Top 5 Gadgets at MWC 2012

Mobile World Congress (MWC) happens in Barcelona every February of the year hosted by the GSM Association. It’s a conference cum exhibition cum everything mobile from participants all over the world.

Last year, we saw a whole bunch of Android tablet news. This year, it’s about quad core processors, Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, bigger smartphone HD displays and crazy cameras on smartphones. All eyes were on the big boys to wow us, while a lot of them chose to make their announcements prior to the start of the conference that happened the whole of last week.

Here’s a quick Top 5 biggest and most exciting gadgets announced at MWC that caught our attentions.

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5. LG Optimus Vu

*Image Source : Engadget.com

A little more than a week before the official start of MWC, LG announced their competition to the already successful Samsung Galaxy Note. The LG Optimus Vu is a stylus friendly 5″ Android smartphone, with a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Thus starts the phone / tablet hybrid market!!! Or “phablet”, as most have been calling it.

Instead of the more acceptable wide screen 16:9 aspect ratio, this LG Optimus Vu is more square and boxy. It runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 8.5mm thin, runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread (probably upgradeable to Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich).

Read more about this here:-

Do you think the “phablet” market is here to stay? What do you think of LG’s plans to go boxy with 4:3 instead of the standard widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio?

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

*Image Source : Mashable

Samsung has stated that they won’t be organising a major press conference this year (last year they announced the Samsung Galaxy S II).

Instead of the much rumoured Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung chose to announce Samsung Galaxy Beam, which is a smartphone with a built-in pico projector. A few days prior to MWC, they also announced their Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 line of 7″ and 10.1″ (read TechRadar review here) tablets, which were (slightly) upgraded versions of the tablets in the market.

The bigger announcement, was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. If you’re already familiar with the 5.3″ phablet Samsung Galaxy Note (read my review here), this is a 10.1″ tablet sized version of the S-Pen friendly device. I think 10.1″ tablet is a perfect way to use to the S-Pen (which I love) and Samsung is targeting it at artist (sketching, drawing), creative type (ideas, drawing, etc), business users (scribble meeting notes), etc.

Read more about this here:-

What do you think about using the S-Pen (or any stylus, for that matter) on a 10.1″ tablet?

3. Nokia Pureview 808

*Image Source : SoyaCincau

During MWC, Nokia also made an announcement of a budget friendly, mid range Windows Phone called Nokia Lumia 610.

But the highlight of their event, was the announcement of Nokia PureView 808. This is a Symbian (latest Belle OS) phone. They have been teasing this for days before the final unveil.

Why? Because of the whopping 41 megapixel rear camera!!!

If you haven’t seen the teaser video, check it out here…

Nokia wants this to be the successor for the Nokia N8 which had the best camera on a phone. They have a technology at hand, that they’d rather launch with a Symbian phone, than wait to incorporate into a Windows Phone.

But 41 megapixels? Come on…

Read more about this here:-

Any photographer will tell you that it’s not about the megapixels, it’s about the camera sensor. So, does it really make sense for Nokia to release a phone with a 41 megapixel camera?

2. HTC One series Android phones

*Image Source : Freshness Mag

Having announced that 2012 is the year for HTC to focus on their “Hero” device, basically means that they will be releasing less phones and focus on quality of their product line instead. Everyone was excited with the numerous leaks of their One series phones to be announced at MWC.

True enough to the rumours, HTC announced 3 Android smartphones called the HTC One series – HTC One X (high end super phone), HTC One S (mid range) and HTC One V (low end).

All 3 phones are powered by the latest Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with the improved (and more lightweight) HTC Sense 4 and Beats Audio technology integration. HTC also introduced ImageSense, their new technology for their improved camera, which can capture HDR imaging, boasts fast shutter speed, better low light photography and ability to capture images while video shooting. Cool.

  • HTC One X (official HTC website link here) is a 4.7″ Super LCD2 HD screen, running quad core Tegra 3 1.5Ghz processor, rear 8 megapixel camera, 8.9mm thin, polycarbonate unibody (non removable battery), 32GB storage (no microSD).
  • HTC One S (official HTC website link here) is a  4.3″ qHD screen, running dual core 1.5Ghz processor, rear 8 megapixel camera, 7.8mm thin(thinnest HTC phone ever), aluminium unibody (non removable battery), 16GB storage (no microSD).
  • HTC One V (official HTC website link here) is a  3.7″ screen, running single core 1Ghz processor, rear 5 megapixel camera, 9.24mm thin, metal unibody (with removable battery), 4GB storage (microSD up to 32GB), comes with bottom “chin” like previous HTC Legend.

Read more about these phones here:-

Personally, I am a major HTC fan. Looking at these 3 phones, I feel that HTC is fighting (hard) to get back on top again. With these great phones, are you as tempted as I am?

 

1. Asus Padfone

*Image Source : Malaysian Digest

It’s Asus all-in-one device – an Android smartphone, docked into a 10″ tablet, which can be attached to a full size keyboard. Smartphone / Tablet / Netbook in one, it’s the Asus Padfone.

The Asus Padfone is a 4.3″ SuperAMOLED qHD, dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, rear 8 megapixel camera, 9.2mm thin.

It snaps into the back of a 10.1″ tablet – which makes it look like the Asus Transformer Prime tablets. You can use it as a touch screen tablet – with the support of a stylus as well.

You have the option to use this with the added accessory of a full sized keyboard, for those of you who prefer to type out long emails and messages.

Read more about this here:-

Is this the killer device, smartphone / tablet / netbook? Or is this a concept taken too far? A lot of journalists have stated their excitement on this bad boy, though. Myself included. Can’t wait to play with one.

 

Which of these gadgets are you most excited about? Any one in particular that you can’t wait to get?

If you have been following the MWC 2012 this year and feel that there are other gadgets that should’ve been on this Top 5 list, let me know in the comments.

  • Shirleychunk

    As you know, I’m not much of a techie but I sure miss my old HTC. Pity they don’t have a newer phone with a keypad since that was the pre-requisite for buying my next phone. But the Sony Ericsson does the job.