Top five smartphones at MWC 2013

The 2013 Mobile World Congress showed the best the phone world has to offer.

Each year in Barcelona, Spain the biggest names in the mobile device world get together to show off and sell their wares, everyone apart from Apple that is.

This year was the usual mix of exciting high-end phones and tablets, but here are the top five devices that grabbed our attention.

1. HTC One

HTC One

We’ve already seen the details on the new HTC flagship One Android smartphone. It remains a very impressive handset and HTC was pushing it like anything at MWC 2013.

Launched in London, the new HTC One is an impressive smartphone with cutting-edge features everywhere.

It has a larger 4.7-inch handset with Full HD 1080p SuperLCD3 display and it’s 4G-ready with the LTE technology built-in.

2. Huawei Ascend P2

Huawei is making a lot of noise about competing with Samsung and Apple, so its Huawei Ascend P2 4G-ready smartphone with “world’s fastest” LTE should help it get there.

It has the usual array of high-end features with the 4.7-inch, 1280×720 HD screen, its quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 16GB of storage. Expect Android 4.1.2, a 13MP camera and large 2,420mAh battery.

A UK retail price of just £300 has been suggested, which could be a game changer.

3. Motorola Razr HD

The replacement for the Motorola Razr i, the Motorola Razr HD offers a larger 4.7-inch display with 1280×720 resolution and dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor.

Running Android 4.1 there’s 16GB onboard and it’s 4G-reday with LTE technology. Motorola has already announced it’ll get a UK launch soon.

4. ZTE Grand Memo

ZTE Grand Memo

If you like them big then the ZTE Grand Memo delivers with its 5.7-inch display.

It’s obviously designed to take the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 head on boasting a decent 1280×720 HD screen, which won’t turn too many heads for sharpness.

It is running a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and offers 16GB of storage with Android 4.1 and a long-lasting 3200mAh battery.

5. Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia took the chance to expand its Windows Phone 8 range with two more affordable models: the Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 720.

The Lumia 520 will be the cheapest Window Phone 8 handset the company has released, but the mid-range Lumia 720 is the more interesting model.

While it lacks 4G LTE tech the 4.3-inch 480×800 display is good enough, while Windows Phone 8 runs very snappily on its dual-core 1GHz processor. 8GB of storage might seem low, but an SD slot can support 64GB via an SD card.

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