Our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service is attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
This is a summary of some of our main findings from Day 3 (Wednesday):
Enabling technologies caught our eye on day three of MWC 2014. Qualcomm launched three new Snapdragon SoCs: the 610, 615 and 801, which are aimed at the high and premium smartphone price tiers, with the LTE support you expect from Qualcomm, but Mediatek is hot on its heels with the launch of the 64-bit MT6732 which also supports LTE but is targeted as the “super-mid” segment. Meanwhile Intel’s mobile push is showing no signs of slowing, with the launch of the Moorefiled and Merrifield 22nm SoCs.
The chip giants were also racing each other to release LTE-A Cat 6 news, with Qualcommm in partnership with Samsung, SK Telecom and KT conducting live demonstrations and Intel announcing its first Cat 6 modem.
The theme of human interface innovation that we observed at CES earlier this year has continued in Barcelona, with Synaptics and CrucialTec among the companies demonstrating fingerprint sensors, among other things. Meanwhile Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone maps your environment merely by tracking your movements.