More than 72,000 people attended the 2013 Mobile World Congress, setting a new record, according to the GSMA, the organization that hosts the event annually in Barcelona, Spain. More than half of the attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,300 CEOs, according to the group.
One highlight of the event outlined by GSMA was the Connected City portion of the exhibit, which featured a complete urban environment, including a town hall, department store, apartment and other elements. More than 10,500 people also participated in a new interactive exhibit, NFC Experience, which allowed NFC-enabled handsets to exchange information and conduct transactions at locations throughout the venue.
Of course, MWC was also the site of dozens of high-profile product launches, chiefly smartphones and tablets. We've profiled some of those that captured the most attention, on the following pages.
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 has received rave reviews. The 8-inch tablet, which features an intelligent pen, promises unrivalled multimedia performance and power for multi-tasking.