10 things to look forward to at Mobile World Congress 2010
12th Feb 2010 | 12:49
The hottest handsets likely to break cover next week
HTC and Samsung handsets, Windows Mobile 7
Just when you finally sit down after the fun of CES, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona pops up with a plethora of releases.
But what's coming? We've heard a million rumours, been told a thousand 'facts' about releases and come to some conclusions on our own, too - so we've distilled them down to bring you information on the coolest announcements we think we'll be seeing in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2010.
HTC releasing the Bravo, Legend... and Obsession?
HTC is very likely to be the big winner at MWC2010, as it looks to release not one, not two, but three (and maybe even four) devices in Barcelona.
The rumour mill has cranked into overdrive with the HTC Legend (which seems to bear more than a passing resemblance to the Hero) and the sheer amount of pictures, specs and stats about the device means it's pretty much nailed on to appear.
The same thing with the Bravo - outlets like the Swedish version of 3 have 'confirmed' they'll be bringing the phone to their shores, so it's likely a 3.7-inch OLED screened Nexus One clone will be appearing too.
And of course, don't forget HTC's Windows Mobile heritage - that surely can't be left behind either. The Obsession has been mooted for a number of weeks as a possible successor to the Diamond2 - and also packing a 3.7-inch screen with WVGA resolution and HD video recording.
Windows Mobile 7 unveiled by Ballmer
Come on, we all know it's going to appear - Windows Mobile 7 is so nailed on for Mobile World Congress 2010 it's not even true.
We were told there was 'something big' being announced by Microsoft at MWC this year, and while the software giant does have a reputation of bigging up small changes (Windows Mobile 6.5/Windows Phone coming to mind) the sheer groundswell of Windows Mobile 7 information says otherwise.
A number of sources have confirmed the WinMo 7 launch to TechRadar, so we're sure it's coming - the only question is when the UK release date will be, this year or next?
The rumours are that the phones will have a minimum resolution level and some applications might not be compatible because of it - we're hoping that's not the case, but Microsoft is likely to be trying to unify the standards in the next WinMo release, so this has a tinge of truth about it.
Other scary thoughts are there will be no Flash support on board as standard, but the phone will be multi-touch throughout. This is something we're looking forward to finding out, if Steve Ballmer makes it to the stage at MWC 2010.
Samsung showing off its first Bada smartphone
Samsung has dropped a huge hint that it will be showing off a phone running Bada in Barcelona - the clues on its website couldn't be any more obvious.
The smartphone platform has divided opinion so far, with most being heavily confused about what Samsung is going to do with the platform. We think that it's probably going to be a way to move its feature phones into the growing smartphone segment - and a way to make its app portal open to everyone.
... and also the Galaxy 2
But that won't be the only launch - as it seems possible that the next Samsung Android phone - the Galaxy 2 - will be turning up as well.
You know the normal stats such rumours reel off these days: 4-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android in 2.1.
We doubt that it will have all of that, but it sounds pretty promising for the launch - we know Samsung loves to keep up with the Android lot, but we're also wondering whether such a launch would overshadow the Bada unveiling, something Samsung has been carefully crafting for months.
New handsets from LG, Nokia and Sony Ericsson
LG promoting its social networking handsets
LG has kind of ruined things a little bit in terms of surprises - not only will it not be at the main MWC event (with it taking a venue nearby, forcing all the journalists to trip-trap on a little journey to go and find it) but it's already told us what's going to be there.
The LG Mini GD880, the LG GW990 and the LG GT450 will all be present and correct - we're particularly excited to see the latter, as it's going to be LG's newest Android phone - we loved the Intouch Max GW620, so it's nice to see that we're getting the next instalment already.
Nokia announcing C series and a 12MP Symbian^3 phone
We were annoyed that Nokia refused to have its press conferences at the MWC venue last year, preferring to shuttle journalists miles away to show off its new E-Series handsets.
The Finnish firm has gone one better this year, as it's not even taking a stand at the event (as in a large booth, not a political stance).
But that doesn't mean there aren't strong rumours of a raft of new devices coming from the firm, ranging from the basic to the frankly ludicrously powerful.
The C-Series, which we first heard word of last year, seems like it will finally be making its debut, with a couple of spy pictures already leaked. And while this will be more about servicing the budget end of the spectrum, Nokia apparently also has plans for a 12MP device too - the N8.
This little wonder will not only pack the best specs, but also be running the next generation of Symbian (version^3) - but there's a decent chance that something this good would be announced by Nokia itself at its Nokia World shindig - sadly this isn't going to be until much later in the year.
Nokia does have a press conference with Intel lined up though before its main 'phone release' event - so perhaps we're in for more of a treat than previously thought?
Qualcomm debuting the 1.3GHz Snapdragon chip
On a more positive note, Qualcomm is getting all excited about the future of mobile connectivity, and its new mobile chip is hopefully going to be shown off at this year's event.
The 1.3GHz Snapdragon is apparently 'in the pipeline', so we're hoping we may even get wind of which devices will be using it this year at MWC 2010.
Given that Qualcomm has heavily talked up the prowess of its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon (which will allow your mobile device to pump out 1080p content to a larger screen) we'd hope the next gen chip might be shown off at MWC.
Sony Ericsson to show off Xperia X10 and Vivaz
But with every new year, comes a new dawn, and 2010 holds much promise for the Japanese Swedish alliance - the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is tipped to be one of the best Android phones of the year, with a Snapdragon processor and a cool overlay to sync your life into one place.
We had a hands-on with it earlier in 2009, but it was very much a work in progress then - we want to know if the real thing lives up to the early promise, so look forward to a detailed hands on.
We're also going to be nabbing some time with the new Vivaz (HD video recording and an 8MP camera) as well as whatever else Sony Ericsson releases from its 14 February press conference (our significant others were THRILLED to hear about that event).
Motorola announcing the Zeppelin, unveiling BackFlip UK release date
Motorola - it saw the Android bandwagon HTC was riding on into the sunset, and it thought 'we want some of that!'
However, this one is going to be more of a budget phone, with all the power of the Dext (MotoBlur overlay with social networking capabilities) but no QWERTY keyboard and a slightly smaller screen, according to the leaks.
We've also heard this might be a Latin America only version of an Android device, but we're hopeful of a European release.
And there's a lot more we're waiting for from Motorola in terms of European information - such as when we're getting our hands on the Devour, the Motoroi and the Backflip, three devices we're pretty keen to get our hands on.
Nothing from Palm... nothing at all
You remember the Palm Pre? The phone that got everyone all excited in 2009? Well, its release in January was apparently the high point.
After taking 10 months to bring the Pre to the UK, the company released the Pixi to the US - and, well, that's it.
Palm isn't even going to have a booth at this year's event, nor will it be staging a press conference - we're sad to hear that from a company we had high hopes would create a range of phones to rival the likes of the HTC Hero and the iPhone.
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