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Mobile World Congress (MWC) is held yearly in Barcelona and it is where companies introduce the smartphones we can expect to see in the first half of this year. There were no product that put itself about the rest as nearly all the smartphones at WMC are evolutionary products offering slight improvements over last year's models.
I've ranked these six smartphones , but the one I personally have my eye on, and hope to see launched in the US this year, is the Sony Xperia Z2.
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Number 6: While BlackBerry continues to lose market share, they are not giving up the fight with their new CEO announcing the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20. The Z3 is their largest all touchscreen device while the Q20 brings back the useful trackpad to the QWERTY line.
The BlackBerry Z3 is powered by BlackBerry 10 and offers an improvement in the internal specs, as compared to the Z10 and Z30. It is targeted for a launch in Indonesia and comes with a 5-inch display, extended life battery, and FM radio.
We haven't heard about a US release at this time.
Nokia X line
Number 5: Nokia is launching a controversial, as we will see next week in the ZDNet Great Debate, three device lineup of custom Android-powered smartphones called the Nokia X, X+, and XL. The devices look like all the other existing mid-range Lumia phones, but run a Nokia customized version of Android.
Like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, you will find the Android experience on the Nokia X devices to be different than what is seen on typical Android smartphones. Nokia is bringing their own and Microsoft services to the Nokia X line with a look and feel much like Windows Phone.
I personally still feel that Windows Phone is compelling at the low end and that Nokia should have stuck with that strategy. They will now have Asha, Android, and Windows Phone devices to manage and maintain.