14 top gadget launches of MWC 2014

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The Mobile World Congress witnessed some big ticket launches from leading device makers. From Samsung and Sony to Huawei and LG, each player showcased its latest innovations.

Here are some key launches that took place at the mecca of all things mobile: 


 
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an Apple iPhone 5S-like biometric fingerprint sensor button. The phone is dust and water-resistant, sports a faster camera and offers fitness-related features including a heart rate sensor.

Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED (1080 X 1920p) display. It is IP67 certified dust and water-resistant.

Powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, the Galaxy S5 will come in 16GB and 32GB internal storage variants, which will be expandable up to 64GB through microSD card. It sports a 16MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second.

The smartphone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and will be available globally starting April.  



 
LG G Pro 2

LG unveiled G Pro 2, its large-screen successor to the flagship smartphone G Pro. It boasts of a 5.9-inch full-HD screen. It also has a 1-watt speaker system and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat.

LG G Pro 2 sports a 13MP rear camera with OIS+ (Optical Image Stabiliser Plus) and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The phone comes with a new Knock Code feature for unlocking the phone. Knock Code gives users the option of unlocking the smartphone using sequence-specific touches.

Users can unlock the phone with over 86,000 different patterns. The phone has officially been launched in South Korea.
 


 
Sony Xperia Z2, M2

Sony launched two Android smartphones - Xperia Z2 and Xperia M2.

Xperia Z2 is the company's flagship phone. It features a 5.2-inch full-HD display. It is a water and dust-resistant phone and sports a 20.7MP rear camera capable of 4K video capture and 2.2MP front-facing camera. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone will be available starting March.

Xperia M2 is a mid-range phone that features a 4.8-inch (540 X 960p) display. It sports an 8MP rear camera capable and VGA front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. The phone will be available starting April.
 


 
Nokia X, X+, XL

Nokia unveiled its first three (and perhaps the last before the handset maker merges with Microsoft) Android smartphones, namely the X, X+ and XL, that run on a 'customized' version of Android operating system, without any access to Google Play Store.

Nokia XL, the biggest of the three, has a 5-inch screen, 768MB RAM, 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash on the back and 2MP front camera.

On the other hand, Nokia X and X+ have 4-inch screens and 3MP fixed-focus cameras. Nokia X will have 512MB RAM, whereas X+ will have 768MB RAM.

All three are dual sim devices and run on a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, offer 3G connectivity and display resolution of 800x480p. Nokia will offer a 4GB microSD card free with X+ and XL smartphones, but not with the entry-level Nokia X.
 


 
Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 - Sony announced a high-end waterproof tablet called the Xperia Z2 tablet that the company claims is the world's thinnest and lightest. The Wi-Fi-only model weights 426 gram, which is lighter than Apple's lightweight iPad Air, despite the Z2's larger screen size of 10.1-inch screen, and thinner at 6.4 mm to iPad Air's 7.4 mm.

The Android tablet is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It packs 16GB of storage, which can be increased up to 64GB via microSD card. Similar to last year's Xperia Tablet Z, the Tablet Z2 sports a 1,200x1,920p Full HD screen which boasts of Sony's Triluminos and new Live Colour LED technologies. Xperia Z2 Tablet shares many other features with Xperia Z2 smartphone including surround sound and digital noise cancelling.

The tablet with an 8.1-megapixel rear camera and a 6000mAh battery will be available globally from March.
 


  
Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

Gear Fit is a Super AMOLED wearable fitness tracker device. It offers a custom, real-time fitness coaching to provide personalized advice and workout recommendations. It features a pedometer, accelerometer, gyro and heart rate sensors.

Offering a Super AMOLED display, the Gear Fit offers additional functionality such as providing instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones for incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, and other third party apps. The device is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance.

Samsung's next-generation smart watch, the Gear 2 will be available in two dust and water-resistant variants, namely the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, with the latter being an economy version. It does not run on Android, but Samsung's own OS Tizen.

Like Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2 also sports a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display(320 X 320p), and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM. It has 4GB internal storage and features accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensors.


  
HTC Desire 816, 610

HTC launched two new mid-range Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, the Desire 816 and Desire 610.

Desire 816 features a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 720 X 1280p. The phone is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, and 1.5GB RAM. It comes with 8GB internal storage expandable through a microSD card, a 13MP, f/2.2 rear camera that can capture 1080p video and a 5MP front-facing camera.

HTC Desire 610, on the other hand, features a 4.7-inch qHD (540 X 960p) display. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, and 1GB RAM and comes with 8GB internal storage expandable through a microSD card. It sports an 8MP camera that can capture 720p video and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.


 
LG G2 mini

LG also showcased G2 mini, a compact version of its flagship Android smartphone G2. It sports a 4.7-inch screen. Unlike its predecessor, the G2 mini's display is not a full-HD. Instead, it features a resolution of 540 X 960p.

The phone will come in two variants - one powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and the other running an Nvidia Tegra 4i chip along with 1GB RAM. G2 mini will sport a 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. It will come with Android 4.4 KitKat and 8GB internal storage expandable via a microSD card. The phone will be powered by a 2,440 mAh battery and will feature rear-mounted Power and Volume rocker keys, just like LG G2.
 


 
Lenovo S660, S850, S860

Lenovo announced three new Android smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, the S860, S850 and S660, expanding its S-series mid-range phones. The phones are powered by quad-core MediaTek processors and still run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Lenovo S860's USP is its high-capacity 4,000mAh battery, which according to the company offers a standby time of up to 40 days and talktime of up to 24 hours on 3G connection.

Lenovo S850 has a thin and light glass body and sports a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It features a brushed metal design and sports a 4.7-inch qHD(540 X 960p) IPS display.

The third phone sports an 8MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera and has a 3,000mAh battery.
 


 
Mozilla's $25 Firefox phone

Browser major Mozilla showcased a prototype of a $25 (approximately Rs 1250 with simple conversion) Firefox OS phone in partnership with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. It is not the phone's features, but the price which can make it a killer if Mozilla gets things right.

Obviously targeted at emerging markets like the Indian sub-continent and China, this phone, however, supports only 2.5G Edge data connectivity and has a small screen.
 


 
Nokia 220, Asha 230

In addition to its first Android-based phones, Nokia also announced two feature phones, the Nokia 220 and Asha 230.

Nokia 220 features a 2.4-inch colour screen, a 2MP rear camera and supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity. It comes with an alpha-numeric keypad. The phone does not support 3G or Wi-Fi (yes, you read that right!) though it offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. It comes with an 1,100mAh battery promising up to 24 days of standby time and 15 hours of talk time with two sim cards.

Asha 230 is positioned as the company's most affordable Asha phone launched at a price of 45 euros (excluding taxes and subsidies). The phone sports a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive display. It comes with a microSD memory card slot that supports up to 32GB capacity.

It does not offer 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity either, only Bluetooth 3.0. The phone sports a 1.3MP rear camera. It is based on Nokia Asha software platform 1.1.1 and features the Fastlane interface
 


 
Huawei Ascend G6 4G

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei launched its Ascend G6 smartphone. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and sports a 4.5-inch qHD display. A 4G LTE variant of the phone has also been announced. It also supports NFC connectivity. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0.

Ascend G6 sports an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. It is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.

Huawei also launched the Talkband B1 smartwatch. To be sold for 99 euros, the smartwatch lets you receive calls and messages without removing your mobile from your pocket when connected via Bluetooth. It is also capable of measuring the steps you take with a pedometer and even following your sleep pattern.

To take a call, the user can lift the face off the watch and put it to his or her ear, like a hands-free kit. It works only with Huawei smartphones for the moment.
 


 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+

A small update to Yoga Tablet 10, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ sports 10.1-inch (1920x1200p) display and wide viewing angles. It is a multi-mode tablet featuring hold, tilt and stand modes. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat.

The 3G variant of the tablet is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 processor while the WiFi-only version is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8028 processor with 2GB RAM and 16 and 32GB storage variants. It comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP HD front-facing camera. The tablet will be available in April at a starting price of $349
 




Huawei Mediapad X1, M1

Huawei launched the MediaPad M1 and MediaPad X1 tablets at the MWC.

Huawei MediaPad X1 sports a 7-inch full-HD (1920 X 1200p) LTPS display. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet sports a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and 5000mAh battery.

Huawei MediaPad M1 sports an 8-inch (1280 X 800p) IPS display with front-facing speakers. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. MediaPad M1 sports a 5MP rear camera and a 1MP front-facing camera. It is backed by a 4800mAh capacity battery.
 
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