If you’re not a certifiable gadget geek, then the name Mobile World Congress will probably mean nothing to you. But if all the major electronics manufacturers have anything to do with it, all of the brand new smartphones and tablets they introduced there this week will soon be household names like Samsung Galaxy and iPhone.
While some upstart mobile OSes like Firefox and Samsung’s new Tizen are trying to forge new paths into the consumer consciousness, Android is still king when it comes to the non-iOS mobile products. That’s why some well-known names like Sony and HP are attempting to challenge the aforementioned Samsung for first place in the Android race. Along with the big names, Taiwanese companies like Huawei and ASUS are presented some innovative Android phone and tablets as well, with screen sizes, resolutions, and processing power that rival the top-rated products from market leader Samsung.
That’s not to say the Korean powerhouse is sat on the sidelines during this year’s congress. Samsung showcased its new “Galaxy Note” product there, which by all accounts was pretty impressive. If you are in market for an Android Smartphone or Tablet, then you may want to wait for one of these new products coming down the pipe. Here’s a list of the must-see products from this years Mobile World Congress.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
In the past, Sony garnered mixed reviews for their Android tablets, but so far the buzz surrounding their new Xperia Tablet Z has been mostly positive. Most reviewers are very impressed with it’s thickness, or lack thereof, being only 6.9mm thick with a 10.1 inch screen. The rest of the specs are pretty admirable as well, including a Four-Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon Pro processor, water-proofing, NFC, and 8mp camera.
Huawei Ascend P2
Dubbed the “World’s Fastest 4G LTE Smartphone”, Huawei’s new flagship Ascend P2 is world beater on paper. Has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor,13MP camera, 4.7″ HD gorilla glass screen, and is only 8.4mm thick…looks nice, but only time will tell how it performs in the real world.
If you ever thought “Wow I really like that Nexus 7 tablet, but I just wish it could make phone calls too”, then this is the tablet for you. With similar looks to the Nexus tab, that ASUS makes for Google, the Fonepad packs in a 3G wireless radio, but unlike the Nexus it has only a dual-core processor instead of the quad-core, but also unlike the Nexus it does have a 3Mp camera in the back. Not sure if people will take to making their phone calls from such a large device, but people had doubts about the original Galaxy Note with it’s 5.5 inch screen, and that has done pretty well.
ASUS PadFone Infinity
Asus also took another stab at the “Phablet” or combination phone/tablet concept with its PadFone Infinity, a 5-inch LTE smartphone that docks into a 10.1 screen to become a full-size tablet. It has a top of the line Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64 GB of storage, and 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, which is crazy really. This is a nice looking product.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
The Galaxy Note 8.0 sits right in the middle of Samsung’s succesful line of “Note” phones/tablets, right in between the 5.5 inch Note 2 and 10.1 inch Galaxy Note 10.1. The 8 inch screen puts it in direct competition with the iPad Mini and Google’s Nexus 7, and since it has a slightly larger screen, and the popular S-pen to write on the screen, it compares favorably.