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Microsoft sends out invites for Mobile World Congress press conference next month

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade expo is one of the biggest events in the calendar for phone- and tablet-lovers, as tens of thousands of people from across the globe descend on Barcelona to announce, discuss and explore every aspect of the latest developments in the mobile industry.

As you would expect, the world's leading mobile brands will be in attendance - most with vast, magnificent show stands - and many will also be scheduling media events for new product announcements.

Microsoft fans will be pleased to hear that the company sent out invites today to leading technology publications - including Neowin, of course - for its own press conference at MWC 2015. Unsurprisingly, the company didn't say what to expect, but it will be making an announcement of some sort, beginning at 0830 CET on Monday, March 2 - the first day of the conference.

But despite Microsoft's recent confirmation that it is working on new flagship-class "Lumia smartphones powered by Snapdragon 810 processors", don't expect to see any of them at MWC. All indications - both from our own sources, and via other media reports - point to new high-end Lumia handsets arriving later in the year, almost certainly with Windows 10 on board.

So what should we expect at MWC? Well, with Microsoft having flooded the low-end of the market with wave after wave of cheap Lumias - now including the 435, 530, 532, 535, 630, 635, 636 and 638 (although not all models are sold in every market) - there seems to be very little room for more entry-level devices.

Instead, expect Microsoft to refresh its mid-range offering. One new handset that we're expecting is a replacement for the Lumia 1320 - the gigantic phablet with modest specs and a surprisingly small price tag. A device supposedly identified as the 'Lumia 1330' has been spotted more than once, and given that the 1320 was first announced at the end of 2013, it's certainly due for a refresh.

What would you like to see most from Microsoft at MWC 2015? Be sure to share your thoughts with us below - but if you all say "Lumia flagship", there's gonna be trouble! ;-)

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