Guest Post: My highlights from MWC 2014 Barcelona

by Greg Beck, a tech writer

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Each and every year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) offers us the possibility of taking a good look at some of the latest and most exciting smartphones available on the market, but also allows us to discover new and ground-breaking devices and applications before anybody else. This year’s edition of the MWC took place between February 24th-27th [2014] in the city of Barcelona, where leading figures such as WhatsApp’s CEO, Jan Koum, and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, joined the audience in order to share their vision about what to expect in the near future.

If you’re interested in learning a bit more about some of the latest mobile devices unveiled on the 2014 Mobile World Congress, below you will find some interesting information about some of the highlights of the show for me.

These include details about the Samsung Galaxy S5; the Nokia X and Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet.

All about Samsung’s brand new Galaxy S5

While the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still considered one of the most popular mobile devices ever created, the fact is that the Galaxy S4 failed to repeat its predecessor success.

This is one of the main reasons why Samsung has taken a new approach with the new Galaxy S5.

Thanks to a larger and more advanced 5.1-inch display, the S5 intends to make full use of a 1080p AMOLED panel capable of rendering over 16 million colours.

That’s something that will allow users to watch full HD movies on the go by making use of a 3G connection or a fibre optic internet Wi-fi connexion  like that provided by Hyperoptic.

Additionally, Samsung has also made sure to boost the Galaxy’s internal processing power by utilising a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor  – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which is capable of handling Android 4.4.2 applications without any kind of problem.

Samsung has also improved the S5 with a 16-megapixel camera and by also making the device water resistant.

The latest line-up of Android mobile phones & tablets

Although Nokia has been developing mobile phones for a very long time, the Nokia X is this company’s first Android device.

A shocking fact taking into account the fact that Nokia has been supporting Microsoft’s Windows Phone (WP8) mobile operating system for the last three years.

The Nokia X will be available in two different models starting this year [2014], but it is still unknown when this device will come to Western Europe and North America.

It is important to note that although the Nokia X runs Android, Microsoft services such as Skype or OneDrive will also be loaded onto with this smartphone.

Whilst mobile phones have been the real stars of the 2014 World Mobile Congress, companies like Sony have also showed a new generation of Android tablets.

The Sony Xperia Z2, for instance, has become one of the most popular devices of this year’s MWC thanks to the ability to capture 4K resolution videos with a 20.7 megapixel camera.

Featuring a 10.1-inch screen, the Z2 tablet can be used to browse the Internet, watch the latest films or play video games for less money than an iPad Air.

This helps to make it a great choice for those people who are looking for a great device at an affordable price.

Author Biog

Greg Beck is an avid tech writer based in the UK and works on behalf of Hyperoptic Fibre Broadband*. This year he travelled to Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress in order to gain more insight into the latest smartphones coming onto the market.

* Update: Apparently, he doesn’t.

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One Response to Guest Post: My highlights from MWC 2014 Barcelona

  1. Rich Moore says:

    You’re not distinguishing between the Z2 phone and Z2 tablet. The phone has the 20.7 megapixel camera and 4K video, the tablet is the one with the 10.1 inch screen and an 8.1 megapixel camera.

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