HTC has tasted dizzy highs and soul-searching lows over the past half decade.
It’s gone from leading Android mobile-maker to the brink of oblivion, clawing its way back to profitability thanks to some impressive design nous.
Last year’s warmly received One (M8) was a triumph, the best Android phone of 2014.
Much then is riding on its performance at MWC this year.
The Taiwanese mobile-maker is due to hold a press conference on March 1st, a day before the show starts, when it will tout a new flagship phone.
Rumours are flying about just what this will be.
Most believe it's the One (M9), a tarted-up version of last year’s phone, with a similar all–metal design, boosted 20-megapixel camera, quad HD screen and a lightning fast octa–core processor.
Various Twitter accounts, known for leaking the inside line on smartphones, have suggested the phone is actually codenamed A55 and will be branded as a top–end Desire phone, HTC’s brand usually reserved for its mid–range efforts.
Images have also emerged showing off two devices of varying size, one with a home button that looks distinctly like the one found on top–end Samsung Galaxy phones.
HTC has previous when it comes to releasing larger versions of its phones. But anything more than the rumoured 5.5–inch screen would surely make it too big to handle.
There is also a device codenamed Hima which some rumour-mongers are claiming will be on show.
However, this could well be the same phone as the A55 under a different moniker. Such is the world of tech gossip.
There’s also a strong chance that HTC will show off its first-ever smartwatch in Barcelona.
Its wearable has been touted for months, after rumours emerged it was working on a fitness-focused watch for release in the first quarter of 2015.
This tittle tattle was further fired by confirmation in January that it had struck a partnership deal with fitness clothing and equipment manufacturer Under Armour.
With adidas and Nike already big players in the wearable space, an Under Armour sportswatch made by HTC isn’t such a big leap to make.
Expect to see HTC trail the latest version of its Sense custom skin for Android too.
Despite complaints that HTC’s commitment to customisation slows down Android updates, it seems wedded to tweaking Google’s platform in order to make it more dynamic.
That’s no surprise after the disastrous initial rollout of Android Lollipop.