Despite an early showing from Samsung with the Galaxy Note 8.0, Monday was the official first day of Mobile World Congress 2013, which began with a series of early press conferences. LG may have spoiled much of its surprise, but at least Nokia’s and Huawei’s new phones hadn’t been seen before. Here’s a round-up of the biggest news stories to come out of Barcelona on Monday.
Sadly, no PureView camera phone was forthcoming from Nokia, and instead it revealed the Lumia 720 and the Lumia 520 at its early morning press conference. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1GHz processor, NFC and a 6.7 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. Nokia made a big deal over a new app named Glam Me, which lets you enhance your pictures in ways like whitening teeth and widening eyes. The Lumia 520 isn’t quite as well specced, with a 4-inch screen, a 1GHz dual-core chip and a 5 megapixel camera. The Lumia 720 will be out before the end of March costing around €250 SIM-free, while the Lumia 520 will be along around the same time for half the price.
Huawei has announced the Ascend P2, which it claims is the fastest smartphone in the world. It’s equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which doesn’t provide the speed Huawei is referring too, as it’s really talking about the LTE Cat 4 connection which can theoretically achieve a download speed of 150Mbps. The Ascend P2 has an 8.4mm thick chassis and a 4.7-inch touchscreen.
Sony spent its press conference talking about the Xperia Z smartphone and the Xperia Tablet Z, which has now been confirmed for an international launch in the spring. Originally expected only to be sold in Japan, the Xperia Tablet Z shares many of the Xperia Z’s stylistic choices, and looks great. It has a 10.1-inch display and an incredibly slim 6.9mm chassis, plus a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8 megapixel camera and 16GB of internal memory. It also runs Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and while we know it’s coming soon, we’re not sure exactly when or how much it will cost.
After a soft launch last month ZTE took the wraps off the Grand Memo, its Galaxy Note II challenger. It has a massive 5.7-inch screen with a 720p resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13 megapixel camera. It uses Android 4.1 and despite its overall size, the Grand Memo is a mere 8.5mm thick.
LG has the largest selection of new devices at Mobile World Congress, but none of them were a surprise, as it has spent the last few weeks slowly but surely announcing them. First up it’s the Optimus G Pro, the 5.5-inch, 1080p tablet/smartphone hybrid with a Snapdragon 600 processor and a 13 megapixel camera. Next is the L Series II, with the Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II, and finally there are the two 4G-friendly F Series phones, the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7.
That’s the main thrust of day one in Barcelona (in terms of devices at least) but with another three days to go, there’ll surely be more mobile tech to get to grips with before the event is over. We’ll be back tomorrow with a run-down of day two’s happenings, so keep checking back to the Dialaphone blog for all your MWC 2013 news.