MWC 2014 Round Up: What Should You Expect to See This Year

A boatload of new smartphones and devices are expected to rain down on fans with the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) event - set to happen in Barcelona, Spain - around the corner.

The largest event for the mobile industry is currently set to kick off starting February 24th, and it is massively expected that we'll get to see some of the major launches among smartphones, tablets and other related technology.

MWC 2014 Round Up: What Should You Expect to See This Year


As of now, until this year's MWC kicks off, all that have been leaked or rumored so far from a host of manufacturers cannot be confirmed unless they are done so by the concerned manufacturers when the event kicks off the coming week.

However, that doesn't stop us from gathering a host of information related to all these devices that include leaks, rumors and teasers about the devices we might eventually get to see once and if the devices are made official.

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For starters, as always, a lot is expected to be revealed at this year's MWC event. Companies such as Samsung are set to take the podium with presentations similar to Samsung's Unpacked 5 event, with others such as Nokia also close to unveiling its first ever Android-powered smartphone.

Apart from that, big things are expected from manufacturers such as HTC, Sony and Huawei, with a more than anticipated appearance expected to be made by BlackBerry. And while all those continue to remain in the rumor zone, let's take a closer look at what fans can expect to actually at this year's event.

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Check out our presentation on the top expected devices that are waiting to happen at the MWC with their still rumored specifications.

Probably the most rumored device to date, Samsung's Galaxy S5 will look to maintain Samsung's popularity by being the newest addition to the Galaxy range of devices from the South Korean giant.

As far as the devices rumored specifications are concerned, the S5 is expected to arrive in two different versions, one with a premium feel (most likely to be made out of metal) and the other one made out of polycarbonate plastic.

The device could come with a 5.2-inch ( edge-to-edge) display having a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It is also expected to flaunt a 2.5GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal memory with a microSD card support.

As expected, the device will run Android 4.4 Kitkat with Samsung's own native UI on the top of it. A 20MP rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and an LED Flash could be used and we could be looking at the device with at least 3000MAh battery capacity.

While widely tagged as a low-range device, the most of the times the upcoming Nokia Normandy has been news for the very fact that it will be the first Nokia handset to run on the Google-based Android operating system - that too Android KitKat.

Although the built-in OS is said to be a sort of forked version of the original thing, it is nonetheless a big deal to most of the people following up on smartphones that are being leaked or rumored almost everyday.

Apart from running on Android, details about Normandy are next to none. However, the device is said to come with a 4-inch (480 x 800) display, dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, 5MP rear-facing camera, Android 4.4 Kitkat, and lastly 1500mAh battery fitted inside. The design of Nokia X will mimics Nokia's very own Asha series.

Sony's forthcoming Xperia G is a part of announced D-series, as claimed by @ViziLeaks. From the leaked picture that revealed recently, it can be assumed that the Xperia G (sitting below the Sony Xperia Z1) may have a 4.8-inch display.

Tagged as the potential Moto G slayer, the Xperia G is said to be mid ranger that will arrive with a 4.8-inch 720p HD display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory.

Furthermore, the device might feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Apparently, the device is said to run Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box.

Said to be officially announced as 'The All New One,' HTC's M8 (or One 2) has quite the chance of being showcased at this year's MWC.

The smartphone that's supposedly coming from the Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC is said to sport the new device with a dual-sensor rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and MicroSD card support.

Apart from that, the new Sense 6.0 UI, which has been integrated with Android 4.4 KitKat, is also expected after the same was previously spotted via an earlier leak. Moreover, a large front-facing camera (probably 5MP, as rumored) with a flash next to it is expected.

Also, dual speakers have beeincluded on top and at the bottom of the screen, with the display said to measure about 5-inch with a Full HD resolution (1080p).

China-based tech giant Huawei is said to bring its next high-end smartphone, the Ascend D3, to this year's MWC. And while it was massively expected that Huawei would stop for a while before releasing its new smartphone, a new contender in that race has arrived from the company in the form of Ascend D3.

It is currently being said that the device will be arriving with an in-house Kirin 920 octa-core CPU that's clocked at 1.8GHz. Apparently, the in-device chip is based on ARM's big.LITTLE microchip, which has been built on two different pairs of cores - four slower and four faster-working, technically speaking. Also, it has been worked on via a 28nm architecture, and has four Cortex A7 and four Cortex A9 processors.

Apart from that, although we don't have much idea about the device, it is being said that the Ascend D3 could also arrive with a 5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel main camera, and may feature a somewhat metal build.

The expected Lumia 930 is a device that will look to boast higher in-device specifications. It is said to pack a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 1920x1080 resolution display, microSD card slot, 16GB of internal storage, 20MP camera, and a 2700mAh battery.

With regards to the upcoming Mobile World Congress, the South Korean heavy-weight tech firm is also said to reveal a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab 4.

Leaks and rumors related to the device state that he device will be unveiled in three variants depending on the size - 7 inches, 8 inches, and 10.1 inches Galaxy Tab 4 tablets that are said to come with a model name SM-T530 / SM-T531 / SM-T535 (Galaxy Tab 4 10.1), SM-T330 / SM-T331 / SM-T335 (Galaxy Tab 4 8.0), and SM-T230 / SM-T231 / SM-T235 (Galaxy Tab 4 7.0).

As expected, all these tablets will run on Android KitKat version of Operating System.

The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 is rumored to come in either Wi-Fi-only, 3G and LTE variants with an LCD display (1280×800) along with quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB or 1.5GB (LTE only) of RAM, 3 MP and 1.3 MP cameras, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot supporting up to 64GB and a 6800mAh battery.

The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 could come in Wi-Fi and 3G variants, 8GB internal storage and 4450mAh battery. And the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is rumored to feature Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE variants. It is expected to be powered by the same 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with microSD slot and higher resolution cameras (8 MP and 3 MP).

BlackBerry's Jakarta (or Z3) handset has been leaked quite a few times on the web in the recent past and expected to provide the right kind of push to the company that need to get rolling in 2014.

The new BlackBerry device is said to be designed by Foxconn, while the softwares would be provided by BlackBerry itself. And as far as the device's still rumored specs are concerned, the Jakarta could come with a 5-inch screen with a 540 x 960 resolution and could be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM.

There could also be a minimum 8GB of native storage on the device and is said to be powered by a 2650mAh battery. Other features could include: a 5MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus, flash and 5X digital zoom along with a 1.1MP front-facing camera featuring fixed focus and 3X digital zoom.

The Nokia Lumia 630 and 635 are basically the successors to the previously released Lumia 620. Apparently, both the devices are mid-rangers, with the 635 being a dual-sim variant of the two. Both the devices are said to sport 4.3-inch WVGA displays, 8GB internal storage plus microSD card slots, 1GB RAM, dual-core 1.7GHz CPUs, 8MP cameras, and 2000mAh batteries.

A brand new tablet from Sony yet again and a potential successor to last year's Xperia tablet Z, the Sony Xperia Z2 with 10.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) WUXGA Display. The device could be powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and competitive 3GB of RAM. Also Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS would be available out of the box.

The tablet is also said to be a great photo shooter as it will be using an 8MP rear camera along with a 2MP front-facing shooter for video calling and taking selfies. The device would be very thin measuring just about 6.4 mm and will house a native storage capacity of 16GB which would be expandable via microSD card.

Lastly, the tablet would be powered by a massive 6000 mAh battery. The best part of the tablet would be its waterproof build very much similar to its predecessor.

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