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The Latest Phones from MWC 2014


With a day left to conclusion, the electrifying Mobile World Congress 2014 has not disappointed so far. New technologies and a list of launches claiming to be the future of mobile have been introduced. Now it’s time to give you a glimpse of the latest phones that were announced at MWC 2014 with a few of their specs for indulgence.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S5: after some nail-biting anticipation, the smartphone was finally unveiled to a warm reception. The web is still abuzz regarding the 5.1 inches screen, 16 megapixel packing camera which is water and dust-resistant. Not forgetting the SnapDragon 801 speed and battery-power preservation.

    Samsung Galaxy S5
  2. The Sony Xperia Z2: Forget the S5 for just a few minutes while you read this. Sony unveiled the new 5.2-inch flagship smartphone which has the phone’s headline feature- Sony’s 20.7MP camera! It’s an Exmor RS for mobile image sensor featuring the award-winning G Lens. Those photography smarts are backed up by Android KitKat, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor – a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait CPU – as well as 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, 3GB of RAM and a 3200mAh battery. 

    Sony Xperia Z2
  3. Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL: The Nokia X is built on Android open source software. Open source software will allow for differentiation and additions of a Nokia tailored experience. The XL comes with a 5MP camera with flash and auto-focus, and a 2MP front-facing camera and has a 5-inch screen. Specs have not yet been made publicly available. Normandy 
  4. Huawei Ascend G6: is an affordable alternative to the Ascend P6. The key facts about the Ascend G6 are its price and connectivity. It will supposedly come in at under £200. Not bad for a handset which is sporting the latest version of 4G technology – CAT 4 – giving you a super speedy internet connection. 

    Huawei Ascend G6
    Huawei Ascend G6
  5. ZTE Grand Memo II: the LTE handset is being called the “ultra slim Android beast.” The phone features a new version of the MiFavor UI it uses to paint over Android, with KitKat being the flavour of the day. It also comes with a Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s LTE nous, as well as a 13MP rear-mounted camera and a 5MP front-facing one. The 6-inch HD display comes in a 7.2mm frame, backed up with a 3200mAh battery that ZTE reckons should last you for 16 hours playing HD video. 

    ZTE Grand Memo
    ZTE Grand Memo
  6. Lenovo: After recently acquiring Motorola, Lenovo has launched 3 new Android smartphones. The company has unveiled the S860, the S850 and S660 Android handsets, promising a little bit of something for all sectors of the market. The S860 is the flagship device, with a 5.3-inch, as-yet-unspecified ‘HD’ screen, 2GB RAM and a MediaTek quad-core processor, but the real kicker is the promise of all true all day battery life. 

    Lenovo Smartphones
    Lenovo Smartphones

A noticeable emerging trend from all the new product launches is that manufacturers are now focussing on camera strength and also connectivity. Long lasting battery life is also a recurring improved feature which is more than welcome to avid smartphone users.

Chinese producers like Huawei and ZTE are paving the way with the latest in 4G technology using CAT 4. Category 4 (CAT 4) is a description of a cable that consists of four unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) copper wires with a data rate of 16 Mbit/s and performance of up to 20 MHz.This is a smart move considering Africa is catching the 4G craze not to mention Zambia. This will definitely cater to fast connectivity data needs. Also notice that the screens are not getting any smaller, although, the designs are getting slimmer and lighter. Lastly, to ensure you land a true Android beast offering you a seamless smartphone experience, get your hands on a device running KitKat and has a Snapdragon 801 processor.

Specs credit: Tech Radar

Featured Image credit: Grudi Associates