Mobile World Congress: Day One Round-Up

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As part of our MWC 2014 coverage, we have sent tech blogger Tomi Adebayo, aka GadgetsBoy, to be our eyes and ears at the event. Here is his day one round-up.

It’s been another busy start to Mobile World Congress and, with so many big players launching new product lines, some have even overlapped each other in their efforts to grab as much media attention as possible. Today saw big announcements from Huawei, Lenovo and Nokia, with the three firm’s kicking off much of the action in Barcelona.

New Nokia

First up, the Finnish firm announced a new line up with its X series:  the Nokia X, X+ and XL. In a big move that has been raising eyebrows across the mobile world, the firm has opted to use Android as the OS of choice for its new range, with a heavily-skinned version of Google’s platform making an appearance. In fact, there is a strong resemblance to the Windows Phone user interface, hinting at the X series being positioned as a halfway point that could draw the Android faithful in.

MWC Day One Nokia

All these handsets will boast WVGA resolutions and the X and the X+ each sport a three megapixel camera, with the XL having five megapixel sensor. The handsets will be aimed at the budget market, and could well go some way to replacing Nokia’s Asha range of phones.

Tablet treasure trove

Hauwei announced several new tablet devices, but one that looks certain to catch on is their Media Pad X1. The device has a whopping 1920×1200 pixel resolution crammed into the 7-inch screen, with a 1.6GHz quad-core chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It will launch with Android 4.2.

MWC Day One Huawei

Elsewhere, Lenovo has made some improvements to their Yoga tablet, increasing the HD+ resolution to 1920×1080 pixels. Like the firm’s X1 laptop it’s far more than your eyes can appreciate but is absolutely gorgeous when watching movies or reading texts. Despite this high resolution, Lenovo claims the tablet will still manage to stay alive for at least a day’s worth of use.

Also seeing improvements is Lenovo’s 10.1-inch HD+ tablet, which now sports a 1.6GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and camera that has been upgraded to eight megapixels. The device we saw was running Android 4.2, but by the time the general public can get their hands on it we’ve been promised a KitKat version.

We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the action and excitement from MWC as the event goes on, and we’ve already taken a look at one of the big handset launches with our hands on review of the Sony Xperia Z2.

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