Posts tagged with: MWC
  • by | February 28, 2012 8:33 AM

    The budget-friendly Lumia 610 has been rumored for quite some time, and finally, Nokia has made the new Windows Phone 7.5 device official. It has a 3.7" WVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 8GB of storage space. The battery is a bit small at 1,300 mAh, though with a smaller screen, it should provide enough juice (in this case, 6.5 hours of talk time). Look for the Lumia 610 in Q2 for around $250 in blue, white, pink, and black. Nokia also announced the availability of their flagship Lumia 900 as a world phone with DC-HSPA+ for twice the speed of HSPA+. Beyond data, the specs are the same: Windows ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 10:10 PM

    Once it became clear that Google was naming Android releases alphabetically after deserts, Android fans started making their own predictions about what Google might come up with further down the line. Some of them have been really tricky to guess, like Froyo and Ice Cream Sandwich, but there really aren't that many strong possibilities for J. As such, Jelly Bean seemed as strong a candidate as any, and late last summer we heard that same name attributed by a "trusted source" to the next Android version. While we're still not quite at the point where Google's ready to give a strong ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    Last year, we learned about Toshiba's ten-inch AT200 tablet, a dual-core OMAP4-based model Toshiba more recently announced will be coming to the US as the Excite X10. For the MWC, it looks like the manufacturer has been trying to simultaneously shrink-down the size of the X10 while outfitting it with some more powerful hardware. We don't yet have a name for what it ultimately came up with, an Ice Cream Sandwich-running 7.7-inch Tegra 3 tablet. By keeping the same 1280x800 resolution as the X10, this smaller tablet will benefit from increased pixel density, making the display appear ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 4:59 PM

    If 2011 was supposed to be the "year of the tablet," with over 100 new models announced at that year's CES alone, 2012 may be shaping up to be the year of the "phablet," the phone-tablet hybrid whose widespread usefulness has yet to be proven. While the survivors of the first battles of the tablet war have upgraded their normal-sized offerings, the novelty-generating buzz seems to be emanating from elsewhere. The spotlight currently sits on smaller devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note and LG Optimus Vu, and to a lesser extent, on rumors of devices with larger-than-10" screens. I'm not sure ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 4:04 PM

    We can all remember the good old times when we considered, at least once in our lives, to purchase a mini projector (maybe like the Pico) to go with our smartphone; regardless of the content you want to show off, it could be sometimes useful to have such a functionality on a device. Samsung seems to agree with that and the new Galaxy Beam, just announced in Barcelona at MWC, features a mini projector on the top part so both business users and casual owners of the phone who use it for entertainment can take advantage of it. Aside from that 15-lumen projector, there's a 4-inch WVGA display ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 2:47 PM

    We already knew that ZTE had some big plans for the Mobile World Congress; it seemed like the manufacturer could barely contain its excitement, announcing a few models in the past week leading up to the show. We also knew that the company was planning to lift the curtain on an additional eight devices at the MWC, including both Android and Windows Phone models. Today we finally have a chance to get a look at what ZTE has to offer. The two most interesting models from ZTE's new lineup have got to be the quad-core Era (above) and the Windows Phone ZTE Orbit. The Era gets our attention for ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 1:54 PM

    The LG Optimus 3D was the star of LG's booth in 2011 at MWC since it was the world's first glasses-free 3D smartphone which could capture its own three-dimensional content using its back dual-cameras. LG decided to follow-up on the model even though it didn't sell as well as some would have expected it to. Many considered 3D on a smartphone more of a gimmick than a need or a feature but, however, one year later, Barcelona meets LG Optimus 3D Max (aka LG Optimus 3D Cube in its home, South Korean market). It packs the same WVGA glasses-free autostereoscopic display for glasses-free 3D ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 1:25 PM

    When ASUS put the spotlight on its convertible smartphone/tablet Padfone, it was just scraping the surface of the new devices it has ready for the MWC this year. In addition to that model, the manufacturer has a couple other new tablets for us to check out, as well as some news about how it brands its product lines. While we've been calling them the Transformer and Transformer Prime, technically the full name for those existing ASUS tablets begins "Eee Pad Transformer". From here out, ASUS will refer to its tablet line in general as Transformer Pad devices, instead. Back during CES, ASUS ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    We've heard about HTC's upcoming Sense 4.0 (to run on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) on the new "One" line-up since the end of January but it was only now that we managed to take a good look at what the Taiwanese company was preparing. HTC Sense 4.0 is trying to make Android a little nicer and more intuitive on the HTC One X, HTC One S (and One V, whenever that will be ready) but the phone we tested it on (One S) was a little slow for the needs of Sense 4.0 (maybe because of the slower, dual-core processor, opposed to the quad-core on a variant of the One X). However, HTC didn't ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    Yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note from last year just got a new relative but instead of being a phone-tablet hybrid, this time it's a tablet all the way. If you think it resemles the Galaxy Tab 10.1 too much (or, to be more specific, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany, with the rellocated speakers in order to avoid Apple litigation), that's because it does. The Galaxy Note 10.1 packs the same S-Pen (stylus) the Galaxy Note ships with and a suite of S-Pen-enabled applications for easy note taking while you are on the go. That aside, specs include a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, a 1280 x 800 10.1-inch ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    The other day we brought you a hands-on with the new HTC One X and this time we'd like to show you a quick video where we compare the new HTC phone with some of the hottest devices on the market at the moment. We stack the One X up against the Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Apple iPhone 4S and the other new HTC device, the One S. We're looking at outer aspect, physical dimenions, screen visibility, pocketability and more so make sure to check out the video below!

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  • by | February 27, 2012 11:08 AM

    There's also a new HTC One V in HTC's new "One" line-up, from which we've already seen the HTC One X and the HTC One S. However, despite HTC going public and announcing the One V, this new phone has been a real rara avis in Barcelona. We've finally managed to find a prototype which we were allowed to capture on camera, though with the mention that the phone can't be turned on. When it will reach the market it will deliver "the same experience as the One X and the One S" but until then we're left with looking at its HTC Legend lines, unibody design and hardware details found in the video below.

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  • by | February 27, 2012 10:22 AM

    ASUS has been talking about its Padfone since last spring, an innovative hybrid design that docks a smartphone into a matching tablet. Since we saw those early prototypes, ASUS has been hard at work finalizing the pair, and today revealed the fruits of its efforts. The Padfone system consists of a 4.3-inch Android smartphone and a 10.1-inch tablet. We had heard rumors that the phone may feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but instead ASUS has elected to use a dual-core component. Luckily, it's one of the new S4 Snapdragons we recently saw benchmarked, which should give even quad-core ...

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  • by | February 27, 2012 9:52 AM

    If you were wondering how the new HTC One S compares to a couple of the most popular phones available on the market then you'll be interested to see the video below. We asked ourselves the same question and we looked at the HTC One S while stacking it against the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Apple iPhone 4S. How big, heavy, thin and sexy is the One S compared to the aforementioned? Check out the video below and let us know of what you think.

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  • by | February 27, 2012 9:39 AM

    Samsung brought the stylus back to smartphones with the Galaxy Note and its S Pen, and the company's been so pleased with its reception that we've heard it discuss plans to adopt the same input technology for more of its products, especially tablets. Since the S Pen uses a Wacom digitizer, rather than acting as a generic capacitive stylus, adding support for it needs to be done while a device is still in hardware development. As a result, it seemed like there might be a short delay before we started seeing the S Pen on other Samsung gear. Instead, there's now a sign that just such a device ...

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