Mobile World Congress conference begins with Samsung and Huawei announcements

Press Release   •   Feb 25, 2013 11:07 GMT

The Mobile World Congress conference has kicked off in Barcelona, with an absolutely enormous Samsung mobile phone-tablet hybrid among the first announcements.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 was unveiled on Sunday, an eight-inch mobile device which still works as a mobile phone.

Samsung's tablet features an 8in (20.3cm) screen with a resolution of 189 pixels per inch (ppi) making it slightly bigger and more detailed than Apple's bestselling iPad Mini.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 is being promoted as a device on which users can multi-task - running two apps in split-screen mode - and can act as alternative to "traditional pen and paper" thanks to its included stylus, the S Pen.

Also making an early announcement at this years show was HP, who unveiled their return to making mobile devices.

The HP Slate 7 is a low-cost Android tablet in the style of the Nexus 7, with a 1,024 x 600 pixels display and a dual-core A9 processor.

Huawei showed off the Ascend P2, which it said was the world's "fastest" mobile device, with a 4.7-inch screen and a 13 megapixels camera.

However, its screen is lower resolution than recent models from LG, HTC and Nokia, and can display 720p HD video rather than 1080p output. But this may help it last longer between recharges, and the device also features a larger than average 2420 mAh battery.

According to recent research, Huawei accounted for 10.8 million smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter, making it the world's third-biggest vendor.

However, it could still only claim a 4.9% market share since Apple and Samsung dominated the sector - something the Chinese firm itself acknowledged describing itself as a "brand in the making" at its Barcelona launch.

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