It’s only been a few weeks since CES 2013 but another international tech trade show is not too far away… Mobile World Conference (MWC 2013) will take place in Barcelona between February 25th and 28th. If you thought CES was light on Smartphone and Tablet announcements then MWC is where you will get you fix of the latest in mobile gadgets and technology.
We’re expecting several announcements from the leading manufacturers with both Windows 8 and Android phones and tablet devices. So lets break down the manufactures and run through what we can expect…
Rumours have been around that Samsung have the next generation Galaxy S4 handset ready to go, but don’t expect to see this at MWC. Samsung will take the same approach they used with the Galaxy S3 and hold their own showcase event to launch the product later this year (stay tuned for more details about that). Samsung will however showcase a their new ATIV Windows 8 tablets/ultrabooks and phones and well as a new 8 inch Android Galaxy Note tablet that has been semi confirmed by Samsung officials.
Rumours are set that HTC will be announcing a new flagship Android based phone likely to be MTC M7 which will feature a new HTC Sense 5.0 user interface, this new phone will replace the HTC One series of phones. Also look for HTC to have something on the Windows 8 side of things, possibly with an all new HTC Titan featuring Windows 8 and a host of new features to take on Nokia’s latest phones.
Sony used CES to launch the new Xperia Z Android phone (see our article) and subsequently announce their new Xperia Tablet Z (see our article) so look for both of these to be showcased at MWC, however Sony has been very light on the mobile Windows 8 front so we’ll be looking to see if they showcase or announce any Windows 8 devices at MWC this year.
Just yesterday NTT Docomo let slip that LG were releasing the LG Optimus G Prop (see our article) so we’ll be looking at LG to showcasing this latest Android handset at MWC. We’d also be looking for LG to announce something on the tablet front, a market that LG have been very quiet in. Also expect LG to showcase its new venture into fitness (the Smart Activity Tracker) technology linking into the mobile platform.
ASUS have been anything but quiet recently, making headlines with both the Android and Windows 8 devices. Look for ASUS to make some announcements at MWC in regards to a refreshed PadPhone and possibly a refreshed Transformer all running on the Android Jellybean platform.
Nokia will have a presence at MWC but I don’t expect them to have a new production handsets to showcase at the event, given that their line up of Windows 8 handsets are all quiet new. They may however have another PureView style concept phone probably running Windows 8 this time round.
Ubuntu used CES to showcase their own smartphone operating system, they will undoubtedly be doing the same at MWC. They may use the event to announce any hardware partnerships they have upcoming when they look to go into production. For more information about Ubuntu at CES check out our article.
It’s no secret that Mozilla are working on their own smartphone OS as well based on the Firefox browser. We can expect them to have something on display at MWC this year. What that turns out to be we wont really know until the event starts. Update! As we posted this article Mozilla launched this website feature the Firefox OS - http://www.geeksphone.com/
We know RIM (Research In Motion) have been working on Blackberry 10 for quite sometime now in an effort to save whats left of the company. MWC might be the venue at which RIM announce they are going to open up the Blackberry operating system to allow other manufacturers to produce Blackberry hardware. While only rumours, and very quiet ones at that and international showcase event would be the ideal time for RIM to make such announcements.
Outside of these manufacturers we’ll see plenty of new technologies and accessories being showcased at the event. Keep tuned into InSyde Tech for all the latest as it develops. If you have seen some news we may have missed, let us know with a comment below.