With one day left to go, Mobile World Congress 2014 is coming to an end, and we’ve been all over the show halls scouting for some of this year’s most wanted gadgets. Today we spotted a lot of wearable technology, and got some exclusive one-on-one time with some impressive smartphones coming to the market very soon.
Jolla was formed by ex-Nokia employees who wanted to try developing what the Finnish tech giants had previously abandoned. It runs on Sailfish OS, which bears some hallmarks of the later versions of Symbian.
The platform is also accompanied by some pretty snappy hardware, with Jolla showing off its own handset which sports an 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash, 1GB of RAM and a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU. You also get 16GB of built-in storage, with the option to expand it further via a microSD card slot under the rear cover.
The phone also allows for customisation, adding a personal touch. The back cover is available in a variety of colours, with software themes to match.
Asus Padfone Mini
Another smartphone/tablet hybrid we’ve seen this week is the Padfone Mini from Asus; we saw the first version at last year’s MWC and were keen on checking out the mini version.
The Asus Padfone Mini combines two devices in one. The smartphone on the back is a 4-inch Android handset and the main tablet comes in at seven inches. What that means for the users is that you will be able to use the device as a standalone smartphone, and when you need a bigger screen, simply slide it into the back.
Under the hood is an Intel Atom Z2560 processor coupled with 8GB of internal storage – though you can expand the memory further thanks to the microSD slot. For taking pictures on the go, the Padfone Mini comes with an 8 megapixel primary camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. With two devices present here, you get two batteries – the smartphone has a 1170mAh battery and the tablet has a 2100mAh battery, which can be used to charge the phone on the go whilst docked in.
Lenovo S Line
Lenovo also aims to make a big statement this year with the addition of three new smartphones. The brushed metal unibody Lenovo S860 has some of the longest battery life a smartphone can offer, a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM with a large 5.3-inch wide-view HD screen.
The Lenovo S850 is the odd one out of the group, with an all-glass exterior to make it light and thin, and quad-core power inside. For those that love taking pictures you get 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front-facing cameras for selfies. Watching movies on the move or reading books would also be a great experience thanks to the large 5-inch HD screen.
The Lenovo S660 shares the S860’s brushed metal design and also comes with a large battery, with quad-core processor under the hood for a fast and responsive experience. The camera is not as big as the S850 but you still get a decent 8 megapixel main camera.
The new S Line excels in offering large battery, great design and beefy specifications all offered at low price points. They have also improved the camera software to serve as an all-in-one location for editing your photos before you share them.
For those looking to step up their physical routine and keep better tabs on exercise, Fitbit was also present at MWC, demonstrating their wearable health band that can track steps. Paired up with a smartphone app via Bluetooth, you can see the result of your daily activities.
The Fitbit tracker can track your steps, distance travelled and can monitor your sleeping patterns too. The free app provided also helps you track your progress over time to see what you’re excelling at and what needs work.
Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit
Alcatel was also there to introduce a new wearable device. It comes in variety of colours and has an armband so you can strap it on when using it for sports activities; the OneTouch Pop Fit is also really light so that it doesn’t become intrusive when in use.
The wearable smartphone device sports a dinky 2.8-inch QVGA screen and 1GHz dual-core processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM. The 1,000mAh battery will keep you on the treadmill for a good while, and the phone will be available in 16GB or 32GB variants. To complete the package, Alcatel are also offering a pair of JBL in-ear headphones as part of the kit.