Mobile World Congress – What to Expect

mobile-world-congress-logoThis year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) begins tomorrow and with weeks of rumours and speculation, we are super excited to see what the Barcelona event has in store. With 4 days worth of new smartphones, tablets, wearables and gadgets to look forward to, here is what we’re expecting to see.

Just ahead of the start of MWC, Samsung and HTC are all set to launch their new smartphones. First up is the Samsung Galaxy S6, hugely anticipated and rumoured to be a completely newly designed flagship smartphone.

The S6 is thought to boast a bigger screen than the Galaxy S5 so we could be seeing a 5.2-inch QHD display encased in a premium metallic frame. On the back is rumoured to be a fantastic 20-megapixel camera and the front-facing camera could be a very respectable 5-megapixel snapper. There’s also been speculation that the S6 could feature a curved screen possibly with a display similar to the Galaxy Note Edge or Samsung may just bring out a separate S6 model complete with an edge screen to display notifications.

Also unveiling their new premium smartphone before MWC is HTC who will be introducing their HTC One M9 flagship handset. The HTC One M9 is rumoured to feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, upgraded dual BoomSound speakers on the front with Dolby Audio Surround and a two-tone metallic design. A 20-megapixel rear-facing camera could be on the cards for the M9 and recent reports indicate that the front-facing camera will include Ultrapixel technology.

It’s not known if BlackBerry will debut any new smartphones at MWC but they have already revealed that they will be introducing their roadmap of devices planned for the future. Look out for some new smartphones in their Z series soon. As for Motorola, they’re rumoured to be unveiling a new budget Moto E2 smartphone which is expected to come with a small display and a front-facing camera as well as a decent camera on the rear.

LG’s G4 smartphone now looks likely to be launched sometime in April but there’s speculation that they will be bringing their new smartwatch to MWC – the LG G Watch R2. It’s been claimed that the exciting new wearable will feature 4G connectivity too.

Huawei are not thought to be unwrapping any additions to their smartphone range at MWC but they have several new upmarket tablets as well as 3 brand new wearables to show off. Huawei are also thought to have a smartwatch with 4G to debut and another smartwatch which features Android Wear. As far is Google is concern, there don’t appear to be any new Nexus smartphones on the cards for MWC but Google could be keen to demonstrate their funky Project Ara handsets. Google’s Project Ara is similar to a Lego kit where you get a selection of smartphone components in a box and then you can build and completely customise your very own handset.

We’re also not expecting to see any new premium smartphones from Sony next week as their new strategy is apparently to launch just one flagship mobile phone per year. If this is the case, the Xperia Z4 is likely to be launched around September time.

So plenty to come – and we’ll share the biggest news with you as we have it.

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