EVERY year, in the leadup to the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC), leaked documents and photos of mobile devices spawn rumours about what might be unveiled at the event.
The four-day event is typically accompanied by a string of high-profile mobile device announcements from leading manufacturers and thus is the most hotly followed event in the mobile industry.
This year is no different. An invite for Sony Ericsson’s Barcelona press event reveals the company will show off new Xperia devices at the event.
Insiders are expecting Sony Ericsson to finally unveil the “PlayStation phone,” aka the Xperia Play — a touchscreen mobile device with a slide-out game controller — pictures of which have been circling the Web for months.
Mobile-Review has posted a very thorough preview of Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz 2 (aka MT15i, aka Halon/Hallon), a second device that might get its official debut at MWC.
Photos of a Nokia-branded MeeGo prototype device have appeared on various web forums and blogs in the last couple of days, however, little information is known about the device.
According to various reports, Samsung has been working hard to ready a Galaxy S smartphone successor for MWC.
The device, dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S2 and internally codenamed “Seine,” is said to have a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3in or 4.5in Super AMOLED plus screen, an 8-megapixel camera, NFC chip and will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
While blogs speculate about the photos and information appearing on the Web, one thing is certain: “Mobile World Congress will offer attendees a view into the future of mobile and how mobile is transforming the way the world lives and works,” says Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA.
Approximately 1,300 exhibitors and 50,000 industry members from 200 countries will attend the 2011 edition of MWC.
A full programme of conferences, keynotes and panel discussions will run alongside an exhibition of the hottest new products and concept designs from the top mobile companies in the field.
GSMA Mobile World Congress will take place from February 14 to 17 in Barcelona, Spain. — Relaxnews 2011
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