Mobile World Congress 2013 review

Mobile World Congress 2013 reviewIf asked, “What did I miss at this year’s Mobile World Congress?” - I’m really not sure what I’d say. Uhm, a bunch of stuff from low-rung Android manufacturers and a handful of mid-range devices from the big players, I guess. That pretty much sums it up.

To be honest, I’m seriously struggling to remember much of anything. Join me after the break, won’t you, and let’s see what’s what.

How do you want to do this, guy? In alphabetical order by manufacturer, you say? You got it, buddy. Let’s rock.


If there were an award for Worst Name at Mobile World Congress, the winner this year, hands down, would be the Alcatel One Touch Idol X. Good grief.

Not quite as bad are the 5in Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy and One Touch Scribe HD. Personally, I’m holding out for the Alcatel One Touch Scribe Difficult.


Dear Asus, were you the unsung star of the show? Maybe. Hey, it’s all subjective, I guess.

In any case, Asus lifted the lid on the PadFone Infinity (yeah, it’s a higher specced Asus PadFone 2) and the Asus FonePad, the latter being a 7in tablet with phone capabilities.


If you’re the kinda guy who enjoys topless bare-knuckle brawling on a blazing oilrig, you might fancy the rugged Caterpillar B15.


The big HP story this week was undoubtedly the somewhat surprising sale of webOS to LG, but spare a thought for the HP Slate 7. It’s a, uhm, 7in Android tablet with an entirely reasonable price tag.


Probably the most interesting smartphone at MWC 2013, simply because there wasn’t much in the way of competition, was the Huawei Ascend P2. It’s the “world’s fastest” smartphone when it comes to data, on account of something called Cat 4 LTE.

The Chinese also demoed the Huawei Ascend G526, notable for having an iOS-style theme, complete with folders. Amazing.


The Kyocera Torque is the second rugged chap on our MWC device list, and it has celebrity endorsement from none other than Bear Grylls, the guy who likes to drink water from fresh elephant droppings. Tasty.


Ah, Lenovo. Is there no end to your tablet-based output? Clearly not. At this year’s MWC, the Chinese chaps fired out no less than three new tablets. They’re “aggressively priced”, s’posedly.


Style, Greatness, View, Freedom… LG had it all at MWC 2013. Alas, they’d already detailed the eight phones on display (six newish, two old) prior to the show.

In other LG news, we also met the world’s smallest wireless charger, the WCP-300. Check out the minor skirmish in the comments; Jan really doesn’t like “wireless” charging in its current form.


Over in Barcelona, the first Mozilla Firefox OS handsets were on display, in all their laggy glory. They are the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire, and they’re heading to emerging markets. At some point.


Nokia continues to churn out Windows Phone handsets, bringing the current total to something like 426. As their numbering reveals, the Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720 sit either side of the Nokia Lumia 620 in the spec spectrum.

The Finns also showed off the Nokia 105, notable for its ridiculously cheap €15 price tag.


Samsung didn’t see fit to unveil the Galaxy S IV at Mobile World Congress, instead scheduling the launch event for just 14 days after the conference.

In the meantime, we were formally introduced to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which JK Shin had already confirmed.

There were a handful of low-end devices (Samsung Galaxy Frame, Samsung Galaxy Young), but – I’m not gonna lie to you – we didn’t bother writing about them.

Also, no sign of the dual-display Samsung Galaxy Q, or – unless I’m very much mistaken – the three Galaxy Tabs we were promised.


This chap was already launched in Japan, but it received a global unveiling at Mobile World Congress. I speak of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, which Martin quite fancies – in case anyone’s thinking of buying him a present.


The ZTE Grand Memo is notable for being the first smartphone to rock the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Sadly, the rest of the spec sheet is decidedly less impressive.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 14:22

When Tesla tried proper wireless charging, he nearly blew up NY :p
Also: wireless charging causes impotence.

Okay, I made up one of the two factoids.

moonmonkey  Mar. 1, 2013 at 15:29

Tesla were a bit electric!
I liked them back in my school days, true story!

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 16:20


JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 16:21

Different Tesla, and not wireless :p

moonmonkey  Mar. 1, 2013 at 16:24

Oh right. Him out the Prestige? Scary things with hats and stuff. One of my fave movies ever.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 1, 2013 at 16:32

Closer :p


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