Mobile World Congress Preview
Coming up next week is the 2008 Mobile
World Congress (formerly 3GSM World Congress),
the single biggest event in the industry. As with previous
years, there will be dozens of new announcements over
the space of a couple of days.
Most big manufacturers keep their products
tightly under wraps, but one open secret within the
industry is that Nokia will be showing some new N-Series
phones, including a multimedia device with GPS,
HSDPA, 8 GB of memory and an FM transmitter. We've seen
some pictures of this and we can tell you that it looks
very, very nice. We should get a first glimpse of a
Symbian S60 touchscreen device too.
have several new handsets coming up. A GSM version of
Venus VX8800 is
expected - a dual screen slider, with the smaller screen
being touch sensitive - think of a cross between the
Nintendo DS and the LG
Chocolate and you'll get the idea.
Also, coming up from
LG is another slider, the LG
right). This is a glossy
slider phone finished in metal and glass, with touch-sensitive
keys. Again, there are hints of the LG Chocolate here,
perhaps interbred with the Nokia
Samsung is rumoured to have a new Symbian
slider in the works - the Samsung
G810 looks like a Nokia N95 class device. Whether
or not the device actually exists or not is a different
matter. Samsung are also understood to have an Adidas
branded device with some built-in personal fitness applications
for release in the spring.
Ericsson will hopefully flesh out its P-series range
of smartphones with the Sony Ericsson P3i or
P5i - we don't know the model number for sure,
but there definitely seems to be something in the works.
There are no guarantees, however. Another GPS phone
is a possibility.
There will be an unusual amount of interest
in Motorola this year. With rumours flying
that Motorola might actually sell off the handset business,
it will be interesting to see if they have anything
new for this year's Congress. One handset
that is likely to be announced is the Motorola
Z9 (pictured left). This is a 3G slider phone,
but that's really all we know at present.
smaller manufacturers like to get their announcments
out earlier, and E-Ten have announced their Glofiish
V900 and M810 (pictured right) devices
a few days early. The V900 comes with a VGA screen and
integrated digital TV receiver - what's more interesting
is that it can receive standard DVB-T signals, as used
in domestic TV sets, as well as DVB-H, DAB and TDMB.
The M810 is a smooth looking smartphone with GPS and
a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
was big news last year, so expect to see someone somewhere
with a prototype. GPS is all the rage at the moment,
so expect to see a whole bunch of phones with built-in
satellite navigation. FM transmitters should also start
to make an appearance.
We will be following the Mobile World
Congress next week - you can subscribe
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events. And if you have a neat upcoming device that
you'd like us to know about, then contact