If someone put a gun to my head and asked me to name one single device announced at last year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), I’d seriously struggle. Don’t shoot, man! I gotta wife and kids (well, I could have; he doesn’t know any better).
This time last year I was cynically scribbling Mobile World Congress: not so exciting no more, but this year I’m actually really looking forward to it. Rumour has it Samsung, HTC, Nokia, LG and Huawei will all bring new stuff to Barcelona. Good.
Let’s dive straight in. I’m not sure what order I’ve shuffled those manufacturers into above (certainly not success, with the ailing two somewhere in the middle), but I’m sticking with it. Go!
Samsung MWC 2014 preview
This is the big one, the phone that will inevitably steal the show at MWC 2014. I’m rambling, of course, about the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Seemingly Samsung has learned from the frankly horrible Galaxy S4 launch campaign, which culminated in a baffling hour-long Broadway spectacle complete with tap-dancing child. Was the hype to blame – at least in part – for lower-than-expected sales? Quite possibly.
This year the South Koreans are adopting the opposite tact, doing away with all the tedious teasing and simply inviting us along to something called Unpacked5 on February 24.
Heck, that’s not even the day before Mobile World Congress, which is when the larger names traditionally unveil their stuff. Samsung, I’m liking this new approach.
Samsung Galaxy S5 specs will likely include a 2K HD display, fingerprint scanner, 3GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 16MP rear camera. A more modest 1080p version might also make an appearance.
Oh, and not forgetting the rumoured Samsung AMOLED tablets. That’s in addition to the five tablets they’ve already announced this year. Sheesh.
And finally, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. Because the first one was so great, they had to rush out a successor.
HTC MWC 2014 preview
We’re due a new HTC smartphone flagship, the HTC One being – whadya know? – one year old today.
It’s widely accepted that the inevitable HTC One Two or HTC Two or HTC M8 or whatever we’re calling it is in the works, but it sounds like it’ll launch on March 25, not at MWC 2014. Bah.
As such, we’ll have to make do with the HTC Desire 8, an intriguing mid-range(ish) phone with a 5.5in display, 13MP rear camera and 5MP front shooter.
Er, that’s assuming HTC announces anything at all… Moving on!
Nokia MWC 2014 preview
Nokia has been quite a busy bee over the past six months or so, to the point where – hands up – I have no idea what the hell’s going on. Tablet, phablet, big cheap one, 20MP rear camera one… Sound about right?
In any case, I’ve donned my research hat and put together the following list of MWC 2014 candidates, which should be pretty comprehensive.
The big story here, if the rumours are true, will be the Nokia X, or “Normandy”, the first phone from the Finns to run Android. Martin remains sceptical and Jan is downright incredulous, but it sounds like it’s happening.
Don’t expect much in the way of ball-punching specs, however, as the Nokia X will be aimed squarely at the lower end of the market.
Spec fiends will inevitably find some comfort in the Nokia Lumia 1820, which is tipped to come with a 5.2in Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and Lytro camera. Am I about to make the leap to Windows Phone? Stay tuned!
There’s also the Nokia Lumia 930, which is effectively a Nokia Lumia 1520 mini of sorts, the 1520 being the existing 20MP HD phablet. Confusingly, the Lumia 930 was rumoured previously as the Nokia Lumia 1520V.
And if you’re not well and truly baffled by those numbers, how about the Nokia Lumia 1525, which is tipped to come with solar panels in its 2K display for charging.
According to @nextleaks, other Nokia Lumia 1525 specs include a 6in 2K HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and “25/30 MP” rear camera.
Finally, there’s the rumoured Nokia Lumia 630, successor to the Nokia Lumia 620, with a dual-SIM variant called the Nokia Lumia 635. Head over to GSMArena if your head hasn't already exploded.
I have no idea what I’m typing any more.
LG MWC 2014 preview
In typical LG fashion, the South Korean manufacturer has already given the proverbial game away, rather than, y'know, waiting for MWC to actually get underway.
Hey, they’re concise at least. A big beefy phablet, a selection of mid-range phones rocking KitKat, and a smaller version of their LG G2 flagship.
Makes more sense than that bloody Nokia crew.
Huawei MWC 2014 preview
If you’ve got a minute, check out Huawei’s official MWC 2014 teaser on YouTube. It’s… indescribable.
I should probably write something in here, 'cause there's a little chunk of white space that's really bothering me, the Huawei logo being so big 'n' all.
That should do it. Bye.