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We're back in Barcelona once again at Mobile World Congress - thanks to our sponsor Avast! - and this year is shaping up to be one for the books. And by the books, I mean Samsung's books - Galaxy S5 speculation has reached a fever pitch, and the world's #1 Android OEM has all but spelled out at this point that they'll be Unpacking their latest flagship at this year's show.

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That kind of announcement really does leave little room for the competition to shine. In fact, we already know HTC has pushed out their new flagship's unveiling to next month, and LG has pre-announced the devices it'll be showing off - the G2 Mini and G Pro 2, both augmenting the significantly older flagship G2 handset. Sony has what appears to be a successor to the Tablet Z as well as a new high-end smartphone on the docket, so be on the lookout for those during Sony's press conference.

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We also know Nokia's upcoming Android-ish phone is likely to be announced at the show, though it's shaping up to be a decidedly low-end, uninteresting affair. Still, it's the Finnish handset maker's first Android-powered device, and the hype around it has been understandably high - it's definitely something we'll be on the lookout for.

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Samsung's not just all about the S5 at MWC, though - it seems likely the company's processor division will be unveiling Exynos Infinity, the first 64-bit Samsung mobile SoC. What else could we see? It's really hard to say - there are bound to be a few surprises and hidden gems at the show, and we'll be keeping our eyes peeled.

Here's a basic breakdown of our schedule at the show, and a few of the notable press conferences.

  • Sunday, 2/23
    • LG Media Preview - all signs point to G2 Mini and G Pro 2 hands-on.
    • Showstoppers - a chance to check out some of the smaller vendors... and eat food. And drink.
    • Pepcom - an additional chance to check some of the smaller vendors. And eat more. And drink more.
  • Monday, 2/24
    • Intel press conference - expect some new Intel mobile chipsets.
    • Sony press conference - as stated earlier, the Tablet Z2 and a new smartphone seem likely.
    • ZTE Ppress conference - the Grand Memo II LTE is already announced, but it will be announced again during this press conference most likely.
    • Qualcomm press briefing - possibly new Snapdragons, but modems also seem to be on the agenda. Exciting.
    • Meet with NVIDIA - we'll see what's up from NVIDIA's Tegra division.
    • Samsung Unpacked - Galaxy S5.
  • Tuesday, 2/25
    • We'll be hitting the show floor some more, and maybe a few parties later in the evening.
  • Wednesday, 2/26
    • Meeting with Samsung at the Samsung booth - presumably more Galaxy S5 hands-on time.
    • Meeting with LG.
    • Samsung has a small get together for the press later in the evening.
  • Thursday, 2/27
    • The final day of the show - don't expect much news.

We'll be sticking around in Barcelona through Friday, mostly because we waited too long to book our flights, but I think I'm OK with that (read: the food here is delicious).

With all that considered, be on the lookout for our various hands-on and announcement posts over the next week (look for the "mwc2014" tag) - we're looking forward to a lot of new phones and tablets here in Spain.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wait, I lost counts of the tech events per year. So we have:
    - MWC
    - CES
    - WWDC
    - Google I/O

    what else?

    • TheUndertaker21

      IFA

    • Naga Sridhar

      And also the launch events by HTC/Motorola in the future?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Those are annual?

        • Naga Sridhar

          I guess so! Atleast for this year. Not sure what Motorola will do next year, but I am hoping they have one Google Motorola phone as the last showdown!

    • someone755

      Apple has its own thing (though it's debatable whether that's a *tech* event). You should really separate that from the others...

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        WWDC still counts though, at least in my opinion

    • marcyff2

      Computex, IFA, E3, Technology is far more than smartphones....

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        E3 is gaming, not tech

  • someone755

    Sunday: LG's disaster of a mini. Also yay food!
    Monday: Pros: Intel, NVidia, Sony, Qualcomm, ZTE.
    Cons: The start of spending billions for advertising a plastic phone.
    Tuesday: WOO PARTEE
    Wednesday: Talk with LG can point us to more Nexus rumors, no? Also, try and tell Sammy to stop using plastic please.
    Thursday: I just hope that in the last two hours of the show, someone somewhere comes up with something that'll blow your minds! :D

    • SSDROiD

      I upvoted your post because you made me laugh, but seriously, can we all just stop hating on Samsung already? You don't like plastic phones, you don't buy it. I don't need to hear about it for the 10 gazillionth fucking time. Their track record proves people still buy their devices, plastic or not.

      • Lalit Mali

        This!

      • someone755

        This is the internet. The times you've heard this make almost 1% of all the times you're gonna hear it.
        People buy their devices, but why? Definitely not because of the billions spent on advertising. Yeah, it's probably because how the devices feel, right? That glossy cheap plastic feels real good... :I (My point here being that 90% of the people who buy a Sammy phone are stupid and fall for either the S4 commercials or the "duhh, dis phone da best bekoz Galayx loll" mentality (both reasons actually being the same).)

        • SSDROiD

          I'm not talking about why people buy the devices. All I wanted was for people to stop complaining so much about plastic. Don't like plastic phones? There's HTC, Sony, LG, and several other manufacturers out there. I don't go around saying "Tell BMW to stop using (enter complaint here)", I buy from a different car manufacturer. People who complain about plastics are crybabies, because there are alternatives. If you complain about something that has a monopoly ("Verizon sucks in my area"), that's fine because you need to have your opinion stated for the company to change. If you complain "Verizon sucks in my area" and you have 7 other providers available, there's really no need to be such a crybaby. Vote with your wallet, not here on the Internet.

          • someone755

            Ah, perhaps you don't see the voting happening.
            The more people see complaints against Samsung, the less they're gonna buy (or at least they're gonna buy later, not recommend as much etc.).

            Also, you did in fact use their sell numbers to suggest people don't care. So I countered you on that.
            You said I made you laugh. It seems as though I've caused two years of hate.

          • SSDROiD

            I'm fine with outing your opinion, but there's a difference between that and deliberately wanting a corporation to fail. Samsung isn't failing. It has lots of happy customers. I love GALAXY Note 3, despite the fact it has a plastic back-cover (which, by the way, is designed to look like gorgeous texture). I've tried lots of other Android devices, either through friends or in stores, and I'm not switching, no matter how many people think I'm stupid. TouchWiz is great, a removable battery is superb and I think Samsung has qualities about its products that other companies don't even come close to, one of which is the fact that it has a removable back-cover, which makes switching SD-cards and batteries a dream compared to using tiny needles in designated holes.

            I am honestly not sure what your second paragraph means. So I can't really respond to that. But yes, your original comment made me laugh, not because of the comments regarding Samsung, but because you summarized MWC in one of the most hilarious ways I've ever seen ("WOO PARTEE" cracked me up so hard I couldn't breath for a few minutes). Kudos to that!

          • someone755

            The general public believes TouchWiz sucks. To see the S4 lagging because of it is just one piece of evidence. I get the back cover part, though, for non-tech people (the ones who fall for the commercials and stuff), no SDcard is much easier to handle (my sister, for example, always gets frustrated because of the dual storage).
            As for my comment, thank you. People just aren't childish enough these days...

    • Donahue

      I just hope Samsung announces the Galaxy s 2. I have the captivate and can't wait to see the next iteration.

  • Martin

    Maybe they will introduce new Snapdragons and later they will show it in S5? It will be great! :-)

  • bullonie

    Has there even been any S5 leaks? Very surprising how there have been zero actual leaks of it from what I can tell.

    • Hary Ayala

      There have been a LOT of leaks...

      • bullonie

        By actual leaks I meant pictures. I don't really consider a picture of a metal frame all that revealing.

  • henry

    I'm interested in seeing more of Kepler, maybe they can give an update of when to expect the Denver version!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    Isn't there a Motorola event on the 25th? I know it was said we shouldn't expect new products to be announced, but it should still generate some news.