Mobile World Congress is now in it’s second day so we thought we would bring you a roundup of what happened on day one. The announcements of new smartphones, feature phones, tablets and accessories was pretty overwhelming so we are going to try and break it down for you.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung says that they are going back to giving us features that matter and that’s largely what the Samsung Galaxy S5 is all about. Powered by the Snapdragon 805 quad core processor which runs at a whopping 2.5GHz coupled with 2GB ram means this smartphone really packs a punch and should glide through even the most intense tasks. As expected the S5 is running the latest Android 4.4 kitkat and a new version of Samsung's own Touchwiz. In terms of battery we have a 2800mAh battery that Samsung claims will provide 21 hours of talktime and should be more than enough to get you through the day.
We had heard rumors of Nokia launching a smartphone running Android but many were dubious of such a device. So it may have come as a surprise to some that Nokia announced the ‘X’ which does run Android albeit a very heavily skinned Windows Phone style version of Android. It comes pre-loaded with Skype, Outlook, OneDrive and Nokia’s ‘Here’ maps service. The handset will run apps from the Google Play Store though you will have to sideload the apps manually. The Nokia ‘X’ is definitely more of a mid-range smartphone than high-end device. However it’s still an interesting idea and it will be interesting to see how this pans out for Nokia/Microsoft.
For those looking for a bargain basement handset that still has internet capabilities for using Facebook and Twitter then look no further than the very colourful Nokia 220. It’s priced at around £25 and is aimed at developing markets and those who don’t need the power of the latest and greatest smartphones. The Nokia 220 comes with Facebook and Twitter preloaded.
Sony announced two Z2 devices today, a tablet and a smartphone with the Smartphone claiming to be the first to feature Digital Noise Cancellation for much clearer calls. The Z2 smartphone has a 5.2 inch display and 4K video recording capabilities. Both devices are dustproof and water resistant. The Z2 tablet has a 10.1 inch screen and runs Android 4.4 kitkat and 2.3GHz processor and 3GB of ram making it more than capable of anything you're likely to throw at it.
Whilst not a tablet or a smartphone Intel launched a new processor at MWC designed for smartphones and tablets which is a 64bit Atom Processor designed to give a much greater battery life to the devices it powers.
We have had some very interesting announcements in the first day of MWC and there is no doubt even more to come. Whilst we have not covered everything that was announced so far we have talked about the most significant announcements and we will continue to follow up as MWC progresses.