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The 2014 Mobile World Congress and the new generation of smartphones

The 2014 Mobile World Congress and the new generation of smartphones

1/29/2014

With the 2014 Mobile World Congress just a month away, the tech world is flooded with rumors regarding the future generation of tablets and smartphones. Many have speculated that Sony and HTC will reveal new mobile devices at the Barcelona event, and recent clues seem to indicate that their hunches could very well turn out to be true. As we draw nearer to this highly-anticipated expo, tech hype is certain to grow, so you may want to take a look at these rumored devices and join in on the excitement. 

Sony Xperia Z2
On Jan. 18, a series of photos were posted on the XDA Developers forum of the supposed new Sony smartphone - the Xperia Z2. This is the successor to the Xperia Z1, Sony's flagship handset that was only just announced last September. The forum poster attached photos of the Xperia Z2 and screenshots from its interface, furthering rumors surrounding this device that have been spreading rapidly as of late.

The smartphone is said to be 5.2 inches in length and equipped with waterproofing features. Leaked specifications indicate that it will have an impressive array of display features - 506ppi, a 2K screen and a 2560x1440 resolution. Like the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, the Z2 will supposedly run on a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, which comes as disappointing news to those who hoped to see an upgrade to the use of an octa-core chip.

While Sony has been known for its smartphones' superior camera features, it seems that the Z2 will use the same 20.7MP camera as its predecessor. However, the Z1's LED flash is rumored to be replaced with a Xenon function, offering an enhanced balance of light. 

HTC M8
A recent Bloomberg report suggests that HTC will unveil the HTC M8 - its follow-up to the HTC One smartphone - in Barcelona in February. While details have yet to be publicly released, the Bloomberg story claims that the M8's specs have been gathered from "a person with direct knowledge of the plans."

The M8, also known as the HTC One 2 and HTC Two, is speculated to have a twin-sensor rear camera and larger screen than HTC's existing model. The new smartphone will run on Qualcomm Inc.'s later Snapdragon processor and have an updated Ultrapixel camera with better focus and image quality.

Other rumors suggest that the HTC M8 will have Beats Audio sound features, 3GB of RAM and Sense 6.0 U. HTC is also said to be working on a new model of its Butterfly series, believed to feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

What to expect in the future
These two models could generate an exciting competition for dominance of the 2014 smartphone market. Tech lovers will soon find out for certain just what Sony and HTC have planned for the year ahead, as the Mobile World Congress takes place from Feb. 24 to 27.

When the future generation of smartphones and tablets enters the market, you may want to sell back your current devices and upgrade to the latest models. ProtectCELL's cellphone buy back plans offer up to 50 percent buyback on first-year devices and 25 percent on second-year ones, making upgrades easier and more affordable than ever.

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