Huawei_ascend-p2Well, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has just come to a close for another year and although this year's event hasn't seen any 'blockbuster' announcements from the big mobile phone manufacturers, there is  plenty of news to share.

For example, Huawei announced a range of new handsets, including the waterproof, dustproof and impact proof Huawei Ascend G350 and the 4.5 inch 'gamers' handset, the Ascend G510.  But most interesting is the Ascend P2, pitched as the fastest smartphone on the market.

The boast emanates from the inclusion of 4G LTE CAT4 technology (a term to impress your mates down the pub) which not only means the handset is compatible with 4G, but also that it accesses the internet at speeds faster than the other 4G handsets on the market. Its other specs are pretty impressive too - a superfast 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 4.7 inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution and 315 ppi, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (non-expandable). There’s also a 13-megapixel rear camera face recognition and dedicated camera button, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Plus, as you can seeform the picture, it looks pretty sleek too.

For those Samsung fans out there, you'll be pleased to learn that the next flagship phone from the South Korean manufacturer is not far away.  Invitations for the launch of the Galaxy S4 were sent out at the beginning of Mobile World Congress and it's set for 14th March in New York. Speculation is that the new phone will have a 5 inch screen and a superfast processor, and we've got less than 2 weeks to find out whether that speculation is true.

Other handsets manufacturers were also busy with announcements of new phones - including 2 new mid range windows 8 phones from Nokia - the 520 and 720 (both of which are reviewed in a separate post) and 2 new mid range 4G handsets from LG - the Optimus F7 and F5.

But the new phone which really caught our eye was the Nokia 105.

Nokia105There's not much to this handset - although it has a full colour screen there's no functionality to cater for apps or internet connectivity. All you can do is phone and text, although there's a torch (very handy) and a FM radio too.  But the 105 has 2 major advantages - it's likely to cost only £13 and has a battery that lasts for...wait for it...35 days!

We all love the latest high tech smartphones but with all that functionality (web, games etc) you're often lucky if your battery lasts for 24 hours.  So we think the 105 will be a hand back-up phone - just charge it up and leave it in your bag for those emergencies when your smartphone battery is drained of juice.