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Mobile World Congress 2014 - The Highlights
If you've been checking out our blogs, you can't have failed to notice that the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) event took place in Barcelona the last week of February. One of the most important events in the Mobile Phone Industry calendar, it's where many of the big mobile phone companies launch their latest smartphones as well as many other new devices. For those of you who missed out, we thought we'd summarise the highlights.
Samsung chose this year's MWC to unveil their much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. It's sleeker, slimmer, faster than previous handsets and it features a bigger display, a fingerprint sensor and a heart-rate sensor (see our dedicated Galaxy S5 blog for more).
In addition to the S5, Samsung also launched 2 much-improved smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear Neo and a new health-band wearable called the Gear Fit. The Gear Fit is very much a fitness device and comes with a Super AMOLED curved touchscreen display which interacts with the Galaxy S5's health management features to keep your health and fitness on track. The Gear Fit also shares some of the features of the new Samsung smartwatches including its Tizen operating system. The Gear Fit keeps you up to date with notifications of calls, emails and messages and you and use the Gear Fit to reject phone calls and reply to messages. The neat and upmarket design and impressive features were rewarded with the accolade of 'Best Mobile Device' at this year's MWC.
Sony launched their new premium flagship smartphone at MWC, the Sony Xperia Z2, which generated a lot of interest thanks to its beautiful design and excellent specs. Sony have also gone a step further with the Xperia Z2 handset which has been coined the 'world's most powerful waterproof smartphone'. In fact the Z2 is waterproof up to 30 minutes and 1.5 metres and can be used to take underwater photos or video in freshwater and is also dust resistant and boasts IP55/58 certification.
Sony also unveiled their Xperia Z2 tablet which has the same waterproof and dust resisting capabilities as the Z2 smartphone. The Z2 Tablet features a 10-inch 1920 x 1200 Triluminous IPS screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and a whopping 6000mAh battery which offers up to 10 hours of solid multimedia use. the Z2 Tablet also includes a 8.1-megapixel rear camera, a 2.2-megapixel webcam and 16GB of expandable internal storage. It's also gained plaudits due to its lightweight (439g) and slim line, up-market design.
Also at MWC, Nokia revealed three new Android smartphones which took many by surprise as there had been speculation they would just be unveiling the one. The new Nokia Android range, known as the Nokia X line, includes the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Nokia have diversified from making Windows phone and their new Android range of smartphones, although running on the Google operating system, won't include Play Store or any Google apps or services. However, users can download their own Android apps. The Nokia X series will be aimed at the budget end of the market and will be available in Asia, India and Africa as well as Europe very soon.
Other devices which were launched at MWC 2014 included a second-generation Yotaphone complete with a dual-screen, the LG G Pro 2 Phablet which boasts a 6-inch screen and the HTC Desire 816 smartphone.