Mobile World Congress (MWC), in Barcelona, Spain, is arguably the mobile industry's most important trade show of the year. The event takes place between Sunday 24th and Thursday 28th February, 2013. Strategy Analytics is an official research partner for MWC 2013.
Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) team, which tracks all mobile devices, will be at MWC. There will, of course, be thousands of companies and products vying for your attention at the show. Here are three major trends we recommend looking out for:
1. The rise of the 4G phablet. Every year the largest practical size of screen for a mobile phone goes up. This year will be no exception. We expect a large chunk of flagship LTE smartphones announced at MWC 2013 to have screens of at least 5 inches in size. LG Electronics should be one stand worth a visit.
2. The rise of Chinese brands. Huawei and ZTE will have a major presence at the show. They will be keen to talk up their 3G and 4G offerings for hardware, software and services. Lenovo, TCL-Alcatel and Coolpad -- who have a smaller international presence than Huawei and ZTE -- will also be worth a look for their mass-market smartphone portfolios.
3. Beyond Android. As Android approaches a peak in the influential US and China markets, we expect more rival smartphone (and tablet) platforms to be prodding us for their attention at MWC this year. Microsoft WP8, BB10, Firefox, Tizen, Ubuntu and Sailfish should all have some interesting stories to tell.
If you would like to meet with our mobile devices analysts at MWC, for briefings or analysis or media interviews, please send us a message via this link at our website. We look forward to seeing you in sunny Barcelona.