MWC 2014 rumor round-up: what to expect

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Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days’ worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous.

We’ve got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware.

There’s going to be a lot to see, and we’ll be doing our best to deliver all the highlights. But what exactly are we hoping to see, and when can we expect all this news to arrive? Let’s take a look at some of the scheduled events coming up, and what we might be seeing at them:

Sunday

huawei-bandHuawei will host the first major press event of the expo, getting things started early Sunday morning. While some of the specifics have eluded us, we have a relatively good sense of the products it intends to launch. Those may include the Ascend D3 and Ascend G6 smartphones, as well as two tablets, one super-slim, and one that’s likely to be the Mediapad X1. A smartwatch has also been mentioned as a possibility, and some photos that may just reveal the wearable recently surfaced.

LG also has a little event in the works for Sunday, but we’re not expecting much in the way of surprises there; the two models that should take the spotlight, the G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini, have already gone official. That may not mean much in the way of news, but at least we can get a look at both of these new guys. The L Series III should also be there, if you’ve got a hankering for lower-end gear.

Monday

nokianormandyIf there’s one day that’s going to define our MWC 2014 experience, it’s Monday, February 24. We get started super-early with Nokia, where everyone’s betting that the company plans to reveal the Android-running Nokia X. We’ve got a million and one questions about this device, from what it means for the Asha lineup, to how and where Nokia intends to start selling the phone, and we cannot wait to start learning the truth. Beyond that, we’re not optimistic that we’ll see any new Windows Phone hardware, though the company’s recent teaser may hint at some new WP software. We could also get the chance to see some of those long-overdue Treasure Tags in the flesh.

After Nokia on Monday, we’ve got Sony’s event to check out. Its recent teaser left us scratching our heads a little, but that’s all right, as we already have some guesses about what might be on display. Those include the Xperia Tablet Z2 (or is that Xperia Z2 Tablet?), as well as the D6503 “Sirius” that’s been hanging around for a while now.

zte-open-renderZTE has, like LG, already made it pretty clear what’s waiting for us at the MWC, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be interested in seeing it all for ourselves. The company intends to show off the Grand Memo II LTE, the Open C Firefox OS handset, and its Grand Watch smartwatch.

And then there’s Samsung. Unpacked 5 takes place Monday night (afternoon here in the States), and unless Samsung’s just been messing with our expectations, we should finally see the Galaxy S 5 go official. Much like with the Nokia X, we find ourselves inundated by questions about this hardware that need answering, and Samsung’s confirmation of this phone can’t come soon enough. We might also learn about new Exynos chips, get to see a new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and maybe check out some Galaxy Tab 4 models. Tizen news of some kind is expected, but we’re not yet sure just how juicy it might be.

Tuesday

Only the second official day of the conference, and most of the big news will already be a thing of the past. Still, there’s at least one event we’re looking forward to then, as Motorola holds its MWC get-together. No new hardware is expected, but we could always learn about changes to how existing models will be sold. Maybe most importantly, we’re hoping to get some more insight into what the new Lenovo ownership will mean for the company’s future.

That’s just about it for the big OEMs, but with so much to see, and so many companies in attendance, we’re sure we’ll be learning about all sorts of great stuff that hasn’t even crossed our radar yet. Keep checking in with us over the weekend and into next week to stay up-to-the-minute with all the fascinating new hardware and software that the Mobile World Congress 2014 has to share.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!