Clash of Titans: Preview Galaxy S5, Nokia Normandy, Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2, new HTC One…

The biggest announcements in the world of mobile smartphones are expected to come during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona in Spain.

According to some reports at least 100 new announcements will be made during this coming week at the Congress.

This year seems very special as the industry is expected to witness at least 10 new smartphone models to be announced - including the Samsung Galaxy S5 – Samsung is also expected to come out with a new device running on Tizen.

LG has already announced the LG G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini. There are rumours that HTC will launch an upgrade to the HTC One. Sony is expected to go big as well announcing three new Xperias during the WMC.

Samsung Galaxy S5

As expected the phone that is eagerly awaited will be the Samsung Galaxy S5. On Friday, Samsung released new teaser video about the forthcoming new device that provided enough indication that the new device will be waterproof, and much faster than its predecessor.

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Rumours about the new phone point to a much faster processor – Samsung is expected to launch the phone with a 64-bit architecture, a new design element – Samsung might completely abandon the ‘plasticky cover’ and replace the new S5 with a metal frame.

Samsung is also expected to enhance the security features with a new finger print scanner and a 16 MP camera.

Nokia’s Normandy

Nokia’s mobile division which will soon be completely owned by Microsoft is expected to make an entry into the Android market. Nokia had announced the Lumia 520, one of its most popular and fast selling models during the MWC in 2013, with a couple of Asha devices.

This year, however, the Finnish company is expected to announce the Nokia X or the Normandy as it is codenamed will have a tweaked version of Android and not the latest Android 4.4.2.

According to some latest reports Nokia plans to first launch the low-end Android phone and during the latter part of the year come out with more high-end versions.

LG G Pro 2 and G2 Mini

LG does not like to wait for the event to start to announce its new phones. The South Korean company last week made two announcements unveiling the LG Gpro 2 and the G2 Mini.

The G Pro2 is unique as it is one of the few phones with an ability to shoot 4K videos. The G Pro 2 comes with the latest Android version 4.4 (Kitkat) a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display and extra slim bezel of 3.3mm, the G Pro 2 offers an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 per cent.

On Wednesday it also announced the G2 Mini, the low end version of the G2 with a 4.7 inch screen, the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat and the premium UX features of the G2.

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Both phones will be showcased during the MWC and is expected to hit the market soon.

Sony Xperia Z2

Sony in its teaser video for the Xperia Z2 has talked of “something extraordinary. The 15 second video shows covers being taken off a new model with an image of an eye.

Does it mean the inclusion of a new retina scanner that originally Samsung was expected to launch this year along with the Galaxy S5?

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Otherwise rumours suggest the Xperia Z2 is expected to go thinner than the previous model and has improved camera features including video recording, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 - a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, a 20 megapixel camera, 4K Video recording and dust and waterproof features.

The company also plans to launch the Xperia tablet Z2. The 10.1 inch tablet will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display resolution, run the latest Android OS the Kitkat 4.4.2 and come with a 2.3GHz processor.

The All New HTC One

That is what HTC plans to announce in Barcelona. The success of One saw the company two new variants of last year with the HTC One mini and the HTC One Max.

The M8 or the All New HTC One, as it is now being called is expected to be the new One with a super bold design and an improvised Sense Feed – something which the HTC One stood out in the market for.

Rumours suggest HTC will initially launch three new colour variants -  Grey, Silver and Gold. Rumours have suggested that the new HTC phone will be the first one ever to come with a dual rear camera.

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