The show is on - MWC 2013, Day 1
Andrei Calina | On 24, Feb 2014
The most important events from the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2014
By far the most awaited tech event of the beginning of the year, MWC 2014 has finally opened its gates and its ready to show visitors all the latest trends and releases. After just a few hours, we’ve seen a lot of new stuff from all the important manufacturers and we were really more than impressed. If this happened in just a few hours, imagine what the next days will bring! Let’s make a quick recap…
Samsung – The Korean brand is expected to steal the show, as everybody is expecting to see their new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Until now, no signs of it, but they sure were busy, as they released not one, but two new smartwatches! Even though the Galaxy Gear was launched a few months ago, it was time for a new version. And a new name, as Samsung got rid of the ‘Galaxy’ part, so the new watches are going to hit the market as Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Why no more ‘Galaxy’? Presumably because they’re running Tizen instead of Android, but we’re still waiting for a confirmation. Nice start, guys!
Nokia – For the Finnish big daddy, MWC was all about Android until now. Yeah, you heard me right, Nokia revealed that they’re no longer a pure WIndows Phone manufacturer, as they introduced two new Google-powered phones: the very-rumored Nokia X, codenamed Normandy, the Nokia X+ and their big brother, the 5-inch Nokia XL. Personally, I’m really curious about how these models will perform on the market, since Nokia fans were almost close to begging for Android on their favorite phones.
Sony – The Japanese brand didn’t show any signs of patience and already introduced their new flagship, the Xperia Z2, which is just perfect! Well, at a first sight that is. Loaded with a brilliant screen and the new Snapdragon 801 chipset, it’s a true contender to the best phone of the year title, just give it a few months on the market. And Sony didn’t stop here, as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet was also unveiled, claiming to be the world lightest and slimmest from its class, sharing this feature with the 4.8″ Xperia M2 smartphone, a so-called budget phone. With a quad-core, I forgot. Way to go, Sony!
LG – As the last one of the big boys who still didn’t had a mini version of its flagship, LG finally did it at MWC 2014. Even though it arrived a bit to late, the G2 mini is a decent handset, which has an advantage over its main competitors: a bigger screen and battery. Still, it’s too early to make predictions. On the other side, they also introduced a big one, the LG G Pro 2, the Korean’s manufacturer’s phablet for 2014. We’re definitely waiting to get our hands on it and see if it’s at least better as last year’s model, the Optimus G Pro.
And this sums up our quick re-cap of some of the most important devices shown during the first day of MWC 2014. Of course, there are many other devices that are worth talking about and which we’ll definitely cover when the show will come to an end. Which one is your favorite? Are you waiting to see something special from this year’s show?