The Mobile World Congress (MWC) is one of the biggest events in the tech industry, where tech enthusiasts, innovators, and industry leaders gather to showcase their latest innovations and advancements in the mobile world. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MWC 2023 is expected to be bigger and better than ever. So what can we expect from MWC 2023?
MWC 2023 is taking place between February 27 and March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. Major smartphone brands, including Oppo, OnePlus, Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, and Samsung, have confirmed their participation, but Apple never attends such events. MWC was previously an event for Samsung and other major brands to reveal their latest flagship devices, however, this year, many manufacturers have opted to launch their new products separately. For instance, Oppo Find N2 had its global launch on February 15th, while Samsung announced the Galaxy S23 earlier in the same month, and they’ll simply showcase these new devices at the MWC. Some brands will announce global launches of phones that have already been unveiled in their home market. For instance, Xiaomi’s 13 Series, Honor’s Magic VS foldable phone, and Realme’s GT3.
Nevertheless, we can expect at least four Android phone makers to participate and announce new launches at the show, and in this article, we’ll detail everything we know so far.
Xiaomi: the brand’s first smartphone with a dynamic island
On February 26th, Xiaomi unveiled a flagship Xiaomi 13 with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, a 1-inch type camera, and a premium build. Based on previous releases, the device won’t be available in the US but will be available in the UK, Europe, and other parts of Asia. Additionally, the brand is expected to reveal the Xiaomi Civi2, rebranded as the Xiaomi 13 Lite, which features a dynamic island similar to the iPhone 14 Pro and is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip. Leaks suggest that the Xiaomi 13 could be priced at around 999 Euros, while the Xiaomi 13 Lite will be half that cost, around 500 Euros.
Realme: the world’s fastest-charging phone
Realme is set to make a big announcement in the smartphone charging world by unveiling the Realme GT3, the world’s fastest-charging phone with a 240W fast-charging capability. The new smartphone is expected to be a variant of the GT Neo 5, which launched earlier this month, and can fully charge its 4,600mAh battery in just 9 minutes and 37 seconds. This phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which means it could be more affordable compared to other flagship phones of 2023 that have similar features. Realme is scheduled to reveal the GT3 on February 28, with the event being live-streamed on several social media platforms.
OnePlus: OnePlus 11 concept phone
OnePlus has teased its OnePlus 11 concept phone in the lead-up to MWC 2023, and the device will be fully revealed during the event. The teaser images feature the “Active CryoFlux” cooling system with glowing blue pipelines on its back to represent the cooling liquid. The system is designed to keep the phone cooler during gaming and charging, resulting in better performance and faster charging speeds without the need for a spinning fan. OnePlus has previously showcased similar concept devices, but it’s still being determined if the Active CryoFlux cooling system will make it to a consumer device.
Honor: new flagship Honor Magic 5 series
Finally, the Honor Magic series has the potential to steal the spotlight at this year’s MWC Barcelona. Honor is preparing to launch its Magic Vs foldable smartphone worldwide, offering competition to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 with a larger battery, extended battery life, and 66W fast charging. Alongside this, the company will also launch the Honor Magic 5 Pro, a flagship phone that will compete with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. On paper, both phones appear to be top-notch, and it may be worth tuning into the live launch event.