MWC2013 archive

  • Samsung and Visa pair up over mobile payments
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    Samsung and Visa pair up over mobile payments

    By 25 February 2013

    Samsung and Visa have launched a global partnership over mobile payments in order to increase the use of NFC and smartphones as payment devices. Called the Visa Mobile Provisioning Service, it is a means for financial institutions planning to use mobile...

  • LG Optimus F Series pictures and hands-on: F7 and F5
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    LG Optimus F Series pictures and hands-on: F7 and F5

    By 25 February 2013

    LG's F Series of smartphones comes from the company's heritage in 4G LTE technologies, Pocket-lint was told during a briefing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They are part of an affordable mid-range series of devices that feature 4G connectivity,...

  • ZTE Grand Memo pictures and hands-on
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    ZTE Grand Memo pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    If there is one thing that Mobile World Congress is teaching us, it's that companies believe there is a strong appetite for large phones, big enough that they are getting confused with tablets in some cases.  Case in point is the ZTE Grand Memo, a phone-come-tablet...

  • Nvidia Phoenix with Tegra 4i demoed, plans to help you replace your camera with your phone once and for all
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    Nvidia Phoenix with Tegra 4i demoed, plans to help you replace your camera with your phone once and for all

    By 25 February 2013

    Nvidia has shown off its new Tegra 4i processor which it hopes will have the power and the popularity to take on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 processor. Due to be in phones in time for Christmas, the new chip builds on the Tegra 4 processor announced...

  • Hands-on: LG shows off 4K UHD wireless streaming from phone to TV at MWC
    Gaming

    Hands-on: LG shows off 4K UHD wireless streaming from phone to TV at MWC

    By 25 February 2013

    In among the numerous handsets, old and new, that LG has scattered around its Mobile World Congress stand this year is a rather impressive tech demo - one that tips a nod at the possibility for home gaming in the future. LG has a concept technology that...

  • Asus Fonepad announced: Be Dom Joly with this 7-inch tablet phone
    Tablets

    Asus Fonepad announced: Be Dom Joly with this 7-inch tablet phone

    By 25 February 2013

    Asus CEO Jonney Shih took to the stage at Mobile World Conference 2013 in Barcelona to reveal the Asus Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet with full 3G phone capabilities. Rather than the "two devices, one solution" logic of the Asus Padfone Infinity, the Fonepad...

  • LG Optimus Vu 2 pictures and hands-on
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    LG Optimus Vu 2 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    One of the best things about a big trade show like Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is that it gives us an opportunity to check out some of the devices released in other areas of the world, without having to go further afield. LG has one of those, the...

  • Asus Padfone 2 UK availability confirmed: 1 March, £599 for pre-orders
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    Asus Padfone 2 UK availability confirmed: 1 March, £599 for pre-orders

    By 25 February 2013

    Asus has confirmed that the Padfone 2 will be available in the UK for £599, with pre-orders starting on 1 March. The Asus Padfone, the second-generation dockable smartphone and tablet "Station", was announced in October 2013 in Milan, where we first...

  • Asus Padfone Infinity: Dockable 1080p phone and tablet combination
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    Asus Padfone Infinity: Dockable 1080p phone and tablet combination

    By 25 February 2013

    Asus has revealed the Padfone Infinity, the third iteration of its Padfone docking phone and tablet combi devices, taking things up-market with a 5-inch 1080p handset. Taking to the stage at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Asus CEO Jonney Shih unveiled...

  • Samsung HomeSync pictures and hands-on
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    Samsung HomeSync pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    Samsung has demonstrated its HomeSync device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and it's hard to nail down exactly what kind of technology it is. It's a media centre, network storage solution, media server and home content and files hub all in one...

  • Nokia Here mapping and nav available to HTC 8X and all Windows Phone 8 devices
    Apps

    Nokia Here mapping and nav available to HTC 8X and all Windows Phone 8 devices

    By 25 February 2013

    Nokia has confirmed that its Here mapping and navigation services - Here Maps, Here Drive and Here Transit - are now available from all Windows Phone 8 users and are no longer a Nokia exclusive feature. There is something of a catch, however, as the...

  • ZTE Grand Memo brings 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800 power
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    ZTE Grand Memo brings 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 800 power

    By 25 February 2013

    ZTE is going big with the launch of the 5.7-inch ZTE Grand Memo, announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona. The monster smartphone will line up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note II in terms of size, bridging the gap between smartphone...

  • LG Optimus G Pro pictures and hands-on
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    LG Optimus G Pro pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    The LG Optimus G Pro launches this week in Korea, and although there is currently no confirmation on a European release, the super-sized 5.5-inch Android Jelly Bean phone is centre stage on the company's Mobile World Congress stand in Barcelona, so Pocket-lint...

  • Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy and Scribe HD go big on screens
    Phones

    Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy and Scribe HD go big on screens

    By 25 February 2013

    Alcatel hopes to break away from its tradition of budget handsets with the flagship One Touch Scribe Easy and One Touch Scribe HD. The new Scribe range mimics Samsung's Note handsets with big 5-inch screens and a removable pen with which you can write...

  • Alcatel Onetouch Idol Ultra pictures and hands-on
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    Alcatel Onetouch Idol Ultra pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    Yep, it's another phone company that you probably weren't expecting to make a phone you might want to own, but nonetheless that's starting to be the theme and trend at Mobile World Congress. Sitting at the top of a pile of new phones that all look very...

  • LG Optimus L Series II pictures and hands-on: L3 II, L5 II, L7 II
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    LG Optimus L Series II pictures and hands-on: L3 II, L5 II, L7 II

    By 25 February 2013

    LG has launched its Optimus L-series II phones on the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has confirmed to Pocket-lint that they will all be coming to the UK. All aimed at the budget-conscious consumer, the new Android Jelly Bean phones...

  • Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 pictures and hands-on
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    Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    We only managed to lay eyes on the Lenovo K900 at CES, but at MWC we've even managed to go one better and get our hands on the new phone. With no planned launch date and no promise of it making it to the UK, according to the company representative we...

  • Nokia Lumia 720 pictures and hands-on
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    Nokia Lumia 720 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    The Nokia Lumia 720 is the new cheaper Nokia Lumia 820. That's really the main takeaway from the announcement of the Lumia 720 at Mobile World Congress 2013. Of course there are differences: the Lumia 720 isn't as powerful, doesn't have as big a battery,...

  • Nokia Lumia 520 pictures and hands-on
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    Nokia Lumia 520 pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    Nokia has announced a new entry level smartphone within the Lumia family, as it looks to drive down the price of Windows Phone even lower.  The new Lumia 520 will be a budget offering, but still pack most of the features found on the company's flagship...

  • Confirmed for UK: Sony Xperia Tablet Z pictures and hands-on
    Tablets

    Confirmed for UK: Sony Xperia Tablet Z pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    Sony has confirmed that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be coming to the UK, following the launch in Japan at the end of January. We sat down with Daniel Sandblom, product marketing manager at Sony Mobile, to have a look at the premium Sony tablet in the...

  • Ford bringing in-car Spotify to Europe
    Audio

    Ford bringing in-car Spotify to Europe

    By 25 February 2013

    Ford has teamed up with Spotify to bring the music-streaming service to its Ford Sync AppLink cars in Europe in the very near future. The all-new EcoSport in Europe will be among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the Ford SYNC AppLink system when...

  • Intel launches dual-core Atom for mobile, ZTE, Asus and Lenovo on-board
    Online

    Intel launches dual-core Atom for mobile, ZTE, Asus and Lenovo on-board

    By 25 February 2013

    Intel has outlined continued plans to make inroads into the smartphone and tablet business with the unveiling of the next-generation of Intel Atom chipsets, known as Clover Trail+. With a few devices launched with Intel inside in 2013, perhaps most notably...

  • Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 confirmed
    Phones

    Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 confirmed

    By 25 February 2013

    Nokia has confirmed the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 at MWC in Barcelona on Monday. The new phones will run Windows Phone 8. Nokia helps the move will help it expand the opportunities for more people to buy the Lumia phones.   It's been dubbed the most-affordable...

  • Cat B15 is one tough Android smartphone
    Phones

    Cat B15 is one tough Android smartphone

    By 25 February 2013

    Caterpillar is joining the tough phone race with the launch of the Cat B15, a 4-inch Android handset designed to withstand a hard life. With an IP67 rating, meaning it’s waterproof and impervious to dust (within given parameters), the Cat B15 will also...

  • HD Voice, noise suppression, voice zoom: All in a day's work for Audience
    Phones

    HD Voice, noise suppression, voice zoom: All in a day's work for Audience

    By 25 February 2013

    Audience has pulled the covers off the earSmart eS325 chip, which the company claims will make your voice calls and audio capture sound much better than previously. You probably haven't heard of Audience. Founded in 2000, Audience supplies the hardware...