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The best show of Mobile World Congress 2013

The best show of Mobile World Congress 2013


LG was among only a handful of companies to show off a new flagship for the public to critique at this year’s show. The LG Optimus G Pro ups the game from its predecessor in most every department: a giant 400-ppi 5.5-inch display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 13-megapixel camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing cam and a massive 3,140mAh hour battery ensure every superphone box gets a tick. A standout feature on the G Pro is a new dual-camera mode where both front and rear cameras record at once, with the front-facing cam’s image overlaying the main camera with a picture-in-picture effect. This feature lets you record your reaction to things you see while filming — or the stunned expression of friends the first time they see this set. An honorable mention goes out to Nokia for its €15 105 that managed to garner almost half the team’s votes.


Emulating the Xperia Z handset in more than a few ways — including the name and premium look and feel — is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. That 6.9mm-thin housing features a 10-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8.1MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing cam with a solid 6,000mAh battery keeping it all lit. Our own Joseph Volpe had a chance to give the Tablet Z a pretty thorough tour, and — aside from some worries about how well it’ll handle minor abuse — Sony’s newest tablet looks like a pretty solid effort. HP’s Slate 7 gets an honorable mention in this category.

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