Sony, Alcatel, HTC, Fujitsu Display Smartphones at MWC
BARCELONA, Spain—The sheer volume of mobile devices on display at Mobile World Congress (MWC) is dazzling to experience, with each manufacturer elbowing for attention under the bright lights and cavernous expanses of the convention halls. The show gives attendees the opportunity to interact physically with a slew of devices that may never even reach their home country, but give a sense of how users all over the world will interact with the increasingly thin and lightweight hardware. Sony's water- and dust-resistant Xperia Z, which comes with a 5-inch display, was shown in a Plexiglas case above a button that lets you dunk the device into water. Meanwhile, Alcatel's OneTouch series of smartphones were displayed in a dizzying array of colors. Fujitsu's Arrows smartphone is also water-resistant, but was showcased in the dry air, and won't be coming to U.S. shores any time soon. For now, it's a Japan-only release. Rounding out the handsets on display is HTC's One, which features a top-notch camera and the company's Sense user interface.