MWC 2013: the 10 most anticipated novelties of the show

by bold-lichterman

The annual high mass dedicated to smartphones and tablets has just opened its doors. Until February 28, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (MWC) will allow the main players in the sector to unveil their latest news. Presented as the stars of this new edition, the phablets should monopolize all attention. Overview of the 10 most anticipated announcements.


The phablet boom

1. Samsung could take advantage of MWC 2013 to propel a new product called Fonblet. A sort of phablet with a 5.8-inch screen, it would be largely inspired by the Galaxy Player 5.8. The device would also run Android Jelly Bean.

2. LG is also expected to officially present its new phablet. Baptized Optimus G Pro, it has a 5.5-inch Full HD curved screen and offers LTE connectivity. The new device offers in particular: 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. Running Android Jelly Bean, the phablet also offers a dual video recording system. No price has yet been communicated.

Its predecessor, the Optimus G, has sold more than a million copies since its launch last November in the United States, Canada, Japan and South Korea. At the same time, LG recently announced that it wanted to sell nearly 40M smartphones in 2013.


3. The Chinese manufacturer ZTE should, for its part, lift the veil on an XXL smartphone. Baptized Large Memo, the device should have a 5.7 inch screen and a 13 megapixel camera with an HDR option. With a thickness of 8mm, the Grand Memo should run Android Jelly Bean.

4. For its part, Lenovo should also officially present its model K900. Equipped with an Intel processor and running Android Jelly Bean, the phablet will have a 5.5 inch screen, a 13 megapixel camera and a capacity of 16 GB. Thick 6.9 mm, it should not weigh more than 162 grams.


5. According to specialized blogs, the South Korean Samsung could unveil a new smartphone called Galaxy Star. Presented as a simple “update” of the Galaxy Y, it would therefore be an entry-level smartphone, running Android Jelly Bean. With a small 3-inch screen, it would have an internal memory of 4 GB, Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0. The new device could be marketed from next April.

6. In addition, the President of the mobile division of Samsung, JK Shin, would have specified that the successor to the Galaxy S III would be presented on March 14. According to an article in The Verge, which reports the information, the Galaxy S IV should be officially presented at a conference in New York. According to initial information, the new smartphone should have a 5-inch screen.


7. According to rumors, Nokia could present nearly five new devices at MWC. Objective for the Finnish manufacturer: to expand as much as possible its Lumia range running on Windows 8. Nokia could notably lift the veil on a high-end smartphone called Lumia 1000.

Unidentified objects …

8. Asus recently released a video on Youtube offering a teasing of the few novelties that the Taiwanese reserve for the MWC. The video reveals little information, but according to specialized blogs we could discover today a new version of the PadFone, which is nothing more than a smartphone convertible into a tablet.


9. Finally, the Russian company Yota Devices should officially present its new UFO. Simply baptized Yota Phone, the device offers, on the one hand, the functions of a smartphone and on the other those of an e-reader. The new device allows for example to drag a document from one screen to another. Thus, “even when the battery is completely discharged, we still have access to the“ printed ”document on the reader side. It’s perfect to keep a boarding pass, a theater entrance ticket, ”explains Vladislav Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, interviewed by Le Figaro.

The Yota Phone will be marketed at around € 550 by the end of 2013.

Operating systems

10. Mozilla has already lifted the veil on the latest innovations in its open mobile operating system. Firefox OS will be available on smartphones from the following manufacturers: Alcatel, ZTE, LG and in the medium term Huawei.

In total, 17 operators have already announced that they will market smartphones under Firefox OS. Sales will start, first of all, in the following markets: Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Hungary, Poland, Montenegro, Serbia and Spain.