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The Best and Baddest: MWC

This week has been huge with Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress being earlier this week. We previously covered the first two days of the show, and here we’ll wrap it all up. There’s a lot to talk about in technology today, so we’d better hop to it. Look below for the best and baddest of each category.

Tablets:

  1. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 makes previous Android tablets look like child’s play with its 10.1″ 1900 x 1200 pixel FHD Super IPS+ display with a wide 178° viewing angle. The new frontrunner tablet from Asus comes in two versions, the first, a WiFi version with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip clocked to 1.6 Ghz, the other variant with a 1.5 Ghz chip and 4G LTE campatibility.
  2. Another promising tablet is theSamsung Galaxy Tab 2.0, having both the 7″ and 10.1″. The 7-inch offers similar specifications like their dual-core 1Ghz CPUs, but the major difference is that there is no micro-SD slot like the larger tablet. It is also notable that the 10-inch tablet offers an astonishing 7,000 mAh battery, while its counterpart has only 4,000 mAh. Nonetheless, these batteries could be a game-changer combined with Samsung’s new competitive pricing.
  3. Huwai surprised everyone with its new MediaPad 10 FHD, a tablet reportedly headed to the US and Europe and not only Huwai’s home in China. The tablet’s design befits the uninspired black-slab aesthetic, but it’s specifications are impressive.
  4. Samsung also has a somewhat interesting offering using the S-Pen technology from the Galaxy Note smartphone. The Galaxy Note 10.1 ICS tablet offers technology perfect for writing on and with your tablet, along with productivity applications such as Adobe Photoshop Touch. The new Note offers a dual-core 1.4 Ghz chip, and otherwise predictable specifications.

Phones:

  1. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is the first major phone to be released western end of the world that is fully integrated with projector technology. The phone manages a thickness of just under half an inch (12.5mm), and can project a 640 x 360 pixel image about 4ft (about 1.2m). The phone has satisfying specs with its 4″ screen and dual-core 1GHz. The only phenomenal thing is the amazing 6GB of RAM included presumably for the projector.
  2. The only Windows Phone from MWC we haven’t covered is the Nokia Lumia 610. The smartphone isn’t a flagship device, but rather a mid to lower-end competitor with a very impressive design. It has a meager 256 MB of RAM, and could be a sign to fragmentation in Windows Phone, given some apps require a little more power under the hood. Given Nokia’s close work with Microsoft, it is expected that some issues will be addressed in the upcoming two-part Tango update for the platform. Horsepower aside, the device is nice, and could be a strong competitor for lower end markets and third world countries, strengthening the platforms worldwide presence.
  3. The Lava Xolo X900 is a device which is the first to present Android ICS on a Intel Atom Medfield powered device. The 1.6 GHz chip sets it apart, along with its NFC, HDMI, and HD recording and playback. The India-based company Lava has done something currently unprecedented in processor technology with Intel, and it will be interesting to see if it becomes more popular.

Sources: technoholik.com, The Verge, WPCentral, Phone Arena

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MWC: Halfway Through

GSMA’s Barcelona event that is redefining mobile has brought about a number of great things presented by companies around the world. Mobile World Congress brings us incredible new devices every year, and we are already two days into it. But what are some of the most major announcements?

  1. The HTC One family is almost complete with the HTC One V and One S announced. It is a lower-end phone with 4GB of storage (still has a micro-SD slot), a 3.7″ screen, and a 5 Megapixel camera and an oddly designed chin, but still rocks the specs with Ice Cream Sandwich inside. The HTC One S is a higher-end phone with its Super AMOLED 4.3″ display and dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. The HTC One X has an unbelievable 4.7″ Super LCD 2 full HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) screen and is powered by the new quad-core 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 CPU. Like the One S, it has a dedicated graphics card. The One X also has 32 GB of internal memory, twice that of the One S. The only odd thing is that the One X has no SD slot, exactly like the One S, but similarly comes with 25 GB of free Dropbox storage.
  2. The Japanese company Panasonic releases its first smartphone for western markets, the ultra light weight Panasonic Eluga with a 4.3″ qHD OLED display and a dual-core 1 GHz processor. The phone has a sleek square-corner design, and should be released as mid-range phone.
  3. ZTE enters a more worldwide scene with its new phones and tablets, including the astonishing ICS-powered quad-core Era and even a Windows Phone.
  4. The Nokia 808 PureView, supplied with the latest of Symbian, has incredible Carl Zeiss optics along with unprecedented camera sensor technology–and a 41 Megapixel camera.

Sources: MWC.com, Android Central, CNET

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