Posts tagged with: MWC
  • by | February 26, 2012 8:45 PM

    The Sony Xperia S was indeed launched at this year's CES but we've managed to finally get our hands-on with the device here in Barcelona, half way around the world. The Xperia S features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 720p screen with Reality Display technology, a huge 12-megapixel camera with mobile-Exmor R backlit sensor, and a 720p-capable front-facing webcam. Also on-board is NFC support, HDMI-out, and 32GB of internal flash storage. One could really say that the Xperia S is really the AT&T Sony Xperia Ion but the 12-megapixel camera should be capable of producing excellent stills.

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  • by | February 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    Sony (sans Ericsson) has just unveiled a couple of smartphones at today's Barcelona Press Event and the Xperia P is one of them. We had the chance to take a closer look at the phone and we really liked the build quality and the direction the company is taking design-wise, especially the unibody aluminum design. While the Xperia P is a lot like the AT&T Sony Xperia Ion, it packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4.0-inch FWVGA display, NFC and HDMI connectivity. The Xperia P is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread but should be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    In Barcelona today, HTC took to the stage for its own MWC press conference, using the opportunity to formally announce the HTC One series of Androids. CEO Peter Chou was especially enthusiastic about all the great camera-related developments that have gone into the design of One-series handsets, and went to some length explaining just why he thinks they're so impressive. We've mentioned that the flagship HTC One models feature the same camera component. Just what's so great about it? The hardware has a large f/2.0 aperture, letting in more light than many smartphone cameras. Of course, ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Sony unveiled two new Xperia Android phones, based on the design of the Xperia S that was announced at CES. First up we have the Xperia P, which features a unibody aluminum design with a 4.0" FWVGA display that is supposed to have superior outdoor viewing. It will also have NFC and HDMI connectivity. Inside, it has a 1.0GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The Xperia P, running on Android 2.3 for now, will ship in the middle of Q2 in a trio of colors. No word on pricing just yet. The Xperia U is a compact device with a 3.5" FWVGA display. It has the same 1.0GHz dual-core CPU and ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 12:28 PM

    We knew that 2012 would be the year of the high resolution tablet. It's only logical that current tablets, most of which cap out at 1280x800 pixels, would be succeeded by devices with full 1080p 1920x1080 resolution. But to go beyond that is impressive. Notwithstanding the rumors about the iPad 3 having a 2048x1536 pixel display, the Huawei MediaPad, with its 1920x1200 resolution, will take the crown as the highest resolution tablet yet. My monitor at work, a full 14" larger than the MediaPad 10, has that same 1920x1200 resolution. The MediaPad 10 was sort of on display at MWC, that is, ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 10:58 AM

    We're still a few hours away from HTC's press event at MWC, where they're expected to announce the One X and One S, potentially among others. Thanks to a posting on Orange UK's website ahead of the event, we get to see an official press rendering of the quad-core One S. The press photo shows us that as part of HTC's new design language, they are de-emphasizing the speaker grill for the One S, allowing it to become almost invisible thanks to some simple perforations towards the top of the phone. We also get to see that HTC will indeed be doing a three-button hardware configuration for the ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 10:44 AM

    Huawei is making their mark at Mobile World Congress with the announcement of three forbimidable smartphones (due to ship in Q2 of this year), one of which is touted by the company as "the world's fastest quad-core smartphone", though it's possible the company might be biased towards its own products. First up we have the Ascend D, running on a custom Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core CPU. It packs a 4.5" 720p display in a package that is around 9mm thick. Running on Android 4.0, it has the obligatory three button configuration. It has an 8MP camera on the rear and 1.3MP camera in the front, ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 10:32 AM

    In response to the buzz generated by the Samsung Galaxy Note, other OEMs are hoping to get into the tab-phone action with phones that go above 5" in screen size. LG recently showed us their Vu, and now Viewsonic has announced the ViewPhone 5e, a dual-SIM smartphone that has a 5.0" display. Dissapointingly, the 5e's display resolution is a mere WVGA, granting the device a grainy 186ppi pixel density. On the bright side, it will ship with Android 4.0. No word yet on other specs like CPU and RAM, though we're guessing that this will turn out to be a midrange or low-end phone, given the ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    There haven't been many attempts at a phone with an inbuilt projector, in fact, we can't think of one. There was the LG eXpo on AT&T, a Windows Mobile phone from 2009, that allowed you to buy a (rather expensive) projector add-on. The eXpo saw limited appeal, and the technology just wasn't there yet. Samsung is hoping that the world is ready for a projector-phone with their announcement of the Galaxy Beam. It's an Android 2.3 Gingerbread device with a 4" WVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 5MP camera, and a 2,000mAh battery. The most important aspect of the phone, of course, is the ...

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  • by | February 26, 2012 8:23 AM

    It turns out that there will be at least two versions of the Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Tab 2 (not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab Plus), one with a 7" screen, which was previously announced, and now another, with a 10.1" screen. The 10.1" version won't be dissimilar from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that we all know from 2011: it'll have a 1280x800 display, a 1GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, and a 3MP rear-camera and VGA front-facing camera, available as either a WiFi or 3G device. Look for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to start shipping in the UK in the near future. We're holding out for Samsung's ...

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  • by | February 24, 2012 8:22 PM

    It seems like every new phone being announced at MWC this year is going to have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip nestled just inside its shell -- or some other quad-core which will power it to new levels of awesomeness, never before seen by man. We talked about dual- versus quad-cores in a recent episode of The Android Guy Weekly, but now that a slew of quad-core phones are right around the corner, is "quad-core" going to significantly change the your experience? Is the Tegra 3 going to make emailing twice as fast or increase your web-surfing speeds? Or is it just a marketing gimmick? According to ...

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  • by | February 23, 2012 8:01 PM

    LG hasn't exactly been shy about its lineup of phones for MWC, revealing a slew of them already, and we've even got the chance to see some hands-on video of the hardware. Could what we've seen so far be giving us a false sense of victory, and LG has some more secrets it's been keeping held much closer to its chest? That's the latest the rumor, tying LG to another company's work we were expecting to see at the expo. One week ago we got a look at what Mozilla's been developing for Boot2Gecko, a Linux-based smartphone operating system that largely exists within a browser, delivering the ...

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  • by | February 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    With the Mobile World Congress just about to commence in Barcelona, it should be no surprise that the companies preparing to demonstrate their latest handsets have been getting their gear together in preparation of the show. That much smartphone hardware all together in one place is just making it more and more likely that bits and pieces will leak out a little early, giving us some teases of what we can hope to see once things really get started. Italian site Telefonio recently found itself with just such an opportunity, and has managed to capture plenty of pictures and video of LG's ...

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  • by | February 22, 2012 1:26 PM

    NEC really caught our attention last month when we learned of the company's N-05D Android, which measures-in at an astonishingly thin 6.7 millimeters. That's not the only new model the manufacturer has been working on, and it recently showed-off a few of these handsets from its MEDIAS line in advance of the Mobile World Congress. The hardware on the N-05D looks a little different here compared to the last time we saw it, with a front-facing camera now visible where none was earlier. We just hope that, whatever hardware changes NEC needed to make, it manages to keep the phone's thickness ...

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  • by | February 22, 2012 12:12 PM

    Remember back at the CES, when we got the chance to see one of the first quad-core Android smartphones ever, thanks to a prototype Fujitsu had put out on display? It may have been safely tucked-away behind a sheet of acrylic, but it was there in the flesh, all the same. We learned a few specs on the phone at the time, with the expectation that we'd be seeing a more refined version of the handset at the MWC. With that expo nearly upon us, a new render of the phone has become available, along with some additional and updated specs. While we heard that CES prototype was running a Tegra 3 at ...

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