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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.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Number 4: Samsung probably got the biggest splash at MWC when it introduced the Galaxy S5. It looks a lot like the Galaxy S4 and III with some evolutionary improvements. ZDNet's Jason Perlow thinks it is just another Android device, but I have to say it may just be the best Android device available for the enterprise customer in the first half of 2014.
Advanced features include a fingerprint scanner, heart monitor, IR blaster, Knox 2.0 security, Gear 2 and Fit smartwatch connectivity, and the latest Snapdragon 801 processor.
HTC Desire 816
Number 3: Like a few of these new smartphones, we may not see all of these new phones launched in the US. The HTC Desire line is popular outside the US and the new Desire 816 looks to bring many of the great features of the HTC One to a mid-range plastic Android smartphone.
The HTC Desire 816 includes front facing stereo BoomSound speakers, 13 megapixel rear camera, slick Video Highlights functionality, 5.5 inch HD display, and more.
It is possible we could see the Desire 816 launch with a prepaid carrier or two, but there are no details yet on availability.
There were many other smartphones revealed at MWC 2014, including some from Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, Acer, Alcatel, and more. We also expect new smartphones from HTC, Apple, Google, and others in the first half of 2014.