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MWC 2015: What to Expect from Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei and More
MWC is possibly the most important phone event in the calendar. At MWC 2014 we met the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, two of the hottest products on Android last year. So what can we expect from MWC 2015? While the Xperia Z4, LG G4 and new devices from Motorola aren't likely, there's still plenty to look forward to from Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG and Lenovo. See below for the full breakdown.
MWC 2015 will take place from the 2nd of March to the 5th of March 2015, and once again it'll be at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. There's a second venue, Fira Montjuïc, just down the road for "selected events".
HTC has sent out invites to a special event it's holding on March 1 in Barcelona, teasing us with the headline "utopia in progress." We expect the Taiwanese firm to launch its next generation flagship smartphone at this event, currently dubbed the HTC One (M9) surprisingly enough, though codenamed the HTC Hima. Other reports suggesting we may be treated to an HTC smartwatch as well.
Samsung returned to MWC last year with a shoutout, launching the Galaxy S5 at the show after shunning it in 2013, opting instead for a standalone launch for its Galaxy S4. Multiple sources all point towards MWC 2015 for the launch of the Korean firm's next blockbuster mobile - the Samsung Galaxy S6 and indeed Samsung has now sent out invitations to a press event on March 1. It also looks a lot like Samsung is working on a curved screened variant of its next flagship dubbed the Galaxy S Edge, so keep an eye out for that, as the bendy line on Samsung's invite strongly suggests it will be present.
We're potentially in line for a flurry of flagships at MWC 2015 and Sony's offering could arrive in the form of the Xperia Z4. Don't get too excited though, because recent rumors suggest Sony is switching to releasing just one flagship a year and that as such the Xperia Z4 might be pushed back to the summer. the Xperia Z4 makes an appearance though Sony will have a booth at the show and we're bound to see something from the company. For one thing we're due an update to the 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet, plus there's a chance we'll see another Android Wear smartwatch to join the SmartWatch 3 in Sony's ranks.
Another possible flagship? Oh, go on then. Yep, the LG G4 is also being linked with a possible MWC 2015 launch, making for a glut of high-end smartphones. As with the Sony Xperia Z4 though there are conflicting rumors. The latest whispers suggest LG will sidestep MWC 2015 and won't launch the G4 before May, so don't count on it making an appearance. LG has already launched two Android Wear smartwatches, the G Watch and G Watch R, so we'd say it probably won't roll out another at MWC 2015 - but we're not ruling it out completely.
Last year Nokia caused a storm at MWC by launching handsets running a heavily modified version of Google's Android operating system. The sad news is Nokia is unlikely to be at MWC 2015, and if it is its presence will be much, much smaller. So what will the press conference be about? Our guess is more Windows 10 for phones information, coupled perhaps with some mid-range or low-end handset announcements.
The breakout brand from Chinese firm Huawei launched its impressive Honor 6 smartphone in the second half of 2014 alongside the entry level Honor 3C - and it's returning with three new devices at MWC 2015. As reported by Pocket-lint, a recent Huawei media event showed that the Chinese company will launch both tablets and wearables during MWC. One thing we won't be seeing at MWC is the Huawei Ascend P8, the company's next flagship smartphone.
We don't know what Lenovo will be bringing to MWC, but we do know there will be new device announcements and not a rehash of the kit showed off at CES in Las Vegas.
Asus will be at MWC 2015 too, apparently with the Zenfone 2 Mini. As you may recall, the Zenfone 2 made waves at CES recently for being the world's first smartphone with 4 GB of RAM.
Possibly nothing, possibly the Moto 360 2. With three new devices outed at last year's IFA in Berlin and the push back into the Chinese market only just announced, Motorola probably doesn't have any major new devices scheduled for release at MWC 2015, but that doesn't mean we might not see something of the second version of the Moto 360.
This one is too weird not to include here. BlackBerry is reportedly prepping some concept phones to be unveiled at MWC 2015. A slider phone or two based on old patents, dubbed the Victoria and Visa are apparently scheduled to make their first public appearance at the Barcelona trade fair.