MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS (MWC) is fast approaching, and The INQUIRER team is mentally preparing itself for a budget Ryan Air flight to Barcelona from where we'll bring you all the biggest and most interesting news from this year's jam-packed show.
The biggest names in tech are also gearing up for the event and their business-class flights, no doubt. The likes of Samsung, LG and Huawei will take to the stage to unveil their next smartphones, wearables, virtual reality offerings and, well, God knows what else.
Thanks to the online rumour mill, we already have a fairly good idea of what MWC has in store. We've rounded up some of the best speculation below, and will add to this as more leaks occur.
Chinese firm Huawei is starting to receive as much attention as its big-name competitors thanks to devices like the Huawei Watch and Mate 8 smartphone, and is expected to have something big in store for its MWC press conference.
There's some chatter that the firm will unveil its next smartphone in the form of the Huawei P9, while other rumours point to Huawei's second-generation Apple Watch competitor, the Android-powered Huawei Watch 2.
Huawei's MWC press conference takes place on 21 February at 2pm.
LG hasn't tried to keep its MWC plans a secret. The firm sent us a press release earlier this week for the LG G5, despite the fact that the smartphone hasn't yet been formally announced.
The firm has yet to reveal much else about its next smartphone, but the grapevine has told us pretty much all there is to know about the LG G5. The handset is expected to improve on its predecessor with a new premium design, and will mimic the LG V10 with a dual display. We can also expect a Snapdragon 820, a 20-megapixel camera and Android 6.0.
LG's press conference kicks off at 2pm on 21 February.
Given that it announced the Windows 10-powered Lumia 650 smartphone ahead of MWC, it's unlikely Microsoft has much in store for this year's MWC. However, it likely will take the opportunity to show off the affordable handset, which features a 5in 1080p HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chip and a sizeable 2,000mAh battery.
While Microsoft might not have much planned, there's talk that HP could announced its first Windows 10 Mobile device during this year's show.
A press conference hasn't been scheduled, but there's talk that Lenovo might unveil the next Motorola smartphone before it phases out the Moto brand later this year.
There's talk that it'll be an update to Motorola's budget Moto E line-up, so don't expect to see anything too exciting from either company at this year's Barcelona show.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six months, you probably won't be surprised to learn that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at this year's MWC.
The smartphones are unlikely to look that different to their predecessors, but there's talk that the firm will up the ante with a microSD slot and added protection against water. The S7 and S7 Edge are tipped to have 3,000mAh and 3,600mAh batteries respectively.
The two smartphones will reportedly go on sale as soon as the curtains fall on Samsung's press conference, and the firm has said that it will chuck in a free Gear VR headset to those who pre-order either smartphone.
Samsung hasn't hinted that it has anything else in store, but there's talk that the firm will unveil a duo of Galaxy Tab S3 tablets during the event. The 8in and 9.7in tablets will reportedly pack more power than their Galaxy Tab S2 predecessor, but not much else has been revealed.
Samsung's press conference is on 21 February at 7pm.
Sony has done a good job of keeping its MWC plans under wraps, and there hasn't been much speculation about what the company has in store.
This could be because it won't announce much at all. The firm is unlikely to unveil a new addition to the Xperia smartphone line-up, and might instead focus on updating the Sony Smartwatch line or Xperia Tablet family. This suggests that we could see the Xperia Z5 Tablet, which is likely to come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 10.1in QHD screen and IP67 certification. µ
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