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Sony and Nokia in smartphone battle

February 25, 2014

Mobile technology giants Sony and Nokia have renewed the smartphone market battle, announcing new devices at Barcelona'sMobile World Congress.

Japanese handset maker Sony unveiled its Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet range, which will introduce 4K high-resolution video technology to the mobile market for the first time.

The Z2's 20.7 megapixel camera, which goes on sale next month, will offer four times the detail of a HD camera and will be the world's first waterproof smartphone and tablet, according to the company.

Sony also announced details of its mid-range Xperia M2 smartphone, featuring waterproof technology and powered by Android. The M2 will go on global release from April.

The new devices emphasise Sony's commitment to hardware improvements as the company aims to consolidate its position behind Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market.

Finnish company Nokia also announced the release of its first ever Android smartphones aimed at consumers in emerging markets.

The Nokia X, X+ and XL will use Google's Android operating system, as seen in Sony devices, rather than Microsoft's Windows Phone technology featured in Nokia's Lumia range.

However, the low-cost Nokia X devices will not feature many of the Google services that come with Android, and instead emphasise Microsoft services such as Bing, Skype and Outlook.

Microsoft is buying Nokia's phone business and patent rights in a EUR 5.4 billion (pound(s)4.5bn) deal expected to be completed next month.

The cheapest device in the new range, the Nokia X, has a 4-inch screen and will retail at EUR 89 (pound(s)73).

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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