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MWC 2015: everything you need to know about the ultimate phone show [update: will we see the Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra at MWC?]

Gary Marshall

MWC is the most important phone event in the calendar. At MWC 2014 we met the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 and the super secure Blackphone. So what can we expect from 2015? Update: It looks like the Sony is going to release the Xperia Z4 Compact and the Xperia Z4 Ultra sometime in 2015. Will they make it to MWC? Head to the updated Sony section to find out more. 

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Here's what to expect at the MWC 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT
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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

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Sony's expected to unveil the Z4, the successor the Xperia Z3. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony’s a regular exhibitor at MWC and likes to introduce new models there, so there’s a very good chance we’ll see the Xperia Z4 in March - not least because Sony’s new Exmor RS IMX230 image sensor will start shipping the following month. The successor to the Xperia Z3 is expected to have a 5.5-inch QHD display, a 2.8 GHz, eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 4 GB of RAM.

Update: We've recently heard reports that Sony is working on both the Xperia Z4 Compact and Xperia Z4 Ultra. 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. However, rumor has it that they will be released after Sony's flagship, so don't get your hopes up too high that we'll see them in March. Head to the links below to find out more about the new upcoming Sony devices.

MWC 2015: what to expect from HTC

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We're expecting the HTC One M9 to be unveiled at MWC 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

With many experts calling the HTC One M8 the world’s best smartphone, you’ll never guess what HTC is expected to unveil at MWC 2015: that’s right, the HTC One M9 and possibly the HTC One M9 Prime too. Once again we’re hearing QHD screens and Snapdragon 810s, and we’re also hearing mumblings of an “exotic material” made by combining aluminum and silicone.

MWC 2015: what to expect from Samsung

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Apparently the Galaxy S6 won't look anything like this.  / © ANDROIDPIT

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. What kind of form is currently unclear, although rumours suggest that there will be a 5.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED on the front and an end to the less than premium plastic cases that make the S series look a little cheap.

Expect Samsung to try and upstage MWC slightly by holding its own Samsung Unpacked event in the days prior to the main show.

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.

MWC 2015: what to expect from LG

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LG's expected to launch the successor to its G3 at MWC. / © LG/ANDROIDPIT

The LG G3 is just months old, but we’re expecting to see at least a hint of the LG G4 at MWC - although we’ll be surprised if the actual device ships before the summer.

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.

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MWC 2015: what to expect from Huawei

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Huawei's popular Ascend P7 could be replaced, but will the rumored chipset be ready? / © Huawei

Huawei's Ascend P7 turned up in May, but increasingly leaky suppliers suggest that its successor, the Ascend P8, might be ready to say hello at MWC. 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.

What about you? What would you like to see at MWC 2015?