Space year 2015AD is zooming along at an alarming rate, and we’re now just three weeks away from the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference thingamajig in Barcelona.
Here we're serving up the obligatory MWC 2015 preview, encompassing Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Sony, LG, Huawei and Motorola. New stuff galore!
Samsung @ MWC 2015
Admittedly Samsung hasn’t referred to it by name, but the Galaxy S6 launch date is pretty much set in stone for Sunday, March 1, which is technically the day before MWC 2015 opens officially, but a familiar tactic for the big players.
Rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 specs include – perhaps most notably – a metal design, housing up to 4GB of RAM, 32GB expandable storage, and a 20MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS).
But the story doesn’t end there. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is widely tipped to arrive alongside the Samsung Galaxy Edge/Galaxy S Edge/Galaxy S6 Edge. Call it what you will, it’ll outdo the Galaxy Note Edge with not one but two Edge displays, where users can house shortcuts to favourite apps, sports and news stickers, and an always-on alarm clock while the main display sleeps.
HTC @ MWC 2015
Launching just 2.5 hours before the Galaxy S6, it’s the HTC One M9 (codename: Hima). Again, HTC hasn’t confirmed the name, but we all know what’s going on here.
HTC One M9 specs are a little up in the air, though we’re told to expect a simple 20MP rear camera, which means goodbye UltraPixels and goodbye Dual Lens technology.
The HTC One M9 display could have a resolution of just (“just”) 1080p, leaving the larger HTC One M9 Plus (codename: Hima Ultra) to blow everyone away with a 5.2in QHD (2560 x 1440) display.
Microsoft @ MWC 2015
We’ve made peace with the fact there mightn’t be a new Lumia 2015 flagship till around September, but that’s not to say Windows Phone won’t have a presence at MWC 2015.
One particular rumour (shared by WinBeta) says we’ll meet two new Windows Phone devices at MWC 2015, perhaps one low-end, one midrange, but the interesting thing here is the mention of Windows 10. Really? Personally we’re thinking it’s a little too early for that, but stranger things have happened.
Sony @ MWC 2015
Sony is rumoured to be prepping an entire arsenal of devices under the Z4 banner, namely (deep breath) the plain old Xperia Z4 flagship, Xperia Z4 Compact, Xperia Z4 Ultra, Xperia Z4 Music, and – the one we’re most excited about – the Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra.
Alas, Sony is rumoured to be hanging back till summer before unleashing its wares, so we’re not getting our hopes up too much.
LG @ MWC 2015
It’s a similar story with LG. While history suggests it’s just about time for a successor to the LG G3, the South Koreans are supposedly happy to take their time getting things right with the LG G4.
Expect LG to fire out some sort of new wearable in the meantime to tide us over. If LG is bringing anything of note to MWC 2015, the South Koreans will inevitably fire out teasers and press releases aplenty over the next few weeks. Surprises? We don’t need no surprises!
Huawei @ MWC 2015
Instead, expect a new tablet, or perhaps tablets plural, and three new wearable thingies.
Somewhat unfortunately, Huawei has planned its MWC 2015 announcement for the same day as Samsung and HTC i.e. Sunday, March 1. The Galaxy S6 and One M9 will inevitably hog the limelight, but we're keen to check out Huawei's new tablet output regardless.
The Huawei Ascend P8 launch, incidentally, is pencilled in for April 15 in London.
Motorola @ MWC 2015
Argos “accidentally” leaked the new Motorola Moto G and Moto E a few weeks ago, labelling them the Titan and Styx respectively, though the retailer does have a penchant for making up ridiculous names (Nokia Cheetah, anyone?).
Interestingly, the new Motorola Moto E is tipped to come with a front camera, deftly addressing one of the obvious shortcomings with the first-gen model.
And how about that Motorola Moto G 2014 LTE? Is it coming to the UK?