5 hot phones from Mobile World Congress 2013
Asus, Nokia, ZTE and Huawei had some interesting phones at Mobile World Congress 2013
While many big handset makers are announcing their phones on their own schedule (the HTC One is a great example), Mobile World Congress 2013 was still a good showcase of cool, new smartphones. Let's take a look at five of the hottest devices we saw.
Asus Padfone Infinity
Asus probably had the best smartphone of the show with the introduction of the Padfone Infinity. You can debate whether the tablet shell is really useful or worth the price, but from what I saw, the phone is quite stellar.
The Asus Padfone Infinity sports a five-inch, 1080p HD screen that looks absolutely beautiful. We're talking about 441 pixels per inch and generous viewing angles. It's bright, responsive and looks like a dream to use.
Inside, the Padfone Infinity has a Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7Ghz, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE capabilities and a 13-megapixel camera. Look forward to it launching with Android Jelly Bean and Asus will even throw in 50GB of its cloud storage.
Asus is really pushing the boundaries of phablet, as the FonePad is essentially a tablet that can make phone calls. It sports a seven-inch screen and the form factor that bears a striking resemblance to the Asus-produced Nexus 7.
The FonePad will be powered by a 1.2Ghz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, an HSPA+ radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and it can make calls and send text messages. It may be odd to hold this up to your head but you could easily plug in a headset or use a Bluetooth one.
The most interesting aspect of the FonePad may be that it will land for only $249 in the next few months.
Please read: Asus FonePad hands-on previewLG Optimus G Pro
LG unwrapped the Optimus G Pro a few weeks before Mobile World Congress but we were very happy to get our hands on this Galaxy Note 2 competitor. If you're just looking at specs, the Optimus G Pro actually outdoes the Note 2 in nearly every way.
The LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5-inch, 1080p HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7GHz, Adreno 320 graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE and DLNA.
Please read: LG Optimus G Pro hands-on previewZTE Grand Memo
The ZTE Grand Memo continues the trend of large-screen phones, as this Android handset packs a whopping 5.7-inch display. That screen was nice and crisp and I was actually surprised at how easily I adjusted to having this size in my hand.
Beyond the large screen, the ZTE Grand Memo will be one of the first devices to use the Snapdragon 800 processor and this should mean it's jam-packed with power. The Android device uses the ZTE miFlavor UI and this heavily relies on 3D animations that run smoothly thanks to the latest Qualcomm chip.
The ZTE Grand Memo also has all the other goodies you'd expect from a high-end device including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and more. We're not sure this will land in the United States but we'll keep an eye on this.
Please read: ZTE Grand Memo previewNokia Lumia 720
The Lumia 720 is Nokia's attempt to bring high-end features to users on a mid-range budget.
The Lumia 720 has that nice rounded shell we've grown used to with the Lumia 900 series and it definitely feels good in the hand. You can look forward to a 4.3-inch screen, a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 6.7-megapixel camera. The Lumia 720 should be available in the next few weeks for about $330 or so but it likely won't come to the United States in an official way.