Live from the Mobile World Congress – Barcelona 2012
We enter the gates of one of the largest gadget events of the year, Mobile World Congress 2012. At the Fira city of Spain, the constructions are still going on, the banners are already put up, the crowd has started gathering around and the companies are gearing up to showcase themselves, as we wait for the dawn tomorrow when the Mobile World Congress commences.
To keep things simple, we would be updating this post with only the most important updates that our team shares, and we would link to the sources which bring the latest news of the MWC, which we might miss while being stuck at one of the halls when the fun continues in the other.
Note: The order goes chronologically from top to bottom, so check at the end of this page for the latest updates of the MWC 2012.
What to expect from the MWC 2012
Here are the news we collected in the past month, many of which could become reality from the expectations:
- Samsung Galaxy S III could be launched
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus could be the next official tablet
- After the rumors of Galaxy S III, it was the Galaxy S2 Plus being expected at the MWC 2012
- Acer cloudmobile with ICS to launch at MWC
- Huawei Ascent D1 Q & Mediapad to be announced at the MWC
- Galaxy Note pulled from all the sides – The Galaxy Note 10.1″ to be launched at the MWC
- HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V to come all at once in the MWC
- ZTE N910 & PF200 LTE SmartPhones to Launch at MWC
- LG L-Style Design Optimus L3 L5 L7 to be Announced at MWC
- Viewsonic to launch tablet device and 3 mobile phones at MWC
- HTC One X leaked photos and specs – Confirms the arrival of the phone
Welcome to reality!
Follow this post for all the updates of the Mobile World Congress, starting 27th February 2011.
The Android Advices Team is at Barcelona. The first few pictures taken at the entrance of the MWC, and a video from Fira de Barcelona, which would see no few meters of free place to walk from tomorrow!
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> The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is official. The banner images at the Fira Palate Hotel first floor speak all about it.
> Samsung’s gone wild. 10.1-inch is an obsession for them! The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is unveiled. 1GHz dual-core, 1GB RAM, 16/32GB and two cameras in the pack.
> Huawei has done one of the best releases, before the actual start of the MWC. The Huawei Ascend D Quad series phones, with 1.5GHz processor, the 4.5-inch screens, the 8MP rear camera with 1080p recording, and a 1800 mAh battery giving more than a day of usage. Now that is what we call a superphone. And the company claims that to be the fastest smartphone.
> What we have been seeing in the Samsung Galaxy devices, slowly gets into the list of Sony, as they unveil “Sony” as a brand, and come out with a Sony Xperia U with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a 1GHz processor and a 5MP camera, and boy, we love the Sony cameras especially for the Macro clarity they provide. No wonder why the Cybershot name is so wild in the market. The screen is small though, iPhone-like 3.5-inch.
> The Sony name gets another device in the list with the announcement of the Sony Xperia P smartphone, with a neat 4 inch and aluminum body case, Gingerbread OS running on the 1GHz dual-core processor and the best part being the 8MP camera with the extra embedded technology to enhance the camera features, and record HD videos.
> HTC Sense 4.0 device users, smile wide with the data protection becoming far better with the 25GB storage provided by Dropbox for those devices of HTC which have the HTC Sense 4.0. This is for 2 years, but that’s a lot though. Box.net was giving away 50GB storage for all the Android users but the 25GB from Dropbox is what we would trust more, at least the HTC users should take the advantage of.
That’s it from the pre-MWC day! We are all set to start for the MWC 2012, that starts today.
27th February 2012
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 inch version. It comes with a whooping 10.1-inch screen having a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and 2 cameras. The screen does give a full HD video output. There is a big S-Pen given along, we aren’t sure if it fits into a slot in the Note or else would be coming as a separate tag which we have to carry along. Nevertheless, the original Galaxy Note was awesome, and we expect none less with the 10.1-inch version.
Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Player comes with a 4.2-inch version, running on the Gingerbread OS. It would have two cameras, the 2MP rear one and VGA in the front, and there are 8GB, 16GB variants with an expandable memory of 32GB extra. No update on pricing, but we will keep you updated on that as and when we get the news.
Here are a few exclusive pictures of the Sony Xperia series of phones. We could get some time to explore those devices, and the strip in the bottom that changes colors based on the ones shown on the screen, is called innovation and excellence.
The ZTE Era quad-core phone was launched, and it comes with the Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA and a 4.3-inch screen. Based on the ICS, the phone has an 8MP camera and is pretty thin at just 7.8mm.
The 1.6 GHz Medfield processor from Intel comes into the phone launched by Lava, the Lava Xolo X900 and that would be some speed and awesome performance. The same processor is coming even with Orange, who are launching a similar phone in the western market. The phone is based on Android Gingerbread OS, and would have either 3.5 or 3.7-inch screen.
The Lumigon T2, Android smartphone based on 1.4GHz snapdragon processor is launched. It has some exceptional features like the gorilla glass display, the speed processor, the 8MP camera etc.
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G with the T-mobile networks is launched, with the Qualcomm processor at 1.5GHz speed and the Super AMOLED display. It would be having the 4G LTE connectivity.
The Android ICS based Acer Liquid Glow smartphone is launched, with the specifications being not so high. 1GHz single core processor, 3.7-inch display, 5MP camera and the 800 x 480 pixel screen resolution.
The 5-inch waterproof Panasonic Eluga Power, we had a hands-on of the same and it was perfect. The 5-inch beast was thin enough and sleek. The 720p HD display, 1.5 GHz snapdragon processor, Android ICS were good enough to beat many other at the launch parties.
Here are a few photos from the event place, Fira de Barcelona.
Updates from the 1st Day of Mobile World Congress:
- Launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 inch
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is unveiled
- Huawei Ascend D Quad series phones – Claimed to be the fastest smartphone
- Sony Xperia U
- Sony Xperia P smartphone
- Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Player
- Nokia Asha series phones
- Nokia 808 PureView with 41MP camera
- Nokia Lumia 610 mobile phone
28th February 2012 – MWC 2nd Day
The 2nd day, as usual would keep the tech companies alive but not in the way the first day was. The launches are already done, and we see the various other activities, main one being the Global Mobile World Awards 2012, the winners of which were announced today. There are many categories, and a few have some of the most famous names as the winners, for instance the Rovio Entertainment Ltd. which created the Angry Birds Rio game, and won the Best Mobile App for consumers award. Whatsapp won the Best overall mobile app award. Check out the whole list of winners.