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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 takes calls upside down

03/01, 6:47pm

The slim phone is available two screen sizes

Alcatel has introduced the latest model in its OneTouch smartphone lineup, the Idol 3, which will be available in two screen sizes. Making its debut at Mobile World Congress, the Idol 3 features a unique 'reversible' function that allows users to take phone calls or navigate the interface when the device is upside down.

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Acer outs Liquid Z220, Z520, Jade Z Android smartphones

03/01, 6:02pm

New Liquid smartphone collection includes entry-level, high-end devices

Acer has introduced three Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress, alongside the Liquid Leap+ and the Windows Phone-based Liquid M220. The Liquid Z220 and Liquid Z520 are entry-level devices, while the Liquid Jade Z follows on from the Liquid Jade S as a high-end smartphone, but slightly dialed back in specification to make it a more affordable mobile device.

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Huawei's 7-inch MediaPad X2 brings dual-SIM, octa-core

03/01, 5:25pm

The tablet supports 300Mbps LTE

Huawei has introduced the seven-inch MediaPad X2 tablet at Mobile World Congress. The company promotes the MediaPad X1's successor as suitable for use as a phone, with dual SIM slots and a thin-bezel housing that measures just 7.3mm thick. The second generation promises to deliver improved call quality, enhanced software and better camera and video features.

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Lenovo launches two Android tablets, one Windows tablet at MWC

03/01, 3:04pm

Lenovo Tab 2 A10, A8 joined by Ideapad Miix 300

Lenovo has launched three tablets at Mobile World Congress. The Tab 2 A10-70 and Tab 2 A8 are Android tablets with 10.1-inch and 8-inch screens respectively, with both boasting Dolby Atmos surround sound audio processing, while the Ideapad Miix 300 is an 8-inch slate that will ship with Windows 8.1 and a one-year subscription to Office 365.

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Samsung unveils flagship Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge smartphones

03/01, 1:32pm

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge follows Note edge in putting display on smartphone sides

Just as expected, Samsung has launched two flagship smartphones at its Unpacked event today. The Galaxy S6 is the latest update to the long-standing Galaxy S line, while the Galaxy S6 edge improves upon the expanded screen concept introduced with the Galaxy Note Edge last year, but this time Samsung has curved the screen around both sides of the device, giving users an even wider display.

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Samsung Pay electronic payment system deployed in Galaxy S6, S6 edge

03/01, 1:04pm

Not clear what differs between Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

Today at its Mobile World Congress keynote, Samsung Electronics announced the latest in mobile payment services, Samsung Pay. Utilizing the company's purchase of LoopPay in February, Samsung's effort uses both Near Field Communication (NFC) and a new proprietary technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), allowing consumers to transition to secure mobile payments at nearly all merchant locations.

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Ikea launching line of Qi based wireless charging home accessories

03/01, 12:25pm

April launch in EU, US; worldwide rollout shortly thereafter

Global home furnishings retailer Ikea today announced a product launch of powered bedside tables, lamps, and desks that implement a wireless charging standard. Ikea has adopted the QI standard, and will sell cases in-store that use the standard for phones that do not have the technology integrated, like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S5.

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HTC partners with Under Armour for Grip fitness tracker

03/01, 11:58am

HTC fitness tracker has built-in GPS tracking, connects to heart rate monitors

HTC revealed a third device at its Utopia in Progress event, alongside the One M9 and the Vive VR headset, a rumored fitness tracker which marks the company's first foray into wearable devices. The HTC Grip has been designed in partnership with sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour, with the tracker sending data to Under Armour Record for monitoring the wearer's progress.

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Huawei TalkBand B2 doubles as a Bluetooth earpiece

03/01, 11:40am

The B2 brings an upscale design and new features

Huawei has introduced a new fitness tracker, the TalkBand B2, that made its debut alongside the company's new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. Serving as a successor to the TalkBand B1, the B2 edition again doubles as a fitness wristband and a Bluetooth earpiece.

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HTC One M9 launches with rear 20-megapixel camera, 1080p display

03/01, 10:56am

Physical design of HTC One M9 remains relatively unchanged from previous model

HTC has just used its Utopia in Progress event to launch the latest iteration in its One smartphone range. The HTC One M9 is similar to the earlier M7 and M8 devices, housing a 5-inch 1080p display in a familiar two-tone metal unibody design with front-mounted BoomSound speakers, though they now have Dolby Audio processing to provide 5.1-channel surround sound.

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Rumor: Galaxy S6 images leak, curved edition may have supply issues

02/25, 6:22pm

Glass front and back, metal sides expected with Samsung Galaxy S6

Images of what is believed to be one of the Samsung Galaxy S6 variants have leaked, giving what could be an early look at the smartphone before its expected launch on Sunday. Reports are also coming in that Samsung could also be having some trouble manufacturing one of its new flagship devices, with the curved-screen version apparently having yield issues with the display.

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Kazam reveals MWC launches of six Android, two Windows smartphones

02/25, 9:44am

Smartphones joined by trio of Kazam Windows tablets

British smartphone producer Kazam has introduced a number of new devices ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress. The Trooper range of Android smartphones has been bolstered with six new models, with the company also preparing to show off three Windows tablets and two Windows Phone devices at the Barcelona-based tradeshow.

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Sony leaks Xperia Z4 Tablet in official app before launch next week

02/24, 8:44pm

Pre-Mobile World Congress leak confirms 2K display for Sony tablet

Sony has accidentally revealed one of its Mobile World Congress Xperia launches a week before it was supposed to. The company's official Xperia Lounge app briefly showed an image of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, before being pulled from view, and though few details have been revealed in the leak, it appears the tablet may end up being a high-specification device.

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LG launches four mid-range smartphones ahead of MWC 2015

02/23, 9:53am

LG Magna, Spirit, Leon, Joy all borrow G3 physical design

LG has unveiled four smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress, in a similar move to its Watch Urbane launch. The four mobile devices, named Magna, Spirit, Leon, and Joy, are all said to be mid-ranged smartphones that borrow much of their design from the LG G3 including their rear-mounted volume controls, with LG creating LTE-equipped and 3G-only variants of all four models introduced today.

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HTC One M9 media renders, specifications allegedly leaked by retailer

02/23, 6:58am

German online store posts supposed images, details of next HTC flagship

The next in the series of HTC's flagship smartphones has been subject to a major leak over the weekend, one week before its reveal at Mobile World Congress. Promotional renders of the HTC One M9 have been spotted on the pages of German retailer Cyberport before being removed, with accompanying specifications claiming it to have a five-inch 1080p-resolution display.

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Briefly: Samsung teases flagship launch, Univision on Sling TV

02/03, 5:56am

Samsung hints at next flagship reveal ahead of Unpacked event

Samsung has teased its next flagship, due to be unveiled at the Unpacked event on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The teaser, posted to Twitter as well as sent to the media, cryptically shows a metallic curved line, which could signify either the expected Galaxy S6 will have a wrap-around side display similar to the Galaxy Edge, or Samsung is planning a second Edge device launch alongside a more conventional Galaxy S6 design. Earlier rumors suggest Samsung is planning to use a fixed battery and a glass-covered metal casing in the smartphone.

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Fujitsu expands 'choose your own device' Lifebook line

01/21, 1:34am

Standard port replicator now on eight models for ease of docking across devices

Fujitsu announced today three new Lifebook models and one new tablet in the Stylistic line, with fifth-generation Intel Core vPro processors. The devices, expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March, include tablet sizes up to 13.3-inch, with one new model of 14-inch ultrabook. The tablets are all hybrid 2-in-1 devices designed to fit a new docking station.

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New Galaxy S6 rumors hint at metal body, non-replaceable battery

01/19, 9:55pm

Former head of Ive studio hiring may hint at new wave of Apple copying

Rumors about the upcoming Galaxy S6 continue to abound as Mobile World Congress -- the annual conference in March where the Korean manufacturer is likely to debut its flagship model -- approaches. In addition to previous rumors, new information suggested by the often-unreliable Korean site Ddaily suggests that the Galaxy S6 may sport an iPhone 6-like all-metal body, and may further copy Apple in making the battery of the unit unremovable.

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Bloomberg: HTC preparing wearable device for MWC launch

01/19, 6:21pm

HTC smartwatch said to share data with Under Armour fitness platform

HTC may join Samsung in launching a wearable at Mobile World Congress in March alongside a new flagship. Though lacking in detail, a report claims the smartwatch will take advantage of a partnership between HTC and Under Armour, with the wrist-based tracker connecting to the sports apparel brand's own fitness service for health and fitness tracking.

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Rumor: Round-faced smartwatch, glass-backed Galaxy S6 launching at MWC

01/19, 11:15am

Samsung allegedly adding wireless charging to rumored smartwatch

Samsung may be preparing to launch a round-faced smartwatch in March, according to rumors. The alleged launch at Mobile World Congress may take place alongside the expected next installment in the Galaxy S flagship smartphone line, with the Galaxy S6 reportedly using glass on the rear as well as the front and a metal construction.

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HTC invites media to pre-Mobile World Congress event

01/16, 12:33pm

Barcelona event in March could be launch of new HTC flagship smartphone

HTC may use an event at Mobile World Congress at the beginning of March to launch a new flagship smartphone. The manufacturer has issued invitations to members of the media for an event taking place the evening before the Barcelona-based show starts, with the invitation giving relatively few clues as to what HTC will reveal to the press.

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Hands on: Sony SmartBand

02/27, 7:54pm

Sony enters fitness tracker market with discrete wearable device

Sony initially unveiled its SmartBand wearable tracker at CES in January as the company's first foray into the fitness tracker market. Consisting of a rubberized band and a central and small Core sensor acting as the brain of the device, the tracker in theory performs all of the usual tracking functions of a fitness band, as well as handling other aspects of the wearer's life, such as music, when used with the accompanying Lifelog app. Electronista spent time at Sony's Mobile World Congress booth to try out the SmartBand.

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Hands on: LG G2 Mini

02/26, 6:58pm

Mini name applied to marginally-smaller version of LG G2

LG initially revealed the G2 Mini last week, at the same time as a number of other devices including the G Pro 2, ahead of Mobile World Congress. The slightly-smaller handset has received the same "Mini" treatment as other similar models, and attempts to put the styling and features of its full-sized counterpart into a marginally lower-specification smartphone. Electronista took time to try out the device in Barcelona, with the initial impression being that LG has mostly succeeded with the device.

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Hands on: ZTE Open C with Firefox OS 1.3

02/26, 3:46am

ZTE Firefox OS device is massive improvement from last year

At last year's Mobile World Congress, ZTE launched its first attempt at a smartphone running Firefox OS. This year, the company is following up on the ZTE Open with the ZTE Open C, a similarly-styled device that is also aimed at emerging markets. This time, the smartphone arrives with a fair number of improvements over its debut. Electronista took the budget Firefox OS device for a spin to see what's new.

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Hands on: Huawei MediaPad M1

02/26, 2:58am

Large 8-inch display, LTE in mid-range Huawei tablet

Huawei is using Mobile World Congress to demonstrate more than just smartphones, such as the Ascend G6 4G, by also announcing the launch of the MediaPad M1. The eight-inch tablet, which can be used to make phone calls like others in the MediaPad range, is a mid-ranged device that the company hopes will sell thanks to its LTE connectivity. Electronista spent some time with the tablet, and found it to be a little underwhelming.

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Apple's iPad Air wins 'best mobile tablet' at Mobile World Congress

02/25, 6:15pm

Jury snubs Samsung, Microsoft, others; iPhone 5s passed over for best smartphone

Despite not having a presence at the massive Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, Apple nonetheless scored a win in the Global Mobile Awards, awarded by the governing body of the MWC convention, the GMS (Groupe Speciale Mobile) Association. The iPad Air won for "best mobile tablet," ignoring its various competitors and latest entries from Microsoft, Samsung, LG and others. The HTC One was awarded "best smartphone."

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Hands on: LG G Pro 2

02/25, 6:07pm

G Pro 2 uses 5.9-inch display with 3.3mm bezel, 4K video recording

LG has been demonstrating the G Pro 2 smartphone, the sequel to last year's G Pro that it unveiled just last week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The smartphone offers a bright, 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display with a minimal 3.3mm bezel -- and a number of different camera tricks, among other upgrades to the predecessor. Electronista tried out the device to see if it stands up against the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

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Hands on: Huawei TalkBand B1

02/25, 9:57am

Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece

Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.

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Hands on: Huawei Ascend G6 4G

02/25, 9:32am

LTE-equipped mid-range device 8MP, 5MP cameras

Huawei has launched its Ascend G6 4G smartphone at Mobile World Congress, among other devices. The mid-range smartphone, said to be based on the Ascend P6 in some aspects, offers LTE connectivity in a device measuring 7.85mm (0.31 inches) thick. Electronista briefly put the Ascend G6 through its paces at the trade show, and found it to be a pretty useful mobile device, albeit with some reservations.

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Hands on: Jolla smartphone

02/25, 5:54am

Angular Sailfish OS smartphone navigated with minimal thumb movement

After an initial launch in May followed by the first shipments occurring in November, Jolla has had a few quarters to get its initial Sailfish OS smartphone to a level where it can attempt to compete with devices from more established producers. The company showed Electronista its flagship smartphone, which appears to have taken great lengths to avoid being compared to other smartphones both in hardware and in software.

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Hands on: Acer Liquid E3, Liquid Z4

02/25, 5:11am

Mid-range and budget smartphones from Acer offer mixed results

Last week, Acer launched the mid-ranged Liquid E3 and the entry-level Liquid Z4 smartphones, successors to the Liquid E2 and Z3 respectively. Both appeared to be low-cost devices for light or intermediate use, and unusually for the price bracket, offered a rear-mounted button for taking images. Electronista headed to the devices at Mobile World Congress to test both of them out.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

02/25, 1:37am

New form follows speculative renderings

After unveiling the Gear 2 on Sunday, Samsung made a surprise announcement--the Gear Fit--during Monday's Mobile World Congress event focusing on the Galaxy S5. The Fit departs from the squarish, chunky form of the first- and second-generation Gear watches, opting instead for a narrow display and focusing on fitness applications. Electronista donned the Fit to see if the sleek design equates to an improved experience.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S5

02/24, 7:56pm

Android flagship gets marginal enhancements

Following a steady stream of rumors, Samsung finally unveiled its new Android flagship at a Mobile World Congress event. The Galaxy S5 brings marginal improvements over its predecessor, adding a fingerprint sensor and a 16-megapixel camera, though it does not bring any revolutionary new features that were hinted at in early speculation. Electronista checked out the new phone to see if it still delivers.

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Hands on: ZTE Grand Memo II LTE

02/24, 12:03pm

ZTE adds larger screen, minor improvements to Grand Memo design

ZTE launched an updated version of the Grand Memo at Mobile World Congress, one year after it revealed the original. The Grand Memo II LTE upgrades the original's 5.7-inch display to a six-inch model -- as rumored last week -- along with a number of other performance improvements. Electronista paid a visit to the company to see how far the phablet has improved on its predecessor.

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Panasonic adds five-inch 'tablet' with telephony to Toughpad line

02/24, 11:34am

New rugged device has wide range of radios, GPS, GLONASS

Panasonic today unveiled plans at Mobile World Congress to broaden its Toughpad range of rugged tablets with a new five-inch model. The new device is aimed for mobile workers who need a protected device that can handle voice and data in the field or in challenging environments, including the emergency services and public safety as well as logistics, factories and warehouses.

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Hands on: Sony Xperia M2, Xperia Z2 Tablet

02/24, 9:24am

Mid-range Xperia M2 takes style from Xperia Z2, lowers specification

The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone.

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Hands on: Sony Xperia Z2

02/24, 8:55am

5.2-inch Xperia Z2 smartphone tested shortly after unveiling

Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Sony unveiled the upgraded version of its previous flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, alongside two other devices. The Xperia Z2 appears to be similar to the original, but with a number of improvements. Electronista travelled to Sony's stand at the trade show to try out the device, in order to find out if it is as impressive as Sony makes it appear.

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Nokia launches Android-based X device range, Nokia 220, Asha 230

02/24, 4:47am

Three Android devices in Nokia X range includes 4-inch, 5-inch models

Nokia has started its campaign at Mobile World Congress this morning by launching a total of five devices, with three running on Android. The Nokia 220 featurephone and Asha 230 were unveiled by the company, with the main launch this year being taken up by the rumored Nokia X, as well as a variant with more storage in the form of the Nokia X+, and a larger-screened version called the Nokia XL.

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Hands on: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2, OneTouch Idol 2 Mini

02/23, 6:58pm

Mid-range Alcatel smartphones tried out before Mobile World Congress

Earlier today, Alcatel launched a number of Android smartphones, including two new additions to its OneTouch Idol range of devices. At a pre-Mobile World Congress event, the manufacturer offered the media the chance to try the OneTouch Idol 2 and OneTouch Idol 2 Mini before the show formally opened. Electronista spent some time with both of the smartphones earlier this evening.

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Mozilla announces upcoming devices and tools for Firefox OS

02/23, 2:00pm

Reference phone, tablets and developer tools at heart of announcement

Firefox OS is expanding rapidly, according to claims made at Mobile World Congress today. Mozilla, the company behind the widely-used web browser, outlined some of the finer points of the expansion of the separate Firefox OS in devices reaching out globally -- including a move into new high- and low-end consumer devices, new reference devices and tools for developers to port applications.

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Microsoft, Qualcomm to make developing Windows phones cheaper

02/23, 12:25pm

OEM program, cheaper parts to attract more developers and markets

With the announcement of the next Windows Phone update coming later this year, Microsoft has teamed with Qualcomm in order to expand access to phone creation during a session at Mobile World Congress. The company is pushing to bring the cost of their phones down to appeal to lower-priced markets in hopes of attracting more partners.

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Alcatel launches OneTouch Idol 2, Idol 2 Mini, Pop Fit

02/23, 6:58am

Successors to OneTouch Idol have 3G, LTE variants

Alcatel has revealed a trio of smartphones before Mobile World Congress, covering the mid-range and entry-level markets. The OneTouch Idol 2 and OneTouch Idol 2 Mini are mid-ranged devices that are new to the OneTouch Idol family of devices, while the addition to the Pop series, the OneTouch Pop Fit, is a miniaturized device with budget specifications, and accessories that allow it to be worn while exercising.

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Samsung unveils updated Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo smart watches

02/23, 2:03am

Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear successors are incremental upgrade

Samsung has unveiled two smart watches as successors to the Galaxy Gear, confirming rumors from yesterday. Launched the day before Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are updated versions that retains the styling of the original but makes a number of improvements, including switching from running on Android to Tizen, and removing the Galaxy branding altogether.

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Samsung follow-up smart watches to Galaxy Gear leak

02/22, 11:45am

New smart watches will apparently not use the Galaxy branding

Rumors of Samsung offering multiple models of its smart watch in the future may in fact be true, based on leaked images. A low-resolution image of two follow-up devices to the Galaxy Gear was posted online, followed by a second, higher-resolution version, though it turns out the smart watches may not actually be part of the Galaxy device range at all.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 teaser video released, gold color option leaks

02/21, 7:52am

Video trailer for Samsung event hints at fitness, photography features

Samsung has released a teaser video for its upcoming Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 event at Mobile World Congress, hinting at a few possible features and updates to the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. The trailer's release comes at the same time as a leaked image that claims to show the Galaxy S5 will be available in a golden color option when it ships.

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Archos unveils tablet, three smartphones before Mobile World Congress

02/20, 2:51pm

LTE-enabled 8-inch tablet, octa-core smartphone in Archos additions

Archos has listed devices it will be showing at Mobile World Congress next week, with one tablet and three smartphones making the trip to Barcelona. The list is headed up by the 80 Helium 4G, a tablet with an 8-inch 1024x768 IPS display and LTE connectivity, and the 50c Oxygen, a smartphone with a 5-inch 1280x720-resolution display backed by an octa-core Mediatek Cortex A7-based 1.7GHz processor.

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Bloomberg: HTC creating three wearable devices, Toq-based smart watch

02/20, 6:37am

HTC smart watch will be shown privately at Mobile World Congress

HTC will be showing part of a collection of smart watches behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. Bloomberg claims the company will use the trade show to demonstrate two prototype watches, one of which is apparently based on the Qualcomm Toq offering the same low-powered Mirasol display, Bluetooth connectivity, and music playback functionality.

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LG reveals G2 mini with smaller 4.7-inch display, rear button controls

02/19, 7:58am

LG G2 mini reduces specification as well as screen size

LG has revealed a smaller version of its G2 smartphone, as part of its pre-Mobile World Congress announcements. The LG G2 mini takes after its larger stablemate in styling and functionality, including the rear buttons, though like other "mini" models of devices, the specifications are pruned to more budget-friendly options, such as replacing the 5.2-inch display of the original for a 4.7-inch 540x960 version.

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Rumor: Samsung preparing multiple Galaxy Gear models, uses Tizen

02/19, 7:23am

Next Samsung smart watch said to use Tizen instead of Android

Samsung could launch multiple new models of the Galaxy Gear smart watch at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. A separate report also claims the electronics giant will also change the software running on the device, away from the version of Android used in the current version and onto the lesser-used Tizen mobile operating system.

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Nokia X promotional image leaks, launch event will be streamed

02/18, 11:43am

Android-based Nokia smartphone more likely after teaser image release

The Mobile World Congress launch of the Nokia X, codenamed "Normandy," is looking more likely, thanks to a new leaked image and a teaser from the company itself. An image said to be a promotional shot for the Android-based smartphone has surfaced, while the official Nokia Conversations blog is promoting the event using an image strongly hinting at a green X, the color typically associated with Android itself.

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