“One-ish” because there are things that were announced on Sunday, but Monday was the “official” kick off to Mobile World Congress. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about a Monday. I’m going to, of course, talk about the announcements that got me a bit excited, although there are quite a few smaller companies with launces at MWC as well (like Acer, Huawei, HP though HP isn’t really “small”), but I’m going to talk about the ones that grabbed my attention.
Nokia launches a series of Android phones
Yeah … Android phones, not Windows. But I’m not excited about it. Nokia makes awesome hardware, but after Microsoft picked them up, my dreams of a Nokia made Android phone went up in smoke. And then I heard about the Nokia X series … and the smoke grew larger. These aren’t Android phone like HTC or Samsung would make, these phones have Android as their base, but everything else about them is Windows. Meaning Google’s services aren’t here, and there’s no Play Store. They’re designed to pull everything off of Microsoft’s Cloud. Essentially, these are a line of phones aimed at “developing markets”, so they’re going to be really inexpensive, and you may not be able to locate them in the states. And I’m ok with that. Nothing to see here … move along …
Sony makes some really nice hardware. Seriously, I’m upset that my carrier won’t have this phone this year. The Xperia Z2 is a powerhouse; it has a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.3GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery, a 5.2-inch display at 1080 x 1920 resolution using a new a new “Live Color LED” Triluminos display, 20.7MP camera offering both 4K video and 120fps video for slow motion with various photo and video modes in the new camera app. And on top of that, it’s water proof, not resistant, which means it’s safe from those moments when you knock a cup of water on your phone or … you know … those unfortunate bathroom incidents.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet has the same processor as the phone, same screen technology and with the same amount of RAM at 10.1 inches. So it’s a 10” tablet. It also has front speakers, which is AWESOME. I don’t know why people think rear mounted speakers are a good idea. At least angle the bloody things forward.
The M2 is more a middle of the road phone. It has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.8-inch 540 x 960 display, 8MP rear camera and a 2300mAh battery.
I’m pretty sure that these were in the pipeline before Lenovo bought Motorola, so I’ll be more excited when that collaboration starts to show. In the meantime, we may not see these phones in the US, but they aren’t bad. I love the brushed aluminum finish on them. The S860 and 850 have 5-inch displays, quad core processors and all day battery life, and the S660 falls beneath those two with a slower processor and smaller battery. What’s interesting about these phones are the prices; the S860 will cost just $349 unlocked, with the S850 at $269 and S660 at $229. Unlocked. No contracts. Nice phones. They’ll be in “select markets” and will be available on Lenovo’s online store.
Samsung had an event as well, but that’s going to need an entire post on it’s own. That’s coming right up …