Wireless Wednesday–The best and worst smartphones of MWC 2014 Part 3
April 2, 2014 — by WEBOOST
Happy Wednesday! How is your week going so far? Today we’re looking at some of the most popular phones from this year’s trade show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. If you missed part 1 of this series, click here, and you can check out part 2 here.
Today we’ll be covering the Microsoft Windows Phone, the LG G Pro 2, the Huawei Ascend G6, and lastly, the Acer Liquid E3. If you want to read about all of the phones at once, see the @FierceWireless article.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone
Microsoft showed off a wide range of previously announced smartphones that are running its Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft also announced that Lenovo, LG and Foxconn are planning to support its operating system–an important announcement as Microsoft works to acquire Windows Phone manufacturer Nokia. However, no company announced a new Windows Phone smartphone at this year’s MWC, and that absence was notable in light of all the other smartphone announcements at the show.
LG G Pro 2
LG showed off its new G Pro 2 Android phone, one of LG’s high-end smartphones. CCS Insight analysts noted that the device reflects LG’s growing efforts to target the high end of the smartphone market with devices carrying the latest top-of-the-line specifications.
Huawei Ascend G6
Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor by volume, announced the Ascend G6 Android smartphone at MWC. “It has made further clear improvements in device design and quality to support its competitive pricing,” noted CCS Insight analysts, “but brand weakness remains an issue.”
Acer Liquid E3
Acer showed off the Liquid E3 at the MobileFocus press event, held in conjunction with MWC. However, when questioned about what makes the Liquid E3 unique in the smartphone market, a company representative shrugged and offered some very general comments about the device’s improved camera and processor. That obvious apathy regarding this new phone was easy to understand, since virtually all of the new smartphones announced at this year’s MWC were upgrades to previous models and offered little in the way of innovations or surprises. Indeed, in skimming through this slideshow on MWC phones, it becomes difficult to distinguish one rectangle from the next.
What do you think of these smartphones? Is there one you are particularly interested in? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook/Twitter. If you want to read about all of the phones featured in the article, click here.
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