Best of Mobile World Congress 2013


Mobile World Congress has come and gone, and though it wasn’t as exciting as years past, there was plenty of cool new kit to check out. From dual-screen concepts to 7-inch smartphones, manufacturers got creative this year as advancements in hardware specs have stalled. If you missed any of our coverage from the past week, here is a list of must-see first looks at the latest Android gear.


We didn’t have high hopes for the Yotaphone, but after a short demonstration we were sold. This dual-screen phone with a standard LCD as well as eInk display stole the show.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung continues to grow their Note lineup, this time with an 8-inch form factor. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is everything you would expect from the S Pen-driven slate, and it makes calls, too.

ASUS Fonepad

Speaking of tablets that make phone calls, ASUS debuted their Fonepad, a 7-inch hybrid smartphone/tablet. They also showed off the ASUS Padfone Infinity.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Sony gave us our first proper look at the Xperia Tablet Z, a device built with the same design-minded quality as its counterpart smartphone. Simply one of the most beautiful Android tablets we have ever seen.

NEC Medias W

NEC had their own dual-screen smartphone to show off, the Medias W. Similar to previous folding, dual-display smartphones, the NTT DoCoMo-bound handset pulls if off better than any before.

LG Optimus G Pro

LG had plenty to show off, but perhaps the most impressive was their Optimus G Pro. A 5.5-inch powerhouse, LG should make a strong push with this one.


Check out all of our coverage from this year’s show and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

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  1. Yotaphone FTW!

    1. Yodaphone would’ve been better.

      1. yeah but then they probably would have gotten sued by Lucas Films

  2. This year’s MWC lacked luster… Maybe it’s because Google didn’t have a showcase.

    1. At least I’m not the only one…

      I don’t see any innovation there. I just see refreshes.

  3. Eink on tablets and fonetabs is genius, been waiting for this. Reading any tablet at the beach just dont work well.

    Also that LG phone looks identical to S3, law suit?

    1. LG has been making every smartphone like Samsung’s… from physical design to UI layouts, lol

      1. Bullshit. They never had physical buttons and had a very different design language. look at LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus 2X (G2X in the US), LG 4X, LG Optimus G, LG Nexus 4 – they are fundamentally different from any Samsung smartphone.

        This Optimus G Pro has the same oval center button as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the GSIII.

        1. true, until now LG has been LG. but this optimus G Pro is a complete note 2/s3 to off. if your average non techie person saw that optimus g pro, they’d be like, “is that the note 2?”. LG is crap, I owned one of there phones. had hardware and software problems. No wonder they are trying to now emulate Samsung.

  4. I think hTC One should be in the list.. but it was announced prior to MWC happened.. so.. meh

  5. Okay, I am totally sold on the NEC Medias W. It has duel screening, and I like the robotic look.

  6. Man see that galaxy note

    wtf its just a tablet now, hows that gonna fit into a pocket

  7. LG optimus pro with SD slot = win

    they could’ve included all the bells and whistles they wanted but if they again excluded an SD slot i would have no interest whatsoever in this phone.

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