MWC 2013 – Best phones in show

We've done the hard work for you and put all of MWC 2013's best new phones in one place

The 2013 edition of Barcelona's Mobile World Congress was yet again jam-packed with shiny new phones. We've pulled together the best of show so it's almost as good as getting your grubby fingers on them yourself.


From relatively unknown Russian phone maker (and former modem specialist) Yota comes this oddball dual screen smartie with a 4.3in LCD display on one side and matching e-ink screen on the other. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor running unfettered (and therefore quick to update) Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a 12MP camera on the e-ink side. It promises significant power savings when using the e-ink screen, and being able to swipe a screen from LCD to e-ink screen is a slick touch.

Check out our YotaPhone hands-on review

LG Optimus G Pro

The Optimus G Pro is a videoholic's dream with its eye-watering 5.5in IPS display offering a super sharp 440ppi resolution. Behind all that lovely display is a 1.7GHz quad-core processor which gives it enough graphical grunt to run its Q Slide feature that lets you shrink a video to run in the corner of the screen while running two other apps in windows at the same time. A whopping 3140mAh battery, one-handed onscreen keypad system and universal remote capabilities make this one powerful contender.

See our LG Optimus G Pro hands-on review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Sammy's answer to the iPad Mini takes the award for world's biggest phone thanks to its call-making 3G capabilities, though reputation fans may want to get a headset for public use. Its 8in 1280x800 screen beats the iPad Mini for resolution and is best combined with Samsung's handy S Pen stylus and it's light enough for one-handed use. Inside is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of onboard storage with up to 64GB more via micro SD card.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review roundup

Nokia 105

Taking the exact opposite approach to most other manufacturers, Nokia has brought out this budget handset that harks back to a simpler time before touchscreens and sub-one day battery life. Instead of a high resolution screen and fast processor this Nok's headline features are a 35-day battery life and £13 price tag. Despite this it manages to cram in a selection of pre-installed apps including Twitter and WhatsApp, as well as dual SIM support. It could very well be the perfect festival phone this summer.

Huawei Ascend P2

Claiming to offer the world's fastest 4G speeds (up to 150Mbps) with its CAT 4 LTE tech, the P2 starts off on the right foot. It's a good-looking slab of phone with a grown up design but lightweight plastic build. Its 4.7in 1280x720 315ppi screen shows off a heavily customised Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, run by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Finishing off the package is a 13.1MP camera on the back.

Read our Huawei Ascend P2 review roundup

Fujitsu Stylistic S01

Smartphones aimed at the older generation don't usually get our gadget glands tingling, but the S01 is the exception. As a handset its looks are modest and understated, with a black plastic shell and 4in screen with a conspicuous home button. What really stands out is the way Fujitsu has comprehensively re-skinned Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich with big, bold and superbly easy-to-navigate menu systems. It will adjust settings based upon age, and call clarity features such as adjusting the frequency range to make it easier to hear is also on board. It's being released on Orange in France to begin with, but we'll know what to buy our elderly relatives for Christmas 2013.

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