BARCELONA ó While tradeshows are no longer the place to announce new products -- manufacturers tend to release them at their convenience -- the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona sometimes proves the outlier, with a number of different mobile and other announcements that set the stage for the rest of the year.
On one end of the spectrum from this year's showcase, the likes of Sony and Samsung are releasing new high-end devices aimed at power users and wealthy markets. On the other end, Nokia and Firefox are introducing the next generation of low-cost feature phones and smartphones, aimed at cost-conscious consumers and emerging markets.
Let's have a look at the most interesting new phones and tablets on display at the MWC14. Click on the first image to start the image gallery from Mobile World Congress.
Firefox Spreadtrum: Mozilla is not officially showing the Firefox Spreadtrum prototype, but I managed to talk to one of their engineers and see the phone. The basic specs are amazing for what is supposed to be a $25 smartphone: 3.5-inch display, 256Mb ROM and 128Mb RAM, MicroSD slot, 2Mp camera, WiFi, 2G Edge connectivity, and Dual SIM configuration (something important in emerging markets). Spreadtrum is now talking to OEMs and first devices can be expected by quarter three.