The Mobile World Congress starts om Monday in Barcelona - a huge,
four-day event where exhibitors including Nokia, Samsung, LG, HTC
and Sony will showcse their new handsets, apps and connected
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be among the keynote speakers and the
Finnish firm is expected to launch a new flagship Windows Phone 8,
which is rumored to feature great camera capabilities. Nokia is
also set to announce more affordable Lumia handsets as well as
basic models in an attempt to fend off competition from Chinese
rivals Huawei and ZTE, in the low-end market.
Speaking of Chinese makers, Huawei and ZTE are expected to launch
flagship Android devices equipped with large displays. ZTE has also
partnered with NVIDIA to deliver the first super phones powered by
the NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, with the first models to reach
the market before mid-year. ZTE is expected to launch the first
Tegra 4 super phones in China in the first half of 2013. ZTE is
also rumored to debut a smartphone that runs on the Firefox
LG has already announced its updated Optimus G series,
as well as its LTE-enabled Optimus F Series
of smarphones, which will be
on stage at the company's booth. The Korean company has also
annoucned its own interpretation of a tablet-notebook hybrid device
at the event. The
11.6-inch device is equiped with Long Term Evolution (LTE)
technology and is running Windows 8 OS.
Asus has been also chosing the MWC stage to showacase its new
mobile products and tablets. According to this video
, the Taiwanese company this year is
embracing the 'metallic miracle'and will showcase the 'ultimate
craftmanship' - where 'Pad and Phone come together'. We cannot be
sure of what this means but expect it to be big.
Do not expect to see the new Samsung Galaxy SIV at MWC, as the
South Korean tech giant is expected to host a special event in
March. However, the company will launch some major products next
HTC has already announced the new HTC One last week.
In addition, Google's Android OS will not be present, at least in
Google's own products.
Besides smartphones, wearable gadgets that monitor health and
activity are expected top be announced. Qualcomm will demonstrate a new platform that makes gathering and
analyzing data from such devices simple, even if they use different
forms of communication and measurement. The company has
partnered with the American Heart Association to launch the
initiative and is encouraging visitors to the event, which starts
on February 25, to wear activity tracking devices and to share the
data on the platform.