Asus has updated its unusual phone/tablet combo with a 1080p 5-inch display (on the phone), and has bumped the top storage capacity to 64GB. The 10.1-inch companion tablet now boasts a 1920x1200 display. Like earlier PadFones, this one's unlikely to get US carrier support, so be prepared to pay a steep price to pick up an unlocked, imported version.
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No, you're not seeing double. The FonePad is a 7-inch Android tablet that, like the Galaxy Note 8, will also work as a phone, and will include support for 3G and HSPA+ 4G networks (no LTE). US pricing is expected to be about $249 without a contract, which could make this a great value compared to other 3G-compatible tablets -- if it's released in the US, something Asus has yet to confirm.
Alcatel's One Touch Fire, launching in June, will be one of the first smartphones to run the new Firefox OS. With Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry on the market, is there room for yet another mobile OS? And will app developers support it? Stay tuned.
Alcatel was all over MWC, and its offerings included the Idol X, which boasts a 5-inch, 1080p display. The GSM phone will be available this spring, and probably won't be coming to the US, given that no LTE version is planned.
HP enters the market for 7-inch Android tablets with the budget-friendly Slate 7. Priced at just $169, it will compete against other low-end tablets like the Kindle Fire, and will include an updated version of Android, 8GB of storage (expandable via a microSD slot), and Beats Audio.
Sony's latest tablet is already available in Japan, but that didn't stop the company from showing it off in Barcelona. The 10.1-inch Android tablet is one of the thinnest around, at just 0.27-inches thick, and it's also waterproof, for those times when you want to catch up on your reading or watch a video in the pool.
Some unusual devices made their debut at MWC, including the Caterpillar CAT B15, a ruggedized phone bearing the name of the famous tractor manufacturer. The Android phone is dustproof, impact-resistant for drops of up to 6 feet, waterproof, and scratch resistant. It may not be the prettiest phone around, but if you've ever dropped your shiny new smartphone and watched it shatter, the CAT B15 may be for you.