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YotaPhone, Xperia Tablet Z and more: our MWC Highlights

Loie Favre (translation)

The MWC is coming to an end and slowly but surely, our team of writers are flying back home to our AndroidPIT office in Berlin. We wanted to bring together a report for you of some highlights discovered during the congress.

Xperia Tablet Z

After we were so excited to hear about the Xperia Z, we could get even more excited about Sony's tablet version. The ultra-thin 10.1 inch tablet offers a quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro), cadenced at 1.5 GHz and boasting 2 G of RAM. What's more, it carries at NFC chip and is delivered with Android 4.1. As you can see in our video, we demonstrate what the device can do. You'll be able to buy the Xperia Tablet Z on the German market in April or May, but as of yet, its unclear when it will be available for the US or UK market. Sony representative's announced its Japanese release for Spring as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

In the meantime, we know that Samsung will present its new flagship Galaxy S4 in March. During the MWC, the Galaxy Note 8.0 was featured and could even be tried out. The tablet can be operated with your fingertips and the S-Pen. The inside is made up of a quad-core processor with 2 Gigabytes of memory. This tablet will make its appearance in the world-wide market between June and April. Prices are not yet known. We also demonstrated the product in our video. Take a peek for a closer look.

Asus Padfone Infinity and Fonepad

Asus came out during the MWC with the seemingly expensive, but high performing well-equipped tablet/smart phone hybrid. The price is now set at 999 Euros and those luck Germans will be able to buy it as early as April. The smartphone is propelled by a quad-core processor (Snapdragon 600) and 2 G of RAM. Accompanying the 10.1 inch tablet, the smartphone totals to a battery of 7400 mAh.

The Fonepad on the other hand, is a symbiosis of the smartphone and the tablet. The 7 inch device can be transformed into a telephone with its built-in mobile telephone system model. Inside you'll find an intel-processor (Atom Z2420), which is cadenced at 1.2 GHz, as well as a graphic GPU from PowerVR.

Huawei Ascend P2

According to Huawei, this should be the ''fastest LTE smartphone in the world''. The 4.7 inch thin Android has a quad-core processor with 1.5 GHz and 1 G of internal memory. Unfortunately, the battery cannot be switched out and there's also no microSD slot, two major disadvantages. Android 4.1.2 is running on the Ascend P2 with Huawei's developed Emotion UI 1.5. It's 122 grams and built completely out of plastic, which makes it light as a feather.


A very impressive smartphone came from the Russian manufacturer Yota. The 4.2 inch device applies the use of two screens. The one dominating side is a normal touch screen and the other, an e-ink display with 200 ppi, where you can read texts and display images. The e-ink always shows the last displayed image, even if your battery dies. Here you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8960 dual core processor with 1.5 GHz, as well as 2 G of internal memory. The YotaPhone supports LTE and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Even though we've only mentioned a few of the smartphone and tablet highlights from the MWC, there are still so many to take a look at, like the ZTE Grand Memo, HP Slate 7 and Alcatel Idol X. You can read further articles about them on our website.

Do you have your own personal Barcelona favourite? OR are you even waiting to buy one of the devices? We wait at the edge of your seats for your answers.