MWC 2014

Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

Nokia Asha 230 hands-on

We've always had a soft-spot for Nokia's Asha range here at SlashGear, and the Asha 230 is no different, an even smaller, more affordable point of entry to the Finnish company's well-designed touchscreen handsets. Paring back the pricing even more, thanks to skipping 3G and WiFi, the Asha 230 (and its dual-SIM variant) is the smallest Asha touch model yet, fronted by a compact 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen.

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Nokia X hands-on

Nokia X hands-on

In many ways, the Nokia X is the Finnish smartphone we've been waiting for. Eye-catching design, a ridiculously competitive price, and running Android, it's hard not to see it as a reaction in the opposite direction to Windows Phone, for all that Nokia's team responsible argues that the two are well-paired bedfellows. Freshly unveiled at MWC 2014, we've grabbed some hands-on time with the Nokia X to find out whether Android in a Lumia suit makes sense, and why - for all our hopes about the concept - this may not be the Nokia for you.

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Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

Nokia X official: Android for the sub-Lumia masses

The rumors are true: Nokia has an Android phone, and it's the Nokia X. Intended to sit in-between Lumia and Asha Touch, the Nokia X is the first of a family of Android-powered handsets to be rolled out over 2014, working as an affordable onramp to Windows Phone. Delivering the sort of eye-catching, colorful style as Nokia's Lumia, only priced from just €89 ($122) pre-subsidies, the Nokia X aims to package the Finn's design heritage, Microsoft's cloud and services, and Android's apps in an affordable device for the next billion looking to upgrade to a smart device. Read on for all the details.

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Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220 push OneDrive to next billion

Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220 push OneDrive to next billion

Nokia keeps hacking away at the so-called next billion mobile users, and now the Finnish company wants to get them hooked up to the cloud with the new Asha 230 and Nokia 220. Fresh to MWC 2014, the Asha 230 brings features familiar from the existing Asha touchscreen line to an even lower point of entry, price-wise, while the Nokia 220 has a more traditional form-factor but is also the company's cheapest ever device to include cellular data.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i’s first smartphone: Wiko WAX

NVIDIA Tegra 4i’s first smartphone: Wiko WAX

This morning we’re to understand that NVIDIA has paired up with their first partner for the NVIDIA Tegra 4i smartphone chip for the first time. The group that’ll be rolling with this chip first is the international brand Wiko, and the smartphone’s name is WAX. This smartphone is going to be very, very powerful.

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Sony Xperia M2 specifications show mid-tier Z-line competitor

Sony Xperia M2 specifications show mid-tier Z-line competitor

This week we’re about to see the Sony Xperia M2 for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2014. This device works with a 4.8-inch qHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera at its back. Looking at first very much like the Sony Xperia Z from 2013, this device is the first to bring the line into this year’s hearty Xperia lineup.

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Sony Xperia Z2 specifications show 5.2-inch display, 20.7 MP camera, 4K video

Sony Xperia Z2 specifications show 5.2-inch display, 20.7 MP camera, 4K video

With the Sony Xperia Z2, the company is bringing on a smartphone with some early heat in the 2014 hero phone race. This device works with upgrades to each of the key elements in the smartphone experience, including a larger display than in the original Z, a more powerful camera, and the newest in new Qualcomm processors to back it up. This device is also - of course - waterproof.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet arrives as world’s first waterproof slate

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet arrives as world’s first waterproof slate

In what Sony suggests is the world’s first (larger than 8-inch) waterproof tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is born. This machine works with a 10.1-inch Full HD (1080p) display with Triluminous for mobile technology and Live Color LED powered by an X-Reality for mobile engine. Needless to say, this is Sony’s most powerful and strangest tablet to date.

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Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony SmartBand starts lifelogging from March

Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip targets mobile flagships

We've seen some fast smartphones here at MWC 2014 but they're going to get even faster if Qualcomm has its way, with the launch of the new Snapdragon 801. Promising a 14-percent boost in processor performance, 28-percent faster graphics, and 45-percent speedier camera sensor processing over the existing Snapdragon 800, the new SoC is set to show up in devices on shelves before the end of March 2014.

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Lenovo S660 smartphone hands-on: mid-range hero

Lenovo S660 smartphone hands-on: mid-range hero

Lenovo is bringing on some significant smartphone heat to the global market this week at Mobile World Congress 2014. Today we’re getting our hands on the Lenovo S660 smartphone, it bringing on a 4.7-inch display with a 960 x 540 resolution IPS touchscreen display while 1GB of RAM and a MediaTek 1.3Ghz quad-core processor appear besides. Wondering how this device is going to compete with the top-tier smartphones in the market? It’s not - it’s built to battle the mid-tier.

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