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MWC 2015: here's what to expect


The Mobile World Congress 2015 kicks off soon (March 1st is when all major announcements should take place), and it promises to live up to its name of the biggest mobile show for the year as it is expected to introduce us to the high-profile flagships from many of the biggest phone companies.

We already know what the big stars of MWC 2015 will be: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, but those are far from the only newcomers. Rumors speculate that Samsung might release a version of the Galaxy S6 with a wrap-around edge display (or that could just be the S6 itself), and HTC is said to bring two flagships with identical specifications, but a different size (a regular, 5"-ish one and a phablet-sized one). Then, we've seen Lenovo tease a whole new family of four Android devices, and many other companies will bring their latest and greatest.

Good news is that all of the companies are expected to unveil new phones that run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, a big change over KitKat in both looks and performance speeds. We already know a lot about these expected MWC 2015 new smartphones, so if you want to know more about what's coming up, just take a look right below.


Samsung


Rumors so far say that the Galaxy S6 will feature a 5.1-inch display (some say that it will have a Quad HD resolution), a Samsung-made octa-core Exynos system chip, but the big focus seems to be on the camera. After all, Samsung itself released a teaser of the new shooter in the Galaxy S6 setting expectations high. We came away impressed with what the Galaxy Note 4 offered, and we're looking forward to see how Samsung tops itself in this regard.


HTC


The HTC One M9 is expected to come with a 5-inch, 1080p display, and it will most probably be powered by Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip. We expect 3GB of DDR4 RAM to make a debut for the first time in an HTC device. The battery is tipped to be a 2,840mAh unit.

One of the more interesting aspects of the specs sheet is the expected inclusion of a regular 20MP rear camera in favor of the generally under-performing UltraPixel camera that graced both the HTC One (M7) and (M8). The camera sensor, in particular, is expected to be 1/2.4" in size and made by Toshiba. As far as the front-facing shooter is concerned, we expect the One M9 to sport an UltraPixel snapper, though, which is fine considering its performance in low-light situations.


Lenovo


Lenovo is expected to unveil a whole new family of four at MWC: the Lenovo Vibe X3, S1, P1 and P1 Pro. An image of the four devices has leaked out and we expect them all to run on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop but further details are yet unknown.


LG


LG sticks to a summer schedule, which means it will not have a big phone announcement at the Mobile World Congress, but that does not mean that it won’t have anything to show. A new stylish, all-metal smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane, will make its official debut in Barcelona, and we're looking forward to looking at it.


Huawei


It looks like we will see the X1 successor at this year's MWC, named Honor X2 this time. The X2 will have a 1080p screen, octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, and 3 GB of RAM. The pricing is pegged to start from 1999 yuan, which translates to about $320 - a pretty decent tag for what the phablet would offer to the big-screen-and-fashion-looks crowd.

Project Ara


Project Ara, the first truly modular smartphone is one of Google's ambitious moonshot plans, and after years in the lab, we expect to finally get to see a fully-functional Ara on display at MWC 2015. A few big companies have already announced that they will make modules for Project Ara. The whole idea is to be able to have separate blocks for things like the processor, memory, camera, and so on, so that you can upgrade the phone part by part.

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10 Comments

1. Kumar123 unregistered

I'm so looking forward to MWC.

2. Biernot unregistered

6 days left kids =)

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, excited...

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I'm excited, but disappointed at the same time. Because Sony, LG and Huawei won't unveil their flagships in MWC this year. But still, bring it on!

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Looking forward to HTC and Samsung. Also project ara is increasingly peaking my interest more and more can't wait to see what Google brings to the stage.

6. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

In many leaks I heard about Huawei will announce a Smart watch too in MWC15 .

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I use a Windows smart phone and hope to see the Windows 10 ready Microsoft brand replacements for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia 1520. Microsoft lately has introduced some low end and a mid range Microsoft brand smart phones .For Microsoft to even be noticed as a valuable 3rd tier Smart phone eco system it must have at least 2 high end smart phones to offer it's Windows smart phones users and for new to smart phone buyers to try out. it's neat that Microsoft sells a lot of cheap smart phones but MS has to show it has high Tech gear to sell also to those who want and can afford to buy them. Microsoft also has to sell perhaps a cheap Atom CPU tablet because it "Surface Pro 3" Tablets which are great sellers cost too much for many folks to buy. May i will get my wish and see Microsoft offer these products to the world

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

MWC 2015: here's what to expect - from Android since we don't recognize anything else. Way to go PA, no shills here.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

GALAXY S VI and PROJECT ARA I have my eyes on those two phones

10. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Waiting for Sony! Is Sony gonna show up? Well, project Ara should be exciting too Like if u r waiting for Ara

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