Part of the fun of events like Mobile World Congress is not only the new devices, but getting to see ones you'd never normally come across in every day life. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 is one such device that we saw while hanging out with Microsoft's OEM partners division in Barcelona. You won't see many around, but it's the toughest Windows Phone there is.
TYLT's VU Charger provides your Qi-compatible device with a comfortable 45 degree viewing angle and a modern, sharp design that accents any room perfectly. It features a soft touch surface that helps keep your smartphone in one spot and makes the dock itself easy to grip. Available in black, blue, red and green.
Bunny Goes Boom is a simple, easy to play Windows Phone game that has you piloting a rocket that has a bunny rabbit strapped to it. You'll have to steer the rocket around a host of obstacles to see how high you can fly it.
The slightest nick against any of the dangers will cause the rocket to explode and the bunny to go boom. Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Bunny Goes Boom isn't a difficult game to pick up but you may be surprised how challenging something so simple can be. I'm not sure it can hold up to hours of game play but for shorter periods, Bunny Goes Boom might be an option to consider.
Announced at the January Windows 10 event, the Microsoft Surface Hub is a giant, touchscreen Windows computer aimed at the enterprise market. But here at Mobile World Congress we (well, some of us, anyway) got our first actual, in-person look at it. If you ever thought it was impressive, you were absolutely right. It's incredible.
Microsoft isn't letting anyone play with it, which is to be expected given the pretty hefty cost, but it is taking pride of place on the booth. So we've snapped a few images for you to check out below.
Alongside the Lumia 640, Microsoft also announced a phablet version for those with large hands (or a thing for big phones), the Lumia 640 XL. The company kindly took a few minutes at Mobile World Congree to walk us through the new Windows Phone and you're able to relive all the action in the above video.
Announced yesterday at MWC 2015 was the HP Spectre x360, the latest in HP's line of high-end high-design Spectre portables. The previous Spectres have been very nice machines, but the x360 might just take the cake.
The Spectre x360 sports, as the name might imply, a 360° hinge mechanism that allows you to pivot the screen all the way around and close it onto the backside to use it as a tablet — a tablet that just so happens to have a 13.3-inch display (in 1080p or QHD) and a high-powered Intel Core i-series processor.
At Mobile World Congress, Microsoft launched its latest offerings in the budget segment, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. For those holding out for a flagship device, the Redmond giant announced back in January that a Windows Phone flagship running Windows 10 for phones will arrive sometime in 2015, with no mention of a date. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's director of phone marketing Neil Broadley said that a flagship will be available following the launch of Windows 10.
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 640, the company's new affordable smartphone with strong specifications for the price tag. We took some time to enjoy a walk-through highlighting new features of the Windows Phone and to see how the hardware stands up to the pricing.
Qualcomm has a host of new technologies in store, including an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, cognitive machine learning for your smartphone and tablet, and, of course, a new processor: the Snapdragon 820.
Qualcomm today at MWC 2015 announced their newest device security measure: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology, the tech uses ultrasonic waves to penetrate through the outer layers of your finger to build a three-dimensional map of your fingerprint that's much harder to duplicate than a mere capacitive scanner as you'd find on the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6. Additionally, Qualcomm also announced their new "machine learning" platform Zeroth, which aims to go for a device that learns and adapts to how you use it.
As well as announcing two new smartphones, Microsoft also revealed a new feature coming to Windows 10 for phone. Microsoft Office. The new suite is fully optimized for smaller screens, and will come pre-installed with Outlook on all Windows Phones (just like how things are currently).
Microsoft has announced a new foldable Bluetooth keyboard that works on cross-platform devices. Dubbed the Universal Foldable Keyboard, Microsoft's latest accessory works with iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Windows tablets. Also announced is compatibility with Windows Phone, starting with Windows 10 for phones.
This morning, Microsoft has – as expected – unveiled two new Lumias for the Windows Phone line: the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.With the announcement of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, Microsoft demonstrates it can handle Lumia hardware (and improve where Nokia failed)
Announcing mid-range phones during Mobile World Congress is almost routine now for Microsoft (Nokia), and this year's additions are not game changers by any means. They will also not quell the masses yearning for a new high-end Lumia Windows Phone, something we do not expect until later this year when Windows 10 is good and ready. Sorry, folks.
Still, I want to talk briefly about these phones and my time with them. In short, I like what I see, and I think Microsoft is paying attention.
Have questions? Need help? Let's talk about the new Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL announced today!
Both phones significantly improve upon their predecessors, the Lumia 630/635 and Lumia 1320, respectively with better hardware and fewer limitations. All with a solid price point for emerging markets and those on a budget.
Barcelona, Spain – This morning, Microsoft has announced a second new Windows Phone for their budget range of devices. Following on the heels of the 5-inch Lumia 640 is its bigger brother the 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL, which also includes a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing cameras.
Launching this month in various markets worldwide, the $245 (219 euros) dual-SIM LTE Lumia 640 XL from Microsoft looks to bring robust hardware at an affordable price to those who want a smartphone with a large display. Coming in a variety of colors, Glance screen, and 1 GB of RAM, the Lumia 640 XL appears to be a substantial replacement for the aging Lumia 1320.