Once the International Consumer Electronics Show ends for the year, the Mobile World Congress is the next big venue for smartphone makers to show off their newest gear. This year is no different, and both Samsung and HTC could be ready to unveil their next-generation devices. For Samsung, that means the Galaxy S3, and it would be following one of the most successful smartphones ever made in the Galaxy S2.

HTC may be ready to drop the Edge, its own quad-core smartphone primed to outdo the competition. Smartphones get more powerful at an ever accelerating rate, and one of the next steps is the quad-core processing systems. Any phone with that much computing power will likely have to dial down their speeds just to save on battery, but the full potential of the systems will eventually be unleashed as battery technology catches up.

HTC Edge is rumored to be debuting a 4.7-inch touchscreen with the quad-core chip, 4G and Beats Audio integration like the HTC Rezound. Samsung's Galaxy S3 could also come with the quad-core system, a 4.6-inch display, near field communications chip, 4G and even two full gigabytes of memory. Furthermore, both would likely be running the Android 4.0 system upon release. HTC CEO Peter Chou is confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at Mobile World Congress, and he could use the opportunity to debut the Edge there. Samsung hasn't confirmed they are delivering a keynote address at MWC, but they could change their mind.

Of course, they don't have to have a keynote address to debut the Galaxy S3, but it would increase the likelyhood. Samsung debuted the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress 2011, so a follow up this year would logical. Tell us in the comments if you have a Galaxy S2 and if you'd consider giving it up for the Galaxy S3.

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