The world’s largest mobile exhibition, Mobile World Congress officially opens today in the host city of Barcelona. Till the 27th of February, global players will showcase the hottest devices and gadgets. Here we pick our top launches (expected) in the Spanish city this week.
1. Nokia X: The wait is over!
After much speculation, Nokia finally unveiled Nokia X earlier today, codenamed Normandy under Android 4.1. According to the first reviews, the device, which has got the DNA of both Asha and Windows phone, sports mid-range features. Emerging countries should be the target market of the Finnish smartphone manufacturer.
2. Huawei wrapped off a fleet of new 4G LTE connected devices
Huawei got plenty of attention on Sunday, a couple of hours before the MWC officially opens its doors. The Chinese wireless device manufacturer prepped two new android powered ‘tablets’ – the 7-inch MediaPad X1 and the 8-inch MediaTab M1, which in fact occupy a middle ground between tablets and smartphones owing to their sizes.
Huawei will also throw a new smartphone with decent features on the market – the Ascend G6 4G. However the E5786, debuted as the world’s fastest MI-FI, spawned the most interest, with download speeds hitting 300 Mbps.
China’s leading tech company made a move in the wearable device ecosystem as well. In upcoming weeks, a net-connected watch and fitness tracker Talkband B1, bearing the brand of the company, will occupy shop shelves. According to the Chinese behemoth, besides tracking sleeping habits and other health vitals, the water- and dust-resistant device can be used for phone calls. But since the OLED screen, has no ‘touch’ capabilities, users will have to resort to its app to manage the fitness tracker.
3. LG to display six new smartphones
LG has planned to show off a new line of 6 smartphones including the G2 Mini, the G Pro 2, the L40, the L70 and the L90 following a teasing campaign and announcements prior to MWC.
Other than this, rumours say LG has agreed a partnership with LG for the release of a new smartwatch but the South-Korean manufacturer has not spilled the beans yet. Tech tycoons are expected to make a joint announcement during Google I/O conference in June.
4. Sony again?
Many were not expecting Sony as less than six months ago, the Japanese firm unveiled its flagship smartphone, Z1. However, a new teaser video from the company which cropped up lately, put focus on a sequel device, the Z2. Indeed, a few hours ago, Sony announced Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet range which sport 4k high-resolution video technology and a 20.7 megapixel camera. Japanese firm says that the waterproof Xperia Z2 is the slimmest and lightest phone and tablet on the market. The device should hit general availability as from March 2014.