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Mar 3, 2014
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It's that time of the year again, fellas. We don't mean our 14th birthday issue—which puts our second and much hotter hookup with Marian Rivera on the spotlight—though we do say you should go get a copy, like, now na! We're referring to a global tech event with its own acronym: the Mobile World Congress, or MWC.

To borrow a phrase from Ron Burgundy, it's kind of a big deal. OK, scratch that; it is a big deal! MWC's where most hebigat tech players show off their sickest new toys, with a handful of game-changers thrown in to make it more exciting (and to make gearheads like us obsess about them for a good few months).

This year's edition served up new flagships, mid-rangers and low-costers and introduced fresh versions of old product lines and several projects we look forward to seeing real soon (like Google's 3D-defining Project Tango and the Project Ara which reminds us of a Lego-fied handset). But the ones that really caught our geeky fancy are the gems below! Check out the seven awesome gadgets from MWC 2014!


SAMSUNG GALAXY S5

                                     

It's the newest Samsung flagship smartphone and it's going to hog the spotlight until the S6 barges in. Meanwhile, the S5 satisfies our hankerings for all things faster, clearer, and smarter. But it also comes with three things that automatically put it on our wish list: it speeds up our downloads, gets us off the couch via the S Health app, and knows how to protect itself and our files with dust/water resistance and fingerprint scanning.

Hardware highlights: 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera, up to 32GB internal storage and 128GB expandable memory (via microSD), 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE connectivity, NFC, USB 3.0, 2,800mAh battery


SONY XPERIA Z2 SMARTPHONE

                                  


The Xperia Z2 name has been bestowed on two products: a loaded Android KitKat smartphone and a super thin tablet, with both having their fine points. But we have more love for the former, mainly for its larger image sensor for better photos and 20.7 megapixels of imaging awesomeness. It also has Sony's Digital Noise Cancelling feature (headset required) for better beats.

Hardware highlights: 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, 5.2-inch Full HD display, 20.7-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, up to 16GB internal storage and 64GB expandable storage (via microSD), water and dust resistant frame


SAMSUNG GEAR FIT SMARTWATCH

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On to the wearables. Not long after the first Samsung Galaxy Gear arrived comes Gear Fit, a hi-tech version of the humble relo meant for us unfit, beer-bellied users. It looks nicer than its predecessor, and can be both fasyon and highly functional. Changeable straps and customizable themes, a Fitness Manager, compatibility with most of the Galaxy brood, and remote smartphone control? Sign us up!

Hardware highlights: 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED touchscreen, water and dust resistant frame, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor

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NEXT: The biggest surprise at this year's MWC!


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