If 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.
Dear Asus, were you the unsung star of the show? Maybe. Hey, it’s all subjective, I guess.
If you’re the kinda guy who enjoys topless bare-knuckle brawling on a blazing oilrig, you might fancy the rugged Caterpillar B15.
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.
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.