Samsung, HP, Sony Showcase Tablets at MWC
BARCELONA, Spain—The focus at Mobile World Congress is fast expanding to feature a growing number of tablet devices, and this year’s show put some interesting examples on display. The major release of the conference was Samsung’s debut of the Galaxy Note 8.0, which features an evolution of the S Pen. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is an extension of the Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch features such as Pen Detection that suggest adapted menus that it thinks users will need and Page Buddy, a feature that will activate the most recently adapted S Note home screen. HP’s Slate 7 tablet drew early praise for its low price—starting at $169, it’s a serious rival to other 7-inch tablets on offer from Google, Amazon and provides an alternative to Apple’s much pricier iPad mini. Tablets also seem to offer more durable construction, as evidenced by Sony’s Xperia Z tablet, which is water and dust-resistant, as well as Fujitsu’s Japan-only Windows 8 tablet, the Arrows Tab. While we didn’t have the chance to dunk them in water or dump out the contents of a vacuum machine onto them in order to prove their mettle, the rounded corners, sleek black designs and lightness in weight are plenty impressive to behold.