This development will continue as processor vendors such as Nvidia develop new processors customized for use in cheaper LTE smartphones and tablets.
Continued experimentation with screen sizes
Whatever screen size your heart desires, there is probably a smartphone or tablet that can make your wishes come true.
At MWC, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8, which has an 8-inch screen. ZTE introduced the Grand Memo, which with its 5.7-inch screen is the latest product in the growing product category that sits between phones and tablets. The Grand Memo's existence owes to the success of the Galaxy Note and Note II. However, without Samsung's brand and marketing might, ZTE and other vendors may find it difficult to repeat that success, but a little competition never hurts.
Dual-screen was a form factor that made a comeback at MWC. The Medias W from NEC has two 4.3-inch screens -- each have a 540 x 960 pixel resolution -- that are separated with a hinge that allows the device to be folded in the middle.
The battle for the enterprise
Enterprises that want to equip their employees with smartphones and tablets, or allow them to bring their own, have a growing number of options to choose from.
Just before Mobile World Congress started Citrix Systems launched XenMobile MDM, which is an integrated mobile-device-management offering based on the company's acquisition of Zenprise, and IBM presented MobileFirst.
At the show, Samsung launched KNOX, which offers a container that separates business and personal use of a mobile device. Management software vendors like AirWatch will integrate with the technology to provide a more complete offering.
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