Lenovo To Reveal New Motorola Smartphones As Samsung Reveals Curved Galaxy S6
According to Nick Reynolds Marketing Director at Lenovo the Company has several meetings planned with senior retail executives at WMC.
Also tipped to attend WMC is Telstra CEO David Thodey.
Overnight Samsung has issued invitations for the launch of their Galaxy S6 with the new smartphone tipped to come in two versions, one with a curved edge display.
Also set to launch a brand new smartphone is HTC who last year launched the RE hand held camera.
For the last few years HTC has avoided launching its flagship phone at MWC, choosing separate events instead.
It seems this year the Taiwanese company will be doing things a little differently in 2015, with press invitations for what is assumed to be the HTC One M9 launch event on 1 March, the day before MWC kicks off. There has also been talk of an HTC wearable.
Leaked images of the One M9 suggest you’ll see much the same when it comes to the design of the front, while the back will be slightly different to the M8 to make room for a change in camera. It looks like there will be a 5-inch Full HD display and rumours are suggesting you’ll find 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and a 2840mAh battery.
The Samsung invitation to a ‘Galaxy Unpacked’ event at Mobile World Congress on March 1st comes with the tagline “What’s Next” and the silhouette of a curve.
The Galaxy S6 is the only big game in town.
Whether the curve comes directly from the phone or represents a kind of timeline from flat to curved (in line with its big bet on curved TVs) matters less than the teaser’s clear intent: major design change is coming.
The Galaxy Note Edge is expected to be the inspiration for at least one variant of the Galaxy S6. Its display extends down one side giving quick access to buttons, apps and widgets without interrupting action on the main screen. Initially many saw it as a gimmick, but critical response has been strong and Samsung appears determined to use it as a key differentiator from rivals.
Design is the major change with the Galaxy S6, as it is the one element of the phone yet to leak, this is a clear change from previous years.
BlackBerry who is tipped to be in talks with Samsung re a possible takeover has confirmed back at a launch event in December that it would be revealing its future roadmap at MWC.
It launched an update to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the form of the BlackBerry Classic only a couple of months ago. Next is line is likely to be an update to its Z touchscreen devices.
LG was one of a handful of companies to use CES in Las Vegas as a platform to make a big announcement. The LG G Flex 2 was announced so it is unlikely the company will reveal the LG G3’s successor at MWC.
The LG G3 was announced in May 2014 and it has been said in the past that the LG G4 wouldn’t be released until a year after, so don’t get your hopes too high for a March unveiling. It’s likely LG will use the show to update some of its mid-range devices instead.
At Sony there is some talk surrounding a new Xperia Ultra, as well as a new Xperia Compact.
Leaks suggest the Xperia Z4 will come with a similar Omnibalance design and IP68 waterproofing but introduce Qi wireless charging support, a bigger display and a better camera. A 5.5-inch and 5.4-inch display have both been rumoured, along with the suggestion of Full HD and QHD resolutions, some claiming there will be two devices.
Meanwhile, the rear camera is said to be sticking with the 20.7-megaixel sensor but adding two more lens elements, while the front camera is rumoured to be getting a boost to 4.8-megapixels. In terms of hardware, the Xperia Z4 has been associated with a 2.8GHz octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a battery capacity of 3420mAh within the leaks so all-in-all, it should be a pretty exciting handset if the speculation is accurate.