Tech Know: Xiaomi Mi3 x Mobile World Congress 2014 x Whatsapp alternatives

Simply Red
You’ve probably heard the fuss surrounding the sales of the Xiaomi Redmi phone by now and wonder what else the smartphone maker is coming up with. We do know that bigger and better things are coming our way—they will launch their premium model, the Mi3 (pronounced me-three) here on March 7. The spec puts the model right up there with the big boys—it carries a 2.3GHz processor, a 13 megapixel camera and a full-HD display, among other things. Let’s see how long it’ll take for this one to sell out.

Smart Alec
It’s looking to be a bumper crop year for smartphone makers, judging from the recent Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Main players like Samsung, Sony and LG have announced updated flagship models, while others like Nokia, HTC and Lenovo are targeting the mid-range market with equally impressive models. There’s also fodder for those looking out for breaking edge stuff—you have the second-generation Yotaphone, a phone that challenges the notion of conventions by having two screens and the Blackphone, built on a unique operating system that keeps your data super-secure.

Wait, what?
Yes we know the Zuck messed up and there are just too many alternatives out there to decide on one. So we made it simpler for you by trying some out and selecting five worthy contenders for the coveted title of “Whatsapp alternative“.