Posts tagged with: MWC 2014
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    For a phone that's definitely aimed at shoppers not looking for the latest smartphone flagship, HTC's Desire 816 still manages to deliver a lot. It's got a big HD screen, a nice, clean design, and those stereo BoomSound speakers we can't get enough of. Anxious to get some time with the phone, we tracked it down at the MWC for a hands-on look. While overall the specs may be unarguably mid-range, there are definitely a few high points that really make the 816 stand out, like that front-facing camera. We don't give front-facers much more than a passing thought these days, but if more ...

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    Huawei came to this year's Mobile World Congress all ready to impress, hitting all the big categories with its spread: smartphones, tablets, and wearables. We would have been perfectly happy just getting to see all that, but Huawei wasn't about to stop there, and also introduced a new gadget that especially appeals to us when we're out covering events like this one, its new Mobile WiFi E5786 hotspot. A hotspot? What's exciting about that? Well, the E5786 has a few extra tricks beyond what might be in your bag right now, and the name of its game is "speed." If you can find yourself a ...

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    Last fall, Lenovo delivered a pair of Yoga tablets, one eight-incher and one ten-inch model. They each had cool designs, with little edge-mounted rotating kickstands, but the specs left us wishing they were just a little higher-end: we're talking 1280 x 800 displays, even on the ten-incher, and MediaTek SoCs. As if it knew just what we were thinking, Lenovo delivered a greatly improved version at the MWC this year, its Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. 1280 x 800 screen? Gone. In its place, we get a satisfying 1920 x 1200 panel. The SoC might not be top-of-the-line, but the new Snapdragon 400 here still ...

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    Yesterday morning, Huawei let us in on the secret behind why it's rumored "smartwatch" was so unabashedly thick-looking, and revealed the TalkBand B1, whose thick screen suddenly starts making a lot of sense when you see it pop out to become a Bluetooth earpiece. Wearables are one of the most promising markets right now, primed to explode; will Huawei's effort have what it takes to become a serious contender? In order to help you make sense of its place in the grand scheme of things, we compared the new wristband to one of the most familiar wearables around, the Pebble smartwatch. But ...

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    ZTE's new Grand Memo II LTE is one crazy thin smartphone. Is it the thinnest ever? Not by a long shot (well, in a crazy world where "long shots" measure in the millimeters); even back last year we were already hearing about phones coming in short of the six millimeter mark, and the Grand Memo II LTE is more like 7.2mm thick. That said, it's also got a big 6.2-inch display and 3200mAh battery, so maybe we should be cutting the handset a little slack. This week at the MWC in Barcelona we got the chance to stop by ZTE's exhibit and get some hands-on time with the Grand Memo II LTE. We check ...

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    Jaime and Tony are in Barcelona at this year's MWC and, as you might expect, they're seeing some very interesting things. Three of the most interesting devices that I've seen come from Nokia -- and they're all running Android. Sort of. As their names imply, the Nokia X, X+, XL are all Nokia phones. They're made by Nokia. They're sold by Nokia. They even have the word "Nokia" stamped across the back. No one will argue with you that they're really and truly "Nokia" phones. What makes them interesting is the operating system they're running: Android -- but not really. Confused yet? Good! If ...

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    When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today's Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical. That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for ...

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    The leaks were right on. Samsung's newest Android flagship arrived right on schedule today, bearing the pockmarked skin the photos predicted and nearly all the features the spec sheets promised. The long-lasting AMOLED-equipped device is familiar both in form factor and general capabilities, but it carries an upgraded 16MP camera with special HDR and focus functions, a new emphasis on fitness in both hardware and software, and built-in resistance to dust and water exposure. Oh, and yes: the much-discussed fingerprint scanner is here as well, though it's probably not what (or where) you ...

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    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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    Announced alongside the Galaxy S 5, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo at today's Samsung Unpacked event was the Samsung Gear Fit, a tiny ampule of colorful technology that, if leveraged properly, has the potential to revolutionize Samsung's position in the wearable tech space. But that's an idea exercise for another day. What matters now is how good the little device looks and feels in person - and fortunately, we've got just that sort of info in the video below. Click on down for our observations on the smallest and (obviously) most fitness-oriented of Samsung's devices, this stylish blend of Fitbit ...

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    Didn't get enough of that sweet mid-range-on-mid-range action from our Sony Xperia M2 vs HTC One Mini comparison video? Fear not, smartphone fan, for the Mobile World Congress is a big, big event, and its walls are home to more smartphones than most of us would know what to do with. Satisfied we saw everything we needed to from the M2, we went looking for other mid-rangers to share with you, and came across one of LG's many new additions, the G2 Mini. The G2 Mini may play fast and loose with that word "mini," but we're going to do our best comparing it against the One Mini. Really, it's an ...

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    We just showed you how the new Xperia M2 from Sony looks in comparison to HTC's midrange One Mini, but the M2 wasn't the only new Xperia brought with it to the MWC this morning; we also got the Xperia Z2 flagship. Sensing the opportunity for a logical extension to that M2/One Mini comparison, we decided to whip out a trusty HTC One to see how that phone measures against the Z2. Really, we're looking at a lot of differences here; the screen resolutions may be the same, but after that things start going down their own respective paths. Arguably, the most significant point of departure ...

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    Galaxy S... 4? Yes, you're reading that right; today may be the Galaxy S 5's day in the spotlight, but with ever so much to see at MWC 2014, we don't want to get tunnel vision here. That means going out to find other devices that may not be quite so headline-grabbing, but we're still itching for a chance to see in the flesh. Late last month, Samsung introduced a couple new GS4 variants sporting the same faux leather look as the Note 3: the GS4 Black Edition. This week at MWC, we finally had the opportunity to see just how this late-to-the-game GS4 option compares to the original. With no ...

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    Sony's new Xperia M2 is the more compact of the models it introduced at the MWC this morning. With a qHD display and Snapdragon 400 SoC, it's a few steps removed from a top-shelf smartphone, but certain specs like its eight-megapixel camera help elevate it a little above the chaff. We've already shown you how the M2 compares to the Z2, as well as given you a hands-on of the phone itself, and now we switch gears and see how it measures-up to some of its competition, putting it against HTC's One Mini. Sure, the One Mini has a much smaller and higher-res display than the M2 (really, the ...

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    A smartphone as big and eagerly anticipated as Samsung's Galaxy S 5 can't stay put behind platform lines; a high profile model like this is destined to represent not just the best its manufacturer has to offer, but its platform, as well. We've already showed you how the GS5 stacks up against Nokia's Lumia 1020, and now we continue the GS5's tour through some of its cross-platform competition, comparing the phone with Apple's iPhone 5S. Far more than with the WP8 example, the GS5's size is front-and-center here, with its 5.1-inch 1080p display dwarfing Apple's 4-inch panel. With its new ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 versus the Galaxy S 4 may be the most obvious comparison to make between Samsung's all-new flagship and its previous models, but with the big 5.1-inch display, might it make sense to also see how the GS5 looks against a full-on phablet? That's just the thought we had in our minds as brought along a Note 3 to this evening's Unpacked event, armed and ready to see how the GS5 compares to Samsung's current phablet heavyweight. This year puts us in an interesting position, as we're used to Samsung taking much of the features from its previous flagship - be that Galaxy S or Note - ...

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    The Galaxy S 5 is finally here; is it everything you hoped for? Inevitably, users are going to be comparing the GS5 to last year's Galaxy S 4, and while it's clear that Samsung has changed quite a few things about in the past eleven months, has it really done enough new here to inspire you to go out and buy a new phone? Let's take a look at these two Galaxy S models and see how they measure-up. In contrast to many of Samsung's new flagships in years past, here the changes seem largely external rather than internal. After all, we're looking at the same screen resolution, same amount of RAM, ...

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    Nokia's Lumia 1020 is the smartphone camera heavyweight to beat. With its just-announced Galaxy S 5, Samsung upgrades its flagship from a 13MP to 16-megapixel camera, while throwing in a bunch of new shooting modes and some impressive abilities like a super-fast autofocus. Will that be enough for the GS5 to give the 1020 a run for its money? We put these two handsets head-to-head at the MWC in Barcelona this evening to find out. Then again, aside from their better-than-average cameras, these phones are in many ways apples and oranges, with different focuses placed on design, hardware ...

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    LG's MWC showing, if nothing else, has been nicely predictable. Just like last year, that meant making most of its announcements in advance of the actual show. And just like last year, we saw a new wave of L-series budget handsets. When learning about those three new models last Monday, we posited that this all meant that we'd similarly be seeing LG introduce a couple new F-series phones – again, just like last year. It may have taken until the last minute, but sure enough, news of a pair of new F-series Androids quietly slipped out yesterday. Whereas those L devices were seriously ...

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    Samsung's Unpacked event is now a wrap, having introduced us to the Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, and reacquainting us with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Those represent the major devices we were hoping to see, but there have been a few notable no-shows from Samsung so far at MWC: what about those non-PRO Tab 4 models? What about a long-overdue Tizen phone? Despite Tizen being the new platform for the Gear 2 smartwatches, its future with smartphones gets dealt another setback today, with Samsung CEO J.K. Shin saying that it's still “too early for a smartphone with Tizen.” In a story that's ...

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    Samsung may have introduced its Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches a little early this past weekend, but that doesn't mean the manufacturer played all its wearable cards. At this afternoon's Unpacked event, not only did Samsung have the new Galaxy S 5 to introduce, but had one more wearable for us to check out, the Gear Fit wristband. While the Gear 2 models are full-fledged smartphones, the Gear Fit stays solidly in fitness tracker territory. Remember those rumors we heard that a Samsung smartwatch would soon get a curved OLED display? Well, the Gear 2 missed out on that, but the Gear Fit ...

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    The first really big smartphone launch of 2014 is upon us. We've talked in hushed tones about early rumors for months now, we've followed the analyst reports and evaluated the leaks, and now it's finally time to move past all that mystery and step out into the light, as Samsung goes official with the Galaxy S 5. CEO J.K. Shin took to the stage in Barcelona for the year's first Unpacked event just moments ago, where he gave us our first confirmed look at the new Galaxy. Sure enough, this is the very phone we saw just hours ago. It features a 5.1-inch display, offers a 16-megapixel main ...

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    Russian phone maker, Yota Devices, is at it again. At MWC 2013, we here at Pocketnow finally got some hands-on time with the unusual creation from Yota Devices, a diversion from the typical one-screen smartphone: the YotaPhone. This phone, from the front looked pretty normal. But flipping it around to the backside revealed a large and very useful e-ink display. But by the time it released, just over two months ago, the phone's internals were dated, making the phone seem rather expensive, even for its progressive design. A full year after our first look at YotaPhone, and the Russian phone ...

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    Running out of storage on your smartphone? Is a 64GB microSD card simply not enough anymore? Flash storage company SanDisk aims to fix the dilemma more and more mobile users are facing every day: cramped storage space. The company just unveiled the world's highest-capacity microSD card in Barcelona, Spain for MWC. SanDisk has doubled the capacity of its impressive 64GB microSDXC cards to 128GB. The cards are said to have double the write speed as your standard microSD card, or 10MBps. In order to squeeze 128GB into such a tiny area – about the size of a fingernail – SanDisk developed a ...

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    Huawei wants in on the wearables category, or so it seems, as the Chinese company just announced its own fitness tracker at Mobile World Congress. Aptly named the TalkBand B1, Huawei's fitness tracker does more than simply work as a wrist-mounted pedometer and track your sleep, it also doubles as a Bluetooth headset. The device itself pops out of the wrist band and can be used to take calls. The 1.4-inch OLED display is not a touchscreen, so navigation is done via various button presses, and the device itself can be managed through an application on your smartphone. With NFC pairing, ...

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