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MWC 2014 Preview: What to expect from this year’s show

By Kevin Thomas on 10th February 2014

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The biggest mobile trade show of the year is just around the corner. That’s right, it’s MWC, and it’s taking place on the 24th-27th of February in Barcelona.

If CES was the warm up this is the headline, the event where some of the biggest smartphones of the year are expected to be unveiled. So grab a coffee, settle in and read on to find out just what you can expect to see at MWC 2014.

LG

LG’s really come into its own in the last year or so, going from a company of fairly minor interest to a major player thanks to the Nexus 4, LG G2 and then the Nexus 5.

We’re expecting even more impressive things from LG this year and it looks like the company might get things rolling at MWC. We’ve heard rumours that the LG G3 could be here as soon as May and surprisingly that it may even be revealed at MWC. If it does happen you can look forward to a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display and a brain meltingly powerful 2.2 GHz octa-core processor.

Though we’re a little sceptical that it actually will show up at MWC given that the LG G2 only launched in September, but even if it doesn’t LG has other tricks up its sleeve. As we’ve also heard that the LG G2 Pro could see the light of day at MWC. This is basically a supersized version of the G2, with a 6 inch display, a fingerprint sensor and 3GB of RAM.

There’s also talk that LG might join the march of the minis with a mini version of the LG G2.

HTC

We’d love to say that HTC’s new flagship codenamed the HTC M8 would be launched at MWC and for a while it looked like it might, but the most recent rumours point to a March event in New York. It’s not impossible that it will make an MWC appearance, but don’t hold your breath.

HTC won’t be leaving us empty handed though, as it looks like a new entry in the Desire range will be unveiled instead. The phone is expected to be a mid-range device with a 5 inch 720p display, an octa-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM and it looks like it will launch in a variety of bright colours.

Samsung

Looking forward, Samsung means one thing to most people: the Galaxy S5. A phone so hotly anticipated that if it launches at MWC it will outright steal the show. So, can we expect Samsung to hog the limelight with its latest and greatest flagship?

It sure does look like it. While we’ve heard numerous rumours about the Galaxy S5 and when it will be unveiled, Samsung recently announced its Unpacked event for the first day of the show and that’s an event which Samsung historically uses to launch its big hitting products.

We don’t know exactly what to expect from the Galaxy S5, but the latest spec rumours claim it will have a 5.24 inch QHD 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB of RAM, a 16 megapixel camera and either an Exynos 6 octa-core processor (in the 3G model) or a Snapdragon 805 chip (in the 4G LTE model). It’s also likely to support 4K video recording and may come with a fingerprint scanner and the option of a premium metal body.

Despite already having a show stealer on its hands it looks like Samsung might unveil a few other things too. The company is expected to unveil a new 5 inch Windows Phone 8 handset and let people go hands on with the entry level Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7 inch tablet.

There’s also a chance that the next version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch could make an appearance.

Google

We’re not expecting much from the father of Android at MWC, but Google does have a booth so it may show up with something. There’s an outside chance we might see a new Nexus 10 or a Nexus 8 and if we’re really lucky the company might even bring along a smartwatch, but we suspect Google’s presence will be rather more low key.

Sony

Sony made the most of CES by unveiling the Xperia Z1 Compact, but it looks like the Japanese giant might have even bigger plans for MWC as we’re hearing ever louder whispers that the Sony Xperia Z2 might see the light of day at the Barcelona show, bringing with it a 5.2 inch 2560 x 1440 display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera.

Nokia

Nokia looks set to make its mark at MWC with the flagship Lumia 1820, which is thought to pack a 5.2 inch display, a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a Lytro-style camera.

But Nokia isn’t stopping there as we might also see the Lumia 2020 which is thought to be an 8 inch tablet and bizarrely we may even see an Android handset in the form of the Nokia Normandy, according to sources speaking with The Verge. It’s thought to be distinctly low-end but its very existence is strange enough, given that Nokia’s handset division has been bought out by Microsoft.

ZTE

ZTE rarely gets us excited, but with the Nubia Z7- a massive 6.44 inch phablet flagship, rumoured for MWC it might at least raise a few eyebrows.

We’re also expecting ZTE to turn up with one of the first Tizen phones, the ZTE Geek. Oddly the Geek isn’t actually a new phone as it’s already done the rounds as an Android handset, but according to a Polish Tizen blog a new Tizen equipped version is headed for MWC, though new OS aside it’s not much to get excited about thanks to a distinctly mid-range 2GHz dual-core processor and 720p screen.

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