Anticipation builds ahead of Mobile World Congress as press conferences are scheduled

Nokia MWC 2012 PressIn just over one month’s time, the doors will open at Mobile World Congress 2012, one of the largest mobile industry trade shows in the world. Held in Barcelona, Spain, the exhibition center will play host to more than 1400 exhibitors and last year attracted 60,000 visitors.

The reason Mobile World Congress is so eagerly anticipated by mobile fans around the world is that traditionally, manufacturers use it to unveil their very latest products. This year is unlikely to be any different, and to make sure we’re well prepared in advance, invitations to press events have already begun to circulate.

On occasion, a hint of things to come can be found hiding on these invites, so let’s see what we can learn from the early birds who’ve already set a time and date for their events.

Nokia.

This year marks a return to MWC for Nokia, as for the last few years they’ve held their own small events on the outskirts of the show, thanks not only to the high price of hiring a stand, but also for the fact they’ve not had much to announce.

With Microsoft now on its side, Nokia’s back inside the exhibition hall, and the invite says we should prepare for an ‘Adventure in Barcelona”, but gives away little else. A Euro Lumia 900 is a possibility, as is a version with a 12-megapixel camera called the Lumia 910.

Nokia will hold their press conference first thing on the opening day, that’s February 27, at 8:30am.

Sony Ericsson.Sony Ericsson MWC 2012 Press

Confusing everyone by keeping the outgoing Sony Ericsson name for its MWC press conference, we’re promised a look at “what’s new and what’s next” by the invite, along with a hint it’ll all be related to its Xperia range of Android phones.

Recent leaks indicate the company has at least 10 new phones planned for the coming year, so it could be a packed show for the artist soon to be known only as Sony. The conference will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 6:00pm local-time.

Huawei.

Proving it’s serious about a push into European markets, Huawei has scheduled a press event for February 26 too, where it’ll launch the “smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone” the company has produced. With the P1 and P1 S still fresh in our minds from CES 2012, could the new phone — which is being tagged as the “Diamond Series” by some sources — be a quad-core Android smartphone?

HTC.

HTC is playing it cool at the moment, revealing nothing more than the date of its press conference — February 26 — and avoiding a time or any teaser of what will be revealed. Of all the manufacturers expected to show-off new products, HTC has been the subject of the most leaks, with everything from the mid-range HTC Primo to the quad-core HTC Ville expected to be announced.

We’re still waiting for Samsung, Motorola and LG to provide dates and times for their press conferences, plus news from Microsoft and others too. Will MWC 2012 be the event where the quad-core smartphone — sadly lacking at CES — hits the mainstream?

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