It is that time of the year again when the entire telecom industry swarms in to Barcelona for the biggest mobile tech show of the year. Yes, it is time for this year’s edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC) that will witness some of the biggest launches of smartphones, tablets and much more. MWC can get overwhelming with too many new products. To make things simple, we have compiled a cheat sheet of sorts to give you a clear picture of what you can expect to be announced at the show.HTC will have the One X, One S and One V in its kitty at its press conference on February 26. There has been some conjecture over the name of the One X, as previously it has been reported as the HTC Endeavor, but we know what it looks like and the fact it will be running a quad-core processor. The dual-core HTC Ville will be unveiled as the HTC One S and is supposedly the vendor’s thinnest smartphone ever. The One V is expected to be the successor to the HTC Rhyme, but this time targeted at men. HTC could also probably throw in a tablet with a quad-core processor. On the software side of things, we will for sure be greeted with the new HTC Sense 4.0 UI with its Dropbox integration. HTC is also expected to announce a music streaming service and could even land a deal with Sony to enable PlayStation certified games on its devices. Also Read - Best 12GB RAM phones for gaming to buy in September 2021Also Read - Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale to begin soon: Up to 80 percent discount on electronics
Nokia is expected to announce at least three smartphones at its press conference on February 27. We should be expecting two Windows phone smartphones, notably the international version of the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 610, the latter said to be the cheapest Windows Phone smartphone. The PureView 808, will perhaps be the successor to Nokia s camera flagship product – the N8. There is also some chatter around a couple of low-end S40 phones in the Asha series. Also Read - Moto E20 with 6.5-inch HD+ display, Android 11 Go Edition launched
Sony should be seen displaying its first set of devices with just the Sony logo on top. A duo of Android ICS bombshells namely the Xperia P and the Xperia U are likely to put Sony’s stall on fire at the MWC. The Xperia U will be a smaller version of the Sony Xperia S which was unveiled at the CES event. The Xperia P is the Xperia LT22 which was earlier codenamed as the Sony ‘Nypon’.
LG has already laid its cards bare by announcing a line-up of smartphones that includes the first quad-core processor running Android smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. Also in the line-up is the Optimus 3D Max (successor to the Optimus 3D), the Optimus Tag and the Samsung Galaxy Note inspired Optimus Vu. It also has an L-series of smartphones – the L3, L5 and L7, which will introduce a new “floating display” technology that LG believes makes the devices look thinner than they are as it minimizes the distance between the display and the glass. The only thing LG has not announced, yet, is the Fantasy/Miracle that runs on Windows Phone.
Samsung has already set expectations low by announcing it won’t launch the Galaxy S III at MWC but will unveil it at a dedicated event closer to its market availability. As a trade-off, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S II Plus with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The only other smartphones we know about are the recently announced Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2 The vendor should also announce a new version of the Galaxy Tab, which will become the first ARM A15 based device and will boast of a 2GHz Exynos 5250 dual-core processor and a display slightly larger than 10-inches.
Acer will be seen flaunting its CloudMobile smartphone, its first phone to feature its AcerCloud service, an online storage system that will allow users to store their material online (images, videos or music). The device breathes on Android ICS, should sport a high-def 4.3-inch display and will also feature Dolby sound.
Motorola has rarely made any significant announcements at MWC in the past couple of years and this year is expected to be no different. If it does manage to spring up a surprise, it could either be the Atrix 3 or this Intel Medfield based smartphone.
ZTE has not hidden anything in its ‘MWC-device bag’ and has openly announced its plans to unveil 8 LTE, Windows Phone and Android devices. Out of these 8 devices, 3 have been announced along with their official images. NVIDIA powered ZTE Mimosa X smartphone, the PF200 and the N910 LTE smartphones are 3 of these 8 devices which have been announced earlier this week by the vendor.