Several products have been unveiled at the ongoing Mobile fest. Mozilla Firefox OS and handsets, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, HP Slate 7 and Nokia Lumia 720 rule at MWC 2013
The Mobile World Congress (MWC-2013) is underway in Spain. Lots of tech firms are showing off their products with pride in the trade fair, which is the largest one in mobile sector. Here we analyze a few devices unveiled so far during the event. Several of these products will decide the fate of the mobile market in coming months. There are lots of new things that have come out of cover at the MWC and here is our list of new trends in the tech market.
Mozilla Firefox OS and Devices
As of now, the most attractive product of the event is Mozilla’s operating system for mobiles phones. Called the Firefox OS, it is a HTML5-based OS that will mainly focus on entry level phones at first. The firmware is largely built on the same technologies used in Firefox web browser in terms of web search and interface. Mozilla has also made agreements with some firms to put its web-based firmware in action on their devices.
Tech firms like ZTE and Alcatel have already announced their devices for Firefox OS. Respectively they are known ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire and both items are lower-end devices, of course. They are smaller in form factor and also carry tiny displays. LG and Huawei will also join the spree sooner than later, sources said.
HP Slate 7
This is Hewlett-Packard’s great emergence to the Android front, after bouncing its failed webOS operating system. The Slate 7, along with being the first Android tablet from the leading computer maker, is also a small screen tablet to compete with Google Nexus 7, iPad Mini and others. This is the “first consumer-focused slate since it discontinued the TouchPad tablet last year,” says The Washington Post.
To be priced at $169, the HP Slate 7 is to come up with a 7-inch FFS+ LCD screen that packs a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels at 170-ppi. It is to be equipped with 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.15MP rear camera, VGA front camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are other features with the device.
Nokia Lumia 720, Lumia 520
Nokia has launched two more affordable versions to its Windows Phone 8 line at MWC 2013. They are Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, which will find place above and below the Lumia 620 in the new Lumia lineup. Both the devices have nice spec sheets, even though they are not high-end phones. Running on Windows Phone 8, they offer lots of interesting things and can be purchased for smaller prices. Along with the new Lumia phones, the Finnish firm also launched two cheap feature phones; the 105 and 301.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
This is yet another great product from MWC 2013. This is the mid-size version of the South Korean firm’s famous Note line of Android devices. After the successful launch of Note 2 and Note 10.1, Samsung has now added the Note 8, which will sport an 8-inch display and fight on Apple iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7 in the small screen tablet market. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is to come with a 1280 x 800 Super Clear LCD display and it will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It will be powered by a 1.6GHz ARM-quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It may soon come to stores.
The new flagship phone from HTC is going to be one of the center pieces of the event. The One, which is to replace the last year’s One+, is to tout lots of amazing features. It is to come with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a quad core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory or more. It may also come to market sooner with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed.