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Mobile World Congress 2012 – What you need to know

One of the biggest events in the tech calendar, Mobile World Congress, is finally upon us. We’ve been counting the days, debating the products, and generally getting excited for weeks now.

More than 1,000 exhibitors are taking part in the event in Barcelona, showing off their products to more than 60,000 delegates.

And amongst the small companies vying for attention at MWC, the world’s biggest tech giants are making the most of the media attention.

With so much going on at MWC, it can be hard to make sense of it all. So what do you need to know about the event so far?

A low-end MWC

Last year’s MWC was one of the best ever, giving us some of the biggest and most popular phones of the year. But this year, it appears some manufacturers are toning it down a little bit.

As well as the usual top-draw devices, expect to see a number of middle to low-end products making an appearance. That’s not to say they aren’t impressive though.

Tech giant Sony has already taken the chance to show off a couple of its cheaper devices, in the form of the Xperia U and the Xperia P. They may be set for a slightly lower price tag than the Xperia S, but they still look very impressive.


LTE connectivity somewhere outside of the US? Surely not. Delegates are being given the opportunity to try out the super-fast mobile internet in certain areas of MWC.

Delivering speeds of 30 mbps (average fixed line home broadband is about 7.6 mbps in the UK); the super-fast mobile internet had delegates flocking to try it.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

We’re still getting over the disappointment of a lack of a Galaxy S3 at MWC this year, but Samsung is trying its best to make up for it.

The South Korean giant has unveiled the Galaxy Beam – a smartphone capable of projecting a 50 inch image on to any flat surface.

Running an Android OS, the Galaxy Beam uses strong backlighting to project images which Samsung claim will be crisp and high-definition.