To no one's surprise, HTC and Samsung have been working on a handful of leaky flagship phones, and they're going to unveil them at a pair of back-to-back press events this afternoon. You know what that means: Back-to-back liveblogs to bring you the news as soon as it breaks. One has to wonder if that's all HTC's bringing to Barça, considering the dull throb of rumors that keep suggesting there's some sort of M9 phablet secretly lurking under wraps. Samsung's eternal rival LG has already trotted out its newest smartphones ahead of the show (and we already reviewed the only one that's really worth talking about), though we're looking forward to slipping on the webOS wonder that is the Watch Urbane LTE.
Meanwhile, Sony's presence at the show has been scaled back as it tries to decide if smartphones are a part of its future at all, but it's probably going to show up with at least a new tablet in tow. Microsoft is making an appearance tomorrow morning, too, so expect more clarity on Windows 10 for mobile and maybe a pair of mid-range smartphones for good measure. Then you've got Huawei, a company that can't help but tout its surprisingly handsome Android Wear watch ahead of time, and BlackBerry, a company that's reportedly planning to lay out its roadmap for the entire year sometime this week.
Beyond all that, beyond the glitz and glamour of new gadgets from huge companies, are the little things. The quirky bits. The Bluetoothbrushes and smart suitcases and the GPS canes. In years past, stepping into the Fira de Barcelona has been like digging into a tiny slice of the future, and we're going to spend the week helping you see as much of it as possible. Keep it locked to our MWC event page for all the news out of Catalonia as it breaks, and thanks -- really -- for joining us.