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MWC 2012 : What To Expect From Nokia

In the second day of a regular set of ITProPortal features, leading up to the start of MWC 2012, we are publishing what is likely to be announced at the mobile phone event in Barcelona - by Nokia.

Rumours of what the Finnish mobile phone maker would be announcing at Mobile World Congress 2012 started as far back as the end of October 2011, at the end of their annual symposium - Nokia World. Launched at this event was the company's flagship Microsoft Windows 7 device, the Lumia 800 and the more budget friendly Lumia 710.

Leaked news prior to this event surrounded three handsets being unveiled, where the codenamed Nokia Ace never made an appearance, but the others did. This handset was rumoured to have a much larger screen than those other two, which both sported a 3.7-inch display.

ITProPortal thought, at the time, that Nokia would save this device, until Mobile World Congress, in 2012 - where it will be received with the type of recognition it deserves.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, this January, the Nokia Ace was unveiled as the Lumia 900. This came with a 4.3-inch screen, Windows Phone 7 ‘Mango' and LTE capabilities.

Since then, speculation has been rife over whether this handset would come to Europe and the UK, without the LTE abilities of the USA equivalent. This rumour gained more credibility, when Carphone Warehouse briefly put up a registration page for the Lumia 900, at the end of January.

As far back as mid-December 2012, we received news about a phone known as the Nokia 803. A manual was leaked to Pocketnow about a successor to the Symbian run N8. This mobile supposedly contained a single core 1GHz system on chip, with a 3.5-inch WVGA ClearBlack and a camera that could have a bigger sensor than the N8.

Less than two weeks ago, Boy Genius Report was informed by a source that Nokia will launch its last Symbian-based smartphone, and it will be called the Nokia 803. The device, which could well be the rumoured high-end smartphone, might run on Symbian Belle and come with a 4-inch AMOLED screen.

PocketNow published an article shortly after the BGR piece, where the entire Nokia device line-up for Mobile World Congress was revealed. According to the site, six devices will be unveiled, two Windows Phones, one Symbian and three S40 feature phones.

A Lumia 610 and a global version of the Lumia 900 (almost certainly the Lumia 910) as well as the Nokia 808 PureView, the Asha 302, Asha 203 and Asha 202 might be announced.

The most intriguing of the six devices is the Nokia 808 Pureview, which is rumoured to be the full touchscreen followup to the N8, and is said to feature one of the biggest camera sensors on any smartphones as well as Symbian^3.

Tune in next week to ITProPortal to see if these rumours and speculations have come true, with what Nokia actually unveils at Mobile World Congress.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.