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Will there be a surprise smartphone announcement at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona? The annual trade show, specially dedicated to the mobile industry is just a week away.

Although the four day event officially starts on March 2, expect some major announcements on March 1.

There are already enough and more rumours and even official confirmations on what we could expect during the MWC.

Android’s two main flagship device makers Samsung and HTC have confirmed that they would be making new announcements while there are have been rumours floating around about what else could follow.

LG, which launched its flagship curved G Flex2 during the recent IFA exhibition at Las Vegas, will not be making any new smartphone announcements in Barcelona. It has already unveiled its four new mid-range devices and plans to showcase them at its stand at MWC.

Samsung’s Six Appeal

It is one of the most anticipated smartphones this year and Samsung is taking enough care to ensure that the expectations are high.

There has been a slate of new leaks including several official teasers ahead of the official launch.

Samsung has already announced its event on March 1. Its latest video gives away some details in terms of metal casing and edgeless display.

According to latest reports, Samsung could be planning to come out with two or even three new variants of the S6 including the S6, S6 Edge featuring a Note Edge type curved edges on three sides and an S6 mini.

It was earlier reported that Samsung could be planning to introduce wireless charging and whole lot of software upgrades into the new Galaxy S6.

Samsung S6 to feature edgeless display, wireless charging

A new teaser that appeared on T Mobile shows the next galaxy with a caption Six Appeal. Whether the new announcements will match up to the expectations and take on the ongoing onslaught by Apple needs to be seen.

HTC One M9

Another major announcement at this year’s MWC could be by HTC which plans to launch the latest version of its HTC One series through its M9 and a new wearable – a possible smart watch.

The M9 may retail the core design elements of the popular M8 version, which comes with a sleek metallic design, but there could be some minor alterations in terms of the placement of its speakers and the front camera.

HTC is moving its ultra-pixel rear camera to the front and enhancing the rear one with a 20MP lens. The device will be powered by an eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM.

HTC has already sent out invites for the event on March 1.

It is also expected that HTC will unveil its first wearable device on the occasion. Rumours about the Taiwanese giant working on some sort of wearable device have been doing the rounds since 2013.

A recent report from Bloomberg states that the wearable device could indeed be a smart watch. Earlier media reports however had indicated that the company is working on a wristband.

LG’s Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy

LG, which launched its G Flex 2 - the curved flexible flagship at the recent CES show in Las Vegas, has already announced its new lineup that would be launched at the MWC.

As expected, the new lineup are all mid-tier range and as LG puts it is at a very affordable pricing.

The devices range from 4- to 5-inch displays and have been named rather differently – as Magna, Spirit, Leon and Joy.

The four devices will have two versions each - LTE and 3G. While the LTE versions will come with metallic back covers, the 3G devices will feature patterned plastic back covers.

The 5-inch LG Magna will feature in-cell touch display, Quad-Core chipset, 8MP rear camera and powered by a 2,540mAh removable battery.

LG Spirit will come with almost similar features but has a 4.7 inch screen and 2,100mAh battery. The LG Leon offers a 4.5-inch while the LG Joy will has a 4-inch display.

Six Lenovo smartphones

Samsung might be trying to woo the market with its S6 but the real competition to it is going to come from the Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Lenovo. The latter significantly increased its portfolio over the last two years by adding a range of new devices into its kitty.

This year too will be no different. The Chinese tech firm which also owns Motorola could be launching not one but five different smartphones during the MWC.

According to latest rumours are leaks the devices are Vibe X3, Vibe Shot, Vibe Max, Vibe S1 Vibe P1 and Vibe P1 Pro.

The Vive X3 will be it’s the flagship device and the upgraded version of the Vibe X2. The 5.5 inch device could come with fingerprint sensor on the back, 20 MP camera, and significantly Hi-fi 3.0 sound set with dedicated amplifiers.

The Lenovo Vibe Max on the other hand is a phablet with a 6" display and will come with a stylus. The device will feature QHD resolution, 4,000mAh battery.

Huawei, ZTE and the Chinese bandwagon

Along with Lenovo, several other Chinese tech firms such as Huawei, ZTE, Gionee and several others will be in full force showcasing a wide array of products.

Both Huawei and ZTE are expected to make new announcements. So does Gionee and Xiaomi. However, most of these new launches will be meant for the local Chinese market and some parts of South East Asia.


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