Mobile World Congress 2013 News Round-Up: Day Two

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It’s the second day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while Monday brought with it some high profile announcements including the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and a brace of new Nokia Lumia phones, Tuesday has had its share of new hardware too. Here’s a round-up of the latest news from the show.

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Nokia

Nokia’s other two new phones at MWC aren’t quite as exciting as the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. The first is the Nokia 105, which will cost a mere €15 when it goes on sale in a variety of countries around the world before the summer. It has a colour screen, an FM radio and is dust and splash proof. The Nokia 301 is a little higher up the range with a 2.4-inch screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera and 3G connectivity. The release schedule is the same as the Nokia 105 and the price will be €65.

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Asus Padfone Infinity

Asus has released a new version of its Padfone, despite the Padfone 2 being announced in October last year, and it has barely reached the shops. The Padfone Infinity has a 5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, a 13-megapixel camera, 64GB of storage and a Snapdragon 600 processor. Don’t forget, the tablet section is “dumb” and needs the phone to function, but once it’s docked it becomes a 10.1-inch tablet and the screen boasts a 1920 x 1200 resolution.

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Asus Fonepad

Asus also released a product called the Fonepad, despite the name being completely ridiculous. It’s as daft as it sounds too – a 7-inch tablet with 3G connectivity, so it can be used as a (very big) smartphone. Features include a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution for the screen, an Intel Z2420 single-core processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, and finally, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s got a low price of $250 in the US and €220 in Europe, so expect it to be similarly competitive in the UK.

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CAT

CAT has launched its first tough smartphone, the B15. It’s IP67 certified and is waterproof, dustproof and scratch resistant. At Mobile World Congress, CAT reps delighted in throwing the phone on the ground and submerging it underwater, all of which it survived. The phone has a 4-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, a 1GHz dual-core chip and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s on sale next month.

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Alcatel

One of the most interesting products on Alcatel’s stand was the One Touch Fire, a budget phone running Mozilla’s Firefox OS, a new operating system set to make some noise later this year thanks to its open source, web-driven nature. It has a 3.5-inch screen with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. There’s a microSD card slot to boost the almost non-existent internal memory, plus a 1400mAh battery. The One Touch Fire is expected to go on sale this summer.

An eventful day in terms of handsets we’re sure you’ll agrees, although perhaps not quite as enthralling as MWC 2013’s opening salvo. With two whole days to go, there could well be some more irons pulled from the fire. Thankfully, we’ll be in attendance to bring you all the news as it happens, so check back to the Dialaphone blog tomorrow for a full round-up of day three.

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