In past shows we’ve gotten our first glimpse of iconic phones such as the HTC Magic (the second Android phone) and the Samsung Bada Wave and Galaxy S II handsets.
Other Smartphone Announcements
This week Nokia released a teaser video alluding to a camera-centric phone announcement on February 27 (the first day of the show). “Get ready to capture a pure view,” the video states. Will Nokia up the megapixel ante and reveal a 12-megapixel camera? Nokia’s flagship phones have always had stellar cameras: We praised the cameras in the Lumia 800 and Nokia N8. We’ll find out what Nokia has up its sleeve on Monday.
Tablets at MWC
While we have advance news aplenty about phones, the tablet front has seen far less activity. But that’s not to say we don’t expect to see new tablets at the show; for the most part, manufacturers are simply being very quiet about their upcoming plans. The exceptions (so far) are Asus and Huawei.
We expect to see the formal introduction of Asus’s Padfone, an innovative tablet with a phone that pops into the back. Asus introduced the Padfone at Computex in Taipei in 2011, and showed it at CES 2012; now, however, we should get the skinny on the Padfone’s specs, availability, and pricing.
Huawei’s Ascend D1 has leaked out to the masses too. Also referred to in prelaunch rumors as the MediaPad 10, the Ascend D1 looks to be an Android 4.0 tablet with a 10-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera. We expect the Ascend to get its official unveiling on Sunday or Monday.
Quad-Core Tablets, Minitablets, and More
With the Optimus Vu phone and 5-inch-class tablet, LG is aiming to challenge Samsung in the minitablet arena. We expect to see the LG device demoed next week at the show. RIM will be at Mobile World Congress, as well; no doubt the company will show off its PlayBook OS 2.0, which launched earlier this week.
We’ll be surprised if Samsung doesn’t tell us about something new for its Galaxy Tab series; after all, it was at MWC 2011 that Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Also expected in Barcelona is a focus on Microsoft’s Windows 8. The software giant is holding a Windows 8 Consumer Preview event at MWC on Wednesday. With its presence at the year’s biggest mobile technology show, Microsoft is clearly sending the message that Windows isn’t just for desktops anymore. We expect that Microsoft’s big event will reveal some details about timing, pricing, and features.