/>

Barcelona welcomes Mobile World Congress (photos)

Two days before Mobile World Congress begins, CNET takes a look at how Barcelona prepares for the massive show.

Kent_German.jpg
Kent German
Fira1.jpg
1 of 12 Kent German/CNET

Hola, Barcelona

The Mobile World Congress takes place at the Fira Barcelona, near the site of the 1992 Olympics.
Fira4.jpg
2 of 12 Kent German/CNET

A spectacular setting

The Fira is adjacent to the Placa D'Espanya, which is one of the city's main intersections. Venetian towers mark the entrance to the Fira complex.
Fira2.jpg
3 of 12 Kent German/CNET

What will Microsoft bring?

The Microsoft press conference on Monday will be held at a hotel across Placa D'Espanya. There we expect to get our first glimpse of Windows Mobile 7.
Fira5.jpg
4 of 12 Kent German/CNET

An important spot

Hall 8 is one of the largest halls at the Fira Complex. During the show, it will be home to the stands of most handset makers like Samsung, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson.

From the sign at the top, we know that Samsung is unpacking something.

Fira7.jpg
5 of 12 Kent German/CNET

Inside the hall

Research In Motion's huge booth is just inside one of the main entrances. In the distance, the Samsung booth takes Nokia's usual spot.

In a change from previous years, Nokia has chosen not to host a booth on the show floor. The company will hold a press conference on Monday but is not expected to announce new phones.

Fira8.jpg
6 of 12 Kent German/CNET

Lots to do

Just two days till the start of the show there remains much work to be done.
Fira10.jpg
7 of 12 Kent German/CNET

There's T-Mobile

T-Mobile's booth occupies its own building next to a reflecting pool.
Fira9.jpg
8 of 12 Kent German/CNET

LG goes modern

LG is showing products in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion where the famed modern architect developed the now widely used Barcelona chair.
Fira11.jpg
9 of 12 Kent German/CNET

A handful from HTC

HTC is expected to introduce a few new phones at Mobile World Congress, making it one of the most active exhibitors.
Fira6.jpg
10 of 12 Kent German/CNET

In the distance

Above the show grounds looms the National Museum of Catalan Art on the slopes of Montjuic.
Fira12.jpg
11 of 12 Kent German/CNET

No small patatas

Looking back toward the Placa d'Espanya shows the huge expanse of Mobile World Congress and the Fira.
Fira3.jpg
12 of 12 Kent German/CNET

Around town

Though its ads aren't as numerous as in past years in Barcelona, Samsung is heavily touting its Omnia II.

More Galleries

Nintendo Switch: The 36 best games to play in 2021

More Galleries

Nintendo Switch: The 36 best games to play in 2021

37 Photos
55 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

More Galleries

55 weird objects seen on Mars, explained

57 Photos
Volkswagen's new T7 Multivan looks awesome

More Galleries

Volkswagen's new T7 Multivan looks awesome

10 Photos
2022 Kia Telluride looks basically the same as before

More Galleries

2022 Kia Telluride looks basically the same as before

18 Photos
2022 Honda Civic: Sharper performance and a revolutionary cabin

More Galleries

2022 Honda Civic: Sharper performance and a revolutionary cabin

69 Photos
Toyota Land Cruiser J300 flagship is now forbidden fruit

More Galleries

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 flagship is now forbidden fruit

17 Photos
2020 Toyota Tundra: Still thundering along

More Galleries

2020 Toyota Tundra: Still thundering along

39 Photos