The final weeks of February 2013 have been engaging for technology analysts and mobile device reviewers, as Mobile World Congress 2013 was finally up and running. The four-day extravaganza kicked off on February 25, 2013 and on average it pulled together close to 50,000 visitors each day.
A collection of advanced smartphones, feature phones and tablet devices were unveiled, most of which are expected to show up by mid 2013. Over 100 global handset brands and mobile device manufacturers took to the event to showcase their new products.
As the name goes by, it was an event for mobile phones and more than 20 new mobile devices made it to the show window. Find below the summary of all the smartphones that were launched at MWC 2013, sorted by the platform and popularity of the manufacturer.
Of all the handset manufacturers in attendance, LG was the most active and stole the show with a range of smartphones. The smartphone that tops the list is Optimus G Pro with a Full HD IPS display offering a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch. Second on the list is the Optimus F5, which comes as a mid-range smartphone with a 4.3-inch display and 5-megapixel camera. LG unveiled a higher-end phone as part of the F series. Optimus F7, which boasted a 4.7-inch IPS display and 8 megapixel rear camera. To sum-up a successful event, LG added more devices to its far-famed L series lineup. Three new devices were added to L series, notably the L 7 II, L5 II, and L3 II.
The South Korean electronics giant had an attractive outing at MWC having unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 tablet along with a few smartphones. First on the smartphone list is the Galaxy Grand, which sort of mimics the hugely popular Galaxy S III. In addition, there were a couple of other low-end smartphone launches, notably Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Young. The standout smartphone was the Galaxy Xcover, which comes with a durable outer shell and waterproof & dustproof certifications.
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There was no shortage of Android Phones at the MWC, as close to 70% of all the smartphones unveiled were powered by Android and its latest Jelly Bean version. Some of the notable Android phones are: Huawei’s Ascend P2 with 13 megapixel camera and 720 pixel display; Acer’s low resolution Liquid E1 and entry level Liquid Z2; Fujitsu’s Stylistic S01 for seniors; and ZTE’s 5.7-inch Grand Memo phablet. Alcatel had a reasonable showing at the event with its One Touch Idol X, One Touch Scribe Easy and One Touch Snap.
Mozilla’s FireFox OS represented the new line of open-source operating system that could be rivaling the likes of Android and Ubuntu. Smartphones powered by this new operating system were Alcatel’s One Touch Fire, Geeksphone’s new Peak and Keon.
Windows Phone probably had the least showing at the MWC with only two smartphones making it to the show window and both the devices were from Microsoft’s closest ally Nokia. Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 720 were the two mid-range smartphones that are powered by the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
In summary, the MWC 2013 proved to be a gala event for smartphone buffs and all the devices unveiled during the event are expected to hit the markets by the end of the second quarter of 2013.