MWC is possibly the most important phone event in the calendar. At MWC 2014 we met the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, two of the hottest products on Android last year. So what can we expect from MWC 2015? Update: The latest rumors suggest we won't see the Xperia Z4 at MWC, but Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 Compact could be there in swimwear! Head to the relevant sections to find out more.
MWC 2015: dates and location
MWC 2015 will take place from the 2nd of March to the 5th of March 2015, and once again it’ll be at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. There’s a second venue, Fira Montjuïc, just down the road for “selected events”.
MWC 2015: what to expect from Sony
Update: We recently reported that the Xperia Z4 might miss MWC 2015, as one source speculated that it wouldn't see a release until much later in the year. It's up in the air at the moment and Sony hasn't confirmed anything, but with the Z4 expected to be the Japanese company's only flagship device of 2015, it's possible that the schedule won't reflect previous habits (the Z2 made a big splash at MWC 2014 last March).
But Sony can't be keen to let Samsung and HTC steal the limelight, and with MWC presenting the best place to showcase its device this side of the summer, we're still confident it will present something.
Another solid reason for Sony to show off the Xperia Z4 at MWC is that its new Exmor RS IMX230 image sensor will start shipping the following month, and we think it could could appear on its premium flagship. The successor to the Xperia Z3 is expected to have a 5.2 or 5.5-inch QHD display (with a second Full HD variant available in some markets), a 2.8 GHz, eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 4 GB of RAM.
We've recently heard reports that Sony is working on both the Xperia Z4 Compact and Xperia Z4 Ultra as well. The former being a "compact version" of the Xperia Z4, with a rumored 4.7-inch screen and the latter being a sequel to the 2013 Xperia Z Ultra phablet. As a 2015 release for both is expected, they may be revealed alongside the Sony Xperia Z4 at MWC. Head to the links below to find out more about the new upcoming Sony devices.
- Sony Xperia Z4 Compact price, release date, specs, rumors
- Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra price, release date, specs, rumors
- Sony Xperia Z4 price, release date, specs and rumors
MWC 2015: what to expect from Huawei
Update: The well-priced and well-handsome Huawei Ascend Mate 7 made its first appearance at IFA 2014, offering great build quality and performance with excellent value. It is a big slippery beggar though isn't it? Clearly Huawei thinks so too, as the company is expected to announce a Mate 7 Compact at MWC 2015.
Compact is a relative term these days and Huawei's Mate 7 Compact is expected to house a not-exactly-miniature 5.5-inch screen. This would position it between the probably-5-inch Ascend P8 and 6-inch Mate 7. We don't have any news about the internal specs, but it would be cool to see "compact" done the Sony way - maintaining most of the same hardware as the main model.
Huawei's Ascend P7 turned up in May, but we think the Ascend P8 might be ready to say hello at MWC, as Huawei is holding an event on March 1st just before it gets started proper. For a bit of variety it’s expected to have a QHD screen and may be powered by the Kirin 930 eight-core processor - although that does seem unlikely as that particular chipset isn’t expected until late 2015.
If our guesses at CES 2015 were right - that Huawei had planned to announce a push into the US market and then had to pull the pin at the last minute - then we might see something announced at MWC instead. Let's keep our fingers crossed, as we're not the only ones wishing there were more Huawei devices available in the US.
MWC 2015: what to expect from HTC
Recently HTC sent out invites for an event titled Utopia in Progress to take place on March 1st, just before the official start of MWC 2015. it seems clear that the HTC One (M9) will be presented, but a new story from Bloomberg has HTC revealing their first smartwatch alongside the new One flagship.
HTC has repeatedly told us that it will not do a ''me too'' wearable and that there will be no HTC smartwatch until there is a ''compelling reason for you to strap it on your wrist'' - something the company feels no other manufacturer has managed to accomplish thus far. So, is this all a bit of hot air or does Bloomberg know something we don't?
Following on from the HTC One M8, the HTC One (M9) looks to be an impressive device: we’re hearing QHD screens and Snapdragon 810s, and we’re also hearing mumblings of an “exotic material” made by combining aluminum and silicone, along with a 20 MP camera and UltraPixel front-facing camera.
MWC 2015: what to expect from Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S6, anyone? The device, codenamed “Project Zero”, promises to be a brave new direction for Sammy’s flagship: unlike previous versions, which have stuck closely to the familiar Galaxy S design, the S6 will boast a completely different form. We recently had confirmed the rumor that Samsung is preparing two designs for the S6, one with an all-metal unibody (so the battery will be non-removable) and an S6 Edge with a metallic/plastic combo closer to the design of the Note 4.
The S6 is a really important release for Samsung, whose key phablet market is under assault from stacks of rivals including Apple. It’s Samsung’s chance to show that it’s more than a mere copyist in a market where its sales have declined over 60% this year. We can’t wait to see what it comes up with. We're not really holding our breath for a Tizen phone yet either.
Samsung might also be working on a smartwatch with a rotating dial and it could be heading to MWC. Codenamed "Orbis", Sammobile claims that Samsung has been developing the round-faced smartwatch to rival the likes of the G Watch R and Moto 360.
But whereas those two devices were operated purely with the touch-screen, the Samsung Orbis smartwatch will also have use the rotating crown to add another layer of interactivity (to act as a zoom function, for example). We're certainly intrigued by this – here's hoping it makes an appearance on the show floor in March!
- Samsung Galaxy S6 release date, news, specs and rumors
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge release date, news, specs and rumors
MWC 2015: what to expect from LG
The LG G3 is just months old, but we might see at least a hint of the LG G4 at MWC - although we’ll be surprised if the actual device ships before the summer (and an LG executive has recently been quoting saying it ain't gonna' be there). If we see anything G4-like and we're not sworn to secrecy we'll be sure to let you know all about it. We're thinking something wearable could be on the horizon though instead.
To keep up with the ever growing competition in the wearables industry, and particularly against mobility tycoon Samsung, LG is rumored to be preparing a new 4G enabled smartwatch, which they will showcase during the WMC 2015, and it will potentially go by the name of LG G Watch R2.
LG, it seems, wants to outdo the Samsung Gear S which already provides 2G and 3G networks. Incorporating 4G/LTE in their next smartwatch would be a promising step in solidifying LG’s leading position in the wearables market. Sadly, the awesome looking LG smartwatch running WebOS we saw demoed at the Audi booth at CES 2015 will not be making its way to general consumer's wrists, nor doe s it seem to be it the basis for the next G Watch.
MWC 2015: what to expect from Motorola
Possibly nothing, possibly the Moto 360 2. With three new devices outed at last year's IFA in Berlin and the push back into the Chinese market only just announced, Motorola probably doesn't have any major new devices scheduled for release at MWC 2015, but that doesn't mean we might not see something of the second version of the Moto 360. It may be too early for a new device launch, but there may be hints of something interesting coming up. We'll keep you posted as more information comes to light, but we wouldn't be too surprised to see a very minimal Moto presence at MWC.
MWC 2015: what to expect from BlackBerry
Update: This one is too weird not to include here. BlackBerry is reportedly prepping some concept phones to be unveiled at MWC 2015. A slider phone or two based on old patents, dubbed the Victoria and Visa are apparently scheduled to make their first public appearance at the Barcelona trade fair. While most Android fans probably couldn't care less, I for one would love to see a funky new slider from BlackBerry just to say that I had. It seems more likely that if BB has anything to show at MWC, that it'll be the BlackBerry Rio instead.
What about you? What would you like to see at MWC 2015?