MWC 2011 Rumours: PSP Phone, Samsung dual-core
MWC 2011: Mobile event of the year promises Android excitement a-plenty in Barcelona
Sony Ericsson PSP Phone:
One of the key rumours for MWC 2011 - will Sony Ericsson finally make the PSP phone official? Only time will tell, but the quality of the leaks is building, and the arrival of this extensive Xperia Play video suggests it's almost a dead cert.
Samsung Galaxy S Mini:
Samsung Galaxy S Mini or Galaxy Ace, Samsung have leaked a series of official-looking images of a Android 2.2-touting, 3.5-inch 320x480p Super AMOLED display-boasting pocket rocket that'll doubtless be a favourite for many.
Samsung Dual-core phones:
After CES 2011 launched the fortunes of the dual-core pair the LG Optimus 2x and the Motorola Atrix, it was inevitable that MWC 2011 would bring a host of dual-core contenders. First out of the rumour mill is Samsung's dual-core effort, with other manufacturers highly likely to follow suit...
HTC 'Flyer' Tablet:
Is HTC looking at the tablet market? Do bears do the proverbial in the woods? But will HTC actually bring hardware to the MWC table is a different question. Industry insiders hint that the odds of seeing an HTC tablet sooner rather than later are good - you'll read it here first...
MWC 2011 isn't the most obvious place for Nokia to launch the Nokia N9, but the timing isn't impossible. Nokia needs to make a big splash with MeeGo, and taking on the masses at MWC is one way to do it. But don't hold your breath...
BlackBerry Curve Touch:
One of the most beloved BB phones, a leak of the RIM 2011 roadmap reveals that the Curve is set to get a fully touch-based interface in lieu of a keyboard. Spec-wise the BlackBerry Curve Touch is looking at a mid-range 800MHz Qualcomm processor with 512MB of RAM, powering the 3.25-inch HGVA touchscreen. There’s also inbuilt NFC tech, GPS and a 5-Meg camera. We expect to hear more about the Curve Touch.
HTC Facebook phones:
Despite Dan Rose, Facebook’s head of business development dismissing its existence, the rumour-mongering lingers that a Facebook phone will have the social networking site at its very core, and will focus on storing content in the cloud. All it seems will be unveiled in the not too distant future...
HTC Desire 2:
Last year at MWC we caught our first glimpse of the T3 Phone of the Year HTC Desire, so could we be prepared to see the sequel this year? PocketNow appeared to have stumbled across images of the alleged HTC Desire 2 while a further three suspiciously accurate albeit grainy images have since emerged. And that, it seems, is not all. Images of a button-less smartphone have also been spotted which could may also show up in just under two weeks time in Barcelona.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Having already revealed four new members of the Galaxy smartphone family already, Samsung could complete the pack by revealing the sequel to the Galaxy Tab. Oled-info.com claims to have uncovered the specs which include an eight megapixel camera, 1080P HD video, dual LED flash, three megapixel camera amongst the most notable specs.
Nokia Meego tablet
Increasingly likely to get in on the tablet act, word is that the Nokia Meego tablet will be based on ST Ericsson’s U8500 system on a chip. Now that might not sound like much to non-tech savvy types, but this little number packs in two 1.2GHz ARM A9 processors, meaning the Nokia MeeGo tablet could be blisteringly fast when it does hit the shelves.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2
Despite its impressive HD recording capabilities, the first Vivaz was underwhelming. Now reports suggest that a follow-up is on the way which will be "a little bigger, thicker and heavier", which apparently makes the handset more balanced and feel sturdier. At just under four inches, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 screen has been enlarged and the resolution bumped up to 480x854 pixels, too. Another high point on the Vivaz 2 is reportedly the camera; an 8MP snapper with touch-to-focus and face detection, as well as an LED flash. The Vivaz 2 looks like likely to make an appearance at MWC 2011.
LG Optimus 3D smartphone
A launch that has an air of inevitability about it after we saw mobile 3D screens at CES, online retailer Phonehouse.nl, the dutch arm of the Carphone Warehouse, has the LG Optimus 3D listed on its website. Apart from the revealing picture, no specs are listed. But it could be safe to say that 3D is on the MWC 2011 agenda for LG.
BlackBerry Torch 2
Despite the Torch seemingly only being available for a relatively short time, RIM could be looking to a sequel to the touchscreen smartphone already. Tipped to fix a lot of the main internal problems that dogged its predecessor, namely the sluggish computing power, the BlackBerry Torch 2 will have a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, which should see it whip around BlackBerry OS 6.1, and will have NFC tech bundled inside.
RIM it seems, could be very busy at MWC if recent rumours are to be believed. The BlackBerry Dakota is tipped be a BlackBerry Bold-style smartphone that combines a signature BlackBerry keyboard with a more modern touchscreen. As well as hosting a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, it will run BlackBerry OS 6.1 and packs 768MB of RAM with 4GB of onboard storage.