Mobile World Congress 2011 begins next week, and I4U will be there on-scene to bring you the latest news on your next year in gadgets. To whet your appetite for the big event, I've put together a list of the six most exciting products expected to see daylight at the show. It's all up in the air until the big day, but next week will probably see...
The HTC Flyer / The Facebook Phone: HTC has something big planned for MWC. There are two leading theories. One possibility is the HTC Flyer, an Android tablet due for launch in March. The HTC Facebook Phone may also be the culprit. This rumored device would include a universal login option and better integration of Facebook apps, games and services.
The HP TouchPad: This webOS tablet will launch in "early summer", but MWC will be our first opportunity to see it. We haven't had a chance to see how Palm's operating system scales as a tablet. The initial information seems promising, but the TouchPad is up against serious competition from a number of better-known competitors. If Palm's tech can't draw interest at MWC, it's unlikely to do the same with consumers.
The MeeGo Maybe Tablet: Nokia seems to be backing off on MeeGo. They've reportedly dropped the platform's first smartphone, but a tablet is still expected to pop up at MWC 2011. If it doesn't, we can considfer the MeeGo OS well and truly dead.
Nokia's New Android / WP7 Handsets: Nokia is expected to really shape things up with a big announcement tomorrow. Many expect CEO Stephen Elop to reveal Nokia plans for a WP7 or Android smartphone line. If he does, these devices are likely to show up at MWC. They'll be the first of a new era.
The LG Optimus 3D / G Slate: Want a glasses-free 3D dual-core Android smartphone that can record in 3D? LG has you covered with the Optimus 3D. Want an iPad-sized tablet with glasses-free 3D and a feisty Tegra 2 processor? Look no further than the T-Mobile G-Slate. Both with be at MWC, we'll see if they're enough to turn LG's fortunes around.
Samsung's Galaxy S / Galaxy Tab 2: The second wave of high-end Android devices will hit Barcelona next week. The Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 are both expected. The new S2 will have a dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. The Tab 2 may have a larger 10" display, and will likely match the S2 in most other ways.