Mobile World Congress 2014 turned out to be an action-packed event last week. Several OEMs showcased their flagship devices at the big event, mostly mobile. This year, OEMs didn’t only focused on smartphones and tablets, but also unveiled a number of wearables as well. If you, for any reason, missed the Mobile World Congress 2014 last week, we’ll do a quick roundup for the best devices showcased at the grand stage in Barcelona.
1. Sony Xperia Z2
Sony unveiled their latest flagship device at the Mobile World Congress 2014, dubbed as the Sony Xperia Z2. It looks quite similar to the Sony Xperia Z1, but brings an improved set of specifications compared to its predecessor. Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a bigger 5.2-inch Full HD Live Color LED TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile picture engine and sports a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The handset is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB storage with a microSD card support, 20MP camera with 4K video recording capabilities, 2MP front-facing camera, a 3,200 mAh batery and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat pre-installed out of the box. The handset is expected to hit retail in March globally.
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
The main star of the event was the Samsung Galaxy S5. The extremely hyped handset was made official at the event, but it did turn out to be a little disappointing as it didn’t bring the specifications we heard so much about before it’s launch.
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a slightly bigger 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM on board. Other features include 16/32GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2,800 mAh battery, 16MP camera for photos and videos, heart rate sensor, a fingerprint scanner for additional security and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with an improved version of TouchWiz UI on top of it.
Samsung Galaxy S5 does bring some useful features, such as the Ultra Battery Saving modes, which converts your display into black and white to make sure the device can provide an extended battery time, as long as 24 hours with 10 percent of battery. The handset will hit retail shelves across 150 countries on April 11th, and rumors suggest it will be cheaper than the competition, even the Samsung Galaxy S4 at launch.
3. Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit
Samsung launched their first wearable device dubbed as Galaxy Gear last year, but it didn’t turn out to be as successful as the Korean OEM thought it would be. At the Mobile World Congress, the Korean OEM launched a number of wearables, including the successor of the not-so-popular Samsung Galaxy Gear, as well as a health-oriented Galaxy Gear Fit and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo.
Galaxy Gear Fit brings a handful of fitness-related features such as a pedometer, heart rate sensor, ability to connect with Galaxy devices via Bluetooth and display incoming notifications for emails, messages, calls and more. The wearable was also crowned as the best device at the Mobile World Congress 2014 as well.
4. Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Sony had a pretty decent Mobile World Congress. The company unveiled a number of new products, including the Sony Xperia Z2, as well as a new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet that brings top-of-the-line specifications at the table. The tablet rocks a 10.1-inch display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, and is touted as the world’s slimmest tablet.
Under the hood, it comes with a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 8.1MP camera at the back for photos and videos, LTE connectivity support, a 6,000 mAh battery to make sure there’s enough juice for the tablet and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat as its OS.
5. YotaPhone 2
While all eyes were fixed on the Samsung Galaxy S5, there was another smartphone that many of us may have missed. It was the next-generation Yotaphone with dual-display; one on the front, while the second is the e-ink display on the back of the handset.
The handset rocks a 5-inch 1080p display on the front as well as a 4.7-inch qHD e-Ink touchscreen. It’s powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset with a clock speed of 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM on board. Other features include 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera with 108-p video recording capabilities, a 2,550 mAh battery, LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS and runs Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed out of the box.
YotaPhone 2 is expected to hit the EMEA regions and Russia in Q4 2014, and is also expected to hit the US and Asian markets.
6. Huawei MediaPad X1
Huawei also made an appearance at the Mobile World Congress, but the device which has caught our eye is the MediaPad X1, the ultimate phablet carrying a screen size of 7-inch and comes with cellular connectivity, which means it can act as a smartphone as well, touted as the “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet.”
The phablet cum tablet comes with a 7-inch sporting a resolution of 1900 x 1200 pixels, and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Hisilicon Kirin 910 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage on board. On the rear, it comes with a 13MP camera for photos and videos with a 5MP front-facing camera. The only disappointing part of the phablet is its operating system — it’s running the old Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. To make sure there’s enough juice for the oversized phablet, there’s a 5,000 mAh battery as well.
The Huawei MediaPad X1 is set to launch in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America in March later this year, but there’s no word about its pricing at the moment.
If you think we missed any device from the list, feel free to let us know using the comments below.
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