It is the time of the year when gadget enthusiasts all across the globe have their eyes set on the upcoming annual Mobile World Congress event set to kick off on Monday in Barcelona. The city bedazzles with sheen of new products set to be unveiled soon, while the worldwide mobile players release teasers and advertise for their innovations and flagship products to raise the anticipation of tech bees at the MWC. From biggies to relatively newbies in the line, all have their share of products ready to be showcased. While some brands chose to unveil their products already and some found their way out to public via leaks, the rest maintain the curiosity levels by keeping their products under covers. Nevertheless, we kept our ears on the ground to check on all of the devices which are creating a buzz all around and bring to you a list of these power packed devices expected to see the morning sun at Barcelona. Read on to know more:
Nokia set to open new Windows:
In its struggle to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple, Nokia is banking on Lumia and Asha phones to save it from drowning completely. We are expecting the Finnish player to launch as many as five new Lumia devices at MWC, and two devices riding high on the speculations are Lumia 520 codenamed Frame and Lumia 720 codenamed Zeal. Both of these will feature Windows Phone 8 OS, run on 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play CPU, carry 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage with expandable memory using microSD card. The Lumia 720 will sport a 4.3-inch Clear Black Display, HSPA+ connectivity and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera apart from a 6-megapixel rear camera, while Lumia 520 will be smaller one with a 4-inch super sensitive display as that seen in Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and will feature only a 5-megapixel rear camera without any front-facing camera. The rest of the specs would be similar to the Lumia 720.
There also are rumors buzzing all around about the successor of Nokia 920 which was showcased at the year’s MWC, with rumors of Nokia bringing its PureView technology to Lumia, and if all falls into place, we might see its PureView-based Lumia 1000 codenamed EOS at MWC. Though considering that 920 reached most of the global markets recently, we find it too early for Nokia to reveal a successor.
Apart from this, it is quite evident that Nokia is working on a tablet. And even though the Finnish player has been keeping a mum about its tablet, it recently teased us all by accidently (or intentionally!) showing off a glimpse of what could be Nokia’s Windows RT based tablet in the making.
Samsung takes Note:
Sammy has been keeping the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet under wraps, but if the tech pundits are to be believed Samsung has been working on this tablet for long now, and is expected to showcase it at the MWC. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to feature Android v4.2 Jelly Bean, an 8-inch display with 1280×800 pixels resolution and a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. As far as the pricing goes, be ready to shell out more for this product because if rumors are to be believed, Samsung is in full swing to not only topple Apple in terms of market shares, but also trying to keep prices for its Note 8.0 higher than that of Apple’s iPad mini.
On its Galaxy S IV, just like Samsung gave its flagship Galaxy S III a miss in the MWC last year, we don’t really expect it to launch the successor of the well popular ‘designed for human’ device at this year’s MWC as well. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S IV in New York on March 14.
HTC has more than One:
HTC has already made a start with the launch of HTC One a week before MWC. We feel that the brand’s announcement of its flagship device One pre-MWC could be done so as to ensure enough limelight for its much rumored HTC M4, expected to show up at the MWC. The device is likely to feature a 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, besides a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, HTC Sense 5, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, 1700mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera and 1.6-megapixel front camera, and LTE capability in select markets. This would be the mid-end smartphone in HTC’s 2013 One series, something similar to what the One S was to the One X last year.
Besides the M4, G2 is another device in the list to get unveiled by HTC. The G2 may feature a 3.5-inch HVGA display, Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage with external memory support, a 5.0-megapixel rear camera and a 1400mAh battery.
Asus shows off metal power:
As all the brands put their share of efforts in catching enough attention of the mobile enthusiasts, Asus has also put forth a step by showing off its metallic power through its teaser on its new devices to be showcase at the MWC. As even its teaser made it obvious, we are sure on Asus to reveal its next generation of Padfone apart from other devices.
Beside the much anticipated next version of Padfone, other highlights include MeMo Pad 10, which recently got leaked on YouTube. The 10.1-inch tablet is believed to Asus budget-friendly warrior to compete with the likes of its counterparts by other brands. It will features an HD IPS display with 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, and under the hood will be Android v4.1, along with 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a Micro-HDMI port, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and microSD slot. It is also expected to come painted in a number of interesting colors like pink, white and dark gray.
Asus is also teasing a device running on Intel’s chipset, though it is not clear at the moment if it is the Padfone 3 or a new device altogether. Anyway, we are expecting this device to be running on Intel’s latest Atom Z2580 SoC, which it unveiled at CES last month.
LG on launching spree:
While all others keep their products undercover, LG either seems not being able to hold the excitement or believes in going the other way round by announcing their devices pre-MWC. The brand has recently announced its LTE enabled flagship Optimus G Pro supporting a huge 5.5-inch 1080p full HD IPS display, a powerful 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor, Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, a 3,140mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear snapper and a 2.1-megapixel front camera.
It will also feature advanced UX features like dual-recording allowing users to shoot video from both the cameras simultaneously and Virtual Reality Panorama to capture panorama shots at 360 degree, QSlide, Live Zooming and QuickMemo.
Apart from this, LG has added Optimus F5 and F7 with 4G LTE capability in its list of products for MWC. Both the phones will feature Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and will have features like QSlide, Live Zooming, QuickMemo, QTranslator and Video Wiz among others.
The Optimus F7 will feature a 4.7-inch True HD IPS (312ppi) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with a microSD slot for up to 32GB card, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, and a 2,540mAH battery.
The Optimus F5 will carry a 4.3-inch IPS (256ppi) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with a microSD slot for cards up to 32GB, and a 2,150mAH battery.
Huawei’s high hopes:
Huawei has made it big in the CES with its impressive devices like Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate, and is expected to follow on this trend by bring more of such powerful devices on table. Though not official, there already is a lot known about its upcoming Huawei Ascend P2 and P2 mini devices speculated to be showcased during MWC.
As per the images leaked so far, the Ascend P2 is believed to carry a 4.5-inch IPS full-HD display, a 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flashlight, a 3,000mAH battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Huawei’s own 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. It may also come with water and dust resistance with IP54 certification.
Ascend P2 Mini on the other side will come with 4-inch 720p display, Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean, 8.0-megapixel camera, 1GB RAM and a dual-core processor.
Sony expands Xperia series:
After creating much hype in the market with its Xperia Z, Sony is most likely to showcase Xperia SP at MWC. The smartphone will measure 130.6×67.1×9.98mm in dimensions and weigh in at 155gms. It will sport a 4.6-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chipset and an Adreno 320 GPU, an 8-megapixel camera with an Exmor RS sensor and an 8GB internal storage with a microSD slot.
It is also likely to launch the Xperia L which will boast of a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is expected to feature either a 3.5 or 4.0-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.
ZTE goes Tegra
While Asus might be cosying up with Intel, ZTE is set to launch a number of products, at least one of which will be based on the Nvidia’s new Tegra 4 processor. Tegra 4, which was unveiled at CES in January, features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce GPU cores and a quad-core Cortex A15 CPU, along with Nvidia’s Icera i500 LTE chipset to make them 4G LTE capable.
Apart from this, ZTE will showcase the Grand Memo and the Grand Mozilla. While Grand Memo will be another Android based smartphone, it is the Grand Mozilla to catch on attention for running on Firefox OS.
The Grand Memo will feature Android 4.1.2, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5.7-inch 720p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera.