Gadgets, Mobile

Best Smart Phones from the Mobile World Congress 2013

The recent Mobile World Congress acted as a preview for a number of new smartphones; among these were the new Motorola RAZR HD, as well more unusual smartphones like the CAT B15 and the ASUS PadFone Infinity. The show also provided some insight into the future launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as previews of some of the best new phones from Huawei, ZTE, and Nokia, which range from high end ‘phablets’ to entry level smartphones for emerging markets.



While Motorola are already enjoying success with the RAZR i in the UK, the RAZR HD represents a more powerful addition to the manufacturer’s lineup – a 4.7 inch screen is combined with Android Jelly Bean, and 4G connectivity; the HD’s screen boasts a 1280 x 720 resolution, and a 1.5 GHz processor, as well as Kevlar and Gorilla Glass backing.


One of the more unusual smartphones at the show, the CAT B15 is designed by the truck and vehicle manufacturers, and while it’s not going to win any awards for style, it’s one of the most durable phones available. The CAT B15 is waterproof and dustproof, and can apparently be dropped from a height of 1.8m without the phone causing damage.

Huawei Ascend P2

A Chinese phone that features superfast 4G as the result of an LTE Cat 4 modem, the Huawei Ascend P2 claims download speeds of 150 Mbps; the phone’s powered by a 1.5 GHz quad core processor, and has a 4.7 inch HD screen, as well as a 13.1 megapixel camera, putting it into the premium category for new smartphones.

LG Optimus L7 II

This new LG features a 4.3 inch screen and Android Jelly Bean, and is at the lower end of the smartphone market for 2013 – the LCD screen has a setting of 480 x 700 pixels, while the phone has an 8 MP camera, as well as a VGA front facing camera. The 1 GHz processor is dual core, and LG are hoping that the smartphone will be a sound entry level choice for new buyers.

ZTE Grand Memo

While it’s unclear whether or not this ZTE smartphone will get a full release outside of China, its specs are certainly impressive – a 5.7 inch 720p HD, a quad core Snapdragon processor, and a 13 megapixel camera make it one of the most powerful phablets in the world. The processor speed means that the phone will be able to handle 3D effects, as well as 4G LTE.

Nokia Lumia 720

Although not expected to have 4G, the Nokia Lumia 720 is another promising entry to mid range phone, and comes with a 6.7 megapixel camera and an impressive battery life. Nokia are hoping that battery life, and a wide angle lens for their camera, as well as Windows Phone 8 as an OS, will make the Lumia 720 an attractive budget buy.

LG Optimus G Pro

This smartphone has a 5.5 inch 1080p display, as well as a QSlide multitasking app, a quad core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a powerful 3,140 mAH battery. The LG Optimus G Pro can also be used as a remote using the QRemote app, and weighs just 6.2 ounces.

ASUS PadFone Infinity

A combination smartphone and tablet, the 5.5 inch screen quad core phone part can be attached into a 10.1 tablet station – the result, 2GB of RAM, and the flexibility of a 1080p display on a larger device.

ZTE Open

Another phone from China, this ZTE smartphone is intended as a budget option, and features a 3.5 inch screen, just 256 MB of RAM, and a 800 MHz CPU – the ZTE Open also comes with Firefox’s open source OS, and a 3.2 MP fixed camera, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and an FM radio.

Samsung Galaxy S4

While not officially launched during the show, the S4 was teased via the announcement of a March 14th release date – we now know, the S4 has an eight core Exynos 5 processor, a 5 inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution, and the option to control the screen by hovering your hand above it.

Author bio: An article by Donna Baxter.

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