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Best of Mobile World Congress 2013

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Mobile World Congress is a chance for the major phone manufacturers (with the exception of Apple) to show off new smartphones and tablets. 2013 wasn’t the most inspiring year, but here’s a look at the best products.




Asus Fonepad

Price: £179

Launch date: Late Q2

Made from metal, with 1.2-megapixel camera and microSD slot, the Asus Fonepad looks like any other Android Jelly Bean tablet, but built in 3G means it can be used for making voice calls. Priced from £179, it’s great value and combining a tablet and phone means only paying for one data plan.


Huawei Ascend P2

Price: €399

Launch date: TBC

With the Ascend P2 Huawei is taking on the Samsung Galaxy S3, Sony Xperia Z and HTC One, offering Android 4.1, a 4.7-inch screen and the world’s fastest 4G at 150MBps, but what separates the P2 from rivals is its price. At €399 it’s significantly cheaper, but does it offer enough to aid Huawei’s path to mobile domination?


LG Optimus G Pro

Price: TBC

Launch date: TBC

LG’s MWC highlight was the LG Optimus G Pro, a large phablet-style device with a 5.5-inch full HD screen, quad-core Qualcomm processor and 13-megapixel camera. Running Android Jelly Bean overlayed with LG’s Optimus UI it features an LED surround that changes colour with alerts.


Nokia Lumia 720

Price:  €249

Launch date: Q2

With a slim, durable unibody available in black, white, cyan, magenta and yellow, the Lumia 720 is a mid-range addition to Nokia’s Windows Phone lineup. It has a 4.3-inch ClearBlack touchscreen, which works with gloves and 6.7-megapixel camera with bright f/1.9 Carl Zeiss lens. Long battery life and Nokia HERE maps round-up the most stylish phone from MWC.


Nokia 105

Price:  €15

Launch date: Q2


The Nokia 105 is a very different proposition to its Lumia cousin, available in cyan and black it’s a feature phone with a dust and splash-proof keypad, torch and FM.  Alas, there’s no camera or internet access, but there is a 35-day battery and at around €15 is an affordable backup phone.



Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Price:  TBC

Launch date: Q2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean overlayed with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX UI and includes a 5-megapixel camera and quad-core processor  What differentiates it from rivals like the iPad Mini is its S-Pen for drawing, annotating and navigating and call capabilities - if you fancy making a call using an 8-inch tablet.


Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Price:  TBC

Launch date: Q2

Billed as the ‘slimmest, lightest tablet in the world’ the Xperia Tablet Z is just 6.9mm deep, offers dust and water resistance yet packs a quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, NFC and 4G. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, does the stunning design offer enough to capture a slice of the tablet market?


ZTE Open

Price:  TBC

Launch date: TBC

The ZTE Open is an entry-level smartphone running the new Mozilla Firefox OS based on HTML 5 and offering a similar user experience to Android. Specifications are quite low, with a 3.5-inch screen and 800Mhz processor, but this phone is primarily aimed at developing markets.


So those were our highlights, did you spot anything from MWC that caught your attention?  Are you anxiously awaiting the next release of a particular handset or tablet? Tell us in the comments below.

giffgaff pensioner
Thank you victoria i shall peruse later

asus fonepad looks very interesting.. especially at £179.. and you can have the best of both worlds too..

heavy hitter

Thank you for this Smiley Very Happy Very interesting products

Suprising, realy cool stuff, Thanks!


ok but what plan would the fonepad come under on giffgaff? data only goodybags or the normal goodybags?


nices,thank you.




@leonc888 I guess just like the 8" Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as it can natively make phone calls you can use a goodybag with unlimited data with the ASUS FonePad. The lines are blurring Smiley Very Happy

nice, looking into getting a windows phone!! Smiley Happy
I am the matrix

Some interesting reading , thanks Victoria.