Usually, with a big wireless trade show like Mobile World Congress, you can find a common thread that runs between all the most exciting phones and tablets. Not this year. Some vendors are in relentless pursuit of thinner and lighter, while others are leaning on standout software, or new hardware features such as waterproofing or secondary e-ink displays.
Still, the lack of cohesiveness doesn’t make for any less of an interesting trade show, and Mobile World Congress is still the one to watch as major vendors like Samsung, Sony and LG come to hawk their wares.
Here are some of the biggest from this year’s show:
Samsung Galaxy S5
Has Samsung finally reached peak screen size for its flagship phone? The Galaxy S5’s 5.1-inch 1080p display is just a tenth of an inch larger than the S4, making for the smallest size increase in Galaxy S…
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Samsung has announced three new smartwatch devices at MWC this year, including the successor to last year’s Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2, as well as a sleeker version called the Neo, and a fitness- and fashion-focused wristband device called the Samsung Gear Fit.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo both offer companion features for a user’s smartphone, which include the ability to receive notifications around incoming calls, texts and other communications. They have a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display capable of 320×320 resolution, as well as a 1.0GHz dual core processor and a 2.0 megapixel autofocus camera. They can record video at 720p, and also support microphone input. The Gear 2 also operates as a standalone music player, with easy transfer of music from your phone so it can be used independently.
Built-in health sensors include heart rate monitors, pedometers and sleep monitoring. Plus, the Gear watches are now based…
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