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Nokia 808, Samsung Galaxy Beam… most exciting technology at MWC

Mobile World Congress has come a long way in recent years. What was once a fairly unsung date in the tech calendar has now established itself as one of the events of the year.

MWC 2012 went off with a bang yesterday, with a host of tech companies quick to show the world what new products they have on offer.

With some devices, you just know they are going to be huge. With others, it could go either way. And with some, you simply have to marvel at the technological innovation.

Nokia 808 PureView

It seems Nokia is trying everything to claw its way back into the smartphone market. As well as the very impressive Lumia series, the Finnish mobile giant is launching the 808 PureView.

What is the 808? It is Nokia’s latest smartphone offering, boasting an unbelievable 41MP camera. It has set the tech world alight, and shows us just what phones will be capable of in the future.

The specs for the 808 are nothing to write home about, and the device runs the outdated Symbian OS. But this device is more of a demonstration of what Nokia can do, so we hope to see the technology in Nokia’s Windows Phones before long.

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Another device that was all about one feature was Samsung’s Galaxy Beam. This exciting device has a built-in projector, capable of projecting a 50 inch image on to any flat surface.

Samsung has been working on this for more than two years, and says it will hit our stores in the next couple of months.

The specs are middle to high-end, and the handset is a little thicker than most at 12.5mm thick to take in the powerful battery and projector. No word on price, but we can’t wait to see it in the shops.

Contactless technology

It has been around for a while, but Near Field Communication (NFC) is set to finally take off this year. And at MWC it’s no different.

Ahead of MWC, Barcelona saw contactless payment points spring up across the city – showing how much potential the technology, and how it’ll soon become part of everyday life.