Our mobile phone and tablet teams are blogging daily from the show floor at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, between Sunday 24th to Thursday 28th February, 2013.
Blogs for days 1 to 3, Sunday to Tuesday, from our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, can be read here.
Two announcements stood out from Day 4 (Wednesday):
1. Asus PadFone Infinity: This is a phablet that docks into a tablet. Two devices become one. It is PadFone 2, an upgrade to PadFone 1 from 2012, sporting a larger screen and faster processor. It will be available in 10 countries, such as the UK and Taiwan, from Q2 2013. However, the wholesale (trade) price, set at an estimated US$925 for the full package, is expensive. Initial global volumes are likely to be niche.
2. Yota Phone: Russia's largest cellphone vendor, Yota, got some attention by presenting its dual-display handset, first unveiled in Q4 2012. The Android phone has a 4-inch touchscreen on the front side, and a 4-inch e-ink display on the back side. This is a creative formfactor, which blends a phone and ereader into one device. A visitor on the stand called it a "pheader" (pronounced "feeder"). No carriers have been announced outside Russia, and the phone is still a prototype, so they may be struggling with distribution and production.
See you tomorrow (Thursday) for closing Day 5.