While we have seen a number of smartphones released at the beginning of the current year, even more are expected to arrive with the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) event lurking around the corner.
As of now, while a host of smartphones are expected to arrive in the upcoming months (and even more before the end of the year), upcoming events such as the MWC 2014 - set to be held next month in Barcelona, Spain - could easily play a significant role in shaping the year ahead, in terms of smartphones.
However, the wait for the next set of futuristic devices is expected to come to an end with the MWC event slowly creeping in and fans usually expecting ground-breaking devices that will probably re-define the smartphone genre as we know it recent times.
Nonetheless, while a host of smartphones are expected to make their marks in the coming months, we are yet to find out which of them will actually make an official entry in the February event. And if we are indeed expecting an influx of new smart devices this month, which exactly are the smartphones that could be revealed? Let's take a closer look at the top 5 devices set for a MWC introduction.
It seems like this could be an interesting year for Finnish mobile maker Nokia with a host of smartphones already planned to arrive in 2014. And one among them is the Nokia Lumia 1520V mini. Basically a smaller variant of the already released Lumia 1520, it seems like Nokia is interested in adopting similar policies as that of Samsung and Sony by introducing a smaller device of an already released flagship.
It is expected that the device will run on Windows Phone 8.1 OS, will arrive with a 4.45-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels (although it was rumored to be a 4.3-inch 1080p unit initially). Apart from that, the device could also sport a 2,370mAh battery out of the box, alongside a 14-megapixel camera.
Easily tagged as one of the highly anticipated smartphones expected to grace the current year, Samsung's next big flagship introduction to the smartphone market could be the next-gen Galaxy S5.
If the rumors related to the device are taken into consideration, the Galaxy S5 could arrive with a display that's more than 5-inch, while churning out an amazing 2560 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 560 ppi. The smartphone is also expected to make use of the next generation 64-bit Exynos chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM.
Apart from that, the company is also rumored to offer an advanced 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization which will be capable of shooting video at 4k UHD quality.
This one has a huge chance of being featured at this year's MWC event. The HTC One 2 - Codename: HTC M8 - is rumored to be a fusion of HTC One and Nexus 5.
As far as internal specifications are concerned, the HTC One 2 is expected to arrive with a 5-inch Full HD display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Although earlier reports for the same hinted at support for 2K resolution. Additionally, the HTC M8 could use a quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. Alongside, the device is also expected to run on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box, while also featuring a "twin-sensor" rear-facing camera.
Leaked quite a few months in only the last month, Nokia's upcoming Normandy handset will look to be the first of its kind by being the first Nokia handset to run on Android KitKat.
The device is said to arrive with a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The Normandy could be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 302 GPU coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Apart from that, the device could house 4GB of on board storage capacity, which could be further assisted via microSD-based 32GB of external storage.
And as far as the in-device camera is concerned, it could be taken care of via a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording capability.
The only BlackBerry phone massively expected at this year's MWC, the Jakarta could be just the right kind of push the company needs to set itself rolling in 2014, leaving behind a not-so-memorable 2013.
Honestly, there's absolutely nothing revealed related to the smartphone. However, bits and pieces about the device state that the device will be an entry-level touchscreen-only BB10 device with 3G connectivity.