Posts tagged with: MWC 2013
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    We told you about Acer's Liquid C1 back at the start of the month, an Android running Intel's Lexington platform. At the MWC today, we were able to get some hands-on time with the smartphone. The Liquid C1 has a 4.3-inch qHD screen, runs a 1.2GHz Intel chip, and has a 2000mAh battery. While it's not the thinnest phone around, it still manages to give the appearance of one, thanks to some smart design choices. Performance seemed brisk enough, considering Acer's intent to make this a budget-priced handset, though it does stall up briefly here and there.

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    We've been itching to get our hands on Firefox OS for a while now, and thanks to the ZTE Open at the Mobile World Congress, we finally got a chance to take it for a spin. As shouldn't be that surprising, it feels like a mix of ideas from a lot of mobile platforms. While connection problems kept us from diving too deep into apps, we took a quick walk through the phone's home screen, checking out notifications and its universal search feature. We'll be spending more time with Firefox OS in the future, but here's a quick look for now:

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    Intrigued by ZTE's just-announced Grand Memo, the 5.7-inch phablet we just told you about? We went hands-on with the Android to let you know just what to expect. Again, we're looking at a 720p model with a Snapdragon S4, after hearing about 1080p and a Snapdragon 800 during the announcement itself – clearly, ZTE has its signals crossed somewhere. While it's no Huawei Ascend Mate, the Memo is definitely a handful. Take a look below to get a quick look at ZTE's UI and some of the software.

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    Have you noticed that those who are absent at a party are always the most talked about? It's not always because they're necessarily missed, but people will most likely remember those who didn't attend more than those who did. Samsung is definitely not absent from MWC 2013, but their strategy has changed dramatically. Two years ago MWC was Samsung's show floor for unveiling their most compelling smartphones of the year. Some would even argue that they owned the trade show each time, with enough popularity to serve them well in order to build enough buzz around their now-praised Galaxy ...

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    Sony just revealed some of the pricing and availability details for its Xperia Tablet Z, and we just had an opportunity to go hands-on with the tablet at the Mobile World Congress. The 6.9-millimeter-thick tablet is just astonishingly slim for its size, making it the thinnest 10.1-incher around. It runs a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, and manages to pack in a 6000mAh battery in spite of its narrow cross-section. While the screen certainly is big and crisp, we noticed a few issues with viewing angles. Check out the video below for our full impressions. ...

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    The cat may be out of the bag for the ZTE Open, the company's first Firefox OS smartphone, but that's not the only thing ZTE came to the Mobile World Congress to show off. To get the full scoop on the Open, as well as learn about the company’s other new hardware, our attention turns to the company's MWC press event this morning. First up, ZTE announced the Grand Memo, its new Android phablet. While earlier reports from the MWC gave the Grand Memo a 5.7-inch 720p screen, just a tad larger than the Note II or Optimus G Pro, the company is now saying it will be a 1080p display; perhaps ...

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    A little over a month ago, Sony announced its new 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 Xperia Tablet Z. While that filled us in on some of the specs we were curious about for the quad-core Android, we didn't have much in the way of detail concerning how it would be released. Now, during the MWC, Sony is fleshing things out a little more, giving us some general availability info and talking about the tablet's price. The Xperia Tablet Z will go up for sale in markets all around the world starting in the second quarter of the year. The WiFi-only version of the tablet will be available in both white and ...

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    LG pulled back the curtain on its L series II a little early, revealing the Optimus L3 II, L5 II, and L7 II a couple weeks back. It brought them all along to the Mobile World Congress this week, and we're going hands-on with the lot of them to show you what to expect from these budget-friendly models. Right now, it's time to look at the L3 II and the L5 II. These models are quite a bit lower-end than LG's other budget lineup, the F series, lacking LTE modems and featuring some much more pocketbook-friendly specs. The L3 II has a tiny 3.2-inch QVGA display, for instance, while the L5 II ...

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    The LG Optimus L7 II is a budget/midrange Android 4.1 device that was shown at MWC. Inside it has a dual-core 1GHz CPU with 768MB of RAM. The display is a modest 4.3" and WVGA resolution, and the camera on the back takes photos at 8MP and video at 1080p. The design is typical-LG with rounded edges and an elongated home button. Powering everything is a 2460mAh battery, which is a nice capacity for a phone of this type.

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    LG's new Optimus F series may be mid-range Androids, but with features like LTE support, they're a big more robust than the company's L series. We just showed you the Optimus F5, and now we look at its higher-end cousin, the Optimus F7. The F7 has a 4.7-inch 720p screen, dual-core 1.5GHz SoC, 2GB of RAM, and an eight-megapixel main camera; with specs like those, this would have been a top-tier Android just a year or so back. The smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and while the model we're looking at here appears destined for South Korea (what with its TV tuner and antenna), theF7 ...

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    The Lumia 520, announced at MWC, is a Windows Phone 8 device intended for budget-conscious consumers. It'll be selling for just under $200 in Q1, which makes it the least expensive Lumia you can buy. It'll be available on T-Mobile as the Lumia 521 starting in the spring/summer. In terms of specs it's got a 4.0" WVGA display and a 5MP camera on the rear capable of shooting 720p video. The battery is rather generous for a smaller phone, at 1430mAh. While the Lumia 520 only has 8GB of onboard storage, you can expand the memory with a microSD card. In terms of power, it has what looks to be a ...

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    Following ASUS's announcement of the new Padfone Infinity at its Mobile World Congress event, the company switched gears to the other new mobile device we've been expecting from it, the Fonepad tablet. Like the Galaxy Note 8.0, it's a mid-sized tablet that doubles as a phone itself. The Fonepad will be available in gray and gold, supports microSD storage, and like we heard rumored, runs an Intel Atom SoC. It's got a seven-inch 1280 x 800 LCD and comes with 5GB of cloud storage from ASUS. There will be a couple different hardware configurations available. A Fonepad with a three-megapixel ...

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    It's ASUS's turn to take the spotlight at the Mobile World Congress, and this morning the company hosts its press event to cap-off the past week of teaser videos. After starting off with news of some more PC-focused services, including a whole lot of cloud-based offerings, the company finally got around to some mobile hardware, announcing the Padfone Infinity. The Padfone Infinity steps up from the Padfone 2's 4.7-inch 720p screen to a five-inch 1080p component. The handset features an aluminum construction with a brushed metal look. Its main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 ...

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    We've been talking a lot about Samsung's Galaxy S IV over the past weeks and months, and so far that's largely all been the stuff of rumors. Sure, there have been benchmarks, and maybe even a few camera samples, but the lion's share of the news surrounding the handset has been composed of rumors and speculation. Well, as we start to get into the home stretch now, some of those rumors are finally starting to become fact, and Samsung has now confirmed the latest one to discuss just when the phone could be announced, distributing invitations for an Unpacked event on March 14. While we were ...

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    The question on everyone's mind right now is whether the LG Optimus G Pro is good enough to make customers buy it instead of Samsung's six-month old Note II. Both South Korean phablets have 5.5 inch displays but the LG Optimus G Pro has a higher resolution, as well as a higher megapixel rating for the camera. We're looking at the two competitors in the video below and we're emphasizing on specs, features, as well as build quality and size. Obviously the Optimus G Pro doesn't have a stylus, like the Note II's S-Pen, but for those who are not fans of the input device, or don't use it, this ...

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    We've already established that the LG Optimus G Pro is not going to be a Samsung Galaxy Note II killer -- and you can either agree or disagree -- but it will definitely be a great competitor since some of its specifications outclass the Samsung phablet in its second iteration. The Optimus G Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU clocking at 1.7GHz and has a 5.5-inch Full HD display. These two factors will be crucial when it comes to battery life since it is rated at 3,140mAh, just about the same as the Galaxy Note II which has a great battery life. Other specs include a ...

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    After closely inspecting the Lumia 720, the highest-end amongst the Windows Phones announced by Nokia today at MWC, we're stacking it up against the now already established and respectable Lumia 920. We're looking at specs, build quality and features as well as software. Of course, the Lumia 920 is a PureView device -- the one with the Optical Image Stabilization capability as its main feature -- and its internals are better than the ones used in the Lumia 720, however, the latter has an expandable memory via the microSD slot. Check out all of that and more in the video below!

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    Nokia announced a handful of devices this morning out of which two were Windows Phones, the highest-end amongst them being the Lumia 720. The Finnish phone maker maintained the general design guidelines we're already familiar with from previous Lumia phones, however, tweaking them further with subtle changes. The Lumia 720 packs a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 64 GB), 4.3-inch super-sensitive touch display with ClearBlack technology, 6.7-megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, and an F1.9 aperture, as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam.

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    "Mid-range" is the middle name of the LG Optimus F5 and it's been already announced, together with its higher end sibling, the F7, right before MWC's start. It feels good in the hand despite the fact that the phone is made out of plastic -- like every other LG phone the company brought to MWC this year -- however, not cheap (unless you consider the Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II cheap with their hyperglazed plastic builds). Just to recap, the Optimus F5 is the lower-end among the F-series of phones, packing a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, five-megapixel ...

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    LG really hadn't left us with any us with anything to be surprised by at the MWC this year; over the last couple weeks, we've heard it model-by-model reveal pretty much everything it was intending to show at the Mobile World Congress in advance. The F series were the last holdouts, but even they've gone official. Now LG is rounding everything all up and showing off its full new lineup. The F series includes the Optimus F3 and F5, both mid-rangers, but with some decent specs, especially for the F7. The L series II has three phones in it, the Optimus L3 II, L5 II, and L7 II; these are all ...

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    We've seen HP unveil its seven-inch Android tablet, joining the game with their latest offering which, truth be told, could have had better specs. We have a hands-on video for you in case you missed the details of this tablet (which packs a dual-core 1.6GHz SoC, seven-inch screen at 1024 x 600 resolution 1GB of RAM , 8GB of flash, and expansion available via microSD). However, if you  want to see it compared to the Nexus 7 you're in the right place. Google's pure-Android tablet made by ASUS packs much more promising specs: NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chip clocking at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, ...

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    We've already gone hands-on with Huawei's new Ascend P2, just announced at the Mobile World Congress. We mentioned a bunch of the phone's specs at the time, but with the company's press release now in-hand, we thought we'd return to the phone in a little more detail. Like we mentioned, the P2 runs a 1.5GHz quad-core SoC, has a gigabyte of RAM, and is outfitted with 16GB of flash storage. Around back there's a big thirteen-megapixel camera, just like on the D2, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. In some markets the P2 will have NFC abilities, but it's not yet clear just who will see it ...

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    The Huawei Ascend P2 may be the company's hot smartphone for today, but don't forget about the Ascend D2, the 1080p Android we heard announced back at the CES. While we got to go hands-on with the handset at the time, we weren't able to really show you just what the phone's thirteen-megapixel camera was really capable of. Well, now that we're in Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, we once again croseed paths with the D2, and this time we had the opportunity to put the phone's camera through its paces. We didn't fiddle with any settings here: these were taken in full-auto mode, though ...

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    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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    Following up a surprisingly decent showing at the CES, Alcatel is back with new devices to share at the Mobile World Congress, bringing us models like the Firefox-OS-running One Touch Fire we just learned about. While that one was seriously low-end, Alcatel's smartphone lineup is anything but one-note, and models like that are balanced out by phones like the 1080p Android the company just revealed, its One Touch Idol X. The One Touch Idol X is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz SoC, comes with 16GB of internal storage, and has a five-inch full HD display. The processor may be slightly below ...

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