5 Devices That Stole The Limelight At MWC 2014
More than 40+ handsets and devices were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year from big and small OEMs around the world. However, only a handful of them were the main attraction of the show. Below, we list down five devices that stole the spotlight at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
HTC Desire 816
The Taiwanese maker has finally managed to release a ‘Desire’able handset in its mid-range series. The Desire 816 sports a gigantic 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.5GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, 13MP/5MP cameras and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz.
It also packs in all the typical HTC traits including front-facing BoomSound speakers, Sense 6.0 and top-notch build quality – features that are generally missing from mid-range handsets. The only thing that HTC now needs to nail with its “flagship mid-range” device is its price. If it manages to do that correctly, the company will definitely have as winner in its hand.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Sony is among the few Android OEMs that still makes some quality high-end Android tablets. Its latest flagship tablet – the Xperia Z2 Tablet – is a testament to this and sports some impressive specs and features.
With the Z2 Tablet, Sony has not only managed to improve on its predecessor – the Z Tablet — but also make it the lightest (439gm) and slimmest (0.25-inches) 10-inch tablet around — besting even the iPad Air. The device sports a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 10.1-inch Full HD LCD with Live Color LED technology, 3GB of RAM and an 8MP Exmor R sensor. Like any other recent flagship device from Sony, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is dust and water-resistant as well.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet might not exactly set the sales chart on fire, but it definitely has set the benchmark for other 10-inch Android tablets to match.
Samsung Gear Fit
Quite a few companies unveiled smart watches and wearable at the Mobile World Congress but it was Samsung’s Gear Fit that stole the limelight. The Fit is more of a FitBit Force competitor than to a Pebble and focuses mainly towards people with an active lifestyle.
It features a curved 1.84-inch Super AMOLED display, a switchable wrist band, Pedometer, Heart beat monitor and is water and dust-resistant as well. If there is one wearable that you should buy this year, the Gear Fit sits right at the top of that chart. After all, it was awarded the best mobile device award at MWC this year for a reason.
Now, if only Samsung could do something about its UI which is displayed at an opposite orientation when you actually wear the device.
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony is known to release a new flagship handset every six months. At MWC, the company released its early-2014 flagship — the Xperia Z2 — that sports some impressive specs and improvements over its predecessor, the Z1.
Internally, the Z2 packs in a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, microSD card slot and a 20.7M G-Lens camera with improved image processing. However, the biggest change is the inclusion of a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with Live Color LED technology.
Sony has always been criticised for using sub-par displays on its products and the company has finally decided to fix that. While the Xperia Z2 was not as popular as the Galaxy S5 at MWC, it is a much more impressive handset overall. If only Sony could get the handset to the U.S shores within the next couple of months, it would have a definite winner in its hand.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung’s latest flagship, undoubtedly, stole the show at Mobile World Congress this year. It might not be the best device launched at the show, but it definitely was the most popular one.
With the S5, Samsung has once again taken the kitchen sink approach and filled the handset to the brim with top-of-the-line hardware and other goodies like a heart rate sensor and an IP67 certified water-resistant design.
In fact, it can even be said that the launch of the Galaxy S5 helped attract more visitors to the event, which many had thought was losing its importance in this fast moving technology world.
Which device unveiled at MWC stole the limelight according to you? Drop in a comment and do let us know!