Mobile World Congress 2012: Wrap-up [MWC2012]

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we’ve got Mobile World Congress 2012, a yearly event which takes the whole world’s mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it’s not as perfectly simple as that, and if you’ve never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with the news that spills forth from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That’s why we’ve got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events – have a look!

 

What we’re going to do here is separate everything by brand. First there’s a big set of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, then we’ve got Google, then the big processor manufacturers, Microsoft, and the rest. I should also let you know that we’re not quite done yet here, with a selection of other oddities still up our sleeves set for release over the next few days as well. Continue checking our [MWC 2012 portal] for the full pack!

One of the first events we attended was an LG booth preview, this meeting / miniature keynote had us also able to check out the full line of devices announced the week before MWC 2012 by LG. We were able to check out the full LG Optimus L-Style family including the L7, L5, and L3 in all their mid-range glory. Next we had a peek at the all-powerful LG Optimus 4X, a Tegra 3 toting next generation smartphone following up on the original world’s first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. Another follow-up nest-generation device we got to handle was the LG Optimus 3D Max, and the LG response to the Galaxy Note, the LG Optimus Vu, a massive smartphone / tablet hybrid with a 4×3 height x width ratio.

Sony decided to doll out a couple more Xperia devices, each of them slightly unsurprising to a fine degree. We first got official word that the Xperia P existed, then got a hands-on experience with the device. We also finally got to handle the fabled Sony Xperia U in all its square goodness.

“HTC brought its A-game and threw it all out on the floor”

If there was one smartphone manufacturer that brought their A-game and threw it all out on the floor, drew a line in the sand, and said “let’s do this thing”, it was HTC. They both introduced and described their brand new hero line of devices, HTC One. This line of devices features high-quality sound from Beats Audio, fabulous high resolution and sharp displays, HTC ImageSense for fabulous photos inside of Sense 4.0, and a high quality overall experience in each device. The devices dropped like this: first there’s the HTC One V – the lowest spec’d device with a classic shape.

Then there’s the HTC One S international version and the T-Mobile HTC One S as well – note here right away that the HTC One naming scheme will stick around no matter which carrier these devices are on, HTC holding strong to their hero line guarantees. Plus there’s the HTC One X as well as its AT&T relative by the same name. HTC One X is the hero of heroes and comes with either an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor depending on if you get the international or AT&T version, respectively. We got hands-on looks at the HTC One V, the HTC One S, and the HTC One X as well.

“Nokia was a fantastic force this year”

Nokia was another fantastic force this year at MWC 2012, not least of all because of their awesome set of booths which both showed off their devices and provided press and brand friends an excellent place to work and relax during the week’s madness. The devices Nokia dropped were pretty neat too, starting with the Nokia Lumia 900 DC HSPA Global Edition which we also got hands-on time with. There was also the physical keyboard toting Asha 202, 203, and 302 which we also got hands-on time with right after the release event. There was but one mid-range touchscreen device from the group in the Lumia 610 (hands-on), then the giant game-changing device that rattled the whole event was the Nokia 808 Pure View complete with an undeniable 41 megapixel camera on its back – have a look at our hands on with 41 megapixels as well, and head to our Nokia MWC 2012 round-up for a different guide to the awesome madness.

Three companies that brought one device each that triggered our “must touch” sensors were ViewSonic, Toshiba, and Panasonic. For the first manufacturer it was for the ViewSonic ViewPhone 4S, complete with an ultra high-resolution display and the ability to use two SIM cards. Then there was Toshiba with their unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 toting tablet complete with 7.7-inches of HD display and an ultra-thin profile. Then for Panasonic we got two hands-on looks t the ELUGA device, first in a classic hands-on experience, then with the dunking of the device in the water for good fun had by all.

The folks at ZTE surprised us with several new devices including both Windows Phone and Android in a wide array of configurations. Perhaps the most impressive of these was an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor toting smartphone by the name of ZTE Era. We got hands-on with the ZTE Era as well as the Windows Phone Tango smartphone ZTE Orbit.

“Samsung had an odd set of devices on hand”

Samsung had a highly odd set of devices on hand for us to get hands-on experiences with including the Samsung Galaxy Beam with its cool projector top and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with its Galaxy Note abilities, S-pen (the tablet having no slot despite the silo on the original Galaxy Note,) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 stylings. For those of you looking for one solid device with no such super odd abilities on top, check out our hands-on with the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze, complete with everything you need for speedy daily living.

Two more groups that surprised us with some super excellent devices running high-powered processors were Huawei and Fujitsu. With Huawei we got hands-on with both the MediaPad 10fhd and the Ascend D Quad, a device which you’ll also see a massive amalgamation of this weekend in a post about the model they made specifically for and of this device. It’s a horse ascending into the air, all made out of the Ascend D Quad smartphone! Then there was the Fujitsu unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphone which despite it having no finalized features just yet, seemed pretty impressive at the time.

ASUS revealed several new tablets in their now-named Transformer Pad series including the brand new 300 series as well as the high powered ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 LTE. Then of course we got another glimpse of the ASUS Padfone, this time with a release date and a stylus headset!

We covered the Google keynote for the Mobile World Congress main series of keynotes, of course, it having Eric Schmidt speaking on the development of the world for countries and communities that have no access to the internet at all. He also spoke on privacy and how Google Chrome as well as Android have it and continue to allow you the control to keep yourself as private as you like. He also spoke of legal matters and there were quite a few above-average quotable moments also, especially in the Q and A section of the keynote. Schmidt mentioned Google Bucks and 3D-capable personal robots as well. Check out our round-up of the Google keynote for all of this information arranged once more.

“Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the Snapdragon S4”

For processor power we go to see great offerings from each of the big powerhouses, first up Texas Instruments with their OMAP 5 2x dual-core SoC as well as information on how they’ll be teaming up with Harman and iRobot for future OMAP 5 toting devices. Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th gen while we took a look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP for S4 and spoke with the team, this resulting in the note that Intel is still uncompetitive in the mobile marketplace.

Intel certainly does appear to be taking a good run at the market recently, on the other hand, here at Mobile World Congress with the Orange Santa Clara Medfield phone in all its glory. Then there’s NVIDIA, which if you simply take a peek at our hands-on with Shadowgun Deadzone multiplayer, you’ll only see a tiny fraction of what we’ll be publishing soon – and don’t forget about the massive amount of Tegra 3-toting smartphone released this past week alone.

Microsoft took each of these chipmakers and put them all in one room together with the Windows 8 Publishers Preview, having a tablet each from each manufacturer to show off Windows 8 for the consumers of the future. We also saw the preview on a wide variety of computers and saw how it all works together as you would expect it to. The app interface was incredibly fast and fluid, the shoe system worked extremely well on tablets as well as any PC with the ability to run a USB stick. You can also download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview right this second if you’d like to.

Of the oddities we’ve posted thus far, I recommend you check out the following: Skype for Windows Phone and MTV’s under the thumb Social TV for starters, then FXI Cotton Candy the world’s smallest PC to keep your sweet tooth hungry. You of course then must also view our look at the Neonode 3D touch for tablets and phones hands-on experience we’ve got along with the one vehicle we checked out: RIM’s own BlackBerry vehicle, the QNX Porsche 911 complete with BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet integration.

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Motorola’s First Intel-powered Phone [Rumor]

This is a rumor on the Motorola’s first ICS powered device and what makes this more interesting is that the device will also be Motorola’s first Intel-powered device running the new Medfeild platform processors replacing the OMAP processors usually used in their smartphones. As far as now, there are only one Intel-powered device in my knowledge which is the Lenovo K800. Which makes this Motorola device the second ever device to have Medfield.

This new device looks a lot like the Motorola Droid Razr but it is said to be a button-free device. And will also have a new version of MotoBlur UI which are sleeker and crispier that previously is. The camera of this device will be the major selling point sharing the same idea with few Nokia smartphones and also the iPhone 4S.

We expect it to have its debut on the MWC but maybe not. We will see.

Thanks to Mr. Ching for the notification.

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Rugged Motorola DEFY MINI and Stylish budget Motorola MOTOLUXE [CES 2012]

In the CES 2012, Motorola features the Motorola DEFY MINI which is a rugged water-proof and dust-proof smartphone and Motorola MOTOLUXE which is a stylish budget Android smartphone.

Starting with the DEFY MINI, it is packed with its ability to withstand harsh conditions and it is water-proof, dust-proof and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass which also makes it scratch proof. The DEFY MINI is advertised as a beginners entry into smartphones. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 3MP camera with flash, front facing VGA camera and a very heavy 1650mAh battery which gives you no problem using it over a full day.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE in the other hand is a stylish smartphone which falls into the low-mid level smartphone which also means it is a budget phone from Motorola. But despite it being a budget phone, the MOTOLUXE comes with great features like a 4-inch edge to edge touchscreen display, Android Gingerbread with MotoSwitch UI, 8MP autofocus camera with flash, VGA front facing camera, 800Mhz processor and a 1400mAh battery.

We are not sure these devices will be available in Malaysia or not but we hope they will. Pricing is still unavailable for the moment.

Click here for more info on DEFY MINI and MOTOLUXE

 

iPhone’s Retina Display no more the highest resolution display

Apple’s Retina Display used to be the highest resolution display and they hold that title for quite some time with all the flagship devices from Samsung, Motorola and even HTC fall short on the resolution. Apple’s Retina Display have an incredible 326ppi (pixel per inch) which Steve Jobs says that our normal human eyes can only see up to 300ppi and beyond that resolution, reading from a screen will be like reading from an actual paper. And we cannot deny that the Retina Display is simply awesome and makes the icons on iOS looks so crisp and clear with all the wordings so pleasant to our eyes. No sign of pixelation can be identified on the Retina Display and Apple is very proud of it. Until now.

Sony’s new device announced on CES 2012, the Sony Xperia S showcases a higher resolution display compared to iPhone’s Retina Display (iPhone 4 and 4S) with 338ppi in a 1280×720 pixels from the 4.3-inch screen. Although it is not much difference with only a mere 12ppi more than the Retina Display, but that means the iPhone’s Retina Display is no more the king of screen resolution. Great job there, Sony. But the screen resolution is only one part of what makes a phone great.

Tired of your iPhone friends keep telling you how high their iPhone’s screen resolution is? Get the Sony Xperia S to shut them off forever! But that depends on what Apple is up to with the next iPhone.

Other smartphones which comes close to Retina Display’s resolution:

Galaxy Nexus – 316ppi @ 4.65-inch 1280x720pixels
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray – 296ppi @ 3.3-inch 854x480pixels
Samsung Galaxy Note – 284ppi @ 5.3-inch 1280x720pixels
Motorola RAZR – 256ppi @ 4.3-inch 960x540pixels
Nokia Lumia 800 – 252ppi @ 3.7-inch 800x480pixels
Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S – 233pp @ 4.2-inch 854x480pixels
Samsung Galaxy SII – 218ppi @ 4.3-inch 800x480pixels

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Lenovo’s K800: first Intel Medfield smartphone, Motorola will be second [CES 2012]

Intel promises us a smartphone of its own early this year and here we have it. The Lenovo K800 is Intel’s first Medfield smartphone to hit the market and China will be first to get it. During Intel’s keynote in CES 2012, they reveal that the K800 will be the first Intel-powered smartphone with Android 4.0. The device packs a 4.5-inch 720p display and will be shipping in Q2 this year. And the device look kinda nice and classy but the UI does not really look so good.

With that, Motorola and Intel also formed a partnership and announced it in CES 2012 that they will be in a multi-year, multi-device agressment which will see the Medfield powering the coming Motorola smartphones only after the Lenovo K800.

With this, we shall see how many phone manufacturers will be taking up the Intel chip and dropping Qualcomm and NVIDIA.

What do you think?

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AnandTech’s iPhone 4S performance benchmark. 800MHz A5 fast enough?

The iPhone 4S joins the processor trend by having a dual-core A5 processor but unlike the other smartphones which have dual-core processors clocked from 1GHz up to 1.2GHz, Apple’s iPhone 4S A5 processor is only clocked at 800MHz. Most people out there will be so disappointed with such a speed especially from Apple.

AnandTech did a benchmark test to test how fast is the iPhone 4S really is. With Apple claiming the iPhone 4S is 2 times faster and gives 7 times faster graphics, we hope this test does not prove otherwise.

Take a look at the results:

iPhone 4S have a lower clocked A5 processor compared to the iPad 2. Mostly due to power management.

BrowserMarks shows iPhone 4S score to be nearly twice the score of Samsung Galaxy SII

From all the results shown, the 800MHz A5 processor does not disappoint at all. It is indeed very impressive, scoring better compared to other smartphones with faster processors.

What do you guys think of this?

A Video on Motorola Mobility acquisition by Google and other stuffs

This is a animation video from YouTube which tells us about Google bought Motorola Mobility and Apple’s reaction. And also what is the current state in the mobile market.

Watch it, I think it’s a very good summary of the mobile market today.

How much will Apple be affected buy this acquisition?