This year's Huawei flagship announcement at Mobile World Congress in February came a couple months ahead of the usual launch window. The Huawei P10, Huawei P10 Plus, which broke cover in Barcelona a week ago, landed well in advance of the April announcement events Huawei has hosted for the Huawei P9, P8, and previous models.

Huawei P10

So expect the Huawei P11 to "probably" become official at Mobile World Congress 2018. Or rather, if it once again goes the pre-MWC route, on the Sunday before MWC 2018 starts. The information comes from Bruce Lee, Huawei's Vice President of Handsets Product Line, so it's worth remembering.

Although Huawei's standalone launch events — usually in London — have been well-attended in previous years, MWC allows the company to ride an even bigger wave of publicity, exposing its new products to journalists and others who may not have attended a separate press conference in another part of the world.

An earlier announcement, if it's followed up by an earlier retail launch, would allow Huawei to get future flagships on store shelves around the same time — or perhaps even earlier — than its major Android rival in Europe, Samsung. And while there's no guarantee that Huawei will hit this February target with future launches such as a P11 or P12, the timely arrival of the Huawei Mate 10 is a good sign.