Mobile World Congress is almost here, kicking off officially on February 24th, and that means plenty of great new Android-related announcements await.
We already know that Samsung is preparing something big for MWC — hopefully the Galaxy S5 — and that Motorola is hopefully going to talk a bit about what the Lenovo buyout means for the future of Motorola.
We also believe Nokia has something Android-y in the works and we are likely to hear some exciting announcements from HTC and LG as well. And now Sony has started sending out press invites for its own event, scheduled for February 24th, the same day as Samsung’s press conference (though later in the day).
What does Sony have in store for us? Though we can’t say with any real clarity, we can certainly make some educated guesses.
Sony Sirius (aka D6503)
First, up there’s the Sony Sirius, aka the Sony D6503. Recently we’ve seen quite a few leaks when it comes to the software that will supposedly run the Sirius, learning about its 4K recording functionality, Timeshift Video feature, its KitKat-based software, and so much more.
Based on past leaks, the Sirius is believed to be powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB CPU, accompanied by an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Other specs include a 5.2-inch 1080p display and 2.1MP front cam.
Of course, Sony has yet to officially confirm this device’s existence, despite the mounting evidence that points to its existence. Even if the Sony Sirius is in fact real, there’s no guarantees that Sony will show it off at MWC, but we wouldn’t be too shocked if it did.
Sony SmartBand, Sony Core and the Lifelog app
At CES, Sony unveiled its new Sony SmartBand wearable, powered by the Sony ‘Core’, something it hinted would be making its way into other wearable devices in the future. The company also revealed its Lifelog app that is designed to not only work as a fitness tracking app, but to “log events important to us”.
At the time, Sony was pretty light on the details regarding these products and their plans for them, but indicated they’d reveal more soon. It’s pretty much a safe bet that the SmartBand will be at least a minor focus for Sony at MWC.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z successor
Although we haven’t heard much more than a whisper about Sony’s plans for their next tablet, we do know that it has been about a year since the announcement of the Tablet Z, so we’re certainly due for a new one eventually.
So do we have any evidence that a new tablet is in the works? Not much, but we do know that back in early January, @evleaks tweeted about an alleged tablet called the Sony Castor, which was said to be powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and would surface in both 4G and Wi-Fi variants.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about the Castor, but it’s at least remotely possible that we could learn more about it at MWC.
Bottom-line, Sony will at the very least have some new details about its wearable plans for us at MWC. We also imagine that we’ll see at least a new flagship handset and maybe even a few other surprises.
What are you hoping to see from Sony at MWC later this month? Will Sony’s press event be overshadowed by Samsung? Let us know what you think in the comments below!