While heavyweight mobile-maker Samsung will no doubt continue to roll out scores of new phones, boost its growing Galaxy range and keeping all bases covered, the firm's rivals are getting ready to fight back in what's increasing becoming a battle for survival in this cut-throat market. Most of those rivals will have something new on show at this year's MWCV. LG, for example, will be back again to build on last year's big come-back, as well as HTC, a firm that's had some trouble winning over the hearts and minds of users lately.
The up-and-coming Chinese manufacturers we already saw in force at CES 2013 are likely to be expanding their ranges of mobile devices too. Huawei, for example, is likely to start moving towards attractively priced high-end handsets, particularly aimed at the SIM-free market.
As the ambassador of Windows Phone 8, Nokia is expected to be bringing a new range of Lumia smartphones to Barcelona, including the much-rumoured Lumia 1000.
But MWC isn't just about handsets—chip and component-makers will be on hand too, as Qualcomm, Nvidia, Intel, plus Samsung, Huawei (in their own smartphones) and VIA Technologies (used by HTC and Asus) will be showing off a new set of multi-core, power-packed and energy-efficient mobile processors.
We'll be heading over to Barcelona to check out all the action live as it happens. Stay tuned to this page for all our news, videos, pictures and hands-on sessions from MWC 2013.