MWC 2012 : 5 Hot New Smartphones

Smartphones are exploding onto the scene this week at Mobile World Congress, a veritable smorgasbord of hot new mobile technology in Barcelona. While keeping phones that don’t start with “i” straight is never an easy task, we’ve collected some highlights from this week’s mobile extravaganza to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. From absurdly high resolution cameras to tablet copycat capabilities, manufacturers are going all out to make their phones stand apart from the pack.

1.HTC One X1. HTC One X

Mobile gadgets may be multiplying like rabbits over at Samsung, but HTC wants you to know that it’s still just as relevant as ever. The company that broke mobile ground with the HTC Evo 4G has a new flagship phone in store: the HTC One X. The One X will run its own flavor of the hot new Android 4.0 operating system out of the box, and with support for 4G LTE, NFC for nifty tricks like Google Wallet, Beats audio, and a huge 4.7″, stunning 720p Super LCD2 screen. Unfortunately, the the U.S. version won’t pack a monster quad-core processor like its European counterpart, but this powerhouse still looks to give Samsung’s army of Galaxy devices a run for its money. Watch for it on AT&T within the next few months.

2. Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia has a handsome new line of top-notch Windows phones, but the company loves to pull out all the stops when it comes to cameras. The Nokia 808 PureView isn’t up to the Lumia line’s standards in nearly every regard, but it does boast an absolutely absurd 41MP camera. The phone includes support for up to 48GB of expandable memory for all of those pixels, but since it runs on Nokia’s own operating system rather than Windows Phone or Android we can’t imagine it seeing any kind of mainstream adoption. Nokia’s 808 PureView may be little more than marketing stunt, especially considering that HTC’s Titan II Windows phone combines mega-megapixelage with an actually otherwise respectable phone, but it’s still an interesting feat from a company looking to revitalize its brand with some seriously stunning smartphone optics.

3. Samsung Galaxy Beam

Your head might be reeling from trying to untangle the web of Samsung’s Galaxy-branded devices, but the Galaxy Beam does have a pretty notable trick up its sleeve. As its name would suggest (in a refreshing turn of logical gadget-naming), the Beam packs a built-in projector so you can share images, video, or presentations on your surface of choice up to 50″ wide, which sure beats taking turns peering into its 4″ screen. The notably bright 15 lumens projector can keep its charge for three straight hours of projected video playback, which should meet most professional needs — we’d definitely nod off somewhere in the second hour of PowerPoint slides. The phone runs on an older version of Android (2.3) for the time being, but Samsung claims that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is en route.

4. Nokia Lumia 610
Windows smartphones are arguably just as capable as the Android and iOS devices on the market, but they’ve remained a tough sell due to Windows Phone 7’s late entry into the mobile fray. With the Lumia 610 — a new entry-level Windows handset — Nokia hopes to lure customers in with a list of features and a bare-bones price point.

Being touted as the “most affordable” Lumia smartphone, the 610 is equipped with all the social networking and media functionality you’d expect from a Windows Phone device, including Twitter, Facebook, as well as integrated GPS and music apps. The phone is being marketed to a somewhat younger audience, and its rounded chassis will be available in multiple colors to broaden its appeal. If your interest is piqued by Nokia’s Lumia line but the high-end Lumia 900 looks like overkill, the 610 might just be the phone for you.

5. Asus PadFone
While some companies are attempting to blur the line between tablet and smartphone, Asus has a different plan: a phone that fits inside a tablet. The new PadFone — aside from having the most literal name of any handset we’ve ever seen — is a high-end Android 4.0 smartphone featuring a 4.3″ HD display, 8-megapixel camera, and a speedy Snapdragon S processor.

These stats alone would make it a worthy contender for your smartphone bucks, but the PadFone has another trick up its sleeve: an optional tablet accessory that not only stretches the smartphone’s display to 10.1″, but also. extends its battery life. When plugged in to the tablet, you can use the PadFone just as you would any other Android tablet, and even take calls as you normally would using a Bluetooth headset. The PadFone is scheduled to ship in April, though pricing for the handset and its accessories have not yet been revealed.

Keep in mind that most of these phones won’t be hitting shelves for a while yet, so carrier and pricing details are scarce. Still, it’s not a bad idea to know what’s on the horizon before you sign in blood on your next two-year carrier contract — especially since this wave of devices has some compelling quirks.

This article originally appeared on Tecca

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MWC 2012 : All Videos via Youtube

Could not visit the most exciting event of the year  MWC 2012 ? No worries, here is the link to all Videos of MWC 2012 on Youtube :

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MWC 2012 :Exhibition Tour and Best Apps by Samsung [Special Video]

This is the second part of MWC 2012 Special by Samsung, delivering the heat of the Samusng exhibition at MWC 2012 and also introducing best apps like Wizard of Oz and Chat On.

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MWC2012 : Samsung's Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Note 10.1[Special Video]

Samsung Tomorrow TV has prepared a special clip for MWC 2012 in Barcelona where Samsung unveiled new projector smartphone Galaxy Beam, and Galaxy Note 10.1 with a larger display and a new feature of S Note.

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MWC 2012: 10 Hot Mobile Trends to Watch

The 2012 Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcleona, Spain. Just about every major company, including Google, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Sony, and others, are showing off their smartphones and tablets, hoping to impress the consumers they plan to attract later this year. Notably missing from the show is Apple, which has historically balked at joining in the fun, deciding instead to hold its own event.

Still, even without Apple in attendance, Mobile World Congress is shaping up to be a landmark event where countless vendors show off products that will tell us what the future will look like in the mobile space. From bigger displays to Android everywhere, it appears a host of trends are developing at Mobile World Congress that could impact your decision-making over the next year.

Here’s a look at what trends in smartphones, tablets and business mobility are emerging at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

1. Bigger is better

There’s no question larger displays are more desirable this year than smaller screens. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Note with a 5-inch display now looks out-of-date. However, the company unveiled a 10.1-inch Galaxy Note at Mobile World Congress this year, which is giving customers a reason to reexamine the device. Add that to LG’s giant Optimus 4X HD and the Sony Xperia P’s 4-inch screen, and it quickly becomes clear that smaller displays are so 2011.

2. Android galore

Where can’t you find Android devices on the floor at Mobile World Congress? Every major vendor, including LG, Samsung, Sony, and Motorola, are offering Android-based handsets and tablets, while other operating systems, like Windows Phone 7, are left to hope for more love next year.

3. Microsoft needs Nokia — desperately

Speaking of Windows Phone 7, it appears Microsoft will rely quite heavily on Nokia this year. Although HTC has said it won’t turn its back on Windows Phone 7 and other companies are starting to dabble in the operating system, Nokia’s announcement of the Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 seem to prove that the handset maker is still the world’s top Windows Phone 7 vendor.

4. Dual- and quad-core processors are everything

The days of single-core processors are officially behind us. At nearly every stop at Mobile World Congress, attendees can find devices boasting Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor or the company’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip. In fact, LG’s Optimus 4X HD comes with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. Expect Apple to include a quad-core chip of its own in its upcoming iPad 3.

5. Fresh new designs aren’t needed

It’s hard to find many new designs at Mobile World Congress. For the most part, all the vendors believe that consumers still want the prominent touchscreen with few physical buttons in both their smartphones and tablets. Last year, Sony tried to offer something fresh with its S1 and S2 tablets, but based on the devices shown off at Mobile World Congress, those products failed on design.

6. The “converged” device matters

Attendees at this year’s Mobile World Congress are getting drawn on by so-called “convergence” devices. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, for example, bridges the gap between smartphones and tablets, and could very well be a suitable solution for many enterprise users. Even more exciting, the Asus Padfone does what others don’t: converts the smartphone to a tablet and then, if consumers so choose, a notebook, with additional accessories. Not bad, eh?

7. There’s no changing carriers

Those hoping to hear a different tune from wireless carriers at Mobile World Congress were disappointed this year. Executives from a host of companies, including AT&T, China Mobile, and Vodafone, cautioned the industry on regulatory issues and competitive problems that could hurt all parties. When will these companies wake up and realize that improve customer relations is what they should be focusing on?

8. Companies think there’s room for other operating systems

Although Android and iOS are dominating the marketplace, Mozilla is among the few firms that believe they can change that. In fact, Mozilla announced its own mobile operating system at Mobile World Congress with the ultimate goal of taking on Android. That follows Samsung’s Bada operating system, which has been around for a while, but is playing backup to the more well-known operating systems, especially Android. Can these platforms really win where others have failed?

9. iPad 3 fear reigns supreme

Although Apple isn’t at Mobile World Congress, the iPad’s long shadow is being cast over Barcelona. Just about every tablet maker is trying to determine what Apple will do with the iPad 3 and best that. Even Google’s Android chief, Andy Rubin, admitted that his platform is behind iOS, and he hopes to change that in 2012. The iPad might not be at Mobile World Congress, but it’s on the minds of everyone in attendance.

10. The enterprise is an afterthought

Make no mistake: consumers matter most at Mobile World Congress. The enterprise, while mentioned among some vendors, doesn’t appear to be their real focus. Like Apple, HTC, Samsung, Sony, and others, are trying to target consumers first. The enterprise is still an afterthought – unfortunately.

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Post by : Don Reisinger

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