[MWC 2013] Day 0 Highlights

The first day of the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2013 was pretty exciting as some of the major manufacturers and developers showcased of their upcoming products. The second day is expected to even get better with Nokia, Asus and ZTE scheduled to make announcements. One particular company to look out for is Nokia’s announcement of Nokia EOS which will integrate the PureView technology into the Windows Phone.

For the first day, we had Samsung that revealed their Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. This is an 8 inch tablet that is the company’s answer to the iPad mini. The company actually officially announced this device ahead of the MWC but nevertheless showcased this in the event as well.

HP also announced their re-entry into the mobile consumer market with their announcement of the Slate 7 tablet. This device has low end specifications with only the Beats Audio technology included that’s interesting. It also comes with an ePrint app that lets you easily print at home or on the go.

Mozilla created some buzz as they officially introduced the newest mobile operating system called Firefox OS. Early reviews of this OS shows that it might have a hard time competing against Android or iOS but it will definitely dominate the feature phone market.

Huawei made their upcoming Ascent P2 Android smartphone official during this event which is a follow up to the P1 introduced during CES last year. It comes with high end specifications at a relatively lower price compared to its competition. The company is expected to release this device to the market this coming June.

The surprise of the day came from Alcatel with their announcement of the One Touch Idol X. This device sports a 5 inch 1080p display. It uses a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and comes with 16 GB of internal storage. It’s good to see that Alcatel, which has been releasing low to mid-range devices, has finally come up with a high end Android device.

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