MWC 2013 Day One: Of smartwatches and giant smartphones

Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service

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BARCELONA—Monday was a busy day at Mobile World Congress—busier in some ways than last month’s Consumer Electronics Trade Show. But our correspondents braved a bustling Barcelona show floor to bring you all the big news from smartphone, tablet, and mobile app makers as MWC 2013 got underway.

In this video, TechHive’s Amber Bouman and Leah Yamshon talk about what caught their eye on Day One of MWC, including everything from smartwatches to streaming video solutions for mobile devices. (On a related note, if you happen to share their interest in smartwatches, be sure to read our review of the Pebble smartwatch and scroll through our slideshow on the evolution of the smartwatch.) Amber and Leah also talk about Asus’s MWC announcements, which feature the PadFone Infinity and the Fone Pad. The former is a phone that uses a docking station to transform into a tablet, while the latter is a very large smartphone. The PadFone isn’t expected to come to the US; the Fone Pad arrives here next month.

ASUS Fonepad
Asus’s Fonepad gives smartphone users a lot to handle.

In other mobile news from Monday that merits your attention:

You can find all our Mobile World Congress coverage in one place, along with videos from our crew in Barcelona.

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