“A preview of what to expect at the biggest show for the mobile industry.”Nokia Despite its acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia seems intent on doing things its own way. Rumours about its first Android phone have been all but confirmed, with the latest news indicating that the Nokia X will see the light of day during the IPL tournament in India this year. We expect to learn more about the phone at Nokia’s press conference, but what we’re really curious to find out is how it will fit in with Microsoft’s plans. Unfortunately, the Nokia X ‘Normandy’ has taken some of the spotlight away from potential Windows Phone devices, which may include an 8-inch Lumia 2020 tablet and a 5.2-inch Lumia 1820 flagship smartphone, among others. Samsung Samsung has been heavily promoting its Unpacked 5 event, where we expect to get a first look at the Galaxy S5. From what we’ve gleaned so far, this year’s flagship may pack in a fingerprint scanner, 3D gesture support, 16MP camera, and according to the latest leaks, a 5.2-inch QHD display. the new line of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets, and the (hopefully) improved Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. 2014 is already shaping up to be a big year for Samsung. At the company’s recent Forum in Bali, we got hands-on with the new Galaxy Grand Neo, Galaxy Tab3 Neo and Galaxy NotePRO. Sony Not six months ago, Sony launched the Xperia Z1 flagship, and just yesterday, it announced the availability of its mini variant, the Z1 Compact. rumours indicating we’ll get to see the Xperia Z2 aka ‘Sirius’ at MWC. The next-gen flagship will run Android KitKat with a redesigned UI, and feature a 20.7MP camera with DSLR-like features and 4K video recording. We also suspect Sony will launch the long-overdue Xperia Tablet Z2, with high-end specs like a 10.1-inch full HD display and Snapdragon 800 processor in a wafer-thin 6.4mm frame. Sony is also expected to launch a mid-range smartphone, known only as the Sony D5103 as of now, at the show. LG LG clearly doesn’t believe in surprises, having already announced pretty much all its expected MWC launches in Korea. But we’re still looking forward to learning more about its new lineup, especially now that LG’s back in the game as Google’s hardware partner for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. LG G Pro 2, which offers some serious specs, including a 5.9-inch full HD display, 13MP camera with 4K video recording and Snapdragon 800 chipset. It retains the placement of the power and volume rocker on the back panel, as seen on LG’s G2 and G Flex smartphones. the G2 Mini, a mini variant of the G2 offering mid-range specs in a 4.7-inch size. Plus, we’ll learn more about LG’s trio of L Series III affordable smartphones, which run Android KitKat and ditch the plastic for metal frames. Huawei In a not-so-subtle teaser, Huawei gave us a hint about its MWC launches this year, while taking potshots at rivals ‘Fruit’ and ‘Somesong’. The video confirms earlier reports about a smartphone and two tablets. It talks about a tablet with a ‘beautiful slim design’ and a battery that will last several days, which we presume to be the MediaPad X1. There was also mention of a ‘multimedia’ tablet with LTE support. Ascend P7, which leaks suggest will feature an 8MP front camera, in addition to a 13MP primary shooter. We’ve also seen another report, that says Huawei will launch the Ascend G6, a toned-down version of its Ascend P6 smartphone. There are also reports about Huawei launching its first smartwatch at MWC, which will reportedly use Google Now at its core. HTC Our expectations about a grand HTC event at MWC have fizzled out, with the company announcing that the ‘All New’ HTC One (M8) will be launched at a separate event on March 25th. a mid-range smartphone with a 5.5-inch HD display, Android 4.4 and the latest Sense 6.0 UI. That’s not all, folks Apart from the above, there are several other smartphones expected to debut in Barcelona. Among them is Acer’s latest duo of budget Android smartphones, the Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4. Acer has been teasing the Liquid E3 on its Google+ page for a while, and it turns out that what we thought was a fingerprint sensor is actually a multi-function hardware button. Z3 ‘Jakarta’ budget offering. The smartphone will offer the premium build of the Z10 and Z30 at an affordable price. Chinese manufacturer ZTE has also announced two smartphones prior to MWC, the Grand Memo II LTE with a 6-inch display and the Firefox OS 1.3-powered Open C. Clearly, an explosive phone fest awaits as as we head into the world’s largest show for mobile tech! Keep watching this space for the latest updates from MWC 2014 as we bring you up, close and personal to all the action from the show floor.