With MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2013 just around the corner (er, there’s still almost six weeks to go, actually), we’re starting to think about the various goodies that might be on display.
I should mention that I haven’t looked at the official list of attending manufacturers, as it’ll only lead to disappointment. Consider this somewhat of a fantasy list. Or something.
Let’s get straight down to business. Here, in no particular order, are five things we’d really like to see at MWC 2013.
Samsung Galaxy S IV
It’s generally accepted that the Samsung Galaxy S IV won’t appear at MWC 2013, but there’s still the odd hint here and there that it might.
For example, a few days ago we were saying that Samsung’s 4.99in 1080p Super AMOLED display was confirmed for launch in Q1. I guess there’s always the chance it’ll launch at MWC – not the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Hmm.
Having said that, the iPhone 5S is expected to launch in summer (breaking from the recent September/October launches), so Samsung might want to push ahead with the Galaxy S IV and get a few unchallenged months under its belt beforehand. That’s not too far-fetched, eh?
A new HTC flagship
This one is pretty much a given. After the HTC Butterfly UK snub, and considering the HTC One X is almost one year old, we're all but guaranteed to meet a new HTC flagship at MWC 2013.
Chances are it'll be the much-discussed HTC M7 making its debut in Barcelona. Rumoured HTC M7 specs include an eye-melting 4.7in 1080p display, quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 13MP rear camera, 32GB internal storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. Sounds pretty freakin' good to us.
We’ve already had a couple of hands-on peeks at Jolla’s Sailfish (here and here). For those unfamiliar with Sailfish, it’s basically being developed by a team including a bunch of former Nokia employees, with a view to keeping the MeeGo dream alive.
We’re thinking Mobile World Congress 2013 would be a good opportunity for Jolla to whip up a bit of Sailfish hype, and Barcelona is just a four-hour flight from Helsinki. Easy!
For all intents and purposes, the BlackBerry X10 looks like a BlackBerry 10-based version of the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900, though we’re slightly concerned about the edge-to-edge keys. And remember how bad the rear looked in those leaked BlackBerry X10 pics?
It’s still not entirely clear when the BlackBerry X10 will be released. It was previously suggested that the BlackBerry Z10 might come first, but I guess we’ll find out for sure come January 30. In any case, we’re hoping the BlackBerry X10 pops up at MWC 2013.
Lots of waterproofing
I’ve been saying for aaaages that high-end smartphones should be at least waterproof, and possibly resistant to dust and stuff too. Heck, at £500 a pop, smartphones should be indestructible.
Anyway! There are signs that things are going my way, as the Sony Xperia Z is water resistant to 1m, while the world’s most powerful smartphone – the Huawei Ascend D2 – laughs off both water and dust. Excellent.