Mobile World Congress 2013 is finally amongst us, and Day 0 and Day 1 have finished and we’ve pulled together the best of the day and this is what we’ve found, we’ve sorted by the most interesting to the least, so scroll to be bored!
LG Optimus G Pro
LG announced a team of devices, quite literally, they announced 8 new Android phones for pretty much every flavour of consumer all running Jellybean 4.1 and supporting LGs custom skin, but we’re not LG crazy here, so we’re just gonna cover the highlight, and the highlight most certainly was the successor to the LG Optimus, this is the LG Optimus G Pro.
Now, if you’re like us, we agree, it does look very somewhat similar to a certain other manufacture of mobile devices based in Korea, I forget there name, add the fact it has its own Special pen (oo don’t know why S pen was highlighted) that adds its own functionality including note taking and more kinda makes it a direct competitor to said device (just add a Q where you expect an S i.e S-Note is Q-Note).
However the Optimus G Pro has some pretty darn beastly specs, supporting a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 display with a 400ppi, not to mention a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Quad Core processor, heaps of RAM, Qi Wireless Charging support, 13 megapixel rear shooter (which admittedly sticks out slightly but not too badly) and a massive 3140mA/h battery to take all that in. Whilst, ok joking aside, it does look identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, it pumps the specs up a bit and is expected to have some very impressive price points, and feels a bit better built, something we’re starting to see from LG again.
Samsung are a cheeky bunch, not only have they been giving out sneaky invites to the Galaxy S IV announcement in March at MWC 2013, but they are going to make our pants bloated and ourselves look even more stupid with the worlds largest phone ever, the Galaxy Note 8.0
Now before the Android people start attacking us, we know this isn’t likely aimed to be a phone, altho the Note II wasn’t at first and look where that got some freaks out there, the Note 8.0 has everything a traditional phone has, working 3G/HSPA+/LTE networking option with ability to call and message on Android 4.1.2 Jellybean to boot on a pretty impressive Exynos Quad Core Processor, 2GB Ram, a rather compromised display at 1280 x 800 8 inch display with 189ppi, but doesn’t look too bad, and it wouldn’t be Samsung without the S-pen. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will also be the only Android device, for a limited time, to have the popular iOS note taking app Awesome Note.
Budget Nokia 105
Nokia announced two Lumia devices, the 520 and 720, which you can click here to find out more about the Lumia 520 and 720 in our leaked information which was all correct, but Nokia also released some Asha phones including this phone, the worlds cheapest phone! Introducing the Nokia 105 costing a quite frankly incredible £13. For £13 you get an incredible battery lasting a whole month (35 days) on a single charge, a torch at the top, Alarm function, FM Radio and a colour screen. Yes its basic and we feel like we’re in 2002 but it’s a perfect phone for the money.
Nokia also introduced the Nokia 301, a classic design candybar phone with HSPA+ support and some social network integration for an affordable price point.
Lumia 720 and 520
Everything we heard about the Nokia Lumia devices were completely spot on, the Lumia 720 does indeed have a 4.3 inch QVGA display, a 1GHz Dual Core Processor, 512MB Ram, 8GB of expandable microSD storage, HSPA+ support and a 6 megapixel shooter, and dare we say an HTC 8X design.
Our favourite of the two is this, the Nokia Lumia 520. If you thought the Lumia 620 was cheap, check this out, the Lumia 520 will cost $183 and has more or less identical specs to the Lumia 720 but with a smaller display. The Lumia 520 has a 4 inch QVGA display, 8GB of expandable microSD storage, 512MB ram, 5 megapixel camera with 720p video and even Nokia Supersensitive Touch for the price too.
HP Slate 7
It would be rich to say the most disappointing announcement came from HP with this, their Slate 7 Android tablet. From a company who spent billions marketing the WebOS platform from Palm, it seems rather redundant to release such a disappointing tablet that not only offers not much to the field, a low resolution stock Android experience for the price of a Nexus 7 really makes you question where HP are really marketing this device for, has us guessing. The device has a 7 inch 1024 x 600, compared to the Nexus 7s 1280 x 800 its night and day, it only has a 1.6GHz dual-core processors where the Nexus has Quad, only 8GB storage and no NFC or GPS. Even at $169, its in Nexus 7 territory and isn’t doing a very good job at all as its worse in every way, HP appear to have lost it since WebOS’ fall.
I don’t know if it was the fact their lead promotional device was made by Alcatel, or the fact that the OS looks like a lazy stale version of Apple’s iOS platform featuring Web based HTML5 apps only. The phone is obviously realistically aimed towards the dumb phone market, if Firefox OS is going anywhere near to competing with the big guys they really need to have specs better than a 2 megapixel rear camera, 1GHz single core and 512MB Ram, that was mid-range in 2008. But time will tell where Firefox goes from here.
We’re keeping the MWC 2013 coverage coming, keep it at RKUK Media and The Tech Show at MWC