Nokia schedules MWC 2013 event, while HTC chooses to avoid the crowds

Mobile World Congress SignMobile World Congress begins on February 25 and is one of the major mobile tech highlights of the year. After a slightly disappointing CES 2013, most are expecting the Barcelona, Spain event to be packed full of exciting new products. Over the past couple of days, Nokia and HTC have revealed their plans for the coming month, and they’re quite different from each other.

Nokia can’t wait to get started at MWC, as it has sent out invitations to a press conference to be held at 9am on February 25 – the first day of the show. The invitation gives nothing away, so we’re left to speculate on what Nokia will reveal first thing on the Monday morning. The Finnish firm has been linked with a Windows RT tablet for sometime, plus there has been talk of a new Windows Phone which uses Nokia’s PureView camera technology. Both of these are strong contenders for the show.

HTC has decided to avoid the crowds at Mobile World Congress and hold its event on February 19, nearly a week before MWC starts. Last year, HTC unveiled its One series phones, but after a poor 2012 it obviously wants to capture as many headlines as possible for its 2013 hardware range, hence following in Samsung’s footsteps and holding a standalone press event. Like Nokia, it hasn’t given anything away, but we’re expecting the rumoured HTC M7 to make its debut. The M7 could be HTC’s new flagship Android phone, boasting a 4.7-inch, 1080p screen and a quad-core processor.

Samsung has yet to talk about its plans for Mobile World Congress, but it’s expected to hold a separate event later in the year to show off the Galaxy S4, however it could launch a variety of new Android tablets during MWC. February is shaping up to be an exciting month.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars