Sony isn’t afraid to crash Samsung’s MWC 2014 party

By BGR.com

Sony is reportedly sending press invites for a special media event that will take place on February 24 at MWC 2014, the first official day of the mobile trade show, Xperia Blog reports.

On the same day, Samsung will hold its first major mobile event of the year, the first episode of Unpacked 5, where it’ll unveil its first flagship handset of the year. It’s not clear what Sony will bring to MWC, with speculations suggesting that the company’s next flagship smartphone may be unveiled during the Spanish event.

Either way, Sony doesn’t seem to mind sharing the spotlight with Samsung on February 24 – Sony’s event takes place at 8:30 a.m. CET, while Samsung’s Galaxy S5 announcement is scheduled for later that day at 8:00 p.m. CET.

Last year, Sony announced the Xperia Z at CES 2013 in January, while Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4 two months later, in mid-March, during a special media event of its own.

At MWC 2013, Sony did announce its Xperia Tablet Z, with its successor already rumored to arrive this year, and therefore a possibility for Sony’s upcoming event. Of the two rumored devices, the Xperia Z2 has been prominently featured in recent reports and leaks, suggesting that a Sony announcement may be just around the corner.

Sony has also announced a special event for Indonesia, scheduled for March 5. A teaser image for the event has also been offered, showing to people jumping in the water, and suggesting that a waterproof device may be unveiled. “Life is an incredible journey,” the invitation says. “Discover it with us on 5 March 2014!”

It’s not known whether Sony’s Jakarta event will be related to the rumored Xperia Z2, or whether the company is just launching the Xperia Z1 Compact in the region.