Mobile World Congress 2013

Pilar Martinez, Nacho Suanzes and James Lynn

Background and Details

This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) was the biggest yet. Over the course of the event, Barcelona welcomed more than 72,000 attendees from 200 countries. Here are the highlights of the world's biggest mobile get together:

The Launches

LG brought six distinct handsets to MWC, and although their smartphones were announced prior to the conference, the top-end devices still made a splash. LG also unveiled Dual Recording, which enables users to shoot video simultaneously from the front and rear-facing cameras so that the recording embeds the filmmaker's reaction to the subject in the same movie. Nokia showed off four new handsets that will join its Lumia and Asha lines, aiming to bring smartphone functionality to more cost-sensitive markets. Huwaei announced that it was launching two new handsets. MWC also showcased an impressive array of devices that blur the line between smartphone and tablet (“phablets"). Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0, an eight-inch phone-tablet hybrid (the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 is this Thursday 14th March). Other different sized screens included the 5.5" screen on the LG Optimus GPro and Lenovo K900, and the 5.7" screen on the ZTE Grand Memo, to the larger 7" screen on the Asus FonePad.

The Trends