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Mobile World Congress 2013 Device Highlights

Mobile World Congress 2013 was just as huge as it always is, and it was full of interesting products. I was there last week and here’s a list of what I found the most promising and interesting.

HTC One

I was very happy to get the chance to play with HTC’s new flagship, even if for just a few minutes. And let me tell you, the company really got it right this time around. Apart from the great design, this thing is a beast spec-wise, too. It has a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU, 2GB of DDR2 memory and a lot more, including Android Jelly Bean.

Apart from that, it has a stunning 4.7-inch full HD, 468 ppi touchscreen. It’s actually similar to the one in the J Butterfly. And the Ultrapixel camera took shots extremely fast. I look forward to trying it out more in the future.

HTC One

Ubuntu

Ubuntu finally has a tablet and smartphone version. I watched a presentation and the great ideas are there, that’s for sure. Plus, it looks great.

In fact, you can already install a preview of Ubuntu on your Nexus 7, but, considering the fact that there is a chance you could brick the device, I would refrain from doing it now, unless you’re a true enthusiast.

Great as it may look, I’m not really sure there is a market for it, with Android and iOS all over the market. On the other hand, stranger things have happened and not a lot of people gave Android a lot of chances five years ago.

Ubuntu

Sony Xperia Z tablet and smartphone

Sony promoted these two products quite a bit at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and I have to admit that it rightly did so.

Both of them are waterproof, have a great-looking, sleek design, and nice displays. The smartphone has a Full HD 5 inch display, and uses a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU. While the tablet (also Full HD) has a 10.1 inch display and a quad-core CPU, too.

The most impressive thing about both of them are probably the screens. The new Mobile Bravia Engine 2 does a great job at showing quality images. And Sony’s icons and interface also look really elegant.

Xperia Z

Asus Padfone Infinity

The latest member of the Padfone range is one that’s capable of a lot of interesting things. Shown in a press event that even had a tech magician of sorts, the new Padfone is as completely Full HD as its competitors.

The smartphone has a 5-inch Full HD display and the latest quad-core Qualcomm CPU, at 1.7 GHz. It runs Android 4.2 and also has a 13 megapixel camera. The station – namely, the screen that turns it into a 10.1 tablet, is also Full HD.

It will cost around 1000 Euro (around $1300), including the station.

Padfone Infinity

LG Optimus G Pro

One of the most interesting devices at the fair in Barcelona, the Optimus G Pro is indeed what you could call a phablet. It has a 5.5 inch display (440 ppi) and of course it’s a Full HD one. I was quite impressed by the display. It’s very bright and colors look natural on it.

The camera also has another groovy feature – you can capture images with both the back and front camera at the same time, showing your reaction to something you’re viewing.

LG Optimus G Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung brought the latest member of its Note line to Mobile World Congress. The tablet can also be used as a mobile phone – but I’d use a headset if I were you.

It has an 8-inch display – 1280 x 800 in terms of resolution and a lot of added features to the S-Pen. Hovering the pen over categories in Flipboard will show headlines without the need to access a category. It can still be used to mark and cut important things and easily take notes.

The CPU is a quad-core 1.6 GHz one and I liked its fluency of use a lot. Samsung has included some interesting apps, like a groovy Virtual Human Body app. The design is similar to the Galaxy S3, and I have to admit it’s really fun to use.

Galaxy Note 8

While there was a lot more shown off at Mobile World Congress 2013, and these are just a few of the groovy devices I saw at this year’s event.

What about you? Let us know what you saw out of MWC this year that you’re anticipating the most! 

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