depends on when 5G networks actually start rolling out.

The LG V50 will be available first in the U.S. on Sprint, where the phone will use the carrier’s 2.5GHz spectrum. In addition, Verizon has confirmed that it will also sell a version of the LG V50, which will work on its Ultra Wideband network. Verizon will launch its mobile 5G network in as many as 30 U.S. cities later this summer.


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Sample photo shows off what the Nokia 9 PureView’s camera chops might be capable of

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Just a day ahead of the Nokia 9 PureView launch, HMD Global head of social media and digital engagement Edoardo Cassina shared a picture presumably taken with the unannounced phone on Instagram.

According to Cassina, professional photographer Konsta Punkka took the picture in Scotland. Cassina didn’t say which Nokia phone took the image, though we can safely assume it was the Nokia 9 PureView due to the timing of the upload and the amount of detail in the photo. HMD Global chief product officer Juho Sarvikas re-shared the picture on Twitter.

Taking a look at the picture itself, it’s easy to get excited over what the Nokia 9 PureView’s rumored five cameras are capable of. Even though the sun is peeking above the mountains in the background, the sky isn’t completely blown out. More impressive is how much detail the shadows exhibit, which lets you better see the rock formation in the middle.

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Then again, you can argue that the photo’s hyper-realism gives it an unnatural and artificial feeling. Also keep in mind that Punkka supposedly edited the photo on the phone, though to what extent is unclear. Lastly, neither Cassina or Sarvikas shared a link to the original photo — we only have the compressed image on Instagram to work with.

Regardless, the dynamic range in the photo looks very impressive and will at least give shutterbugs a good foundation to work from.

HMD Global will hold its MWC 2019 press event tomorrow, February 24. The company is expected to officially announce the Nokia 9 PureView during the event.

This week in Android: MWC 2019 is coming

Samsung Galaxy S10 ceramic white leak MySmartPrice

MWC 2019 is fast approaching, and we’re expecting it to be a big show. Of course, we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S10 right before the event, and Xiaomi will unveil its Mi 9 on the same day, which we’re positive is not a terrible idea. Except it is. Once we get to MWC, we’ll see LG’s next flagship, complete with a loudspeaker screen. Plus we’ll see OnePlus’ 5G phone prototype.

Back on the home front, we have to wonder why we’re spending $1,000 on phones when we have some great $500 options. Meanwhile, OnePlus is making huge inroads in the United States — as is Google.

Here are your top stories for the week

1:00 – 5 reasons why you absolutely shouldn’t miss Mobile World Congress this year

From 5G to folding phones, OEMs will be bringing it all to MWC 2019. We can’t wait to see what’s coming.


20:35 – Why I hope AT&T loses the 5G E lawsuit

AT&T is full of $%!^.


29:55 – OnePlus 7: Here’s what it needs to take on the best

There are a few ways we think OnePlus could really up its game and stand toe-to-toe with the big boys…


OnePlus is now a top-five high-end smartphone maker in the US

…but maybe it doesn’t have to, because it seems to be doing pretty well where it is.


We’ll get our first look at a OnePlus 5G prototype at MWC 2019

Plus, OnePlus will have a new 5G phone to show off at MWC.


44:15 – Opinion: These are my 7 essential smartphone features

What makes or breaks a smartphone is pretty personal, so C. Scott Brown is laying out his must-haves. Vote for yours!


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

OnePlus 6T vs Honor View 20: Pushing back against the $1,000 smartphone

When you have two tough competitors at this price point, you have to wonder what all the four-digit price tags are for.


Google Pixel is fastest-growing US smartphone brand, but context is key

The Google Pixel 3 is a great phone and this sounds like great news, but how great is another question.


LG G8 ThinQ to pack OLED screen that can be used as an amplifier

It used to be a rumor, but now LG has confirmed that the LG G8’s screen will work as a loudspeaker. It might also have a bottom-firing speaker, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Google is getting more serious about making its own chips

Google has picked up over a dozen new microchip engineers of late. Are gChips Google’s new processors?


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Here’s our first look at the LG V50: 5G, triple camera, and a 4,000mAh battery

We’ve known for a while that LG would reveal a 5G phone in early 2019, just like every other OEM apparently. What we didn’t know, or even suspect until late January was the name of the device: LG V50.

Confirming a previous report from Korean media, Evan Blass just published a press render allegedly showing the Sprint version of the LG V50 ThinQ. It looks very legit, and there’s a few things worth talking about here. Let’s break it down.

  • The LG V50 looks broadly similar to the V40 before it. There’s a notch, tiny bezels, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a horizontal triple-camera setup. Considering the V40 is only a few months old, it’s possible that LG reused the platform for a new device.
  • Unlike crosstown rival Samsung and a slew of other competitors, LG is sticking to a rear-mounted fingerprint reader here. We can’t say we mind it, as in-display readers are still a little slower and less reliable than conventional designs.
  • One notable change: the cameras are no longer raised, which can mean two things: LG found a way to shrink cameras so they fit in a body of roughly 7.5mm; or, the V50 is slightly thicker than the V40, potentially to house a larger battery. The latter option is more likely.
  • LG has told us last month that its first 5G phone will be coming at MWC with a 4,000mAh battery and an advanced cooling system. The company did not confirm this phone was the V50, but we can put two and two together.
  • In fact, the leaked render all but confirms the LG V50’s MWC launch – the date shown in the image is Sunday, February 24. That’s when LG will hold its press conference in Barcelona.
  • The Sprint 5G branding is extremely in-your-face. As carriers are wont to do, Sprint emphasized its service with that heavy wallpaper and a custom 5G logo in Sprint yellow on the back. If the 4G rollout is any clue, that logo will feature prominently on retail units and throughout Sprint’s marketing, so you better get used to it. A 5G indicator is visible in the status bar. At least it’s the real thing, not the fake and misleading “5G E” logo Sprint is suing AT&T over. (Read more about Sprint’s 5G plans here.)
  • Speaking of branding, the much-derided ThinQ brand is still there. Why?

Overall, the LG V50 looks very conventional. Its main reason of existence is probably to serve as a showcase for 5G, and it may very well be a great showcase at that. But we can’t help feeling the V50 will have trouble competing against flashier competitors launching around the same time. It will probably have a high price tag too, owing to the complexities of 5G. Let’s hope the LG G8 ThinQ saves the day.

Read next: LG in 2019: No more excuses

Thoughts on this render?

MWC 2019: Here’s what we expect to see

What is MWC? Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest and most exciting events in the mobile industry every year. It’s where a lot of big players like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Huawei usually show off their latest and greatest phones, tablets, smartwatches, and other tech products.

When is MWC? MWC formally kicks off Monday, Feb. 25, and ends on Thursday, Feb. 28. However, a lot of products will be announced at press events a day or two before the show officially starts.

Where is MWC? As with every year, MWC will take place in Barcelona, Spain, at two venues — Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc.

Most companies are keeping details under wraps for now, so we’re not entirely sure which products they’ll announce at MWC 2019. However, we can make some educated guesses based on the latest rumors and the products that made their debut at last year’s show. Here’s a roundup of what we expect to see at MWC 2019 from companies like Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, and many others.

Samsung at MWC 2019

Samsung Logo MWC 2019

Unlike last year, Samsung won’t reveal its latest Galaxy S phones at MWC. The devices will debut on Feb. 20 in San Francisco, five days before MWC, but the company could show off its long-awaited foldable phone at the event — rumored to be called the Galaxy F (learn more about it here).

There’s also a chance Samsung could announce the Galaxy Sport smartwatch at the show, the successor to the Samsung Gear Sport. Unofficial renders of the watch have leaked a few weeks ago, revealing that it may come with Bixby on board, run Tizen, and sport 4GB of storage. Other specs and features remain a mystery for now.

Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch OnLeaks

In addition to the foldable phone and Galaxy Sport smartwatch, Samsung could use MWC to introduce a few 2019 Galaxy A smartphones. They weren’t revealed in December or early January like last year and the year before, so we could see them in Barcelona.

Some — or all — of these devices could also debut alongside the Galaxy S10 series in San Francisco. However, we think Samsung is saving something for MWC, as it usually announces a device or two at the show in Barcelona.


Huawei at MWC 2019

Huawei logo MWC

Huawei’s MWC press event is scheduled for Feb. 24, a day before the show officially kicks off. According to the latest rumors, the company could take the wraps off the P30 series in Barcelona. The latest leak suggests one of the phones will come with a triple-camera setup on the back, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a headphone jack, which was missing on the P20 series (learn more here). However, it’s possible the company will announce its new flagship phones at a separate event sometime after MWC, just like last year with the P20.

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Huawei’s Richard Yu announced on Jan. 24 that the company would unveil a 5G foldable phone at the trade show. Details about the device are scarce at the moment, but we have heard it may sport an 8-inch display and pack the latest Kirin 980 chipset under the hood.

Huawei even teased the foldable phone in an event invite sent out to the press. The invite reads, “Connecting the future.” That tells us the foldable phone will likely feature 5G connectivity.

The company also said it plans to launch 5G smartphones powered by its new Balong 5000 5G modem and could also reveal a new tablet at MWC 2019. It announced the MediaPad M5 at MWC 2018, so we could see its successor at this year’s show.


LG at MWC 2019

LG MWC 2019

According to various reports (including our exclusive report), LG will announce the G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019. Alleged renders of the device recently leaked showing it may look very similar to its predecessor. However, LG said the renders are “not real,” so we have no idea of how the phone will look. As far as specs go, we hope to see a triple-camera setup like on the V40 ThinQ, a headphone jack, and the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, among other things.

Rumors have it LG will announce a phone with an optional second display at MWC 2019.

LG is also rumored to announce a phone with an optional second screen. There’s no word on whether LG will market this as a variant of the G8 or as a completely new series. It’s said the additional screen will arrive as part of a case for the phone, and will presumably make use of the USB-C port or perhaps a proprietary connector.

LG is also reportedly working on a 5G-enabled V-series smartphone. This would be the first time new entries in LG’s V and G series launch simultaneously. Confirmed specs include a 6-inch display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 4,000mAh battery, and a vapor chamber cooling system.

Like Samsung, Huawei, and many other manufacturers, LG is also working on a foldable phone. Details about it are scarce at the moment, so we don’t believe it will be officially announced at MWC 2019. However, LG could show off an early prototype or perhaps just share some info about the upcoming device.

Finally, LG confirmed on Jan. 24 it will launch a 5G smartphone at MWC, complete with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 4,000mAh battery, and a vapor chamber cooling system. You can read more about that device here.


Sony at MWC 2019

Sony sign

Unlike most other phone makers, Sony updates its flagship every six months or so. The company announced the Xperia XZ2 at MWC 2018 in February and the Xperia XZ3 and IFA in August. At MWC 2019, Sony is expected to take the wraps off the Xperia XZ4, which is rumored to come with the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, a triple-camera setup, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner — learn more about it here.

Don’t miss: Here are the best Sony Xperia phones

There’s also a chance we’ll see the Xperia XZ4 Compact make its debut at the show. We came across leaked renders of the device in December, suggesting the phone will launch soon. However, a Sony executive recently hinted the company might be killing off the Compact series, meaning the XZ4 Compact won’t be released at all.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, so things can still go either way. If Sony decides to keep the Compact series alive, the Xperia XZ4 Compact will most likely make its debut at MWC 2019.


OnePlus at MWC 2019

The OnePlus logo.

OnePlus has confirmed it’s working on a 5G phone and that it will launch “before the end of May,” though we’re not expecting an MWC launch. It will initially be available in the U.K., exclusively via the wireless carrier EE.

The OnePlus 5G phone could retail for as much as $850.

The handset will likely look like the OnePlus 6T, sport the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and cost around $200 to $300 more. This means it could retail for as much as $850, making it the most expensive device OnePlus has ever produced. However, company co-founder Pete Lau, said the device will actually be priced without profit in mind. So the reason for the price hike will be the high cost of 5G components.

Lau also said the 5G phone probably won’t sell in large numbers, as the technology is still in its early phase. However, he thinks that may change in 2020.


Oppo at MWC 2019

Oppo promised to demo its 10x hybrid optical zoom technology at MWC 2019. The company’s press event is scheduled for Feb. 23, which is two days before the show kicks off. The new camera tech uses a triple-camera setup and is quite an improvement over the 5x hybrid optical zoom Oppo announced at MWC 2017.

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The company might also show off its new in-display fingerprint scanner, which already debuted in China last week. The sensor is said to be 15 times larger than current solutions available and can read two fingerprints at the same time for improved security.

Additionally, we might see a foldable phone from Oppo at the show. A company executive has confirmed Oppo is working on such a device and hinted it may be announced in Barcelona, but nothing has been confirmed yet.


HMD/Nokia at MWC 2019

Nokia MWC logo

Rumors suggest we’ll see the highly anticipated Nokia 9 PureView at MWC 2019. What makes the phone so interesting is it could come with five rear cameras. It’s also expected to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and a 6-inch display. The Nokia 9 PureView will likely be part of the Android One family, which means it will offer a clean, bloat-free software experience.

We could see the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 6.2 at MWC 2019.

There’s also a chance we’ll see the Nokia 6.2 at the show in Barcelona. We’ve come across several rumors about the device, which suggest it will be a mid-range phone featuring a 6.2-inch punch-hole display, the Snapdragon 632 chipset, and up to 6GB of RAM.

Nokia could announce a few more mid-range and entry-level devices at the show, but there’s no word on which ones. We’ll find out soon enough, as MWC 2019 is just around the corner.


Xiaomi at MWC 2019

The Xiaomi logo at MWC

Xiaomi’s MWC event will take place on Feb. 24, and the company is rumored to announce a 5G variant of its Mi Mix 3 slider phone. The handset is said to pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem under the hood, which is capable of download speeds up to 2Gbps.

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The company could use the event to reveal a few more devices, although there’s no word on which ones. We likely won’t see the Mi 9, as we haven’t heard a lot of rumors about it so far. Besides, its predecessor was launched in May last year, three months after MWC 2018.

More likely, Xiaomi will share more info about the new in-display fingerprint scanner it showed off via a video last week — check it out below. Its active authentication area is 25mm x 50.2mm, quite a bit larger than current in-display fingerprint scanners on the market.

The company could also have its foldable phone prototype at the trade show. It’s just a prototype for now, so there’s no telling if it’s ready to display at a trade show as big as MWC.

Many other companies will be at MWC 2019, including HTC, Vivo, and Asus. We don’t know which products — if any — they’ll announce at the show. We’ll make sure to update this post as soon as new rumors hit to keep you up to speed with all the latest.

Meanwhile, let us know which MWC 2019 products are you most excited about in the comments below.