MWC is one of the biggest events in the smartphone tech 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? Read our 'All the latest coverage' section below for up-to-the-minute news. While the Xperia Z4, LG G4 and new devices from Motorola aren't likely, there's still plenty to look forward to from Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG and Lenovo. See below for the full breakdown of the highlights you need to know.
All the latest coverage
Update: Here are our latest articles covering this year's biggest announcements:
- Galaxy S6 is finally here
- Galaxy S6 Edge announced
- HTC One M9 is official and looks very familiar
- HTC One M9 review
- LG Watch Urbane LTE review (with video)
- LG Watch Urbane review (with video)
MWC 2015: dates and location
MWC 2015 starts today and will run until March 5. Once again it’ll be at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. There’s also a second venue, Fira Montjuïc, just down the road for “selected events”.
Stay tuned throughout the day for updates on the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, LG, Huawei and more.
MWC 2015: what to expect from Samsung
Samsung Galaxy S6, anyone? We know that the Galaxy S Edge will be appearing at MWC, thanks to an artfully constructed Samsung Unpacked invitation, but we still don't know for sure if the Galaxy S6 will appear alongside it or be shown separately at a later date.
Intriguingly, Samsung Norway reproduced three rumors about 'the next Galaxy' on its website, hinting strongly at front-facing speakers, extra-durability, and a three-sided display.
We recently 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. It's Samsung’s chance to show that it's capable of a "ground up" redesign of its smartphones. While many of the leaks have shown a disappointingly typical-looking device, T-Mobile's official teaser of the phone in February certainly made it look tantalising, showing an 'Edge' design with what looks like a power button towards
TouchWiz is rumored to be getting a rebuild too, with the aim of making it almost as fast as stock Android. We're not really holding our breath, but any improvements to Samsung's notoriously laggy interface are welcome.
Samsung might also be working on a smartwatch with a rotating dial, which could be heading to MWC. Codenamed "Orbis", Sam Mobile 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 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 HTC
HTC has revealed that "the new HTC One" will be revealed March 1, just before the official start of MWC 2015.
Following on from the HTC One M8, the HTC One M9 looks to be an impressive device. Online retailer Cyberport listed the M9, complete with its specs, before taking the listing down. The listed specs seemed to confirm most rumors to this point - a quad-core Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM, 20 MP rear camera and 4MP UltraPixel front-facing camera are all accounted for. Although the resolution listed is Full HD, rather than QHD as some rumors suggested.
What appears to be an HTC One M9 commercial has also appeared on YouTube, showing the device to have a similar design to its predecessor, pale gold chassis, and a bigger, square rear camera sensor. Click the video below and tell us what you think. Should HTC have been more ambitious with the design, or is it a case of 'If it ain't broke...'
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?
- HTC One (M9) release date, news, specs and rumors
MWC 2015: what to expect from Sony
We recently reported that the Xperia Z4 might miss MWC 2015. Sony has now confirmed that there will be no press conference at MWC this year and more than likely no interviews with key executives either. Definitely not the actions of a manufacturer looking to promote its latest flagship.
We know that Sony has its new Exmor RS IMX230 image sensor scheduled to start shipping in April. Naturally, we expect it to appear in the Z4. The successor to the Xperia Z3 is also 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
The Huawei Ascend P8 will probably be unveiled at an event in London on April 15, rather than MWC. While Huawei has confirmed it will not be showcasing any new phones at MWC, the Chinese smartphone giant looks set to have to have a '4.5G Smartband' in store for us. We don't yet know exactly what '4.5G' means, but the band will apparently connect with Internet-of-Things devices, including thermostats and energy readers, according to The Inquirer
In other news, the Ascend Mate 7 looks like it is the next device in store for the miniaturization process, with rumors pointing to a Mate 7 Compact. We don't yet know when this device will be announced, but it could feasibly be unveiled alongside the P8 in April.
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.
MWC 2015: what to expect from LG
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, the LG G Watch R2, which they are expected to showcase at WMC 2015.
LG, it seems, wants its smartwatch 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 at CES 2015 will not be making its way to general consumers' wrists, nor does it seem to be it the basis for the next G Watch. If that one-off looked that good though, we're expecting the actual G Watch R2 to be seriously sexy.
MWC 2015: What to expect from Lenovo
Lenovo will be launching several smartphones at MWC 2015, and one of these could be the Vibe Max, the company's first stylus-equipped smartphone, with 6-inch QHD display. That's just the start of it. Thai site MXphone reported that we can expect another five Vibe phones from Lenovo. These include the photo-oriented Vibe Shot, the octa-core Vibe P1 and P1 Pro, the metallic flagship-level Vibe X3, and the Vibe S1 - which will be available in several colors.
We covered the tablet in our Yoga Tab 2 Pro review, and will bring you more on Lenovo's new smartphones as soon as they come in.
MWC 2015: What to expect from Asus
We covered the device in our hands-on Zenfone 2 review, and were impressed by what we saw, so to see an even smaller version with the same specs sheet would be great.We'll see at MWC whether Asus takes the ''shrunken flagship'' approach or the ''watered down'' angle.
MWC 2015: what to expect from Motorola
A invitation went out on February 25 to the press saying an "exciting announcement" was imminent. With MWC just around the corner, does Motorola have a new smartphone or, more likely, a new Moto 360 smartwatch in store for us?
We'll keep you posted as more information comes to light, but the announcement suggests that Motorola may yet surprise us at MWC 2015, despite only recently unveiling three devices at IFA 2014 in Berlin.
As always, there's plenty in store, and we're looking forward to seeing who steals the show in Barcelona. What are you most looking forward to at MWC 2015?