What to expect at Mobile World Congress 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and more

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CES is long gone and it’s been a mighty cold winter ever since we left the desert. Now it’s time to pack our bags and move to a sunnier locale — Barcelona, Spain — for the biggest mobile tech show in Europe.

Mobile World Congress officially opens its doors on March 2, but everything really kicks off on March 1, and we’ll be there, reporting live from all the events. But before we leave for España, let’s take a look at all the cool smartphones, wearables, and gadgets expected at MWC 2015.

Samsung: The Galaxy S6 and perhaps a surprise or two

Samsung truly left us hanging at CES. Not a phone nor tablet was in sight during its entire press conference. However, it seems the Korean company is determined to make it up to us at MWC 2015. We’ve been invited to a March 1 event, during which Samsung is widely expected to debut its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. At this point, reports contradict one another as to whether there will be one version of the much-rumored S6 or two.

MWC 2015 Samsung Galaxy S6

Most leaks agree that a variant with at least one curved edge, influenced by the Note Edge, will arrive on the stage in Spain. The most recent leaks show the Galaxy S6’s slim profile, and Samsung’s own teaser trailers and poster show a similarly curved line, so it seems an edged Galaxy S6 will arrive at MWC.

The rest of Samsung’s plans are a mystery. It could very well add a smartwatch or other wearable to the mix as well. Only time will tell, and we can’t wait.

HTC: The One M9 and maybe its first wearable ever

HTC also appears to be gearing up for a big announcement or two at MWC this year. Most reports point to the launch of the HTC One M9 flagship phone at the company’s March 1 event. The One M9 is expected to sport high-end specs and the same, high-quality metal design that made the one M8 an instant fan favorite among high-end Android buyers.

MWC 2015 HTC One M9

HTC has yet to enter the wearables market, even though Samsung, LG, Asus, and others have eagerly jumped onto the Android Wear smartwatch bandwagon. Recently, reports hint that HTC is finally ready to dive into the wearable market, but nobody seems to agree what the Taiwanese company will showcase at MWC. Some say it’s a smartwatch that doesn’t run Android Wear, while others say it’ll be a fitness wearable linked to an Under Armour partnership.

Whatever happens, it’s clear HTC is intent on diversifying its product rage with intriguing new devices, like the Re action camera from last year, and its cross-platform app catalog.

LG: The G Watch Urbane — at the very least

LG’s probably not planning anything major at MWC, as it introduced the G Flex 2 at CES, and it’s widely believed the company will wait until April or May to reveal its flagship phone, the LG G4. However, LG’s already pumped out a few mid-range smartphones that we’ll see at the show, and it recently touted not one, but two fancy versions of the G Watch called the Urbane, one of which has an LTE modem inside.

Sony: Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony probably won’t launch it’s next flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z4 at MWC, but it will launch at least two new products, sources say. The Xperia Z4 Tablet, which leaked online recently, is expected to be the biggest announcement for Sony at the show. It may have a high-resolution, 2K screen and a zippy processor, as well as Sony’s signature design style. The company could also introduce the Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone at the event. It will likely be a waterproof device with a pretty solid spec sheet and Android Lollipop onboard.

Next page: Google, Microsoft, Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE

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