Mobile World Congress will be upon us next week and we can’t wait to see what new smartphones and gadgets emerge from this year’s much anticipated event. MWC kicks off on Monday 2nd March in Barcelona and runs for 4 days, so let’s take a look at what we expect to see from this exciting annual bash.
OK, so strictly we’re going to see these slightly before MWC (tomorrow, in fact) but the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 are worth a mention because they are right up there in the top tier of premium smartphones.
We’ve been promised an overhauled handset with the Galaxy S6 and its anticipated to boast a sleek metallic design, a 5.2 or 5.5-inch display, a powerful 20-megapixel camera on the rear and a decent 5-megapixel camera on the front. It’s unclear whether Samsung will just unveil one version of the Galaxy S6 or if there could also be model with a curved edge screen along similar lines to the Galaxy Note Edge or if the S6 itself will sport an edge screen All will be revealed this Sunday.
HTC will also be launching their new flagship smartphone the day before MWC commences, the HTC One M9. There’s also been some debate if there are two versions of this but the main M9 smartphone is thought to come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a two-tone aluminium design and front-facing dual BoomSound speakers enhanced with Dolby Audio Surround sound. The latest reports indicate that the M9 will also feature a 20-megaixel rear-facing camera and the selfie camera on the front that has Ultrapixel technology for better quality photos.
Motorola may well use MWC to launch a successor to their popular budget Moto E smartphone which is thought to be the Moto E2. The value handset is rumoured to feature a compact display, a reasonable rear-facing camera and the welcome addition of a camera on the front. Details are sketchy so more will become apparent next week.
LG are not expected to launch their upcoming new premium LG G4 smartphone at MWC as it appears that an April launch is on the cards. However we could see a new smartwatch from them, possibly called the LG G Watch R2 which is touted to have some sort of 4G connectivity.
Another technology giant which is unlikely to debut any new smartphones at MWC is Huawei. Apparently, instead the Chinese technology giant will be unveiling a new series of premium tablets and three new wearables no less, one of which is expected to be a smartwatch with Android Wear software. There is also speculation that Huawei have a 4G smartwatch on the way.
There may not be any mobile phone launches from Google but we could see their new Project Ara gadget displayed at MWC. Project Ara aims to develop a modular smartphone, a platform which allows different components to be developed, slotted in and eventually replaced. Project Ara originated when Google owned Motorola but Google retained the project team after Motorola was sold. If successful, Project Ara could spawn an era on ‘micro smartphone manufacturers’ who use the technology that Google has developed, with a ‘build your own smartphone’ not beyond the realms of possibility.
So plenty to look forward to. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to keep yourself 100% up to speed with developments as they happen this week.