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Mobile World Congress predictionsThe upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the mobile industry's biggest showcase of new devices. Here are the Top 5 mobile products and trends we expect to see from MWC 2013.
If want to be the first to hear about the next generation of smartphones coming down the pipe, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s no better place than Mobile World Congress, which kicks off at the end of February. But for an early peek at whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s in store, I quizzed CNET Senior Editors Jessica Dolcourt and Brian Bennett on the products and trends they expect to see. So here you go, CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s Top 5 predictions for the 2013 Mobile World Congress as predicted by the editors who will be there. Starting off at #5: quad-core smartphones with 1080p screens. NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Samsung are involved in a full-on Ã¯Â¿Â½core warÃ¯Â¿Â½ right now, so quad- core will be the norm at this show. Of course, the other battlefront is screen quality, and nothing says that better than 1080p in your pocket. Both of these specs will be all the buzz in Barcelona. At #4: Windows Phone 8. Now that the Windows 8 desktop OS is out the door, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for Microsoft show how the latest Windows Phone devices will seamlessly tie in. WeÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be looking for some new flagship Windows smartphones, but thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s also a chance weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll see a few tablets running Windows Phone 8, as well. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not sure if the world needs a third Windows tablet OS, but maybe third timeÃ¯Â¿Â½s a charm. Coming in at #3: a new Nokia phone. Nokia took some hard knocks over the past few years, but phones like the Lumia 920 have shown that they can still crank out an exciting phone or two. And now that Microsoft has their back, youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got two underdogs with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove. Hopefully thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s a recipe for awesome. At #2: A new Samsung Galaxy Note. If youÃ¯Â¿Â½re looking for an Android smartphone or tablet with an integrated stylus, Samsung has you covered. This year, the rumors are pointing to an 8-inch version of the Note, but maybe weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll also get a peek at something smaller. Or maybe a giant 20-inch version. Or a helicopter. Or a sea cow. As long as there isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t an Apple patent on it, I think Samsung will try anything. But there is one thing they wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t try at Mobile World Congress: a launch of the Galaxy S4. Nope, according to our editors, SamsungÃ¯Â¿Â½s flagship smartphone is a big enough deal to warrant a special party all its own later this year. The good news is, your new Galaxy S3 wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t feel outdated for at least a few more months. Alright, and now, the #1 thing our CNET editors predict for the 2013 Mobile World Congress: a new flagship phone from HTC. Samsung dominated Android phones last year and now itÃ¯Â¿Â½s time for HTC to come back swinging. In fact, there are already some rumors bubbling up and guess what they say: itÃ¯Â¿Â½s going to be a Ã¯Â¿Â½quad-coreÃ¯Â¿Â½ phone with a Ã¯Â¿Â½1080p displayÃ¯Â¿Â½. Who could have guessed? Whatever it is, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s hope it puts HTC back in the game. So those are the predictions for Mobile World Congress, which kicks off in Barcelona on Monday February 25th. Our editors will be covering that show from top to bottom, so check back for our full coverage. And for more Top 5s like this, visit Top 5.CNET.com. IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.