A quick round-up of some of the happenings at MWC. For all the stories CLICK HERE.
MWC 2014 has finally kicked off in Barcelona. Below you can find a round up of the announcements, with links to any that we have covered in more detail.
We’ll also provide links to any newly announced handsets that we list on the Clove website.
Update: HTC continue the Desire brand name with mid-range Desire 816 and 610. The Desire 816 is 5.5 inch phablet with 13MP main camera, 5MP front facing camera and LTE. The Desire 610 has a smaller 4.7″ qHD screen, 8MP main camera. Both are powered by the 1.6 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400.
Clove Blog Post: Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced
Update: Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit announced. The Gear 2 Neo does not have a camera, the Gear 2 does. Both are Tizen based and designed to work with Galaxy smartphones. The Gear Fit is a slimmed down version of the original Galaxy Gear. It runs proprietary software from Samsung rather than Tizen or Android and can be used standalone or as a companion to a smartphone.
Update: BlackBerry continue to manufacture new devices; Q20 with QWERTY keyboard and all touch Z3 announced.
Update: Announced earlier this month, LG show off 5.9 inch G Pro 2 and the G2 Mini.
Clove Blog Post: Nokia announces the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL
Clove Blog Post: Sony announce new Xperia Z2 flagship, Z2 Tablet and M2
Update: Sandisk announce 128 GB microSDXC card (press release)
It’s that time of year again already; MWC 2013 is here and we can expect the usual raft of announcements from leading technology manufacturers. We’ll use this post to summarise announcements and link to any of those that are listed on the Clove Technology website. We’ll also provide UK pricing and availability updates where possible.
Rumours have been rife for months now about if/when/where Samsung will announce its next flagship, but it is now reported to have confirmed at MWC that the date to pencil in is March 14th. Samsung has chosen New York as the destination for the device unveiling, which is the first time it has made the flagship announcement in the US since that of the Galaxy S. The S3 was announced in London last year and the S2 at MWC in 2011.
You will likely have seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 over the last few weeks thanks to various leaks and early hands-on pieces. It has now been made official by Samsung, which adds an iPad Mini competitor to its vast portfolio of products. The Note 8.0 hits the middle ground between the Note 2 (5.5″) and the Note 10.1, but interestingly it seems to have phone functionality included. This is unusual for a tablet, but does keep your options open if you only want to carry one device. Specs and styling are very much a combination of the other two Galaxy Note devices and S Pen functionality is of course included. We can expect the Note 8.0 release date to be in Q2 of 2013.
More info available here
Not only has Huawei announced the world’s fastest phone at MWC, it’s also announced a 60% annual increase in mobile device shipments. The Chinese company is growing rapidly and has now overtaken BlackBerry to become the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer. It’s in terms of Wi-Fi speed that Huawei is touting the P2 as being so fast – claiming that it will offer speeds 2 or 3 times faster than rival devices. The P2 supports LTE Cat 4, which on paper gives it the ability to operate at download speeds up to 150Mbps (although it may be a while before you gets those kinds of speeds in the UK). The handset also conforms to the Huawei thinness that we’ve come to expect, measuring in at 8.4mm. It’s expected for launch in Q2 2013.
HP will for a long time be famous for the canning and firesale of the HP TouchPad, which caused quite a stir back in 2011. The HP Slate 7 is the first tablet to be released by the company since, but this time its gone down the Android route. The Slate 7 is another 7″ budget tablet, which with a price tag of $169 will compete with the likes of the Nexus 7. The spec sheet is reasonable for that price (although GPS and NFC are not included) and HP Is playing to its strengths by including Beats Audio technology and a wireless printing app that should make wireless printing on the go a lot easier.
LG has announced bold plans for a four-tier Optimus series and is aiming to sell 10 millions smartphones in each quarter of 2013. We’re already well aware of LG’s new flagships – the Optimus G and the Optimus G Pro, which fall into its top tier – the LG Optimus G Series. The next in line is the LG Optimus Vu series (‘large screens for enhanced viewing experience’), followed by the LG Optimus F series (“4G LTE smartphones for everyone”) and finally the LG Optimus LII Series (“continuation of unique design heritage”).
It’s the LG Optimus G and Optimus G Pro that our readers will no doubt be most interested in and we’ll provide an update on any UK pricing and availability as soon as we can.
Nokia have announced the Lumia 720 & 520 along with the Nokia 105 & 301.
The 720 is set to offer high end camera performance with a mid range price whilst the Lumia 520 sets to be the most affordable Windows Phone 8 devices.
More information HERE.
CoPilot for Widows Phone
Popular sat nav software CoPilot Live will from summer 2013 support Windows Phone 8. Find out more HERE.
There are far too many announcements at Mobile World Congress for us to cover in detail, so we’ll keep this post updated with a summary of the announcements and include any info that we have on price and availability.
HTC One X – £410 (£492 inc. VAT) Due Thursday 5th April
HTC One S – £375 (£450 inc. VAT) Due Thursday 5th April
HTC One V - £220 (£264 inc. VAT) Due Thursday 26th April
Sony Xperia P – £315 (£378 inc. VAT) Due for launch 23rd April
Sony Xperia U – £199 (£238 inc. VAT) Due for launch 23rd April
Sony Xperia Ion
LG Optimus 4X HD – £380 (£456 inc. VAT) Due for launch June
LG Optimus 3D Max – Not expected for UK launch
LG Optimus Vu
Nokia Lumia 900 – £440 (£528 inc. VAT) Due for launch Q2
Nokia 808 Pureview – Confirmed for UK, awaiting official pricing
Nokia Lumia 610 – £190 (228 inc. VAT) Due for launch Q2
Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302
Panasonic Eluga Power £399 (£478.80 inc. VAT) Due for launch late April
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Samsung Galaxy Note (10.1)
Samsung Galaxy Beam
Huawei Ascend D Quad
Huawei Ascend D Quad XL
Huawei MediaPad 10
ZTE Orbit –
ZTE Skate Acqua
ZTE Blade II
ZTE Mimosa X
ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity
ASUS Transformer 300
p>Quad-core handset announced but not named
Mobile World Congress (MWC) has officially kicked off in Barcelona today and already a wealth of announcements have been made.
This post will be updated regularly and contain ALL the information you need for a brief, but informative run down of what is going on at this years event.
We’ll get as many detailed posts up as possible throughout the week, with hands-on videos and photos.
So the announcements that have been made so far:
Samsung Galaxy S II GT-I9100 – Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset with 4.27” Super-AMOLED display, 1 GHZ dual-core processor and 8MP Camera. NFC Technology.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, 10.1” TFT display, 8MP Camera
HTC ChaCha – Android smartphone with touchscreen and front facing QWERTY keyboard. Dedicated Facebook button.
HTC Salsa – Touchscreen device with no physical keyboard, with a similar form factor to the HTC Wildfire. Dedicated Facebook button
HTC Wildfire S – The Wildfire, but now improved. 5 megapixel camera, 3.2” touch screen display, microSD slot
HTC Desire S – An upgrade to the original HTC Desire. Still with a1GHz processor, there is 1.1GB of on board memory, a 3.7” touchscreen display, the latest version of Android and WiFi n.
HTC Incredible S – A cross between a HTC Desire and a Desire HD. 4” screen, 1GHX processor, 8 megapixel camera and Android.
HTC Flyer – HTC’s first Android 3.0 tablet. 7” touchscreen, 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel rear facing camera and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera.
Motorola Pro (aka Droid Pro) – Android 2.2 candy bar handset, portrait QWERTY keyboard, 3.1 touch screen, 1GHZ processor
Motorola XOOM – No change in spec but confirmed for European release
BlackBerry PlayBook 4G – LTE and HSPA versions of the forthcoming tablet
LG Optimus 3D – 1GHZ dual-core processor, 4.3” WVGA screen, Android 2.2 FroYo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo – Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.7” display, 8MP Camera
Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro – Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.7” FWVGA touchscreen, 1GHZ processor, slide-out QWERTY.
Samsung Wave 578 – Bada OS, 3.2” display, 3.2 MP Camera, NFC Technology.
LG Optimus Pad (European version of G-slate) – 8.9” display, Android Honeycomb 3.0, 1GHZ processor.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) – Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1GHZ processor, 5.1 MP Camera, built-in PlayStation Capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi – 5”, Wi-Fi only version of Samsung Galaxy S, Android 2.2 FroYo
Huawei IDEOS X3 – 3.2” display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread
p>Huawei IDEOS S7 Slim – 7” capacitive touchscreen tablet