Rumour: Huawei will launch P20, but not at MWC 2018
Is MWC going to simply be the Samsung S9 show?
As we approach Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, the rumours are starting to come thick and fast down the pipe, and they're all mostly pointing in the same direction. That direction appears to be mobile companies scarpering as far away from Samsung and its launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ as possible.
It's already been mooted that HTC will delay releasing the purported HTC U12 in order to avoid the Samsung hype wave, and likewise, LG is said to be reconsidering plans around the LG G7. Huawei is the latest firm said to be avoiding going head to head with Samsung for its successor to the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus ranges, now tipped by one source to be named the Huawei P20 range.
Leaker Roland Quant has suggested that we'll see three variants in the P20 family, although with fewer overall colour variants than the P10 range was available in.
Huawei P20 family - codenames and colors
Huawei P20 - "Emily" - Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Plus - "Charlotte" - Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Lite - "Anne" - Midnight Black / Klein Blue / Sakura Pink
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 27, 2018
That's not a whole lot of detail to go on, and obviously, Huawei itself hasn't explicitly confirmed or denied any of this in any kind of detail.
At the same time, it's also not announced any specific MWC 2018 launch plans either, with some suggestion that it will instead use the show to launch new tablet or 2-in-1 style notebook devices.
We'll be on the ground in Barcelona at MWC 2018 reporting all the news as it happens, so stay tuned for further updates.