Mobile World Congress

Here you will find breaking news, announcements, and more related to MWC, the world’s largest gathering of smartphone makers and cellular accessories.

Qualcomm unveils two new 64-bit Snapdragon chipsets for 2015 mobile devices

The Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 808 are the highest performing 64-bit mobile processors from Qualcomm to date and are expected to sit at the top of its lineup in 2015, the company announced on Monday. Qualcomm on Monday announced its latest Snapdragon chipsets for mobile devices, the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. According to Qualcomm, these next-generation chipsets are the highest performing 64-bit mobile processors from the company to date, and are expected to sit at the top of its lineup in 2015. The Snapdragon 808 and 810 processors round out the company’s 64-bit family, which follows the release of the low-end Snapdragon 410 in December, and the midrange Snapdragon 610 and 615 announced at Mobile World Congress in February. Qualcomm’s latest chips integrate the company’s fourth-generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem, which increases theoretical LTE download speeds to 300Mbps from the current Category 4 maximum of 150Mbps. Both chipsets also support 4K video output over HDMI as well … Continue reading Qualcomm unveils two new 64-bit Snapdragon chipsets for 2015 mobile devices

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Phablet Boasts a Gorgeous 5.2-inch Bravia Display

Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit its latest flagship smartphone with BRAVIA technology, giving the Xperia Z2 more vivid colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience. The Xperia Z2 phablet, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress with the tag line “details make the difference,” is one of Sony Mobile’s latest flagship devices – and they don’t take that claim lightly. Aside from a new set of stereo speakers, the external look of the Xperia Z2 is pretty much unchanged since the Xperia Z1 smartphone, which was first launched six months ago. Side by side however, the slightly smaller Xperia Z2 showcases an improved display with punchier colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience. In an effort to further optimize its screens, Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit the new Triluminos screen with BRAVIA technology. The display on the original Xperia Z phone was a disappointment, … Continue reading Sony’s Xperia Z2 Phablet Boasts a Gorgeous 5.2-inch Bravia Display

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity

At Mobile World Congress on Monday, ASUS debuted two all-new additions to its popular Fonepad line. ASUS announced two new variants of its refreshed Fonepad 7 voice-calling tablet on Monday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The new FonePad 7 LTE ME372CL features support for 4G LTE networks, while the FonePad 7 ME175CG is a dual-SIM model for use in markets where customers regularly need to connect to multiple wireless networks. Most of the specifications are the same between the new devices and the refreshed Fonepad 7 tablet, which featured a single-SIM card slot, and 3G+Wi-Fi connectivity. They each feature Intel processors, 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel displays, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The new models also feature stereo front-facing speakers, 3950mAh batteries, 5MP rear cameras, and 1.2MP front-facing cameras. One key difference between the original Fonepad 7 and the new 3G model is the processor. The company’s Fonepad 7 with 3G that is already … Continue reading ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity

Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Qualcomm on Monday conducted the world’s first live demonstrations of LTE Category 6 connectivity at MWC 2014 using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a Snapdragon 805 processor and Gobi 9×35 modem. The Galaxy Note 3 prototype – specially developed and modified for the LTE Cat 6 demonstrations – reached download speeds of 300Mbps, making it the fastest and most powerful device of its kind. The LTE Cat6 connection demo was made possible thanks to Qualcomm’s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Gobi 9×35 (cousin of the Gobi 9×30), which is twice as fast as anything found commercially. It is also the first cellular modem to be announced based on 20 nm technology. Additionally, it supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype also features … Continue reading Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

Kicking off this year’s Mobile World Congress ahead of the pack, Huawei on Sunday introduced what is being described as “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LET Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet” – the MediaPad X1. Weighing in at a mere 239g, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest phablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. The MediaPad X1 features a 103.9mm wide “full aluminum alloy unibody design,” with a profile of just 7.18mm. The IPS-LCD display packs a high-res 1920 x 1200 display, with a 80% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the MediaPad X1 sports a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The device ships with 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The whole setup is backed by a huge 5000 mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 21 days on standby, and “up to 5 days of … Continue reading Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC

Chinese phone maker ZTE has just announced it will launch at least several Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2014, which is set to kick off later this month. Among them, ZTE confirmed it will showcase its brand new 6-inch phablet called Grand Memo II LTE, which seemingly will follow in the footsteps of the Nokia Lumia 1320 by offering a large 6in display to those on a tight budget. ZTE Mobile Devices CEO Adam Zeng made the announcement today in an interview with the Inquirer. “This year, we are looking to work even more closely with our customers worldwide to develop the products they want and deliver a superior customer experience, said Zing. “They have told us that they want ever more innovative and high-performance products, so at MWC 2014 we are delivering this with the launch of two new high-profile devices, the ultra slim Grand Memo II LTE with 6 inch screen and the ZTE Open C in … Continue reading ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC

HTC Desire 8 Officially Confirmed with Possible February 24th Release in Beijing

HTC Desire 8, the mid-range smartphone which was leaked last week, has just been confirmed by the Taiwanese company on its Sina Weibo account. Last week, an Engadget tipster revealed a leak of an upcoming “New Desire 8” series mid-range device, courtesy of Chinese site MyDrivers. Now HTC has all but confirmed the phone’s existence on its Weibo page with the same image, but a different announcement date of February 24th in Beijing. According to a poster on GSM Arena who translated the images, they confirm at least one of the leaked features (the “beautification” feature for “selfie” shots form the front camera). The translator writes: The yellow poster reads: The scores are not fantastic because (it) is not running. (HTC) does not know marketing but spends all its budget on (developing) the product. New Desire 8 Series. Real Comeback (of a flagship). New Desire 8 series, worth waiting for… The green poster reads: I love to take photos, and … Continue reading HTC Desire 8 Officially Confirmed with Possible February 24th Release in Beijing