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Hands-on with weatherproof Sony Xperia Z and multi-screen YotaPhone

By dpreview staff on Feb 28, 2013 at 21:13 GMT

Day four at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the team at is still at the show, visiting manufacturer stands to find the newest in smartphone and tablet camera technology. We've added brief hands-on articles of the weatherproof Sony Xperia Z tablet and multi-screen YotaPhone. Click the links below to go straight to the latest content at

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Z tablet

Despite the thin 6.9mm profile and light weight, Sony says the Xperia Z tablet is water- and dust-proof. The screen is of the WUXGA variant (1920 x 1200 pixels) and is 10.1 inches large. With a 8.1 million pixel back-illuminated pixel "Exmor R for mobile" CMOS sensor, the camera specification is quite decent for a tablet too.

Hands-on with the YotaPhone

When holding the YotaPhone in your hand, with its slab design and 4.3-inch LCD screen, it pretty much looks like any other smartphone on display at the show. However, if you flip it around you'll see that there's an E-ink display, similar to the ones you'd find in an Amazon Kindle or B&N Nook ebook-reader, on its back. The main purpose of this design is extending the battery life. E-ink displays consume significantly less power than LCD or TFT displays.

Hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P2 

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has annouced the Ascend P2, calling it the 'world's fastest smartphone'. This bold statement is based on the device's 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and Cat 4 LTE connectivity which should enable download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The phone's camera features a 13MP back-illuminated sensor and there's a physical shutter button on the phone's right side. 

LG Optimus G Pro

With its beautiful IPS screen, 'crystal-reflection' back and multi-tasking ability, LG's Optimus G was one of our favorite Android devices in 2012 and helped put LG back on the map as a manufacturer of desirable high-end devices. Now the Korean manufacturer follows up with the Optimus G Pro, a 5.5-inch 'phablet' with a 13MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The device was recently announced for the Korean market and is now for the first time on show in Europe at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

ZTE  Grand Memo

ZTE launched the Grand Memo at this year's show. While ZTE's Grand S launched at CES has a 5-inch screen, with its 5.7-inch display the Grand Memo firmly falls into the 'phablet' category where it competes with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note or LG Optimus Vu. Details are scant, but we do know that it features a 13MP camera sensor, too.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet

Just before the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. At 8 inches the Samsung's Note 8.0's screen is marginally larger than the iPad Mini's, which the new device is squarely aimed at in the small-tablet segment. Android 4.1.2 with Samsung's Touchwiz interface is running on the device. The Note 8.0 features a 5MP rear camera which allows for 1080p video recording and a 1.3 MP camera on the front for video calling and (we suppose) self-portraits. 

Asus Padfone Infinity

Taiwanese company Asus has launched the latest model in its Padfone line, the Padfone Infinity, and today we've had a chance to have a closer look at this device. The Padfone is powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, has an outstanding 5-inch 1080p IPS screen and captures images with a 13MP camera that also features a bright F2.0 lens. Its 64GB onboard storage should be enough for even the most demanding users, but you also get an additional 50GB of free cloud space from Asus with your purchase.


Total comments: 10
Alpha Jack
By Alpha Jack (Mar 1, 2013)

Not sure why all of the hate. Tablets are potential tools for photography and many photographers are very interested if not already invested. Connect or regular site, there is interest on this site.

By chadley_chad (Mar 1, 2013)

I'd be lost without my iPad, especially for management of images and processing (there are some great camera apps out there!)

The issue however is, DPreview was always the place to come for those interested in photography ... with cameras and lenses and stuff like that. Over recent years, DP have focused more on smart phones, tablets etc; and I concur with the general feeling that if i want to read about mobile phone features, I'll buy What Mobile Weekly! I'm sure What Mobile Weekly readers would get peeved quite quickly if they kept reviewing DSLR's, so understand those who still use traditional photography mediums getting 'annoyed' when review after review seems to be about software, then apps, then mobiles ... now tablets! This is not Engadget, its supposed to be about cameras (more I assume than photography in general ... at least thats how it used to be)

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Eddy M
By Eddy M (Mar 1, 2013)

I agree, that's the reason I don't come here a lot like I used to. One more issue is Dpreview is trying to be like Engadget now.

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Mar 1, 2013)

Hey guys, we know some of you would prefer not to see us expand into these other topic areas on the homepage. We're exploring ways to enhance the display/filter/view options to let the user have even more control over what they see. We hope to have some options on the way this year for you.

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By leeruikang (Mar 7, 2013)

agreed. tablets make good photographic devices. I own an Asus Transformer prime. With the keyboard dock as a stand, I can easily just leave it out with the Lapse It pro app running and do a decent time lapse video. with the dslr controller app by chainfire, I can connect my 60d to my tablet and do all sorts of stuff such as time lapse, timed shutter, and live view on the 10 inch screen.

By Lawrencew (Mar 1, 2013)

I thought you launched connect to cover this stuff?

By Cane (Feb 28, 2013)

No, we are going to add eve more "connect" content just to make you mad, so go yell at clouds.

By micahmedia (Feb 28, 2013)

Please keep the "connect" content separate and give us an RSS feed without it?


By Abaregi (Feb 28, 2013)

You don't have to click on the articles that are uninteresting for you.

And this one is actually on main page.

Pete Mc
By Pete Mc (Mar 1, 2013)

The point is it SHOULDN'T be on main page. It's purely a smartphone/tablet article and belongs on connect. Please dpreview, don't dilute your brand! Yes some smartphone articles can have relevance, but like many a loyal dpreview reader, i find this sort of thing is just annoying.

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