MWC 2013 Day 1 Recap: Top 6 Launches

By: Anuj Bhatia

It's MWC 2013! Barcelona loves to party and our dear mobile manufacturers are also in a mood to party non-stop. This feature is not to tell you behind the scene - party shots. Well, let's get back to our topic i.e. Connective devices (includes - Smartphones and Tablets). If Day - 0 was high on unexpected announcements, the next day marked the biggest launches in the ongoing carnival at Barcelona.

GizBot is carefully looking at what was launched on the Day- 1. Come join us to go down memory lane.

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Asus Devices

Asus is neither like Apple nor like Samsung, to be precise. The Taiwanese giant is very much making its own net to get foothold on consumer's mind.

Asus PadFone Infinity

In the ongoing mobile show, the company announced two new additions. One of them was a successor to popular PadFone range. The Asus PadFone Infinity inherits a premium metal chassis with giant 5-inch 1080p display. The Pad Infinity flaunts Quad Core processor, LTE, a 13-mega pixel rear camera and 2,400mAh battery. And the tablet device bundled along with handset echoes loud with a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The total package costs consumers a whopping $1350.

Asus FonePad

Next, its turn for FonePad: a $249 gem with a 7-inch display (1280 x 800), Intel inside, 1GB of RAM, 1 GHz single core processor, 3MP rear camera, 3G and 8GB of internal storage (expandable). Both PadFone Infinity and FonePad support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

From now onwards Sony would like to listen, "Wow" from its ardent consumers. The Japanese giant unleashed much touted tablet at Mobile World Congress. The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is a premium hooker placed aside Apple's iconic iPad. Priced at around $499 for a basic model; the fact is that device comes with fully loaded features that is expected from Sony. The tablet comes with a 10.1 -inch HD display (1920 x 1200), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad Core processor and water and dustproof capable. Sony says that it is even thinner than an iPad Mini. The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Nokia Lumia 720 and 520

The Finnish giant failed to unveil a 41-mega pixel ducked Lumia device at MWC. However, the company announced two WP8 handset and some practical handsets for developing nations. The Nokia Lumia 720 is mid- to- high end device with a 4.3-inch Clear Black display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, Dual Core processor , 512MB of RAM , 8GB of internal storage , NFC, Wi-Fi , 2000mAh battery , a 6.7-mega pixel shooter on the rear with f/1.9 lens and 1.3 -mega pixel camera on the front. The Nokia Lumia 520 is low end WP8 handset with a 4-inch WVGA display (480 x 800), 512MB of RAM, 1 GHz dual core processor, a 5-mega pixel camera (rear), 8GB of internal memory (expandable), and 1,430mAh battery.

Nokia 301 and 105

The Nokia 301 is phone running on S40 platform. It has a 2.4-inch display, 3G connectivity and a 3.2-mega pixel camera. Interestingly, the camera comes with bunch of features including panoramic mode. The Nokia 105 is an entry level phone. Nokia says that it can run for 35 days nonstop on a single charge. The device will cost consumers $20.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Official Announcement

The South Korean giant is about to announce the much sought after handset - Galaxy S4 in New York on March 14. That's right. You heard it right. This headline made much ripples on the Day- 1 at MWC. The company also made it official later on Twitter.

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Mozilla Firefox OS Based Smartphones

Warning! Do not take this OS lightly. This mobile OS is still taking baby steps, but who knows it can even take Android down someday. The first set of hardware partners - Alcatel and ZTE announced their respective handsets. Both Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE Open are targeted towards low end of the market.

 

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