A file photo of a visitor at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 28, 2013. Photo: Reuters
The Mobile World Congress 2014 is all set to kick off at its usual venue in Barcelona from February 24. A curtain raiser on what to expect from the biggies:
Samsung : The Samsung invite talks of "Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 1". This has to be the Galaxy S5 launch. Reports suggest the Korean firm might also showcase two smartwatches that are likely to run on Tizen and not Android. Don't be surprised if you see a Windows Phone 8 offering from Samsung too.
Nokia: The company is all geared up for the show with six new devices. There will be a new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1820 with a 5.2 inch 2K display, 3GB of RAM and a Lytro-style camera. There is also talk of the Lumia 2020, an eight-inch tablet. Not to forget the rumour of a budget Android offering from Nokia.
Sony: Last year, Sony introduced the Xperia Z1 at this conference. The company has already announced the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact at CES, Las Vegas last month. But this doesn't mean that Sony will not have anything to talk about. The company is likely to announce its new flagship smartphone that might be called the Z2, which has been codenamed as Sirius. Rumoured specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, a Quad HD (2k) 5.2in screen, 20.1Mp camera and a 3,700mAh battery. Windows Phone 8 device from Sony is also on the charts.
LG: The company might not be doing well in India in the smartphone space but has been appreciated for its Nexus 5 and the award-winning G2. But at MWC, we will not see a successor. Indeed, it will be the G2 Mini that will make an appearance. This news is almost confirmed as the company posted this on Facebook - "Experience the MINI. Mobile World Congress. 2014-02-24". It is likely to run the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM and will have a 4.3inch screen. The company might also launch the G Pro 2 at this platform.
HTC: Codenamed M8, if it is announced, it will be the HTC One 2 or HTC One Plus. Yes, the name sounds weird but this will be a successor to the well accepted HTC One. It will have a 5inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Android KitKat and Sense 6.0.
Others: BlackBerry isn't dead yet and is expected to showcase a budget BlackBerry 10 smartphone. From Google, it is likely to be the Google Nexus 10 tablet. MediaPad X1 will come from Huawei's portfolio at this event. There are rumours about the company launching the successor to Ascend P6, the Huawei Ascend P7 . Panasonic is also looking at coming up with a new rugged smartphone.