It's the same every year - before we know it, MWC is knocking on the door. The biggest mobile-related technology tradeshow is now just a few days away, promising to unleash hordes of new handsets and tablets against us. Well, you know what? We're fully armed and ready to face this assault. In fact, we'll be heading to Barcelona later this week so that we can find out what our dear hardware manufacturers have prepped up for us. And make no mistake, there will be tons of intriguing devices worth seeing.
Last year's MWC brought us some memorable gadgets like the innovative Nokia 808 PureView, the quad-core-powered LG Optimus 4X HD and the new One line by HTC - some pretty exciting stuff, eh? We're expecting MWC 2013 to be even more breath-taking, and to try and prep you up for what's to come, we've put this sweet little post here. Use the following gallery to discover what we're currently expecting to happen at MWC 2013, based mainly on leaks and rumors, but keep in mind that there will surely be much more to come!
What to expect from MWC 2013
What to expect from MWC 2013
Even though there were some early rumors that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S IV, we find this highly unlikely. The South Koreans will probably host their own event for their new flagship, leaving some smaller, but still intriguing stuff for MWC. It's now pretty much certain that we'll witness the introduction of the Galaxy Note 8.0
- a compact stylus-equipped tablet that will take the empty seat between the Note II and Note 10.1. Much smaller chance of appearing has the Galaxy Tab 3, though who knows, Samsung may decide that it's finally time time to refresh its regular tablet line up. And would agree.
One for all, and all for one! That must be the coolest line at HTC HQ right now, as we can imagine that the whole team is working hard on the final touches of the upcoming new flagship, the HTC One. Of course, HTC is to introduce its new smartphone at its private event (which we're going to cover live
) prior MWC, so what's left for us at the Congress would be to just play around with the device some more, before we can put our hands on the final unit. That doesn't mean that we won't see anything new from the Taiwanese camp, but whatever it is, it will probably be something smaller.
LG has made quite a lot of noise about its upcoming new handsets, and it has managed to get our attention. We're quite certain that three of the four expected handsets
will be the Optimus L7 II, L5 II and L3 II
, but that leaves us with one blank, and we're willing to believe that the blank will be filled by the international version of the LG Optimus G Pro
- the 5.5" phablet that has already been announced for South Korea. Having in mind the success of Samsung's Galaxy Note, we can't help but wonder if this new direct competitor from LG will be as hot.
Sony hasn't announced an MWC press conference yet, but we're secretly hoping that the invitation will pop up in our inbox any minute now. True, Sony already unveiled its high-end Xperia Z at CES, but then again, it did a similar thing last year with the Xperia S. Then, the company used MWC to introduce its more affordable models, which were also quite cool, so it'll be a shame if the Japanese don't do the same this year.
ZTE has been more open with regards to the stuff it's going to unveil. We're currently expecting two interesting models from the Chinese manufacturer - the ZTE Grand Memo, which will most probably be a Galaxy Note-type of device, and the ZTE Mozilla
, which will be the first Firefox OS-powered smartphone. Boy are we excited to get our hands on that one!
Asus is surely preparing a surprise for us. The invite that we received from the company has a cool image with a big infinity symbol
, which makes us thing that we'll see a new Android tablet, or a whole line-up of tablets. Another trace leads us to the so-called Fonepad - a 7" tablet with a similar idea as the larger Padfone
Most rumors about Huawei point at the unveiling of the Ascend P2
- a high-end Android smartphone that's rumored to come with a powerful octa-core processor. Although there isn't that much interest in Huawei yet, it can't be denied that the company is slowly and surely building its market presence. With intriguing devices like the Ascend P2, it can only speed up the process.