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Huawei is hosting a media event in Barcelona on 21 February, where a new phone is expected to be announcedReuters

Huawei is holding a press conference in Barcelona on 21 February, where it is expected to announce a new smartphone. The event takes place at 2pm local time (1pm GMT), exactly the same time as LG's press conference in the same city.

The Chinese company is expected to announce a new flagship Android smartphone called the P9, which will replace the year-old P8. Huawei usually hosts its own media event for major phone launches - the P8 debuted in London and the P7 in Paris - but this year it will join LG, Samsung and others in Barcelona.

Although technically not part of the event, these three launches are all taking place on the eve of Mobile World Congress, which starts in the same city on 22 February and is the annual trade show where technology companies reveal their latest phones, tablets, wearables and other mobile gadgets.

Leaks just days before the event suggest the P9 will have a duo rear camera and a fingerprint reader on the back of the handset. The phone will be sold in at least four colours - silver, gold, white and metallic pink - and it will have a 5.2in Full HD screen.

As well as the new phone, Huawei is expected to announce a new product called the Matebook, a tablet/laptop hybrid understood to run both Android and Windows 10 to offer the best of both worlds. The product is expected to rival the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad Pro but will likely be cheaper than both.

Huawei will be live streaming video from its event on YouTube but you should also keep your eyes on IBTimes UK. We are in Barcelona and will be reporting from all of the major events, along with producing our hands-on first impressions of whatever is announced.

Later on 21 February, Samsung will host its Unpacked event where it will announce the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones.