There are many reasons to visit Barcelona: art, history, architecture, food, beaches, mountains, etc. (I used to live there so I’m biased). Aside from those terrific rationales for visiting the Catalan capital, every March the telecommunications industry descends on Plaça d’Espanya at the Mobile World Congress, and event where plenty of mobile leaders debut new devices that cause us to drool over our tapas.
But if you’re attending MWC in hopes of seeing Sony take the wraps off of some new hardware, you’re not going to see it in the form of a keynote. So perhaps to lessen the blow of an un-Sony MWC, the Japanese giant has just unveiled its new Xperia E4 phone.
The Mobile World Congress will be taking place in Barcelona on the 2-5 of March. Read more
Since the Nokia X has leaked so much and so often, I think Nokia is throwing subtlety out the window before it makes a big announcement. On Nokia’s conversations page telling users how they can watch their MWC announcements, they posted the image above. See how the negative space between the arrows looks like an X? It could just be a coincidence, of course, but it’s a pretty safe bet that this is alluding to the Nokia X.
This device has been one of the most hyped devices we’ve ever seen, especially considering it’s just a budget phone. That fun’s about to come to an end, though, as Nokia will very likely make it official within the next week. Hopefully they’ll have a few other Android devices in the pipeline for us after the X.
LG has decided to announce a new series of smartphones prior to Mobile World Congress later this month. The L Series III is comprised of three mid-range devices. The name of the three devices are the L90, L70, and L40.
Hit the break for the specifications of each device and the full press release. Read more
The Galaxy S 5 won’t be the only device Samsung is planning to announce at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It now looks like the Galaxy Tab 4 series, which leaked a few days ago, and the Galaxy Gear 2 will be announced as well. The focus for their MWC press conference will be smartphones, tablets, and wearables. Samsung’s event is scheduled for February 24 at 20:00 CET (or 8pm EST).
Source: ZDNet Korea
The folks over at Xperia Blog have been notified that Sony will be holding its press conference in just under two weeks at Mobile World Congress. On February 24 at 8:30 CET (or 2:30am EST), Sony will take the stage. Later that day, Samsung is slated to announce the inevitable Galaxy S 5. But Sony will no doubt earn some of the spotlight as the Sony ‘Sirius’ (D6503) will likely be announced along with plans to be carried on various networks.
Are you excited for what Sony has to offer?
Source: Xperia Blog
Samsung launched the Galaxy S 4 last year with a pretty big event. There were a ton of theatrics, and the entire show was a pretty weird event. This year, though, it looks like Samsung is going to slow everything down and have a more traditional, quiet launch event at MWC, according to the New York Times.
Samsung’s entire attitude about the launch of the S5 isn’t just going to cause a different launch event, either. All of the rumors we’ve been hearing point towards a moderate update over the the Galaxy S 4, although it is pretty likely we’re going to see a fingerprint scanner on the device somewhere. Read more
The Oppo Find 7 has seen its fair share of leaks. So it is no surprise that it may be announced very soon. It is now being reported that the Find 7 will be officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Also, its price is said to be $594.
The specifications end of this report says that it will have a 5.5-inch QHD display (2560×1440). Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM. A microSD card slot compliments 16GB of internal storage.
We’ve been hearing all kinds of rumors about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Neo, but since the FCC has just approved the device for sale, it’s pretty likely we’ll see an official announcement from Samsung pretty soon.
Mobile World Congress starts on February 24th, and Samsung is known for announcing at least a few things at MWC. It shouldn’t be a surprise that all of these certifications are preparing Samsung to make the Note 3 Neo official next month. We know that the phablet will sport a 720p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a “hexa-core” CPU (a dual-core CPU and an octa-core CPU), but we still haven’t heard much on pricing. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before something is made official.
Kaz Hirai wasn’t letting it all out at in Last Vegas. At their CES 2014 keynote, Sony announced the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. But what they did not shed any light on was their 2014 flagship smartphone, codenamed Sirius. In the wee hours of the morning, @evleaks tweeted a tip that was passed along to him. The Sirius smartphone is going to debut at Mobile World Congress next month and will come with a 5.2-inch display.
The tweet mentions there is a MSM8974AB SoC inside. This would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. If that is true, it would be disappointing as other flagships this year are likely going to pack the new Snapdragon 805 processor. To brighten up the mood after that speed bump, Verizon may be carrying this handset. It would be shocking as Big Red has notoriously passed on many devices in the past.
Later on, @evleaks tweeted information regarding Sony’s ‘Castor’ tablet. It will also have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor along with WiFi and LTE variants. The tablet will likely debut at MWC as well. Read more