Mobile World Congress 2012 preview

Mobile World Congress 2012 preview# Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon

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Mobile World Congress 2012 is still a couple of months away, but I found myself lying in bed this morning wondering what delights might be in store. Because that’s how I roll.

Absolutely nothing is official as of yet, but we’ve got a vague idea of what to expect. Sort of. Of course, CES takes place in Vegas next month, and there’ll inevitably be some big announcements there, but Mobile World Congress is traditionally the biggie.

Behold: a quick rant about each of the big manufacturers. Let’s rock, guy.


This year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S II (still one of the most popular smartphones in the world) and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. And heck, the modest Samsung Galaxy Ace first raised its head at Mobile World Congress 2011 too.

At Mobile World Congress 2012, we’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S III, and perhaps an early demo of a tablet with Samsung’s Exynos 5250 dual-core 2GHz chip. Fingers crossed.


We weren’t overly impressed with HTC’s showing at Mobile World Congress 2011. The HTC Incredible, Desire and Wildfire all received modest S upgrades; we met two Facebook phones in the HTC ChaCha and Salsa; and there was the HTC Flyer tablet.

Recent leaks have detailed the HTC Edge and HTC Zeta, both quad-core smartphones. There are also rumours of a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet being lined up for Mobile World Congress 2012, possibly the HTC Quattro.

HTC has gone down in a lot of people’s estimation of late, so it’ll be interesting to see what they bring to the party. Which brings us nicely to…


Chinese manufacturer Huawei is being touted as “the next HTC”. It’s used to having its handsets carrier branded, but now it wants a slice of HTC-esque glory.

Huawei has already started firing out invites for its Mobile World Congress 2012 event, and promises its “smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet". Which, to be fair, isn't saying much.

Interestingly, Huawei’s event will take place the day before Mobile World Congress opens officially, a tactic traditionally employed only by the biggest of the big players. Clearly Huawei has its sights set high.

Sony Ericsson

Come Mobile World Congress 2011, we’d met dual-core smartphones from Samsung, Motorola and LG, and we’re finally expecting Sony Ericsson to join the party one year on.

The Sony Ericsson Nozomi (or is it the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD?) will be the manufacturer’s first dual-core effort. I don’t want to be a party pooper, but the big draws at Mobile World Congress 2012 will inevitably be quad-core beasts.


Nokia was absent from the last two Mobile World Congress events. In 2010 the Finns confounded everyone by using an adjacent venue to hold their own party (what the…?), while in 2011 we were digesting the public announcement of the Ballmer-Elop romance.

We’re hearing two conflicting rumours. One suggests that the Nokia Lumia 900 will be revealed alongside Windows Phone Tango at CES in January, while the other insists that Nokia will wait till February’s Mobile World Congress 2012.

We’re also expecting something with more modest specs, perhaps the Nokia Lumia 719. Meh.


Korean manufacturer LG turned a lot of heads in February with the LG Optimus 3D and LG Optimus Pad. The LG Optimus 2X and LG Optimus Black were in attendance too.

It’s been fairly quiet on the LG front of late. The manufacturer appears to have been busying itself with the LG Prada 3.0. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s using its top-secret mountain lair to prepare a quad-core beast.


“LOL”. Apple doesn’t do Mobile World Congress.

Phew, I think that’s everyone. If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’ll buy you a pint in Barcelona.

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:08

Do RIM & ZTE "do", MCW?

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:15

Is RIM still relevant? :p Indeed, it'll be interesting to see what the Canadians pull out of their crumpled hat, since BlackBerry 10 phones could still be a year away.

And I guess ZTE will continue the decent specs/budget theme.

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:23

Actually, ZTE doesn't appear on the official list of exhibitors. RIM is there under BlackBerry.

socialjeebus  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:28

Surely it should read "Korean manufacturer LG"

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:32

It does (_;)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:32

Personally I don't feel RIM have been relevant for a long time. I once briefly looked at buying a BB, then bought an iPhone instead. According to a story I read yesterday RIM are even deeper in the sh*t than they're letting on :/.

Damn, I like ZTE :(, oh well Huawei will have to do I suppose.

Treab  Dec. 23, 2011 at 13:43

how about maizu? or panasonic?

lcurdie / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 16:28

No and yes.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 16:41

Maizu aren't that interesting anyway, people only cared about them because they were possibly going to release the world's first quad-core phone, but since that turned into a dual-core phone in the end, they're just another Chinese manufacturer who's warranties would mean nothing in the UK.

Treab  Dec. 23, 2011 at 17:21

No and yes.

ill take a magners ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 23, 2011 at 17:26

I'd forgotten about that, for RIM, I'll have a Corona thanks :p.

Treab  Dec. 23, 2011 at 17:28

he said a pint not a girls drink :p

Treab  Dec. 23, 2011 at 17:32

it does seem expensive though. going to barcelona to buy us a drink then bringing it back to the uk and delivering it ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 24, 2011 at 01:54

I've only just seen this you cheeky git, girls drink is it :p?

Treab  Dec. 24, 2011 at 02:47

yep its why it comes in those tiny 330ml bottles with a lime in the top... its so you ladies can handle the taste ;)


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