Samsung, Nokia, Sony Take Spotlight at MWC

The Mobile World Congress show running this week in Barcelona from February 24-27 continues to be a popular venue for new product introductions, from laptops and tablets to smartphones and smart watches. We're also seeing plenty of interest in related mobility solutions centering around the BYOD (bring your own device) trend and enterprise-grade mobile device management (MDM).

While a number of companies are using MWC 2014 to debut their high-end devices, technology analyst Jeff Kagan tells us it's the budget phones and low-cost devices that are especially hot at this year's show.

Samsung Galaxy Devices

The worldEUs largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has already used MWC 2014 to unveil the Galaxy S5 smartphone as well as multiple Galaxy Gear smartwatches. The S5 takes over the S4EUs spot at the top of SamsungEUs line of Galaxy phones with improved specs and new features, but a largely similar design.

SamsungEUs Galaxy S5 is the second device to be announced that will be running SnapdragonEUs faster 801 chip, however the actual difference in processing speed has yet to be seen. Instead of adding new software-based features to its flagship phone, Samsung has opted to provide new hardware features like a heart rate sensor and fingerprint sensor. Some of these features are similar to what other devices already provide, but Samsung is wrapping them all into a single, high-end handset.

Along with the S5 smartphone and the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, Samsung also announced the Gear Neo and Gear Fit. featuring the Gear Fit in its presentation. In response to the complaints that surrounded the original Galaxy Gear, these devices have much longer battery life and a variety of health-related and smartphone-centric features.

Sony Xperia Z2

One of the few flagships to become a major talking point outside of SamsungEUs S5 is the Xperia Z2 from Sony. Early reports are suggesting...

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