Ground-breaking new smartphones unveiled at 2014 MWC

Ground-breaking new smartphones unveiled at 2014  MWC

With the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) event unfolding the opportunity for smartphone manufacturers to showcase their new handsets, the recently-concluded 2014 MWC - held from February 24-27 at Barcelona, Spain - witnessed the almost simultaneous launch of some ground-breaking new smartphones.

The smartphones unveiled at the 2014 MWC included high-end as well as low-end devices nearly a dozen leading smartphone vendors and approximately the same number of not-so-widely-known device makers.

During the course of the 2014 MWC proceedings on February 24, bigwig South Korean device manufacturer Samsung launched its new flagship handset - the much-anticipated Galaxy S5. The smartphone boasts a 5.1-inch screen; a 16-megapixel camera; a heart-rate monitor; and doubled battery life vis-a-vis its predecessor.

Another noteworthy handset unveiled on the same day was Sony Mobile's new Xperia Z2, which features a 5.2-inch screen, along with 4K resolution recording; a 20.7-megapixel camera; and a massive 3200 mAh battery unit.

Among the notable low-end handsets introduced at the MWC were sub-$100 handsets from four manufacturers - LG, Huawei, ZTE, and Alcatel. All these handsets are powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS software.

The boldest initiative at the 2014 MWC was taken by Nokia, with the introduction of five new low-cost handsets. As was being rumored, the company unveiled the Nokia X line of smartphones, powered by the Android operating system.