Mobile World Congress 2014: Second and Third Day Breakdown
Today we find ourselves more than half way through Barcelon's Mobile World Congress 2014. Moving into the closing day of the show, it is time to reflect on some more of the highlights from this year's offerings.
There has been a wealth of inspiring technology released so far, with some of the world's leading brands in mobile technology (as well as some lesser known, albeit promising, manufacturers) battling each other for the attention of both the media and the consumer market.
Read on here to find out what stood out from the crowd on the second and third days of Mobile World Congress 2014:
BlackBerry Z3 & Q20
BlackBerry has used this year's MWC as a platform from which to launch an attempted comeback into the forefront of popular mobile devices. The Z3, which will run an upgraded version of the BlackBerry OS, will feature the largest screen yet for a BlackBerry device, along with all-important touch functionality. The Q20 will represent the more traditional BlackBerry values by sticking with the QWERTY keyboard design.
Kazam Tornado 2
This newcomer has impressed audiences at MWC with an extremely powerful octa-core chip and an ambitiously competitive price-point. The Tornado 2 will run on Android with the full range of Google's apps and services, and will include a number of attractive features, such as a 13 megapixel camera and 16GB of storage. Whether or not Kazam will be able to compete with the proven devices is yet to be seen. This product is likely one for fans of an underdog story, but certainly an entertaining story nonetheless.
The YotaPhone 2 is a unique creation which relies on the power-saving, long-lasting capabilities of its secondary, e-ink-powered display (which is always running), providing its user with notifications whilst the primary screen is standing by. This feature, which is fully touch-capable, allows users to carry out basic functions such as answering calls or responding to emails, texts or social media posts without ever activating the phone itself, consequently delivering up to 50 hours battery life.
Huawei MediaPad X1
This is the latest device to combine the best of both worlds in terms of a tablet and a smartphone, despite Huawei marketing the product specifically as a tablet. This Android powered, dual-camera hybrid could prove to be a revelation in terms of its size, weight, memory and user interface.
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