Mobile World Congress is packed to the rafters with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes. Unlike CES, where many gadgets showcased may never make it to store shelves, there is plenty of tech coming out of Barcelona, Spain, that we can actually buy someday, either in the coming weeks or a few months from now. We're rounding up the highlights of the phones, smartwatches, tablets, and other gadgets that have real release dates here, and we'll continue to update the list through the end of the show.
Samsung's newest flagship phone is a revamp of the Galaxy S4, with an updated shimmery design, fingerprint scanner, and 16-megapixel camera. The S5 will go on sale on April 11(just shy of the S4's first birthday) in 150 countries, according to Samsung. US carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS, and U.S. Cellular all said they will start carrying the phone in April, but did not give an official date. In the US, you'll also be able to pick up the phone at Best Buy, Amazon, and RadioShack.
Both devices are slated to go on sale in April 2014.
It will go on sale in China in March, then roll out to other countries in April. We're still waiting on pricing details.
The Nokia X costs 89 euros ($122), and goes on sale the first week of March. The X+ costs 99 euros ($136), and the XL will cost 109 euros ($149). Both phones will be available in early second quarter.
Look for the Xperia Z2 to launch in Europe and worldwide in March.
Sony's take on the fitness band and smartwatch not only tracks your movements, but also connects with your phone to monitor your day-to-day activity so it can tell you how much time you spent browsing Facebook, or let you know when you were snapping shots on your camera. The whole point is to paint a daily picture of your life, including where you went, who you were with, and what you did. If that sounds appealing to you, the Sony SmartBand goes on sale in March, and will likely cost about 99 euros ($136).