After an action packed start to the year with CES 2013 in January, February saw the world headed to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress 2013, and it was anything but disappointing. So here’s a summary of some of the best highlights of the event, news that made a lot of us very excited and happy. What can we say; we’ve been drooling ever since the MWC 2013 gave us a peek into these upcoming gadgets.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
This one’s aimed directly at the Apple iPad Mini and it definitely made us look twice. The Galaxy Note 8.0 was the only Android device that Samsung showcased at the event, but it’s definitely worth noticing. With an 8.0-inch screen, quad-core processor and S-Pen functionality, it makes for a good alternative to the iPad Mini.
HTC’s flagship: the HTC One
After much speculation and rumors, we finally got to see the flagship HTC One at this event. And yes, we were blown away by the terrific screen with its 468 ppi resolution. The quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, its Ultrapixels camera and stereo sound all sound amazing, and we can’t wait to get our hands on this one and try it out for ourselves.
LG’s flagship, the LG Optimus G Pro
Looks like LG’s all set to take on the likes of Samsung with its brand new flagship, the Optimus G Pro. With its gigantic 5.5-inch screen and powerful specs, it is by far one of the finest gadgets we’ve seen the company unveil. We also got a peek into new handsets in the more affordable price bracket, both in the existing L-series as well as a brand new F-series of phones.
Sony Xperia Z tablet
Much like its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z, the tablet version also boasts of being dust and water resistant. But that’s not the only reason for us falling in love with Sony’s latest tablet – it also happens to be the thinnest tablet out in the market currently and at just about 1 pound, is also extremely lightweight.
Nokia’s affordable Windows-based phones
Buoyed by the success of the Lumia 920, Nokia unveiled a few more reasonably priced Windows-based smartphone options at the MWC 2013. We quite liked what we saw in the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, and even though they may not sound as terrific as the Lumia 920, for their price-tags, they do have a lot to offer.