Mobile World Congress Day Two Wrap-up – MWC 2015
Another day at MWC 2015 closes it’s door. With only two days remaining we have a look at the top tech from day two.
Blackberry is Back
The once, on-the-ropes, mobile firm is back in the limelight with a brand new all-touch device. The Blackberry Leap.
Last year they were going back to the old-school blackberry which was met with lacklustre support, the Blackberry Leap is hopefully going to re-energise the maligned company. The Leap is a full-touch smartphone with the usual robust security features you’d expect from a blackberry as well as an extra-long battery life. Launching later early year (scheduled for Spring), the device is expected to retail at $275.
While not a real challenge to the big hitters, this is certainly a good alternative choice to those in the market for a mid-range smartphone. The 5″ screen is only 720p, but still boats a crisp quality while keeping the costs down. The phone comes with 16GB of storage and a fairly decent 8mp camera. The battery is reported to last for 25hrs of heavy using, that’s remains to be seen. Apps for the device will be available though Blackberry World as well as the amazon app-store.
Fujitsu showcased a new technology that is straight out of the realms of science-fiction, and makes finger-print scanning obsolete. Actual retina scanning for your mobile.
A special infrared camera scans your retinas and uses this to unlock your phone. A significantly more secure method than facial recognition security you’ll find on a number of smartphones (an earlier version of which could be fooled with a print-out of the owners face). I was very impressed with how accurate and quick the software was
The first scan of your iris takes about 10s, you get a handy image showing you how far the scan is going. Once you have a iris profile it only takes 1-2 seconds to unlock the phone.
The model on show had a separate infra-red camera unit attached to the top, Fujitsu are confident that it can be incorporated into the body of a typical smartphone
While not the first to the in-ear fitness tracking, Huawei showcased the Talkband N1. These sleek, lightweight fitness headphones are water resistant, magnetic (so stick together when not in use to stop them dangling), but more importantly feature 4GB of onboard storage. This allows them to act as a stand-alone MP3 player while tracking your fitness via the inbuilt accelerometer.
One thing missing form the N1 Talkband is in-ear heart monitoring, a feature in Jabra’s latest headsets, this was a decision to go with an accelerometer instead (more fitness information can be calculated with accelerometer data). Callers names are spoken so you can decide if you wish to answer the phone or not, a great idea so you don’t need to look at your phone when a call comes through.
A battery life of 3 days on a full-charge is reported, with a 5 hour talk-time. Due for release in May, the Talkband N1 will retail at €119.
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