MWC 2013 Day One: Of smartwatches and giant smartphones
BARCELONA—Monday was a busy day at Mobile World Congress—busier in some ways than last month’s Consumer Electronics Trade Show. But our correspondents braved a bustling Barcelona show floor to bring you all the big news from smartphone, tablet, and mobile app makers as MWC 2013 got underway.
In this video, TechHive’s Amber Bouman and Leah Yamshon talk about what caught their eye on Day One of MWC, including everything from smartwatches to streaming video solutions for mobile devices. (On a related note, if you happen to share their interest in smartwatches, be sure to read our review of the Pebble smartwatch and scroll through our slideshow on the evolution of the smartwatch.) Amber and Leah also talk about Asus’s MWC announcements, which feature the PadFone Infinity and the Fone Pad. The former is a phone that uses a docking station to transform into a tablet, while the latter is a very large smartphone. The PadFone isn’t expected to come to the US; the Fone Pad arrives here next month.
In other mobile news from Monday that merits your attention:
- ZTE debuted the Grand Memo, a smartphone with a massively sized screen that may not have made the big impact the phone maker was hoping for;
- an Optimus Pro smartphone from LG that we took out for a test drive;
- an announcement from Sony that its Xperia Tablet Z will arrive in the second quarter; and
- a pair of automotive announcements that featured GM and AT&T teaming up to bring 4G LTE connections to cars and a Ford-Spotify partnership.