MWC 2013 Preview: What to Expect from Samsung, Nokia and LG

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Mobile World Congress 2013 kicks off tomorrow in Spain, Barcelona, and to whet your appetite for some shiny new tech we thought we take a look at who is likely to be grabbing the headlines when the show kicks off Feb 25-29.

Samsung
While Samsung’s flagship S4 smartphone won’t be making an appearance, it has been rumoured that the Korea tech giant will be unveiling a slew of new tablets.

The first one is the much rumoured Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to get an official unveil at the show. Unlike Samsung’s Tab line of tablets, the Note 8 takes its design cues from its smaller brother, the Note II. The tablet is expected to be finished in the same Marble White and will be sporting a home button and back/menu touch buttons bellow the display, which means that device is expected to be held mostly in portrait, like a phone, rather than landscape.

The tablet is thought to be sporting a rear and front-facing camera, and there’s obviously a slot for an S Pen stylus. It’s thought the device is expected to target the mid-range market with a price tag of around £300-£350. The tablet is expected to be sporting an 8-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor.

We’re expecting the Note 8 to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPad Mini and Google’s Nexus 7, although it may be priced more closely to Apple’s offering than Google’s.

Samsung is also said to be preparing to launch a third generation of Android-based Galaxy Tab tablets, starting with 7-inch and 10-inch models that will make appearances at Mobile World Congress too.

Nokia
Nokia has announced a press conference for 25 February, which is right at the beginning of the Mobile World Congress. Although there is no further information about this announcement, it can be assumed that is going to be about new devices and services.

According to the latest rumours, Nokia will introduce at least one new high-end smartphone codenamed Catwalk. It’s thought it will have an aluminium chasis that’s will differentiate it from the current raft of Lumias on offer. Also, there is another model, codenamed Eos, which could come with Nokia’s PureView camera technology. Last year at MWC, Nokia unveiled their 808 PureView, a Symbian device with a camera resolution of 41 megapixels, so is Nokia planning to bring that tech to it’s Lumia range? We’ll know more next week.

Another rumour doing the rounds lately suggest that Nokia is developing a tablet based on Windows RT, with the possibility that the device will be unveiled at MWC.

The rumour came about after a video showing Nokia’s Music+ app on a tablet was quickly removed from a recent YouTube promotional video – leading many to speculate that the company has a tablet in preparation.

LG
With a lot announcements happening at MWC, a lot of manufacturers will be looking to show off their wares at pre-show events in order to try and navigate the impending tech quagmire.And that’s what LG has done with a teaser posted to their Facebook page showing off a new Otimus Prime G smartphone.

Although the official details for the 5.5-inch handset are light, early rumours suggest that a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera are in order.

The LG Optimus G Pro will find a home in South Korea in the coming weeks. It is unclear what other markets might offer the new smartphone. We hope to learn the full details of the new line of Optimus handsets at Mobile World Congress later this month.