It might feel like only yesterday the latest stream of flagship smartphones arrived from the likes of Sony, Samsung and HTC but come 1 March, they are all likely to be old news.

Mobile World Congress will be kicking off in Barcelona in a couple of days and with it will come a new flurry of flagships devices, with many of their details having leaked already.

We have rounded up what is expected to appear in and around the show based on speculation. If you are thinking of replacing your smartphone to the latest and greatest, read on to see if it could be worth waiting.

BlackBerry confirmed back at a launch event in December that it would be revealing its future roadmap at MWC in March so you can expect a refreshed device line-up unveiled at the show.

It launched an update to the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the form of the BlackBerry Classic only a couple of months ago. Next in line is likely to be an update to its Z touchscreen devices.

Haier might be a company that is perhaps better known for its home appliances than its smartphones, but it has announced it will be using MWC to launch a range of new smartphones and tablets, as well as a few connected devices.

There will be five new smartphones, including three from a new range designed exclusively for the European market called Voyage, and two E-ZY smartphones for senior citizens. The tablets will include three HaierPads which will be comprised of two Windows tablets.

Additionally, Haier has said that we will see connected watches specially designed for children and senior citizens, along with a connected collar for pets.


For the last few years HTC has avoided launching its flagship phone at MWC, choosing separate events instead. The Taiwanese company will be doing things a little differently in 2015 though as the launch event of the HTC One M9 will take place on 1 March, the day before MWC kicks off. There has also been talk of an HTC wearable.

A German retailer recently posted a shop page for the One M9, showing some very official looking renders of the phone in all it's glory and the device seen in these images was supported by three official leaked videos by @upleaks. It looks like you'll see much the same when it comes to the design of the front, while the back will be slightly different to the M8 to make room for a change in camera. A 5-inch or 5.2-inch Full HD display have both been suggested and rumours are also saying there will be 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and a 3500mAh or 2840mAh battery.

READ: HTC One M9 everything you need to know

Huawei has scheduled a press conference for 1 March but we were told during a recent trip to its HQ in China that there would be no new smartphones announced at MWC and instead the company will focus on wearables and tablets.

Pocket-lint was told there would be three new wearables appearing at the show, including an Android Wear smartwatch that was said to take a more fashionable approach than others on the market and a successor to the TalkBand B1. No further information was given regarding the new wearables but if the company wants to get themselves noticed in wearable sector, the fashionable approach could be just the route to take.

A presentation during the trip also revealed that a new tablet, or tablets, could also make an appearance alongside the new wearables.


LG was one of a handful of companies to use CES in Las Vegas as a platform to make a big announcement. The LG G Flex 2 was announced so it is unlikely the company will reveal the LG G3's successor at MWC but it has said we can expect a couple of new, more classic versions of the LG G Watch R.

The LG Watch Urbane and the LG Watch Urbane LTE have both been announced ahead of MWC. Both smartwatches have been designed to look like a classic timepiece, featuring a metal body and various strap options, and they both offers a 1.3-inch round P-OLED 320 x 320 display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 4GB internal storage.

The LTE version of the device is claimed to be the world's first 4G LTE smartwatch and it comes with LTE, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for complete connectivity but it won't run on Android Wear like the Urbane and G Watch R. It has a 9-axis accelerometer, barometer, PPG heart rate monitor and GPS, as well as being IP67 dust and water-resistant.

The Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE will debut at the show in Barcelona and although pricing and availability has yet to be announced, the Urbane will come in gold and silver colour options, while the Urbane LTE will only come in silver.

READ: LG Watch Urbane announced and LG Watch Urbane LTE announced


Samsung has a fairly predictable release cycle, with IFA used for the Note and MWC for the Galaxy S flagship, ever since the launch of the Galaxy S2.

There has been a huge amount of coverage surrounding Samsung's upcoming device, or devices, especially considering neither have been revealed officially yet. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are the two handsets on the bookies favourite list to be revealed at the company's Unpacked event on 1 March, the day before MWC 2015.

Lots of rumours suggested metal and glass would be the materials of choice and a leaked Sprint competition teaser near enough confirmed this, leaving little to the imagination when it comes to the design of both handsets. The SGS6 is rumoured to sport a 5.1-inch QHD display, 2550mAh battery, 20-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front snapper for selfies. The Galaxy S6 Edge is said to be coming with similar specs to the S6, but with a few new software features and the edged display of course.

READ: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumours and Samsung Galaxy S Edge rumours


Sony has a habit of announcing a new flagship every 6 months and as the Xperia Z3 debuted at consumer electronics show IFA, if past cycles are anything to go by, the Xperia Z4 should show its face at MWC. There had also been some talk surrounding a new Xperia Ultra, as well as a new Xperia Compact but those rumours have died down of late, with a rumour of a Z4 Tablet appearing in their place.

Leaks suggest the Xperia Z4 smartphone will come with a similar Omnibalance design and IP68 waterproofing but introduce Qi wireless charging support, a bigger display and a better camera. A 5.5-inch and 5.4-inch display have both been rumoured, along with the suggestion of Full HD and QHD resolutions, some claiming there will be two devices. In terms of the Z4 Tablet, a leak by the company itself on its Xperia Lounge application showed an image of a super thin tablet with a couple of details including an "ultra fast processor", "industry leading battery performance", and a 2K display. The listing also showed a date of 3 March, which is bang smack in the middle of MWC.

READ: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet leaked by Sony

Apple's is always absent at MWC, with the Cupertino company choosing to hold its own events, rather than attend shows like its competitors. That's not to say Apple will remain silent around the time of MWC however, even if a new iPhone isn't on the cards.

The company's much-anticipated Apple Watch is due for a spring release so eyes and ears will be firmly on the ground to see if an availability announcement is made. A 'Spring forward' event is set for 9 March, a few of days after MWC wraps up and the Apple Watch is expected to be discussed further.

The Apple Watch was unveiled with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014, marking the company's first play in wearables. If it arrives on 9 March, it's certainly likely to steal back some of the limelight as it has done in the past.

READ: Apple Watch everything you need to know