Any major mobile event is not complete without participation from renowned tech giants like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and others. For weeks now, there have been leaked reports suggesting important product launches from various tech giants at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show. The event will commence March 2 and run through March 5 in Barcelona. This is an important occasion for tech companies to stage their flagship devices before people.
The MWC 2014 was a grand success with major launches like Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Pebble Steel alongside terrific keynotes from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp boss Jan Koum. Ever since the Consumer Electronics Show concluded in January, people have been wondering what's in store at this year's mobile centric event.
It's hard to pin down every detail of the event right before it starts but we have some strong guesses on new product launches right here.
Samsung has been an active participant of annual MWC events. The tech giant usually holds its popular UNPACKED event around the same time as MWC. This year, too, Samsung has an UNPACKED event scheduled for March 1, where the company is expected to unveil its 2015 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6.
If the reports are true, Samsung will also launch a curved model accompanying the flagship Galaxy S6.
Unlike other smartphone vendors, Sony has a history of releasing new flagship smartphones twice a year. If the tradition continues, the Japanese tech giant will unveil the Xperia Z4 at the upcoming MWC event. The company hasn't reserved an official press conference this year, but recent leaks about the handset have more or less confirmed the launch.
In addition to the flagship smartphone, Sony is also expected to launch Xperia Z4 Tablet during the three-day event, details of which have been reported in a separate IBT report.
HTC is widely expected to launch its One M9 flagship during MWC trade show, clashing with the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6. This shows how the smartphone vendors are finding every opportunity to go head-on-head with their rivals.
HTC One M9 was recently seen in series of leaked videos, which were immediately taken down. Some of the key specs of the upcoming handset include a two-tone metal unibody, BoomSound speakers with Dolby Surround, overhauled UI, upgraded camera and new home screen.
In other news, HTC is also reportedly planning to show off its first smartwatch, HTC Petra, at the event, featuring 1.8-inch circular display.
LG had several new product launches ahead of the coveted event but it seems the company is reserving the big event for an important launch, such as G4. LG already released its G Flex 2 smartphone earlier this week alongside four new mid-range phones, Leon, Joy, Magna and Spirit. Recently, there was new evidence suggesting a late launch for LG G4.
However, LG will not go miss the chance to show off new products at the event. The company has already confirmed that its Urbane Watch and Urbane LTE will be shown at MWC 2015. The new luxury smartwatch will take on Apple Watch, which is expected to be launched at a separate event on March 9.
Other than these renowned tech giants, there will be some notable startups participating at the event. Pebble will launch its latest Pebble Time smartwatch, which broke records on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Apple has long stayed away from events like MWC and CES but holds separate press events to showcase new products. Although we will miss Apple's participation at the event, it is not a huge surprise.